WUGA-FM wins three state journalism awards

WUGA-FM wins three state journalism awards

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Association of Broadcasters honored WUGA, 91.7/97.9 FM, public radio for the Athens area, with three awards for programming which aired in 2006. The awards were presented at the annual convention on June 9.

News Director Mary Kay Mitchell won first place for best series for her anti-poverty stories. The series chronicled the year-long poverty-fighting efforts of Partners for a Prosperous Athens, including news spots, interviews and features. WUGA also won the merit award for best series for the global music and culture program, World Tour. Producer Andrew Reissiger submitted the episode called “Peace, War and Indifference,” which included musical selections and historical recordings centered on those themes. World Tour airs on WUGA at 11 a.m. on Fridays.

Mitchell also won a first place for best news story for “Volunteer Fair.” The piece highlighted a community-wide volunteer fair, one of the first programs initiated by the Partners for a Prosperous Athens.

“These coveted awards are a testament to the high quality broadcast excellence produced at WUGA,” said Steve Bell, WUGA general manager. “We are especially honored this year to be recognized with these three awards from GAB, in addition to the six awards previously presented to WUGA by the Associated Press for excellence in broadcast journalism.”

The GAB awards competition is open to all television and radio stations in the state of Georgia.