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Athens News Matters: July 10, 2020

This week on Athens News Matters, hear: 

  • Savannah Sicurella's report on Athens' new mandatory mask ordinance
  • How the ACCPD's Crisis Intervention Unit changes its response to mental health crises
  • The panel discuss the local mask ordinance, as well as pushback to the Clarke County School District's reopening plans
  • UGA faculty and staff react to the University System of Georgia's mask ordinance
  • How Canopy Studio's new outdoor aerial arts space resulted in the clearing of a local homeless community
  • Mercer University professor Amber Schmidtke clarify and add context to state coronavirus data
  • Parents react to the school district's recently announced reopening plans
  • WUGA's Robin Whetstone with her series "Athens Voices." In this installment, she asked Athenians to recall the nicest thing someone had done for them since the pandemic began. 

Chris Shupe began work at WUGA as a part time weekend announcer in 2010. At the time Shupe was focused on maintaining a thriving career in Real Estate, as well as balancing his time as a local entertainer. Shupe may be best known as The Athens King, a tribute to Elvis Presley, which often included an 8 piece show band! In 2012, Shupe joined WUGA full time as the station’s Morning Edition Host and Assistant Operations Director, and after 2 years of serving in that role Shupe was hired as Program Director for the station. As PD, Shupe spearheaded a return to more involvement in national conferences and continuing education opportunities through industry professional organizations like the Public Radio Program Director's Association, Public Media Development and Marketing Association, Morning Edition Grad School, the NAB, and the Public Media Journalists Association. This involvement led Shupe to undertake a comprehensive market study in 2015, the first such examination of local audience trends in more than 15 years.
Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.