This fall, WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM, the NPR affiliate operated by the University of Georgia, is celebrating 30 years of being on the air. The station first went live on the morning of Aug. 28, 1987, and has been serving the Athens community ever since, offering both national and local programming.
“There is no other radio station in this area that provides the kind of content that this station does,” said Jimmy Sanders, WUGA’s general manager. “The community values this radio station and recognizes how unique it is.”
Several events are planned to commemorate the radio station’s 30th anniversary.
There will be an open house on Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the radio station, which is located in the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. On Aug. 28, the day the station first went live, there will be an anniversary evening gala featuring Steve Inskeep, the host of “Morning Edition” on NPR. On Aug. 29, GPB’s “On Second Thought” featuring Celeste Headlee will produce a program focused on public media. This show, produced at Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, will be recorded for later broadcast. Later that morning, at 11 a.m., Inskeep will address Grady College students.
Additional information about the events is available here.