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Athens News Matters: 8/28/20

This week on Athens News Matters:

  • Dr. Mark Ebell (UGA College of Public Health), Dr. Grace Bagwell Adams (UGA College of Public Health), Dr. Amber Schmidtke (former professor of microbiology at Mercer University), and Dr. Garth Russo (UGA Health Center) discuss the sometimes overwhelming amount of COVID-19 statistics - the numbers they watch, and the information they wish were more readily available to the public.
  • Blake Aued (Flagpole Magazine), Lee Shearer (Athens Banner Herald), and Gwen O'Looney (WXAG) join us to talk about the week in news and politics, including the state of coronavirus testing, how ACC police are reacting to renewed protests, and more.
  • Megan Wahn talks to expectant mothers, new moms, and healthcare experts about the challenges of pregnancy during the pandemic.
  • We talk to Denise D'Angelo Jones about her new book, Spanish Influenza: Nineteen Days in 1919.
  • Jessica Wurst takes us to hang out with some bee aficianados to hear about why this hardworking insect is so important to veterinarians.
  • Jimmy Sanders gives us an appreciation of the inaugural inductees to the Athens Music Walk of Fame.

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!