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

WUGA's Alexia Ridley talks with Blake Aued of Flagpole Magazine and Gwen O'Looney of WXAG.

While instances of street harassment statistically aren't likely to escalate to a sexual assault, that doesn't make such encounters any less violating and frightening for women. We'll explore the different forms street harassment takes and what exactly women can do to de-escalate the situation.

Whether you call it Liberation Day, Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day or just Juneteenth, next weekend marks an important day in Black history, and as voting access becomes a major issue in the US, this holiday takes on even more meaning. Lewellyn Cornelius talks with WUGA's Chris Shupe.

Athens News Matters: Places in Peril

Jun 11, 2021

Each year, Historic Athens releases its list of local “places in peril,” historic sites in danger of disappearing. Historic Athens Executive Director Tommy Valentine joins us to talk about this year’s list.

B.J. Armstead, a graduate student from Atlanta, has founded a sports counseling nonprofit that aims to educate young athletes on mental health. 

BJ graduated top of the class for UGA social work and won student of the year. He will be attending The University of Tennessee Knoxville to earn his Doctorate in Sport Psychology in the fall.