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.
Several events are planned to commemorate the radio station’s 30th anniversary.
There will be an open house Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the radio station, which is located in the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Visitors will be invited to tour the facility and meet station staff. Light refreshments will be served. Several musicians who have been involved with the station over the years will provide entertainment.
On Aug. 28, the date the station first went live, there will be an anniversary evening gala featuring Steve Inskeep, the host of Morning Edition on NPR. The reception and dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at Athens Cotton Press. Tickets are $50 and are available until Aug. 14. Tickets can be ordered through the station’s website, wuga.org.
On Aug. 29, GPB’s On Second Thought featuring Celeste Headlee will produce a program focused on public media.
Later that morning, at 11 a.m., Inskeep will address Grady College students. Keith Herndon of the Cox Institute is coordinating the event for Grady College.