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. Recently, Steve’s 25+ year tenure on the air and extensive community service was recognized with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” presented by Atlanta Achievement in Radio and the March of Dimes.

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
6:50 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: April 18-20

Mara Davis and Steve Goss talk Atlanta music.
Credit Dan Raby / 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 April 18-20:

Clay Cook vs. Levi Lowrey at Southern Ground Social Club; Friday April 18

Milk Carton Kids at Buckhead Theatre; Friday April 18

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Books
8:39 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Betty and Dupre: The Atlanta Murder Case that Riveted the Nation's Attention

Credit The History Press / The History press

The song inspired by the case of Betty Andrews and Frank Dupre has kept the famous 1922 Atlanta murder trial  from fading from memory.  

In his new book, "Hanging the Peachtree Bandit--The True Tale of Atlanta's Infamous Frank Dupre" (The History Press, 2014), author Tom Hughes revisits the crime, the trial, and the execution that captured newspaper headlines for months.  

(the version of "Betty Told Dupre" included in this interview performed by Teddy Grace, 1939)

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Mara's Music Mix
7:42 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: April 11-13

Mara Davis and Steve Goss
Credit 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 April 11-13:

Lady Antebellum at Aaron's Ampitheatre at Lakewood; Friday April 11

Mac DeMarco at the Goat Farm Arts Center; Friday April 11

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Sports
6:39 am
Mon April 7, 2014

This Day in History: Hank Aaron Breaks Babe Ruth's Home Run Record

Hank Aaron connects on his 715th career home run.
Credit Bud Skinner / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tuesday is April 8.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 40 years to that date in 1974, we'd witness one of the great moments in baseball history.

Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run, eclipsing a record that had been held by Babe Ruth since 1935.  Recently, Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisited the event with WABE's Steve Goss.

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Mara's Music Mix
6:35 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Mara’s Music Mix: April 4-6

Mara Davis and Steve Goss
Credit 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 April 4-6:

"Return of the Grevious Angel" - A Night Honoring Gram Parsons at the Star Bar; Friday April 4

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Features
8:39 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Jimmy Carter's New Book Focuses on the Plight of Women Worldwide

President Carter's 28th book.
Credit Simon and Shuster / Simon and Shuster

Former President Jimmy Carter has authored books on a wide range of topics over the past four decades.  His latest book, "A Call to Action--Women, Religion, Violence, and Power" (Simon and Shuster, 2014), addresses the suffering women and girls around the world.  Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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Out with the New, in with the Old
6:31 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Radio Station Uses Carrier Pigeons to Communicate with Reporters

Nina Totenbird getting ready for a flight.
Dylan Fagan WABE

In an age when people seem obsessed with mobile devices and smart phones, we thought we’d introduce you to a man who has brought back an older method of sending messages.  His name is Charles Edwards. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the interim news director here at WABE.  But what many people don’t know is that he sometimes uses carrier pigeons to communicate with reporters in the field.  WABE’s Steve Goss began this interview by asking him how he got started.

Here are the names of all of our carrier pigeons:

1.      Nina Totenbird

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Mara's Music Mix
7:30 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: March 28-30

Mara Davis and Steve Goss talk Atlanta music.
Credit Dan Raby / 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 March 28-30:

Lotus at the Buckhead Theatre; Saturday, March 29

Yonas at Smith's Olde Bar; Friday, March 28

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Atlanta Braves
8:39 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Next Year is Here: What Can We Expect from the 2014 Atlanta Braves?

I.J. Rosenberg, President of Score Atlanta
Credit Score Atlanta

The Atlanta Braves will begin their 2014 regular season on Monday, already hampered by injuries.  The pitching staff has lost starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to Tommy John surgery for the entire year, while injuries and surgery will delay the start of the season for Mike Minor, Gavin Floyd, and Jonny Venters.  

So, who's left?  That's a question WABE's Steve Goss posed to I.J. Rosenberg, president of the weekly sports page, Score Atlanta, and former long-time Braves beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...

