WUGA Feature Stories

WUGA Team, 2011

Here you will find some of the local stories produced by WUGA featured during NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here and Now, and the Weekend News Magazines.

Over the course of the last 30 years WUGA Radio presented a live variety show that showcased the talents of various performers from the local community. Titled "Once in a Blue Moon", the name suggested the infrequency of the event, with most shows occurring around the stations anniversaries, every 5 to 10 years. However, the success of the show and the talent displayed meant audiences began to clamor for  it to be more often.

So where do a man, a scoreboard, and the University of Georgia all intersect? No, this is not the beginning to one of those inappropriate limericks, but rather the introduction to something much more. Most of the time there is more than meets the eye when it comes to people. Even places and things can have rich, and sometimes forgotten, history. But an abandoned scoreboard?

Recently WUGA's Program Director and Morning Edition Co-Host, Chris Shupe, was asked to participate in a new event focused on recognizing some of the best song writers in Athens. In this piece, Chris takes us along for the process, that ended with an amazing night of music that not only honored the participants but also legendary song writer the late Vic Chesnutt.

WUGA's Chris Shupe speaks to legendary Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, ahead of a performance at The Foundry in Athens. Trucks passed away 9 months later.

So as Election Night 2016 nears, WUGA wanted to get a sense of where the younger, student voter stood on issues and which candidate best represented them, or was there one? Athenia's Lauren Baggett and local Morning Edition co-host Chris Shupe discuss their findings.

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