Athens News Matters

Fridays at 1PM and again Sundays at noon.

Producer-Host Alexia Ridley is joined by local journalists, community leaders and involved citizens in a 30 minute discussion of issues facing Athens and surrounding areas.


Athens News Matters for August 18, 2017

Aug 21, 2017

On this edition of Athens News Matters guests Seth Hawkins with the Georgia Forestry Commission and Andrew Saunders with the Athens-Clarke Sustainability Office discuss the importance of urban forestry, the need for a sustainability office in the Classic City, and they fill us in on the success of programs like Tree City USA and Making the Shade.

Athens News Matters for August 11, 2017

Aug 14, 2017

On this edition of the show, guests Gwen O’ Looney, District Nine Commissioner Kelly Girtz, and Blake Aued discuss the recent sale of the Athens-Banner Herald and its parent company, Morris Communications; the panel also discusses the future of ACC Leisure Services, they weigh in on the creation of a new Sustainability Office in Clarke County; and they voice their opinions on a new bus route circulating on the north side of town.

Athens News Matters for July 28, 2017

Jul 31, 2017

Encore presentation of Athens News Matters with guests Mark Madison and Julie Farmer from the United Way of Northeast Georgia. They discuss 2-1-1, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and outreach efforts.

Athens News Matters July 21, 2017

Jul 24, 2017

Guests Blake Aued, Gwen O’ Looney and Rebecca McCarthy talk about the candidates vying for House district 117, the seat being vacated by Regina Quick, ever-expanding Governor’s race, and they discuss recent protests regarding proposed changes to Medicaid.

Athens News Matters July 14, 2017

Jul 17, 2017

On this edition of Athens News Matters, Guests Mel Davis, Myla Neal and Cathy Padgett, from the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department, discuss changes to the scholarship program, master plans for Bishop and Memorial parks, as well as activities and services available at the department.