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IndyPick • Best Of 2011: Clinging to an Honorable Tradition: Dan Cochell

For decades, across the nation and here in Colorado Springs, you could count on being able to turn on your radio every autumn Friday night and find broadcasts of high school football games. Sadly, that's not the case as much anymore, for all kinds of reasons. But one station and announcer haven't given up. Dan Cochell, usually co-anchor for KRDO's Morning News, has a passion for high school sports that feels and sounds more like the 1970s. Luckily for this market, KRDO willingly provides Cochell the airtime every week for what he promotes as "The Game." He doesn't play favorites, bouncing from Fountain to Doherty or Rampart and all points in-between. The bonus is that Cochell is always well-prepared, treats every game like it's for a league title, and he holds the listener with his engaging, enthusiastic style. Yes, it's a throwback. Nothing wrong with that. — Ralph Routon

Writer's Pick: Champion of Animal Causes, Lee Richards

She's been a well-known presence on the local radio scene since the late 1980s, first as a classic-rock DJ and more recently as co-anchor of KRDO's Morning News (1240 AM, 105.5 FM). But aside from her work, Lee Richards has made a name for herself locally by doing all in her power to raise awareness on animal-related issues and activities. Every time there's a story anywhere dealing with animal abuse, she makes sure KRDO's listeners hear about it, and she's given her time to countless fundraising activities helping animal causes. It's not just talk, either. She adopts cats and dogs, but only seniors (at least 10 years old), to give them a happy ending to their lives. Now, for once, she's the one getting the long-deserved recognition. — Ralph Routon

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