Steve Goss

Host, Morning Edition

Steve Goss was first allowed inside a radio station when he interned as a writer and producer for Atlanta News/Talk station WGST. When he was hired by sister station, WPCH (“Peach”), he embarked on a broadcasting career that few in Atlanta have matched. Steve’s 35+ year tenure on the air and extensive community service has been recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Atlanta Achievement in Radio (A.I.R Awards) and the March of Dimes.  In 2013, he was named a Career Achievement Inductee to the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame.

Steve is a familiar face around Atlanta, too, as a volunteer for numerous charitable events and fundraisers, and as a sought after Master of Ceremonies at social functions. A graduate of Emory University (M.A., 1976), Steve has received several awards for broadcast journalism, including the Ohio State Award and United Press International’s “Best Radio Feature” prize for his “Peach of a City” series. In 1987 he was named an “Outstanding Georgia Citizen” by the office of the Secretary of State.

Steve enjoys baseball, running, and gardening. He lives in Stone Mountain with his wife, Karen; they have 2 sons—Corey and Garrett.

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8:49 am
Mon June 29, 2015

This Day In History: MARTA's East Side Rapid Rail Line Opens

Workers installing ceiling forms, East line near Decatur Station; circa 1977
Credit Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center; Martin Stupich, photographer / Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Tuesday is June 30. If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 36 years to that date in 1979, we'd witness the grand opening of MARTA's East side rapid rail line. 

The concept of introducing rapid transit in metro Atlanta had been debated off and on since the 1940s.  

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Features
8:49 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Nate DiMeo Of 'Memory Palace' Discusses Art Of Storytelling

As part of WABE's recent expansion of news and information programming, we've added a feature called "The Memory Palace" – that typically can be heard on Morning Edition each week in the 9 a.m. hour.

It's a series that, simply put, brings light to forgotten stories of the past.  

Nate DiMeo is the creator, and in a recent conversation with WABE's Steve Goss, he began by talking about what inspired his fascination with history.  

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Features
1:08 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

This Day in History: UGA Students Meet The Iron Horse

The Iron Horse sculpture surveys the scene near Watkinsville, Georgia.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Today is May 27.  

If we were to turn Georgia's clock back 61 years to this date in 1954, we'd witness a rather extreme reaction by University of Georgia students to the placement of a horse on their campus.  

As Georgia State University associate professor of history, Dr. Clifford Kuhn explains, the horse was a sculpture and part of a well-intentioned effort to expose the university community to some "culture."  

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Features
8:49 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Clarkston Community Health Director Reaches Out To Cuba

A rehabilitation center in Cienfuegos, Cuba, is shown here.
Courtesy of Lorrie Lynn King

The United States-based health care organizations, MEDICC and the American Public Health Association, plan regular visits to Cuba as “people to people” exchanges for American health care and medical professionals.  

As the founder of the women's health care nonprofit 50 Cents. Period., and community health director at the Clarkston Development Foundation, Lorrie Lynn King was able to participate in a visit to Havana and Cienfuegos in April.

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Georgia History
8:49 am
Mon May 11, 2015

The Strange Political Career of Georgia Rep. Charles Weltner

Gov. Carl Sanders poses with nine of the 10 Georgia congressmen in Atlanta on July 16, 1963. Rep. Charles Weltner, second right of the men who are standing, is looking at the photographer.
Credit Associated Press

After the county unit system that preserved rural political dominance in Georgia was effectively dismantled by federal courts in the early 1960s, a new breed of urban Democrat was able to gain a stronger foothold on statewide offices.  

One of the so-called "progressive" Democrats to emerge was Georgia U.S. Rep. Charles Weltner.  

Weltner's quick rise and fall is recounted by Emory University's Nathaniel Meyersohn in his senior honors thesis, "The Unfinished Task – Charles Weltner and the Hope of the New South."  

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Features
8:49 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Dining Critic John Kessler On Atlanta's Restaurant Scene

The AJC's John Kessler
Credit AJC Staff / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

After 18 years as a food writer and dining critic for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, John Kessler is leaving that beat to move to Chicago. Recently, he spoke with Steve Goss about getting into restaurant reviewing and the growth of the Atlanta restaurant scene.

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This Day in History
12:01 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

This Day In History: African-American Officers Join The Atlanta Police Department

Demonstrators demand the desegregation of the Atlanta Police Department in 1947.
Credit Courtesy of Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tomorrow is April 3.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 67 years to that date in 1948, we'd witness the first African-American police officers being appointed to the Atlanta Police Department.  

