Martin Matheny

Producer/Athens News Matters/Host: All Things Considered, Night Music

Martin Matheny is the Executive Producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters', and he covers local government for WUGA News. He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on WUGA at 10pm. 'Night Music' can also be heard statewide on the GPB Classical stream Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm. As part of 'Athens News Matters' Martin works with student interns to help cultivate the next generation of Public Media rock stars! In his spare time Martin is an amateur book binder and freelance musician who frequently performs with Big Band Athens playing bass trombone. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.

Ways to Connect

Since October 2016, Envision Athens has been working with citizens and community stakeholders to develop a comprehensive vision for Athens over the next 20 years. This week, the group will hold four public input meetings about their Draft Action Agenda. WUGA’s Martin Matheny sat down last week with Sharyn Dickerson, co-chair of Envision Athens and an ACC Commissioner to find out more.

Envision Athens meetings:

Monday, September 25 from 5:30 PM - 8 PM in the Athena Ballroom at the Classic Center

Conventional concert hall etiquette says that cell phones are a no-no, but one UGA ensemble is challenging that rule, and offering so-called "Tweet Seats" for social media savvy concertgoers. WUGA classical music host Martin Matheny reports.

On Friday, September 1, the University of Georgia’s Hodgson Wind Ensemble presents “Fire and Ice,” its first concert of the season. But more than just a collection of music, the performance is a statement about one of the most pressing global challenges of our time – climate change. Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner, who conducts the Hodgson Wind Ensemble, sat down with Martin Matheny to discuss “Fire and Ice,” beginning with how the concert’s structure was inspired by headlines from earlier this year.

WUGA's own Martin Matheny presents a fascinating remembrance of the 1976 campaign of Jimmy Carter, "the man from Plains, Georgia"! We'll hear from several local voices who had varying degrees of involvement as well as details of the specific events leading up to the historic election of '76.

In this episode of The Top Line, WUGA's Martin Matheny joins his panel of political experts for a deep dive into the upcoming presidential primaries, including what may or may not be critical to winning votes in the South.