WUGA, 91.7/97.9 FM, was honored recently by the national Public Radio News Directors Inc. and the Georgia Association of Broadcasters.
PRNDI awarded the station first place for best commentary for the piece “The Dark Side of Star Wars,” written and voiced by Athens freelance writer Patricia Ready Mullen. Her essay was an indictment of irresponsible media marketing targeted at children. Mullen received a bachelor of arts in journalism in 1986 and a master of arts in 1993, both from UGA.
WUGA won two awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters. One was a merit award for best locally-produced program for its variety show, Once in a Blue Moon, coordinated by producer Abbie Thaxton. She was assisted by the entire WUGA staff, including Robb Holmes, Sandy Mayfield, Michael Cardin, David Ferguson and Mary Kay Mitchell.
News Director Mary Kay Mitchell’s feature, “Remembering Noah Harris” also won a merit award for best news story. WUGA won a total of seven national, regional and state awards.