Jimmy Sanders

General Manager/Host: Music from High Cotton

Jimmy Sanders has been general manager of WUGA since 2011.  He has worked in broadcasting for over 40 years and has produced news, documentary, music, sports and special events programs for radio and television. Jimmy is a graduate of Grady College. 

Athens takes a lot of pride in being a music town – the city that gave us REM, Widespread Panic, the B-52s, and so many more. Now some of the town’s biggest musical luminaries are getting a spot on the Athens Music Walk of Fame. Jimmy Sanders offers us this appreciation.

Musician and Georgia native Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, died on Monday. WUGA's Jimmy Sanders, host of "Music from High Cotton," brings us this remembrance.

On January 13, 1968, country music legend Johnny Cash took the stage at Folsom Prison, creating one of music’s most celebrated live records. WUGA’s Jimmy Sanders takes us back to the performance, and considers where it stands today.


With the death of blueswoman Beverly Watkins earlier this month, WUGA’s Jimmy Sanders, host of “Music from High Cotton,” offers us a remembrance. 


After suffering a stroke four years ago, Kennedy Packer admits that his short-term memory is not as strong as it used to be. Luckily, his long-term memory seems untouched, and in this story, he tells his daughter Maggie Packer about his own father and family members who impacted his life. StoryCorps Athens stories were recorded locally at the StoryCorps mobile booth at the Athens-Clarke County Library in the fall of 2018. StoryCorps is part of a national initiative to record and preserve the stories of everyday people. All of the interviews were produced locally by Morgan Frey.