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

Amplify Athens! Concert Coming in June

May 28, 2021

One of the first major music events in Athens in over a year happens in early June. WUGA’s Alexia Ridley speaks to Tim Johnson of Family Connection – Communities in Schools about the concert.


This week marks the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee onto his neck. His death sparked national outrage and calls for justice for victims of police brutality. It has also been over a month since Chauvin was found guilty of killing Floyd, which seems to be a step in the right direction for justice. Earlier this week, we sat down with Mokah Jasmine Johnson of the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement about how the struggle for racial justice looks today and how far we’ve come since last year.

Photo: Diane Gee

Two weeks ago, at the age of 73, Olyn Gee officially earned his degree from the Grady College of Journalism. This is the second degree he earned from the University of Georgia; the first was in political science in 2018, at the tender age of 70. Olyn joins us to talk about his time at UGA.

Why is Critical Race Theory Objectionable to The Right?

May 28, 2021
Photo: Grady College

In recent weeks, conservative political leaders have turned their ire towards critical race theory. But what is critical race theory and why is it objectionable to people on the right? WUGA's Chris Shupe of Athens News Matters talks with Grady College's  Dr. Maria Len-Rios. Dr. Len-Rios is a professor and the associate dean for academic affairs at Grady College.

Her research focuses on inequalities in the media.

Photo: ACC Government

Ke’Travian Tyvon Cole was shot and killed on May 1st, one of several young Black men and teens killed or injured in Athens this year.

The 20-year-old rapper was struck down on the way to perform a show, under his stage name - EBE Montana.