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Athens News Matters for May 21, 2021

This week on Athens News Matters:

  • Government reporter Jessica Wurst breaks down the Athens-Clarke County budget with Chris Shupe.
  • Martin Matheny and Alexia Ridley talk about the Clarke County School District budget.
  • Travis Glenn from the UGA College of Public Health gives us some clarity on mask-wearing as the number of vaccinated Americans is on the rise.
  • Our panel talks about Governor Brian Kemp's decision to reject additional federal unemployment funds, and the future of the Varsity site on Milledge Avenue.
  • Mark Ebell from the UGA College of Public Health talks about the CDC's new guidance that says vaccninated people can forgo masks in most situations.
  • Zach Mitcham from the Madison County Journal talks about the challenges facing rural counties' vaccination efforts.
  • WUGA's Lucas Trevor reports on this year's big cicada emergence.
  • Alexia Ridley talks to the authors of the book Seen/Unseen which examines the lives of enslaved people in antebellum Athens.
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.