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Features
6:39 am
Wed March 26, 2014

This Day in History: Baker vs. Carr Ends Georgia's County Unit System

Campaign flyer for gubernatorial candidate Carl Sanders
Credit georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu

Today is March 26th.  if we were to turn Georgia's clock back 52 years to this date in 1962, we'd witness the United States Supreme Court's decision in Baker vs. Carr--a ruling that led to significant changes in state election laws.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the decision and its ramifications for Georgia politics with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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Features
8:39 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Your Next Georgia Vacation? Visit a Farm!

Jodi Helmer

While the beach or the mountains remain popular vacation destinations, more Georgians are finding interest in other "stay-cations."  

In her new book, "Farm Fresh Georgia" (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), Jodi Helmer has compiled a travel guide for people who want to visit the variety of places in this state where their food is produced.  

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Mara's Music Mix
8:14 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: March 21-23

Mara Davis and Steve Goss
Credit 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 March 21-23:

The Moody Blues at the Fox Theatre; Friday March 21

The Fleshtones at the Star Bar; Friday March 21

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Features
8:39 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Remembering the Dearly Departed: New Book Looks at the Ways We Mourn

Kate Sweeney
Credit Kaylinn Gilstrap / Kaylinn Gilstrap Photography

For many of us the topic of death is something we prefer not to discuss--it's too scary, too gruesome, or perhaps too real.  WABE producer, Kate Sweeney, however, has just written a book entitled, "American Afterlife--Encounters in the Customs of Mourning" (University of Georgia Press, 2014).  In a recent conversation with WABE's Steve Goss she was happy to talk about the way we deal with death, and how she came to write a book about it... 

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Health & Science
8:39 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Approaching the Enrollment Deadline: What Georgians Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Dr. John Lumpkin
Credit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

In case you haven't heard, March 31, 2014, is the deadline to enroll for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.  Those who don't may face a penalty of $95 or one percent of their taxable income -- whichever is greater.  

Recently, Dr. John Lumpkin, Senior Vice-President with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -- the nation's largest philanthropy devoted to public health -- spoke with WABE's Steve Goss.

   

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Features
8:39 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Are You Talking to Me? A Conversation with the Voice Talent Behind Apple's Siri

Susan Bennett, the original voice of Apple's Siri
Credit Jefferson Graham / USA Today

In 2011, Apple released an upgraded version of its top-selling I-Phone--the 4S.  Among the features:  a female voice assistant named "Siri."  Last Fall, Atlanta-based voice talent Susan Bennett revealed that she was the original voice of Siri.  Recently, she--Susan Bennett, that is--spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...

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Mara's Music Mix
6:35 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Mara’s Music Mix: March 7-11

Mara Davis and Steve Goss
Credit 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 March 7-11:

St. Vincent at the Tabernacle; Saturday March 8

Willie Sugarcapps at Smith's Olde Bar; Saturday March 8

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Features
8:39 am
Thu March 6, 2014

"Phoenix Flies": Connecting with Atlanta's Living Landmarks

Boyd Coons, Executive Director of the Atlanta Preservation Center
Credit Atlanta Preservation Center

   This Saturday, March 8th, the Atlanta Preservation Center kicks off its annual "Phoenix Flies"--a two-week citywide celebration of Atlanta's historic places, including buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes.  Recently, the APC's Executive Director Boyd Coons,  and Events Coordinator Carolyn Stine Mclaughlin, previewed the celebration with WABE's Steve Goss...

   

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Mara's Music Mix
7:05 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: February 28-March 2

Mara Davis and Steve Goss talk Atlanta music.
Credit Dan Raby / 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 February 28-March 2:

Josh Harty with Donna Hopkins at Steve's Live Music; Friday February 28

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Features
6:39 am
Wed February 26, 2014

This Day in History: Atlantan Wins World Middleweight Championship

Tiger Flowers
Credit www.georgiaencyclopedia.org

Today is February 26th.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 88 years to this date in 1926, we'd witness residents--both black and white--celebrating the news that Tiger Flowers had just won the World Middleweight Boxing Championship:  the first African American to win a world boxing title in 18 years.  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
6:35 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: February 21-26

Mara Davis and Steve Goss
Credit 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 February 21-26:

Robin Thicke at the Fox Theatre; Friday February 21

Tift Merritt & Simone Dinnerstein at Bailey Performance Centur; Friday February 21

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Features
8:39 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Saving a School Under Siege: A Conversation with Antoinette Tuff

Antoinette Tuff
Credit Baker Publishing Group / Baker Publishing Group

On August 20, 2013, a lone gunman entered McNair Discovery Learning Academy in DeKalb County.  He walked to the front desk where bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff was filling in while the school's secretary was at lunch.  