The effort to integrate the city's all-white police force had long been sought by the black community.  

In a conversation with Steve Goss, Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Cliff Kuhn explained how several developments in the 1940s paved the way for the change.

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Arts
11:25 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Discovering 'The Hidden South': A Conversation With Photojournalist Brent Walker

'I probably won’t get sober til [my son's] grown and the damage is done.'
Brent Walker

Their stories and portraits aren't the kind that the local chamber of commerce would highlight in a glossy brochure.  But they are the subjects of what Newnan, Georgia-based photographer Brent Walker has brought into sharp and compelling focus in a blog he calls "The Hidden South."  Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...  

  This story originally aired December 10, 2014.

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Mara's Music Mix
8:10 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Upcoming Atlanta Concerts: Blues, Drag Queens And Al Stewart

Jinkx Monsoon performs in Atlanta during last year's ''RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons.''
Credit Robb D. Cohen / Invision/AP

This week on the music mix, WABE contributor Mara Davis brings us the blues, takes us to a drag race and croons some Al Stewart to bring us her upcoming concert calendar.

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Features
6:49 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Atlanta Conference Promotes Connection Between Laughter, Wellness

Dr. Neil ''Doc Hollywood'' Shulman (second from right), shown with organizers of the Southern Fried Laughter Conference.
Credit Southern Fried Laughter Conference

What makes you laugh? A good joke? An amusing thought? A funny scene in a movie?

At the 2015 Southern Fried Laughter Conference what matters is not what inspires a laugh as much as the act of laughing itself. Lori Sugarman is a co-facilitator with the conference, and Meridy Hurt is a certified laughter yoga leader. Recently, they spoke with WABE's Steve Goss about the benefits of laughter. 

"There's a physical effect." Hurt said.

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Mara's Music Mix
10:06 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Yacht Rockers, Riot Grrrls Make Upcoming Atlanta Concert Picks

Juliana Hatfield is playing at Terminal West on Sunday.
Credit 1ieve / flickr.com/lieve

This week on Mara's Music Mix, we have Special Sauce, a pair of bluegrass legends, a punk/jazz guitarist at Eddie's Attic, and WABE contributor Mara Davis is aghast that Steve Goss has never seen "Pitch Perfect." 

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Features
8:49 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Festival Promoter Tim Sweetwood Talks Shaky Knees, Shaky Boots

On the weekend of May 8-10, the Shaky Knees music festival will present its third annual, three-day weekend of concerts by alternative rock and indie rock bands.
Credit Stacey Kizer / flickr.com/staceymk11

On the weekend of May 8-10, the Shaky Knees music festival will present its third annual, three-day weekend of concerts by alternative rock and indie rock bands. One week later, promoter Tim Sweetwood will debut a two-day festival for country artists called Shaky Boots.  

Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss about the festivals.

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Mara's Music Mix
6:46 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Punk, Pop And Klezmer Pepper: Mara Davis' Upcoming Concert Picks

John Mellencamp performs at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on Friday March 13
Credit Matt Rourke

This weekend sees "Take Me To Church" sensation Hozier return, yet again, to Atlanta's stages, while John Mellencamp gets gritty at the Fox, and part of the Arcade brings the Fire to the EARL. All that and much, much more as WABE contributor Mara Davis brings us her music mix.

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Mara's Music Mix
6:42 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Weekend Concert Picks Take Us To Church, The Attic And The Playhouse

Michelle Malone performs at Shawn Mullins' four-night stand birthday bash today through Sunday at the Red Clay Theater in Duluth.
Credit TimothyJ / flickr.com/tjc

This week on the Music Mix, WABE contributor Mara Davis brings us a singer-songwriter's birthday week, a pun-happy tribute act and Mara's pick for artist of the year, Hozier, takes us to church ... or at least The Tabernacle. 

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Features
6:49 am
Thu March 5, 2015

This Day in History: Peachtree City Is Incorporated

In this Dec. 20, 2011, photo, a golf cart enters an intersection from a designated pathway to cross a busy street in Peachtree City, Georgia. The extensive network of trails that originated in the city has become a path for golf carts now.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

This Monday is March 9, but it's not just any other day.

If we were to turn Georgia’s clock back 56 years to that date in 1959, we’d witness the incorporation of our state’s newest city, Peachtree City. 

