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Athens News Matters for January 7, 2022

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This week on Athens News Matters, public health expert Grace Bagwell Adams joins Martin Matheny to discuss the surge of the Omicron Variant in the United States and our community. ACC District 3 Commissioner Melissa Link joins the team to talk about how the county is responding to the COVID surge as well as the year ahead as we approach the third year of the pandemic. GPB's Ellen Eldridge has a story on a positive impact of COVID-19. A story on a new historical tour in Savannah that would be worth the trip, and our panel breaks down this week in news and politics. 

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.
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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