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

Athens News Matters for August 25, 2017

Aug 28, 2017

Athens News Matters with guests District 6 Commissioner Jerry NeSmith, Gwen O' Looney and Blake Aued discussing proposed construction projects including a high-rise on Mitchell Street, and a gas station on Oak Street, as well as new plan being put into place by new Clarke County School District Superintendent Demond Means.

Athens News Matters for August 18, 2017

Aug 21, 2017

On this edition of Athens News Matters guests Seth Hawkins with the Georgia Forestry Commission and Andrew Saunders with the Athens-Clarke Sustainability Office discuss the importance of urban forestry, the need for a sustainability office in the Classic City, and they fill us in on the success of programs like Tree City USA and Making the Shade.

Athens News Matters for August 11, 2017

Aug 14, 2017

On this edition of the show, guests Gwen O’ Looney, District Nine Commissioner Kelly Girtz, and Blake Aued discuss the recent sale of the Athens-Banner Herald and its parent company, Morris Communications; the panel also discusses the future of ACC Leisure Services, they weigh in on the creation of a new Sustainability Office in Clarke County; and they voice their opinions on a new bus route circulating on the north side of town.

Athens News Matters for July 28, 2017

Jul 31, 2017

Encore presentation of Athens News Matters with guests Mark Madison and Julie Farmer from the United Way of Northeast Georgia. They discuss 2-1-1, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and outreach efforts.

Athens News Matters July 21, 2017

Jul 24, 2017

Guests Blake Aued, Gwen O’ Looney and Rebecca McCarthy talk about the candidates vying for House district 117, the seat being vacated by Regina Quick, ever-expanding Governor’s race, and they discuss recent protests regarding proposed changes to Medicaid.