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Athens News Matters: August 7, 2020

This week on Athens News Matters, hear:

  • How the pandemic has complicated the school district's ability to provide for food-insecure students
  • How the expiration of federal aid could soon create a wave of evictions 
  • The panel discuss the Mayor and Commission's allocation of CARES Act funding, as well as the results of an ACCPD internal investigation on the use of tear gas
  • Commissioner Ovita Thornton and Charlie Maddox of the Athens Housing Authority on the North Downtown Transformation project, which is now soliciting community input
  • What you can do to help your anxious child prepare to go back to school
  • Athens Area Arts Council board member James Simmons on the Council's grant program for Black artists
  •  Former Athens-Banner Herald writers Johnathan McGinty and Joe van Hoose on their new sports journalism platform, "Beyond the Trestle"
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.