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Athens News Matters for September 30, 2022

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This week on Athens News Matters:

  • The Grit will close its doors in early October after 36 years in operation.
  • Critics of Georgia’s Correction System say parole doesn’t happen as often as it could or should.
  • Our panel covers the week in news and politics in Athens and beyond.
  • Service with a smile could be taking a toll on employees.
  • Joro Spiders - What we know about them now.
  • August Wilson's play 'Jitney' comes to the Morton Theatre on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Athens Reads returns with book recommendations from Mike Mills who is from REM and the Baseball Project.

Robin Whetstone is a local writer and storyteller who loves Athens, cats, and podcasts. She came to WUGA in 2018 to serve as our Operations Assistant, checking programs for broadcast and assisting the Operations Director with day-to-day scheduling and technical processes. She is now Senior Content Producer, and she reports for Athens News Matters, is the local host for All Things Considered and the Georgia Health Report.
Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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