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click to enlarge When you win best radio DJ, you don't sit at the - desk, you sit on the desk. - PETER FECTEAU
  • Peter Fecteau
  • When you win best radio DJ, you don't sit at the desk, you sit on the desk.

Radio DJ

Gold

Romiah Milner from The NEW Magic Morning Show with Goose and Romi

Magic KKMG-FM 98.9

59-MAGIC (596-2442)

989magicfm.com

Weekdays, 5:30-10 a.m.

Romiah Milner says fans approach her all the time (including once in the bathroom at a Bally Total Fitness), identifying her either by her looks or the sound of her voice. She says she loves the adoration. I wouldnt be here if it wasnt for the listeners, she says. I get paid because of them. PF

Silver

Ross Ford

KILO-FM 94.3

633-KILO (633-5456)

kilo943.com

Weekdays, 5:30-10 a.m.

Bronze

Vicki Gregor

KRCC-FM 91.5

473-4801

krcc.org

Weekdays, 9 a.m. to noon

Radio Talk Show Host

Local Talk Radio Show

Gold

Tony D from Tony D & The Dawg Pound

The Sports Animal KKML-AM 1300

265-9661

sportsanimal1300.com

Weekdays, 3-7 p.m.

Last year, Tony D earned himself golds in these same two categories. Hes back in the pole position again this year, and, this time, maybe its a little sweeter. Last year, his winnings came alongside co-host and local comedian Papi Sorrelis for the duos morning drive show. This year, D earns it for his own show, Tony D and The Dawg Pound, which airs during the afternoon drive on FOX Sports Animal. Our open-ended question to the guy who spends his afternoons speculating about sports: How many consecutive Best Of wins does it take to become a dynasty? PF

Radio Talk Show Host

Silver

Dr. Joseph Michelli from The Joseph Michelli Show

News Radio KVOR-AM 740

540-0740

kvor.com

Weekdays, 4-6 p.m.

Bronze

Bob and Tom from The Bob and Tom Show

Classic Rock KKFM-FM 98.1

532-9800

bobandtom.com

Monday-Saturday, 5-9 a.m.

Local Talk Radio Show

Silver

The Joseph Michelli Show

News Radio KVOR-AM 740

540-0740

kvor.com

Weekdays, 4-6 p.m.

Bronze

Western Skies

KRCC-FM 91.5

473-4801

krcc.org

Tuesday and Thursday 7-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 4-5 p.m.

Best AM Radio Station

Gold

News Radio KVOR-AM 740

540-0740

kvor.com

If youre tired of listening to the whining of the liberal media, or just want to keep tabs on the right-wing conservatives fueling Americas policies, KVOR has you covered. The station is home to the Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Bill OReilly and Glenn Beck shows. At KVOR, they never quit talking. AB

Silver

The Sports Animal KKML-AM 1300

265-9661

sportsanimal1300.com

Bronze

News Radio 850 KOA-AM

303/713-8585

850koa.com

click to enlarge Broncos, buffaloes and cowboys Tony D (right) keeps it - wild at The Sports Animal. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • Broncos, buffaloes and cowboys Tony D (right) keeps it wild at The Sports Animal.

Best FM Radio Station

Gold

KRCC-FM 91.5

473-4801

krcc.org

This National Public Radio affiliate artfully marries in-depth, balanced news with juicy Euro-jungle beats, ethereal folk songs and ear-soothing jazz a delightful departure from the formulaic redundancy of commercial radio. Born out of Colorado College in the 1940s, KRCC offers a wealth of public service announcements for community events, too. AB

Silver

KILO-FM 94.3

633-KILO (633-5456)

kilo943.com

Bronze

KVUU-FM 99.9

785-9999

kvuu.com

Best Morning Talk Show

Gold

The Bob and Tom Morning Show

KKFM-FM 98.1

532-9800

bobandtom.com

Monday-Saturday, 5-9 a.m.

If youve over-saturated on the best selection of fist-pumping radio rawk in town, try tuning in to 98.1s totally crazy morning show with Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold. With regularly featured gag callers that include a guy with a girl in a pit, who knows what near-insanity this insatiable duo will come up with next? JTR

Silver

Ross & Mo

KILO-FM 94.3

633-KILO (633-5456)

kilo943.com

Weekdays, 5:30-10 a.m.

