WABE Collaborates with Bitter Southerner Magazine for Special

City Lights Presents: The Bitter Southerner’s All Women Radio Hour

Atlanta (June 24, 2024) Atlanta’s public media powerhouse WABE is partnering with The Bitter Southerner for a one-hour radio special, City Lights Presents: The Bitter Southerner’s All Women Radio Hour. The special is inspired by and to commemorate the launch of the magazine’s Issue #08, which is dedicated to women’s voices and perspectives and was created entirely by women contributors: writers, photographers, artists, musicians, comedians, chefs, and editors. The show premieres at 11 a.m. EDT,  Friday, June 28, on Atlanta’s NPR station WABE 90.1, as well as on wabe.org, bittersoutherner.com, and on the WABE app. Following the premiere, the special will be available nationally through public media distributor PRX.

The format of the hour-long special will follow an arts and culture magazine with the vibrancy of a variety show, presented and co-produced by City Lights with Lois Reitzes, Atlanta’s premiere arts and culture radio show. In Issue #08, close to 90 amazing women share powerful stories. The radio hour brings some of those voices, including Joan Baez, Roxane Gay, Madi Diaz, Victoria Chang, and SistaStrings to life through interviews, song, storytelling, poetry, and comedy.

“This collaboration is a celebration of women’s voices and the rich tapestry of stories they weave,” says Lois Reitzes, host of WABE’s City Lights. “We are excited to collaborate with The Bitter Southerner to highlight the contributions of these talented women and share their stories with our listeners.”

The Bitter Southerner has always shared a diverse chorus of voices. But in this scary and critical year for our country, we’ve invited just the women to sing in this special issue,” says Kyle Tibbs Jones, Co-Founder, Editorial and Communications Director for The Bitter Southerner. “We are thrilled that the incomparable Lois Reitzes and WABE, who are known for amplifying storytelling and voices of Atlanta and the South, are partnering with us to bring these powerful narratives to life.”


WABE is Atlanta’s original, independent, non-profit source for news and local stories and the choice for NPR and PBS. Our stations deliver fact-based journalism and inclusive, engaging, cultural content that informs, inspires, reflects, and empowers the millions who call the Greater Atlanta area home. WABE’s programs, podcasts, and events make Atlanta’s stories and storytellers accessible and relevant across various platforms for our diverse audience. WABE original programming, along with national NPR and PBS content, is available on WABE 90.1FM, WABE.org, WABE TV (PBS-30), and WABE-HD1/ WABE-HD2, as well as streaming on the WABE Mobile App, Hulu + Live, YouTube TV, Chromecast, PBS.org, Local Now, Roku, Android TV & mobile, Amazon Fire TV & tablets, iOS, tvOS, and Android TV live streams. Visit wabe.org for more information.


A beacon from the American South and a bellwether for the nation, The Bitter Southerner is an Athens, GA-based independent publisher, founded in 2013, that connects an activated and vocal global community working to make the South, and America, a better place. Today, The Bitter Southerner publishes three print magazines annually, books under its BS Publishing imprint, the “Batch” podcast, and iconic apparel and home goods in the BS General Store. bittersoutherner.com