WUGA-FM 91.7/94.5 FM, the University of Georgia’s public radio station, was honored by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Oct. 20 at its annual convention in Savannah.
The GABBY Award for outstanding community service was presented to the radio station’s general manager Jimmy Sanders, former traffic director Abbie Thaxton and operations/production manager Michael Cardin.
A merit award for best local program was presented to “Nothing Funny About Money,” which is hosted by Matt Goren and Michael Thomas from UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Program director for the show is Chris Shupe. A merit award for best sports feature, “Just an Old Scoreboard,” was presented to Shupe; Garrett Michael, Cox Institute intern; and intern Jed May, who are both students at UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Shupe also received a merit award for best news feature for “Athens, Ga Birthplace of a Milkshake?”
WUGA-FM also was honored with the Best of Gabby for the most awards received by a station in the class A, or large market, category. WUGA competes with radio stations in the large-market category, including public and commercial stations in Atlanta, Savannah, Columbus and Macon.