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Best Of 2011: Local Talk Radio Personality: Richard Randall

Conservative morning talk-show host Richard Randall practiced law for 7½ years before switching to the news industry, but says he still uses some of his attorney-like skills. "With both," he says, "you have to have a gut for being hoodwinked; be able to spot when someone's not being candid with you, whether it's in the studio, on the phone or on the national stage." Randall prides himself on welcoming disparate viewpoints on his show and says callers are never screened based on their opinions. He does draw the line on rude language, however, and frowns on even mildly offensive terms such as "crap" and "pissed-off." — Lynn Jacobs

Best Local Talk Radio Show, Richard Randall Show

Though he's hosted a talk radio show for more than 10 years, and reported TV news before that, you might not know that Richard Randall is a history buff. Off air, in fact, he's a documentary filmmaker who's chronicled the story of Mississippi Delta gospel music in Soul of the Delta, and now is working on a film about recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. "There are so many stories that haven't been told," he says. His radio show, a repeat Best Of winner, tends to focus more on politics with a conservative bent, but Randall says he always welcomes callers with diverging viewpoints. "That's the beauty of talk radio." — Anthony Lane

Best AM Radio Station

In high school, an English teacher once told my class that her vision of heaven was to be locked up for eternity with a never-ending supply of books. (Our rude laughter in response probably made her want to get there faster.) If listening to Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity gives you similar stirrings of eternal joy, you can get a pretty good slice of heaven in the Pikes Peak region by tuning in to KVOR, which offers a conservative-studded lineup every day of the week. Throw in coverage of Air Force Academy athletics, and you've got a simple explanation as to why this is KVOR's fifth year dominating the local AM dial. — Anthony Lane

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