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Athens News Matters: August Wilson's Play 'Jitney' Comes to Morton Theatre on Saturday and Sunday

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August Wilson’s play Jitney takes place in Pittsburgh in 1977, in an unlicensed cab station, during Pittsburgh’s period of so-called “urban renewal.” As the city tries to shut down businesses -- including the cab station -- to make way for new building, we meet five jitney cab drivers struggling to survive. Wilson’s ensemble piece puts human faces to the process of gentrification seizing the United States, and it’s coming to the Morton Theatre on Saturday and Sunday.

Michael Cardin first joined WUGA in 1991 as a part time announcer/producer. In 1997 he accepted a position at Peach State Public Radio (now GPB), hosting statewide broadcasts in the evenings, and assisting in the production of various network programs. After leaving radio for a short period, he returned home to WUGA in 2000. In 2004, Michael accepted the position as WUGA’s Production and Operations Director. He is a member of the Association of Public Radio Engineers, and is a winner of the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Award (GABBY) for Best Station Produced Non-News Program, and Merit Award co-recipient for Public Service, and Best Election Coverage. Michael has also served as a screening committee member judge for the George Foster Peabody Awards, and was a member of the broadcast team for the Georgia Bulldogs Radio Network. Since 2018, Michael has served on the Clarke County Career Academy AV Technology and Film Advisory Board.