Bronze

Morning Edition

KRCC-FM 91.5

473-4801

krcc.org

Weekdays, 5-9 a.m.

Best Local TV Newscast

Gold

KOAA-TV NBC 5/30

632-5030

koaa.com

Behind the scenes and on the air, the people who make up the News First Team have been active in the community for many years. News director Cindy Aubrey says KOAA takes viewer feedback seriously. Weve gotten to know our viewers. We listen to them. Without them, wed be out of business. KB

Silver

KRDO-TV ABC 13

632-1515

krdo.com

Bronze

KKTV-TV CBS 11

634-2844

kktv.com

Best Local TV News Anchor

Gold

Lisa Lyden

KOAA-TV NBC 5/30

632-5030

koaa.com

Indy readers just adore polished, poof-haired Lisa Lyden. Maybe its her amiable, between-the-headlines banter with co-anchor Rob Quirk. Or maybe our readers know Lyden is more than just another news hound. She gets involved with numerous good causes in the community every year. MdY

Silver

Georgiann Lymberopoulos

KOAA-TV NBC 5/30

632-5030

koaa.com

Bronze

Stephanie Pytlinsky

KXRM-TV FOX 21

596-2100

kxrm.com

Best TV Weatherperson

Gold

Mike Daniels

KOAA-TV NBC 5/30

632-5030

click to enlarge Hooligans and ne'er-do-wells be warned: This Public Eye - will expose you. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • Hooligans and ne'er-do-wells be warned: This Public Eye will expose you.

koaa.com

Mike Daniels has been on air longer than any other weatherman in Colorado Springs. How does he maintain those boyish good looks? When I am not scanning the skies for weather patterns, I can be found jogging or riding a stationary bike, says Daniels. Exercise is almost as important to me as southern Colorado weather. There you have it. FG

Silver

Mike Madson

KOAA-TV NBC 5/30

632-5030

koaa.com

Bronze

Matt Meister

KRDO-TV ABC 13

632-1515

krdo.com

Best TV Reporter

Gold

Tak Landrock

KRDO-TV ABC 13

632-1515

krdo.com

He has the best name in the biz, and now Takeshi Tak Landrock is officially the Best Reporter, too. As a consumer watchdog at Channel 13, Landrock gets to the bottom of customer complaints, warns viewers about scams and helps buyers get what they paid for. They know Im on their side, he says. JET

Silver

Laurie Martin

KKTV-TV CBS 11

634-2844

kktv.com

Bronze

Katie Moore

KOAA-TV NBC 5/30

632-5030

koaa.com

Best TV Sportscaster

Gold

Jesse Kurtz

KKTV-TV CBS 11

634-2844

kktv.com

Sure, we knew our athletes names and spent many a weekend begging for a Yankees loss. But until Jesse Kurtz came on the air in 2002, the stats didnt fit together as pretty, and we werent as confident in fantasy football. Hes become the anchor that sports fans quote verbatim when we want to sound like we know more than we really do. SK

Silver

John Owens

KKTV-TV CBS 11

634-2844

kktv.com

Bronze

Lee Douglas

KOAA-TV NBC 5/30

632-5030

koaa.com

Best Print Journalist

Gold

Cara DeGette

Colorado Springs Independent

Its always rewarding when you all honor someone at the Indy, especially when its someone who ruffles (ravages?) some serious feathers. For 13 years, five of which she spent as editor, Cara DeGette has searched out corruption, controversy and comedy and shes usually found what shes looking for. Look for her not only in the paper she helped launch, but also on coloradoconfidential.com. KW

Silver

Kathryn Eastburn

Colorado Springs Independent

Bronze

Rich Tosches

Denver Post

Local Celebrity Youd Like to Have Lunch With

Activist

Gold

Mary Lou Makepeace

Former Colorado Springs mayor and current executive director of Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, Mary Lou Makepeace is known for making waves in a city known best for its stagnant water. Her organization largely funded the Born Different campaign that decorated Colorado Springs lamp poles this summer. A number of locals still believe that America the Beautiful Park shouldve been named Makepeace Park, to honor Makepeaces efforts into making that jewel a reality. A lunchtime conversation with this longtime activist would provide no shortage of local insight into what makes Colorado Springs tick. NZ

Local Celebrity Youd Like to Have Lunch With

Silver

Richard Skorman, regional director for U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar

Bronze

Goose Gossage, Major League Baseball legend

Activist

Silver

Richard Skorman, regional director for U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar

click to enlarge Sallie Clark, voted Best County Commissioner, brings civility - to local government. - FILE PHOTO
  • File Photo
  • Sallie Clark, voted Best County Commissioner, brings civility to local government.

