Athens News Matters

Fridays at 1PM, Saturdays at 10AM and Sundays at 11AM

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, Gemma DiCarlo, Colin Bergen, Savannah Sicurella

Contributors: Dr. James Cobb, Cathy Bradberry, Michael Cardin

This week on Athens News Matters, hear: 

In October, WUGA plans to host two candidate forums: one for state house candidates, and one for Distric Attorney and Sheriff’s candidates. We’re turning to our listeners for questions. 

As the future of the college football remains in flux and rumors abound about whether games will even happen, we talk about the future of football, and how athletes are using the pandemic to try to change the balance of power. 

Digital pirates are bad news for moviemakers’ bottom lines. Or are they? One University of Georgia researcher says that, legal ramifications aside, piracy may actually be helping movies succeed at the box office. 

University of Georgia researcher Caree Cotwright suggests some ways to get kids to try new foods, and why it’s important to overcome food neophobia, especially among children in low-income neighborhoods.