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

Associate Producer: Gemma DiCarlo

Segment Producers: Sofia Gratas, Megan Wahn, Jessica Wurst

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

WUGA'S panel of commentators discusses the COVID-19 pandemic in and around Athens, and how local schools and the University of Georgia are handling online classes.

For a look at how another neighboring county is managing the COVID-19 crisis, Chris Shupe speaks to Zach Mitcham, editor of the Madison County Journal. 

Like every other county in the state, Oconee County is grappling with its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Alexia Ridley spoke with Michael Prochaska, editor of the Oconee Enterprise, about the situation in his county and the government’s response. 

This week, Athens News Matters will continue its coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. You'll hear: 

With music venues closed following emergency preparedness orders, many musicians and bands have turned to online streaming of shows. WUGA's Sofi Gratas asks, how does music help us during times of stress?