Bronze

Ann Oatman-Gardner

Best Reason to Vote this November

Gold

Get Republicans Out of Office

Two years ago, a strange thing happened in Colorado: The red state turned purple. Democrats took control of both houses of the state Legislature and, lo and behold, since then the focus has been on the sane. Heading into the November election, people even Republicans who never would have considered casting a vote for a D are appalled. Iraq? The economy? Foley? Hastert? Bush? Good God, its time for a change. CD

Silver

Its our duty / Because we can

Bronze

Change

Best Member of City Council

Gold

Jerry Heimlicher

Not afraid to speak his mind even if it raises some hackles Jerry Heimlicher has a commendable independent streak. He had the guts, for instance, to speak out against some naysayers in his own Republican Party in the wake of the passage of Referendum C a measure that business leaders, real estate brokers and developers viewed as critical to the Pikes Peak regions economy. MdY

Silver

None

Bronze

Margaret Radford

Best County Commissioner

Gold

Sallie Clark

This isnt the first time the red-haired Republican has won this honor. She got her start in politics as a west side neighborhood activist and was propelled beyond home and garden issues into the City Council. Given the contemptuousness of some commissioners past and present readers must be enthralled by Clarks graceful, friendly style as chairwoman of the board. MdY

Silver

Douglas Bruce

Bronze

None

Best Philanthropist

Gold

Gill Foundation / Tim Gill

888/530-4455

gillfoundation.org

Since 1994, QuarkXPress founder Tim Gill has invested more than $81 million to support worthy efforts in Colorado and around the country from arts and culture interests to programs to keep families healthy to $2 million toward disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina. If everyone with money had such a commitment to social justice, this world would be a much kinder, and saner, place. CD

Silver

Kathy Loo

Bronze

El Pomar Foundation board

633-7733

elpomar.org

Best Arts Advocate

Gold

Eve Tilley

Pikes Peak Arts Council

475-2465

pikespeakartscouncil.org

Eve Tilley, president of the Pikes Peak Arts Council for the past 10 years, has been promoting the arts in Colorado Springs since the early 1980s. People need to recognize the value the arts have for the soul, she says. Tilley envisions a vibrant art community that matches the scale of growth in the city. KB

Silver

Michael DeMarsche

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

634-5581

csfineartscenter.org

Bronze

Mary Mashburn

Best Public Fool

Gold

Douglas Bruce, El Paso County commissioner

Year after year, Douglas Bruce is the gift that keeps on giving at least if you want to hear a middle-aged white man spouting angry anti-tax rhetoric. City government? Who needs it? County government? Get rid of it! State government? Buh-bye. Only in Colorado Springs could this politician use his taxpayer-subsidized salary to help pay for efforts to dismantle government. CD

Silver

Eric Christen,

School District 11 director

Bronze

James Dobson,

Focus on the Family founder

Best If They Left Town

Gold

Focus on the Family

family.org

Outside the Springs, James Dobson might best be known for his contention that cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants is advancing a pro-homosexual agenda. But in the past year alone, hes also chided the National Association of Evangelicals for taking a stand on global warming; said Satan uses university professors as a means of communication; and labeled Rep. Mark Foleys sexually inappropriate text messages as products of a joke by underage pages. MdY

Silver

Douglas Bruce,

El Paso County commissioner

Bronze

James Dobson, Focus on the Family founder

Contributing writers: Kerry A. Bennett (KB), Ashley Boudreaux (AB), Cara DeGette (CD), Michael de Yoanna (MdY), Travis Duncan (TD), Gavin Ehringer (GE), Pete Freedman (PF), Frances Gomeztagle (FG), J. Kelly (JK), Steve Kline (SK), Lindsay Patterson (LP), JT Rogstad (JTR), Matthew Schniper (MS), Carrie Simison-Bitz (CSB), Thea Skinner (TS), Bettina Swigger (BS), Jill Thomas (JET), David Torres-Rouff (DTR), Taylor Wiles (TW), Kirk Woundy (KW), Naomi Zeveloff (NZ).

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