But, Peachtree City in Fayette County was unlike any other municipality in the state. It was a planned community. Although, as Georgia State University historian Cliff Kuhn explains, the concept of a planned community was not a new one.

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Features
8:49 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Atlanta's Historic Sites Celebration, 'Phoenix Flies,' Starts March 7

Druid Hills Presbyterian Church sanctuary
Druid Hills Presbyterian Church

From March 7 through March 22, the Atlanta Preservation Center is presenting its 12th annual "Phoenix Flies"─ a city-wide celebration of Atlanta's historic places.  

Boyd Coons, executive director of the Atlanta Preservation Center, and Ellen Cody, events coordinator with the APC, recently spoke with WABE's Steve Goss about this year's event.

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Mara's Music Mix
10:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Willie Nelson And The Piano Man Top Week In Upcoming Concerts

Willie Nelson will appear on the Tabernacle stage with his trusty guitar, Trigger, on Feb. 27.
Credit John P. / onemansblog.com

This week, everyone's favorite ponytailed country legend Willie Nelson continues to wear a hole in his trusty guitar and an Athens country rule-breaker takes the Tabernacle stage. Plus, an indie rocker brings a new kind of grit to the EARL, and Piano Man Billy Joel plays the hits at Phillips. 

WABE contributor Mara Davis brings this weekend in concert picks.

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Features
8:49 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Saving The Fox Theatre: Recollections From The National Monuments Foundation CEO

''Save the Fox'' supporters paraded through the streets 40 years ago to keep the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
Credit Courtesy of The Fox Theatre

It’s been 40 years since the “Save the Fox” campaign successfully spared Atlanta’s most beloved landmark from demolition. 

How Atlantans first learned of the plan to sell and then destroy the Fox Theatre was due to the efforts of a group of high school students — chief among them, Rodney Mims Cook Jr. 

A native Atlantan, Cook today is the CEO of the National Monuments Foundation. Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss. 

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Mara's Music Mix
7:51 am
Fri February 20, 2015

All About That Bass, That Brass And That Jazz In Upcoming Concert Picks

The Rebirth Brass Band will be at Terminal West this Saturday.
Credit Al Goldis / Associated Press

This week, a jazz bass legend hits the Variety Playhouse, an unsung hero of blues and country comes to town, and a deep cut from Atlanta's supper club past leads a sing-along. WABE contributor Mara Davis covers all that and more in this week's Music Mix.

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Features
6:49 am
Thu February 19, 2015

This Day in History: Cyclorama Opens In Atlanta

The Atlanta Cyclorama is a massive circular painting of the Civil War Battle of Atlanta.
Credit Katie King / WABE

This Sunday is Feb. 22. If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 123 years to that date in 1892, we'd witness the public presentation of a massive circular painting of the Civil War Battle of Atlanta.  

Georgia State University Associate Professor of history Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss.

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Mara's Music Mix
6:44 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Big Heads, Brass Bands And Classy Jazz Make This Week's Concert Picks

Harry Connick Jr. arrives at the Fox Winter TCA All Star Party on Jan. 17, 2015, in Pasadena, California.
Credit Richard Shotwell/Invision / Associated Press

This week, WABE contributor Mara Davis gushes over Red Barat and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, a bill she calls a mix of curry and gumbo, which hits the Rialto stage on Saturday.

While WABE's Steve Goss finds his life lacking in comparison to a certain jazz crooner. That's all in this week's Music Mix. 

Guster at the Tabernacle; Friday, Feb. 13

Big Head Todd and the Monsters at the Variety Playhouse; Friday, Feb. 13

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Features
7:49 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Tax Season Brings Out Scammers, Con Artists Looking For An Easy Score

Now that it’s tax season, some scam artists attempt to steal a taxpayer’s identity or lure taxpayers into sending them money.
Credit Ken Teegardin / Flickr.com/teegardin

Now that it’s tax season, the number of attempts by scam artists to steal a taxpayer’s identity, or con people into paying money that they don’t owe, has increased dramatically.  

Recently, Dottie Callina ─ manager of communications with the Better Business Bureau serving metro Atlanta, Athens and northeast Georgia ─ talked with WABE's Steve Goss about how to protect yourself from a tax season scam. 

