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Athens News Matters: 11/20/2020

This week on Athens News Matters:

  • WUGA’s Jeanne Davis explains what the approval of the western downtown historic district means for property owners .
  • David Bradley, CEO and president of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, joins us to give an update on how the pandemic has impacted Athens’ economy.
  • The panel discusses this week in news and politics including next steps in the redevelopment of local TADs and the two upcoming elections for Athenians.
  • The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission sit down to discuss how gas-powered leaf blowers can negatively impact the Athens community.
  • We sit down with three professionals to talk about pandemic fatigue including what it is, what causes it, and healthy and safe ways to combat it during COVID-19.
  • Johnathan McGinty, Sports Journalist from Beyond the Trestle, explains how COVID-19 precautions and procedures are being handled in sports on both the professional and collegiate level.
  • John Slights joins us to review Randall Bramblett’s latest album, Pine Needle Fire.

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.
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