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, Lora Yordanova, Lucas Trevor

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

Athens News Matters: Fighting Pandemic Fatigue

Nov 20, 2020

More than six months into the coronavirus pandemic, cases are again surging across the US, and one factor may be that people are simply tired of following necessary precautions. We spoke to three professionals to discuss the contributions to pandemic fatigue and how to deal with its effects, while also continuing to stay safe during the pandemic.

Athens News Matters: Sports and COVID-19

Nov 20, 2020

Most major college football programs, as well as the NFL, are playing games. But how well are the various leagues handling COVID-19 safety? Sports Journalist from Beyond the Trestle, Johnathan McGinty joins us to shed light on these safety procedures.

Athens News Matters Review: Pine Needle Fire

Nov 20, 2020

Georgia rocker Randall Bramblett’s latest album, Pine Needle Fire, hit shelves last Friday. Our critic at large, John Slights, offers us a review.

This week on Athens News Matters:


 Many Clarke County students headed back to in-person learning this week. We talk to parents, students and teachers about how the first week went.