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Mara's Music Mix
6:40 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Bluegrass Tunes And Jazz Crooners In Upcoming Concert Picks

Occasionally rambunctious jazz pianist and singer Jamie Cullum performs at Atlanta Symphony Hall on Feb. 8.
Credit Deirdre Hynes / WFUV

The musical trivia dream team of WABE contributor Mara Davis and Steve Goss lay out a full weekend of concert picks, including electronic funk, fast-pickin' bluegrass and a not-too-mellow jazz singer at Symphony Hall.

Yonder Mountain String Band at the Variety Playhouse; Friday, Feb. 6

Jerry Seinfeld at the Fox Theater; Friday, Feb. 6

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Features
8:49 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School Requires Students To Earn Tuition

Camila Marin (foreground) and Bill Garrett talked with WABE's Steve Goss about Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School's debut year.
Credit Allison Guillory / WABE

One of Atlanta's newer high schools is unique for its student body and its work-study program. 

Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School is a private school that serves students from low-income households who are required to earn money at a school-sponsored job to help pay their tuition.

Cristo Rey Atlanta's president Bill Garrett recently updated the school's progress with WABE's Steve Goss.

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Mara's Music Mix
6:40 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Faux Zeppelin, Real Seger And An Eddie’s Double Header In Upcoming Concert Picks

Zoso, the Led Zeppelin Experience, will stage a two-night, seven-album stand at the Variety Playhouse Jan. 30 and 31.
Credit Jeff Schad-Montauk Music

This week, WABE contributor Mara Davis helps us get the Led out with a look ahead at a throwback folkie, a surprising number of bands pretending to be other bands, and a few classics playing their classics in Atlanta.

John McCutcheon at Eddie’s Attic; Friday, Jan. 30

Griffin House at Eddie’s Attic; Friday, Jan. 30

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One-on-One with Steve Goss
7:50 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Atlanta's History To Unfold In 50 Found Treasures, Trinkets

The Death Mask of Henry Grady by Orion Frazee, 1889.
Bess Meade Atlanta History Center

If you had to select an object that best represents Atlanta, what would you choose? 

Give it some thought because the Atlanta History Center is collecting ideas for an upcoming exhibit called, “Atlanta in 50 Objects.” 

Recently, Don Rooney, head of exhibitions at the History Center, spoke with WABE’s Steve Goss about the project.

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Mara's Music Mix
6:40 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Shaky Festivals, Leon Russell Make The List For Upcoming Concert Picks

Reporters are reflected in the sunglasses of Leon Russell as he answers a question at a news conference in Tulsa, Okla., Jan. 29, 2013.
Credit Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press

The Santa Claus of rock helms a two-night stand, and seemingly thousands of bands are set to descend on the city in May for all manner of Shaky festivals. WABE's Steve Goss and WABE contributor Mara Davis weigh in on their picks for upcoming concerts.

Phil Maderia at Red Clay Theater; Friday, Jan. 23

Leon Russell at Terminal West; Monday and Tuesday Jan. 26-27

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Features
7:49 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Historian Taylor Branch: The Civil Rights Movement And American Democracy

Taylor Branch wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning book, ''Parting the Waters'' that was the first in a trilogy chronicling the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.
Credit Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0 / wikimedia.org

On this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we'd like to present an encore broadcast of a conversation with renowned historian Taylor Branch that first aired two years ago.

His Pulitzer Prize winning book, "Parting the Waters" was the first in a trilogy chronicling the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, that also included the titles, "Pillar of Fire" and "At Canaan's Edge."    

Here, he talks with WABE's Steve Goss...

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Mara's Music Mix
6:40 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Atlanta Calling With Clashinista And More Concert Picks

Clashinista onstage at the EARL
Credit Angela Fox / special to WABE

Atlanta's only Clash cover band slams the Jail Guitar Doors on 529, the man behind a notorious '80s Christmas song, and everyone's best bud are all covered in this week's look at the city's concert offerings with WABE contributor Mara Davis.

Clashinista at 529; Saturday January 17

Midge Ure at Eddie’s Attic; Saturday January 17

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This Day In History
7:49 am
Thu January 15, 2015

This Day In History: Forsyth County's March For Racial Harmony

Counter protesters at the Jan. 17, 1987, march in Forsyth County, Georgia are pictured here.
Credit Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

This Saturday is Jan. 17.

If we were to turn Georgia's clock back 28 years to that date in 1987, we'd be witness to the first "brotherhood" march in Forsyth County.

That organizers felt the need to march for racial harmony in the county had its roots in events that occurred there 75 years earlier.

Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss.

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