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
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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Features
7:58 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Maria Saporta Reflects on Her Conversation with Hank Aaron

Maria Saporta
Credit Saporta report

It's been more than 40 years since Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's long-held career homerun record before a sold-out crowd at Atlanta Stadium.  Recently, veteran Atlanta journalist Maria Saporta sat down with Hank Aaron and his wife Billye for an interview for the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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

Mara's Music Mix: November 7-9

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 7-9:

Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Allen Toussaint at the Ferst Center for the Arts; Friday November 7

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Local
8:39 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Atlanta Botanical Garden Continues Its Evolution: A Conversation with CEO Mary Pat Matheson

Mary Pat Matheson, President and CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, poses in the Asian garden.
Credit Atlanta Botanical Garden

  This fall the Atlanta Botanical Garden announced the launch of its next capital campaign.  The $40 million goal will fund a varied wish list of repairs and new features on the Garden's 30-acre site adjacent to Piedmont Park.  

Mary Pat Matheson has been President and CEO of the Garden since 2002.  Recently she spoke with WABE's Steve Goss.

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Music
6:39 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Beatles' Long-time Secretary Shares Her Story: A Conversation with Freda Kelly

Beatles' secretary Freda Kelly
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Like many teenaged girls in Liverpool, England in the early 1960s, Freda Kelly saw the Beatles perform at the Cavern Club when the band was just a local favorite.

It was a chance meeting at that club with the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein that would change her life.  Her experiences as the Beatles' secretary for more than ten years have been retold in a documentary called "Good Ol' Freda."

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Mara's Music Mix
6:35 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: October 31-November 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 October 31-November 6:

ATL Collective Presents Michael Jackson's Thriller at Vinyl; Friday October 31

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Mara's Music Mix
8:31 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: October 25-26

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 October 25-26:

Los Lobos at the Rialto; Saturday October 25

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Mara's Music Mix
8:13 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: October 17-20

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 October 17-20:

Ziggy Marley at Variety Playhouse; Friday October 17

Jason Isbell with John Prine at Fox Theatre; Saturday October 18

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Features
6:39 am
Mon October 13, 2014

This Day in History: Maynard Jackson Elected Mayor of Atlanta

Mayor-elect Maynard Jackson with his mother Dr. Irene Dobbs Jackson (left) and his wife, Bunnie
Credit Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

This Thursday is October 16th.  If we were to turn our city's clock back 41 years to that date in 1973, we'd hear news that Maynard Jackson had just been elected Atlanta's first African American mayor.  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 October 10, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: October 10 & 11

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 October 10-11:

Drive By Truckers with St. Paul and the Broken Bones at the Tabernacle; Friday October 10

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Features
8:39 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Baby Boomers' Concern Over Health Care Costs in Retirement Not Matched by Planning

Howard Joe, Senior Vice President-Wealth Management, with Merrill Lynch
Credit Douglas Sweeney / Merrill Lynch

Recent studies conducted by Merrill Lynch and the research and consulting firm, Age Wave, found that health care costs in retirement dominate the concerns of most Americans over fifty.  Howard Joe, a wealth management advisor with Merrill Lynch, discussed the study's results with WABE's Steve Goss...

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