What happened next captured headlines across the country and is recounted in a book by Ms. Tuff, entitled, "Prepared for a Purpose" (with Alex Tresniowski, Bethany House, 2014). 

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

Mara's Music Mix: February 14-17

Mara Davis and Steve Goss
Credit 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 February 14-17:

Trey Anastasio Band at the Tabernacle; Friday February 14

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings at Variety Playhouse; Saturday February 15

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Features
8:39 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Preserving the Gullah Geechee Culture

Althea Sumpter, Acting Chair of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission
Credit Jerry Immel

Eight years ago, Congress authorized the creation of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor--the first of its kind in the United States.  Althea Sumpter is acting chairperson of the federal commission whose mission includes preservation of the remnants of the culture that stretches from Wilmington, North Carolina, south along the South Carolina and Georgia coasts, into northern Florida.  Recently she spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...

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Mara's Music Mix
6:35 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Mara’s Music Mix: February 7-13

Mara Davis and Steve Goss talk Atlanta music.
Credit Dan Raby / 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 February 7-13:

Angelique Kidjo at Variety Playhouse; Friday February 7

Art Garfunkel at Rialto Center for the Arts; Friday February 7

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Features
7:39 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Meeting the Beatles: Recollections by a Legendary Disc Jockey and His Daughter

Bill Wright, Sr (smiling, center), between and behind John Lennon (left) and Paul McCartney (right)
Credit Hy Lit

It was nearly fifty years ago that the Beatles first landed in America. Life hasn't been the same since for many members of the baby-boom generation.  Including me.  As a high school student in the late 1960s, I was friends with a girl whose father had been the morning personality at "Wibbage," WIBG radio--the station that promoted the Beatles first visit to Philadelphia on September 2, 1964.  Recently, Bill Wright, Sr and his daughter Kelly shared their memories of the day they met the Beatles when the band performed at Convention Hall...

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Features
6:39 am
Thu January 30, 2014

This Day in History: Coretta Scott King Dies

Coretta Scott King lies in repose at the Georgia Capitol
Credit New York Times

Today is January 30th.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back eight years to this date in 2006, we'd be witness to the news that Coretta Scott King, widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr, had died.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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Features
8:39 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Dealing with the Politics and Economics of Menstruation in Developing Countries

Lorrie Lynn King (right), International Founder and Executive Director, 50 Cents Period.Org
Credit Elaine Oyzon-Mast

In 2011, Clarkston, Georgia resident and public health professional Lorrie Lynn King and her partners founded a non-profit called 50 Cents period.org.  

Its mission is to provide women in developing parts of the world with sanitary products and information on managing their menstruation hygiene.  

In a recent conversation with WABE's Steve Goss, Ms. King recalled what she discovered three years ago during a visit to underserved rural schools in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. 

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Mara's Music Mix
6:35 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Mara’s Music Mix: January 24-26

Mara Davis and Steve Goss talk Atlanta music.
Credit Dan Raby / 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 January 24-26:

Big Head Todd & the Monsters at the Buckhead Theatre; Saturday January 25

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Mara's Music Mix
6:35 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Mara’s Music Mix: January 17-19

Mara Davis and Steve Goss
Credit 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 January 17-19:

Celebrating Georgia with Chuck Leavell & Friends at Symphony Hall; Saturday January 18

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Features
8:39 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Photographing Man's Ill Effects on the Environment

Butte, Montana
Peter Essick

Freelance photojournalist Peter Essick--a resident of Stone Mountain, Georgia--has just published a book entitled, "Our Beautiful, Fragile World" (Rocky Nook, 2013).  It chronicles more than two decades of his work at National Geographic magazine depicting man's often detrimental effect on the environment.  Here, the author speaks with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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