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

Super Bowl Sunday marks the one day of the year when people look forward to seeing commercials, and this year's crop did not disappoint. We talk with Grady College's Joseph Watson to find out what makes these multi-million-dollar productions successful.

Today on Athens News Matters, Clarke County School Superintendent Xernona Thomas on re-opening the schools. Also today, agriculture is Georgia’s biggest industry, which means last month’s Georgia Ag Forecast was widely watched. We’ll see what the year ahead might hold for Georgia’s farmers. Plus, Athens is looking for a poet laureate. Those stories, our panel on the week in news, and more … coming up on Athens News Matters.

Athens News Matters: CCSD Interview

Feb 5, 2021

After last returning to virtual learning in December, the Clarke County School District plans to restore the option for in-person instruction in mid-February.  

Athens News Matters: Georgia Ag Forecast

Feb 5, 2021

Agriculture is big business in Georgia. We’ll talk to Mark McCann from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences about the Georgia Ag Forecast, and the year ahead for farmers.

Athens News Matters: Panel

Feb 5, 2021

Listen to the panel discuss this week's news and more on Athens News Matters.