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 & 5 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

If you have stepped foot on UGA’s campus, you have probably seen at least one golden retriever in a yellow vest. They, like our students, are training to be professionals one day in their own field which is to be a service dog.

Nick Fuhrman from the University of Georgia’s Department of Agriculture sits down with WUGA’s Chris Shupe to talk about how our Georgia Bulldogs are training future guide dogs.

Since taking office earlier this year, District Attorney

Deborah Gonzalez has inspired support from some and scathing criticism from others.

Western Circuit District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez talks with WUGA's Chris Shupe to share her thoughts on a civilian police oversight board, the growing number of mental health co-responder teams, and the rash of shootings involving youths in Athens.

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This week on Athens News Matters, GPB reporter Stephen Fowler joins Chris Shupe to discuss the upcoming redistricting maps and what that will mean for Georgia. The county's TSPLOST Advisory Committee has some tough choices to make when deciding what projects will make the final cut.

It takes between 50 to 100 liters of water to dye just one pair of jeans. And that water, chock-full of toxic chemicals, has to go somewhere. Even now, chemical-contaminated water inevitably winds up in local waterways, particularly in developing nations where production is frequently outsourced. Researchers at the University of Georgia have found a more environmentally friendly way to dye denim.

Every 10 years, state lawmakers are tasked with redrawing congressional and state legislative districts based on the new census data. This process is called redistricting.