Chris Shupe

Program Director

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.Other highlights of the last decade include, his involvement in a complete overhaul of the stations website and the creation of the WUGA app. As a content creator, Shupe is responsible for such notable programs as Sound of Athens, New South Showcase, Classic City Science, The Guest List, The Georgia Health Report, Nothing Funny About Money, The Other Side of The G and the revamping of the stations flagship local news program, Athens News Matters. Shupe’s individual contribution to local content has been recognized by both state and national media organizations including 8 First Place Gabby Awards & 3 Merit Awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, 2 First Place awards from the Georgia Associated Press Media Editors group, 1 First place award from the Public Media Journalists Association and even a Telly Award and an Emmy nomination for his voice over work on a local documentary chronicling the career of WUGA pioneer Rob Holmes.

Ways to Connect

This week on Athen's News Matters, Alexia Ridley sits down with Auditor Stephanie Maddox to discuss the ongoing controversy of the alleged criminal wrongdoing of two high-ranking ACC officials, UGA researcher Ralph Tripp discusses a medicine that could be a game-changer in the fight against covid, an interview with a UGA pharmacy professor about the risks of vaping, a story on renewable energy sources, and Alexia Ridley sits down with this week's panel to discuss news and politics.

Last week, the FDA made a partial decision on E cigarettes, but one of the biggest E cigarette makers, Juul, remains on the market for now.

On an earlier episode of Athens News Matters, following a Georgia Department of Public Health Advisory on vaping, Chris Shupe spoke to Dr. Randy Tackett of the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy.

WUGA's Chris Shupe talks with Randy Tackett: 

This week on Athens News Matters, ACC District 5 Commissioner Tim Denson discusses the police civilian oversight board, Tommy Valentine of Historic Athens talks about the future of the West Broad School site, an audio essay from UGA's Greg Trevor as he remembers the tragedy he witnessed in New York on September 11, 2001, and Alexia Ridley talks with this week's panel.

The framework for a police civilian oversight board has been in the Athens-Clarke County Government Operations Committee for months.

Now, it’s beginning to reach its final stages and commissioners could vote on it early next month. District 5 Commissioner, Tim Denson, is a member of the Government Operations Committee.

WUGA's Chris Shupe talks with Tim Denson:

For years, the West Broad School site has been the subject of intense controversy for the Clarke County School District.

The site, a historic reminder of the “separate but equal” era in public education, has been the focal point of debate and disagreement between historic preservation advocates and the school district.

Last week, the Board of Education saw two possible plans for the site. Both would preserve the 1939 Minor Street building, but one plan calls for the complete demolition of a 1950s building on Campbell Lane.