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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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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Features
8:49 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Emory Students Reexamine Civil Rights Era Killings

The case of James C. Brazier is one of those being investigated by the Ga. Civil Rights Cold Cases project team at Emory.
Credit scholarblogs.emory.edu/emorycoldcases/

One of the darker legacies of the modern Civil Rights era are scores of unsolved and unpunished racially motivated murders

Hank Klibanoff is the director of the journalism program at Emory University, where he is one of the professors teaching a course investigating civil rights cold cases here in Georgia.  Klibanoff, himself, is also a member of the broader Civil Rights Cold Case Project that’s looking into cases across the South.  

Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...

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Mara's Music Mix
6:40 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Staying With Sam Smith At The Fox And More Upcoming Concert Picks

Sam Smith
Credit John Shearer / Invision/Associated Press

The artist behind Mara's pick for Song of the Year comes to the Fox, and a genuine Concrete Blonde hits the Attic. WABE's Steve Goss talks to Atlanta radio veteran Mara Davis about her picks for upcoming concerts.

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Mara's Music Mix
6:40 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Piano Man Billy Joel, the Divine Ms. M and More Concerts Coming in 2015

Billy Joel
Credit Samira Khan / flickr.com/samirakhan/

The Piano Man goes solo at Philips Arena and Bette Midler provides the wind beneath the wings of this week's look ahead at contributor Mara Davis' picks of concerts to mark on your calendar in 2015.

Indigo Girls at Terminal West; Saturday January 3 [SOLD OUT]

30A Songwriters Festival in South Walton, Florida; January 16-18

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This Day in History
6:49 am
Mon December 29, 2014

This Day In History: Cherokee Land Ceded To Government In The Treaty Of New Echota

Cherokee territory in northern Georgia (1830)

Today is Dec. 29.  If we were to turn Georgia's clock back 179 years to this date in 1835, we'd be witness to the signing of the Treaty of New Echota which effectively ceded Cherokee land in the southeast Appalachians to the U.S. Government.  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
6:40 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Gregg Allman Rides To Midnight and Other Music Events

Gregg Allman
Credit courtesy last.fm

Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman makes his fifth trip to Atlanta to close out 2014, and WABE's Steve Goss and contributor Mara Davis go over a concert calendar full of blue-eyed soul, New Jersey bluegrass, and one of Atlanta's own powerhouse frontwomen. 

St. Paul and Broken Bones at the Fox’s Egyptian Ballroom; Saturday December 27

Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics at the EARL; Saturday December 27

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Mara's Music Mix
6:40 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: Dec. 19 & 20

Mara's Music Mix hosts Steve Goss and Mara Davis
Credit Evan Jang / WABE

For nearly two decades, Mara Davis was a well-known voice on Atlanta's FM airwaves, first on Z-93, and then on Dave FM.

Now she joins WABE's Steve Goss each Friday for a preview of weekend music events.

 

Mara's Music Mix for Dec. 19 & 20:

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Mara's Music Mix
6:40 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: December 12-18

Steve Goss and Mara Davis
Credit Evan Jang / WABE

For nearly two decades, Mara Davis was a well-known voice on Atlanta's FM airwaves, first on Z-93, and then on Dave FM.

Now she joins WABE's Steve Goss each Friday for a preview of weekend music events.

 

Mara's Music Mix for Dec. 12-18:

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Arts
6:49 am
Wed December 10, 2014

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...  

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Arts
6:49 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Maria Saporta: Woodruff Arts Center To Receive The Largest Gift In Its History

The Robert Woodruff Foundation is granting the Woodruff Arts Centers $38 million.
Credit Wikimedia

On Friday, Dec. 5, in an article by Atlanta Business Chronicle contributor Maria Saporta, it was revealed that the Woodruff Arts Center is receiving the largest gift in its 46-year history:  $38 million from the Robert Woodruff Foundation.  

Recently, Maria Saporta discussed the details of the gift with WABE's Steve Goss.

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Mara's Music Mix
6:35 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: December 5 & 6

Mara's Music Mix hosts Steve Goss and Mara Davis
Credit Evan Jang / WABE

For nearly two decades, Mara Davis was a well-known voice on Atlanta's FM airwaves, first on Z-93, and then on Dave FM.

Now she joins WABE's Steve Goss each Friday for a preview of weekend music events.

 

Mara's Music Mix for Dec. 5 & 6:

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Mara's Music Mix
6:45 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: November 28-30

Mara's Music Mix hosts Steve Goss and Mara Davis
Credit Evan Jang / WABE

For nearly two decades, Mara Davis was a well-known voice on Atlanta's FM airwaves, first on Z-93, and then on Dave FM.

Now she joins WABE's Steve Goss each Friday for a preview of weekend music events.

 

Mara's Music Mix for November 28-30:

Blackberry Smoke at the Tabernacle; Friday November 28

Cracker at the EARL; Saturday and Sunday November 29 & 30

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Education
8:39 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Project Darasani: Helping to Make School Affordable in Tanzania

Saloni Sharma (with glasses) and friends in Tanzania.
Credit Rupesh Sharma

Tanzania in East Africa may be familiar to many in the West as home to popular tourist destinations like the Serengeti National Park, but it's also a country with a poor rural population where many children cannot afford to attend school - even though Tanzania has a free public education system.

That's a fact not lost on Johns Creek Northview High School student Saloni Sharma during a visit two years ago.  What she saw inspired her to found the non-profit organization, "Project Darasani" (darasani is the Swahili word for classroom).  

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Mara's Music Mix
6:34 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: Nov. 21-26

Steve Goss and Mara Davis
Credit Evan Jang / WABE

For nearly two decades, Mara Davis was a well-known voice on Atlanta's FM airwaves, first on Z-93, and then on Dave FM.

Now she joins WABE's Steve Goss each Friday for a preview of weekend music events.

Mara's Music Mix for November 21-26:

Justin Townes Earle at Variety Playhouse; Friday, Nov. 21

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Mara's Music Mix
6:35 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: Nov. 14-17

Mara's Music Mix hosts Steve Goss and Mara Davis
Credit Evan Jang / WABE

For nearly two decades, Mara Davis was a well-known voice on Atlanta's FM airwaves, first on Z-93, and then on Dave FM.

Now she joins WABE's Steve Goss each Friday for a preview of weekend music events.

 

Mara's Music Mix for Nov. 14-17:

Mary Chapin Carpenter with Tift Merritt at the Variety Playhouse; Friday, Nov. 14

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Features
6:39 am
Thu November 13, 2014

This Day in History: UAW Stages Sitdown Stike at Lakewood GM Plant

The view looking south on McDonough Boulevard--in front of the Lakewood Assembly Plant (1947)
Credit Georgia State University Library

This Sunday is Nov. 16.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 78 years to that date in 1936, we'd be witness to the United Autoworkers Union's first automobile sitdown strike - an event staged at the Lakewood General Motors plant on McDonough Boulevard.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the strike with WABE's Steve Goss...

  

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Features
8:39 am
Wed November 12, 2014

'Tis the Season: Open Enrollment for Medicare Ends Dec. 7, 2014

Jae Oh, author of "Maximize Your Medicare"

Medicare as it currently exists includes four parts:  Medicare Part A covers hospitalization costs; Part B, medical services; Part C, Medicare Advantage; and Part D, prescription drugs.  The open enrollment period for this fall will expire on Dec. 7, 2014 - hence the flood of ads for various plans in the mail, online, and on TV.  

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