Athens News Matters

Fridays at 1PM, Saturdays at 10AM and Sundays at Noon.

For over 15 years, Athens News Matters has been a vehicle to connect listeners with the stories that matter from Athens and around Northeast Georgia. In July 2019, the program was relaunched in a new format, an hour of content, including the panel of commentators which has been a mainstay of Athens News Matters, but adding more stories, features, interviews, and more.

The Athens News Matters team:

Hosts: Alexia Ridley and Chris Shupe

Senior Producer: Martin Matheny

Producers: Jeanne Davis, Jessica Wurst, Megan Wahn, Devon Zwald, Lucas Trevor

Contributors: Dr. James Cobb, Cathy Bradberry, Michael Cardin, Jimmy Sanders, John Slights


The pandemic has had a huge impact on Athens’ thriving performing arts community. Jeffrey Martin, Director of the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, sat down with WUGA's Robin Whetstone to talk about the pandemic and the PAC’s plans to reopen

Athens News Matters: Safety of Pets in Abusive Homes

Jun 11, 2021

Sometimes, in instances of domestic abuse, women have to leave their homes quickly for their own safety. But how about the safety of beloved pets?

It’s 11PM on Saturday, April 24th. The rain that had been falling most of the day has blown through, and that’s good news.

After hours of planning, mapping, and scheduling, April 25th is almost here: the day that the nearly twenty-year-old Georgia record for a birding Big Day would be broken.

“I was too excited to actually fall asleep, but I tried to try to lay down and at least rest before it started,” said Josiah Lavender, a rising junior at the University of Georgia.

District 6 Commissioner Jesse Houle joins us to talk about the Athens-Clarke County budget and a proposed civil rights ordinance.