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

The panel on the week in news and politics, including the latest from the Clarke County School District.

As the World Health Organization declares coronavirus a global health emergency, we’ll find out more about the disease and how governments can manage a potential pandemic with Dr. Curt Harris, director of the University of Georgia Institute for Disaster Management.

Commercial air service in Athens has come and gone several times over the decades, but a consortium of business and community leaders are trying once again to attract a national carrier to Ben Epps airport. 

This week on Athens News Matters, hear:


  • A report on ACC Animal Services

  • Former State Representative Deborah Gonzalez talk about her running for District Attorney 

  • WUGA’s panel discuss the week in news and politics

  • UGA professor Audrey Haynes talk about Georgia’s two upcoming U.S. Senate races

On January 27, 1956, Elvis Presley released “Heartbreak Hotel,” which would go on to be his first million-selling single.