WEQX 102.7 FM
The gang at
WEQX continues to impress. With another year of quality programming
behind them, they remain one of the most interestingand important,
and most importantly, independentstations in the country.
Now if theyd only drop that Blue October song from the playlist
. . .
Best Wacky Whatever
WVCR 88.3 FM
In April, the
high-powered Siena College FM station known as The Saint (finally)
ditched the Top-40 format, which was nothing but a good thing. Their
switch to a format that supports the motto We play anything
proved to be icing on the cake. Guns N Roses. Roxette. Kenny
Loggins. Zeppelin. Abba. Chuck the iPod; heres your shuffle
Best Night for
Local Music on the Radio
hoping to hear some homegrown sounds on your radio dial, all you
need to do is hit the power button between 7 and 11 PM on Sunday
evening. Thats when you can catch local-music showcase programs
like EQX-posure (WEQX 102.7 FM), Jason Kellers long-running
Big Break (WHRL 103.1), and Ralph Rennas new Capital Underground
(WZMR 104.9); were pretty sure Jim Barretts Acoustic
Kaleidoscope is still around somewhere, too. If you know when and
where to tune in, you can take in a solid four-hour block of local
music. Not too shabby.
Joe Donahue and guest Bob Scott on Vox Pop.
Best Radio News
WRPI and WAMC
If after listening
to the five-hour broadcast of BBC World Service aired every weekday
night on WAMC you still feel uninformed as to world events, there
is always Democracy Now waiting for you weekday mornings on WRPI.
And as much as we respect BBC, we just cant get through the
day without that caffeine-like jolt of true underground reporting
offered by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Listen to these two broadcasts
and you will be set to discuss geopolitics with the most savvy of
Best Radio News
Ah, the crisp
early-morning chatter of WAMCs news department gets us through
the day. Over all, they are doing what no other local radio station
can manage: keeping us informed with first-rate local programming
all day long.
of the State Capitol (Radio)
New York Public Radio
informative stories under the time constraints of radio better than
anyone in town, and her contributions to political TV talking-heads
shows are always worthwhile.
Best Radio Meteorologist (Unabridged)
Mike Landon may at times need an editor as badly as we do. His lengthy
weather reports dont miss one temperature that interests him,
one measurement that excites him. And that tells us he simply loves
his job. Who else is going to tell you the temperature in the mambajamba
territories? See? We need an editor right now.
Best TV News
winner because they have the deepest, most experienced staff and
the most straightforward approach to presenting the news. And the
weekend news, hosted by Kumi Tucker, is as worth watching as the
nightly broadcasts with Lydia Kulbida and Jim Kambrich.
Best News Anchor
think anyone could fill Ed Dagues shoes at WNYT, but Kambrich
has come as close as could be. Smooth and knowledgeable, hes
the perfect TV partner for Lydia Kulbida.
Best TV Meteorologist
This is actually
one of the more difficult categories, because there are a number
of first-rate meteorologists in the area. WTEN-10s Caporizzo
stands out for his unflappable delivery, andwe admit ithis
work with the puppies. (We have to be soft-hearted about something.)
of a Journalist
Whether it is
his near- insightful segues on Fox News or his pleasantly forgettable
column in the Record, Gray never fails to impress. His dedication
to the Collins Park geese is admirable, and his straight-backed
posture screams serious journalist. One of our favorite
moments, the opening to his May 10 column in the Record, is an amusing
attempt at hyperbole: Six-hundred-and-forty-seven miles. Thats
the precise distance between I-90 in Albany and the Duke University
campus in Durham, N.C. The two places couldnt be farther apart
. . .
The Unreal Variety
Some know him
as The Legend Rayford Faulkner. Others know him as that
guy with the plastic Price Chopper bag tied around his skull. Sometimes
he performs an approximation of music at open-mic nights round
the area. And for the last several years, this bizarre man has hosted
this bizarre public-access show. Somehow its caught on: The
show now airs on cable systems in Schenectady, Albany, New York
City, and (he claims) Hollywood, Calif. Could he possibly become
the superstar hes always thought he was? Tune in next time
. . .
Best Blog on
The Troy Polloi
is exactly what you want from a blog about local politics: A place
where rumors are swapped, dirt is dished and a small but dedicated
readership leaves regular comments. Although this routinely updated
blog often trends toward the cheesy, with its Photoshopped swipes
at officials and ham-fisted humor, we have to give it its props.
Democratus, the blogs author, has demonstrated a doggedness
with certain issues that can only be called admirable. Plus, we
think the Gillibrand banner ad is just plain funny.
Best Print Reporter
Lyons has proven
his mettle more than once on stories of consequence. From his thorough
coverage of the FBI sting that netted two local Muslims in an alleged
terrorism plot to his reporting on the unfortunate death of local
detective Ken Wilcox, the guy has proven his dedication to bringing
out the story. It is just too bad that most of his time lately has
been wasted covering ad nauseum the sordid details of the Porco
of the State Capitol (Print)
staff, including Elizabeth Benjamin, Jay Jochnowitz, James Odato
and Rick Karlin, covers the capitol with insight andon the
Capitol Confidential bloghumor. A winning team.
As the newspaper
industry struggles to find its place in the egalitarian world of
the internet, the Times Union has taken impressive strides. And
it has done so by simply not making the same mistakes many of its
competitors have, such of charging for access and being too skimpy
with online fare. With constantly breaking news, a regionwide calendar,
reporters blogs, and many other features, this site has become
a one-stop spot for all the things that mainstream Capital Region
has to offer. Too bad the TUs news coverage isnt blazing
trails, as well.
Best Local Sports
formally the Troy Record, went through a huge metamorphosis this
past year and it has made a marked difference in the papers
appeal, but most notably in its local sports coverage. While the
other dailies print a small piece and leave the rest to box scores,
The Record will often put a breaking local sports piece on their
back cover and follow it up with well-written, informative piece
inside. And the coverage is not just BBF (baseball, basketball and
football); they also cover soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, ice hockey
Disguised as a Column
Saturday Times Union Column
editor Rex Smiths instincts are often right, but whether hes
writing about defending press freedoms or explaining why some section
of the paper has been changed, he always reads like hes apologizing.
(Think Peter Sellers U.S. President Merkin Muffley in Dr.
Strangelove.) Its OK to add a little snark to your writing.
You know, like Dan Lynch did.