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Get your scorecards: There've been a few changes in Memphis media in 2006, including: WREG's Tara Pachmayer (tied for third as "Best TV Sportscaster") leaving the station and taking a job in Cincinnati. Dave Woloshin, whose show SportsCall tied for third for "Best Sports Show," is also gone from WMC-AM 790, which switched its format to country music. Wendi C. Thomas, first-place winner for "Best Columnist," left The Commercial Appeal only to come back several weeks later. Leon Gray, last year's number-two winner in the "Best Talk Show" category, went poof from his former station WWTQ-AM 680, and WREG, winner in several categories, is being sold by its parent company, The New York Times.

Best TV Sportscaster

BOM 1. Jarvis Greer, WMC-TV, Channel 5

2. Greg Gaston, WPTY-TV, Channel 24

3. Mike Ceide, WREG-TV, Channel 3 -- tie -- Tara Pachmayer, formerly of WREG-TV, Channel 3

Jarvis Greer dominates this category once again.

Best FM Station

1. WEGR-FM 102.7, Rock 103

2. WEVL-FM 89.9

3. WMC-FM 99.7, FM 100

Rock 103 takes the top spot again with spunky, funky WEVL a surprising second place.

Best AM Station

1. WREC-AM 600

2. WMC-AM 790

3. WWTQ-AM 680 -- tie --WHBQ-AM 560

WREC proves that lots of right-wing nutjobs read the Flyer. Or at least people who like to listen to right-wing nutjobs.

Best Drive-Time Show

1. Drake & Zeke, WXMX-FM 98.1, The Max

2. NPR/All Things Considered/Morning Edition

3. Dennis & Ric, WEGR-FM 102.7, Rock 103 -- tie -- Brad & Dana, WMBZ-FM 94.1, The Buzz

Drake and Zeke get the edge over the more cerebral (and with fewer fart jokes) NPR.

Best Sports Show

1. Sportstime with George Lapides & Geoff Calkins, WHBQ-AM 560

2. The Jim Rome Show, AM 730 ESPN

3. SportsCall, formerly of

WMC-AM 790 -- tie --

The Chris Vernon Show, AM 730 ESPN

George Lapides and Geoff Calkins talked their way into first place again this year. National asshole Jim Rome edged out local nice guys Dave Woloshin, formerly of SportsCall, and Chris Vernon for second.

Best Local Radio Talk Show

1. Mike Fleming, WREC-AM 600

2. Drake & Zeke, WXMX-FM 98.1, The Max

3. Dennis & Ric, WEGR-FM 102.7, Rock 103

Mike Fleming takes the best local talk-show trophy again, though with the loss of Leon Gray there's not much competition in the category.

Best Newspaper Columnist

click to enlarge Jarvis Greer dominates the Best Sportscaster category once again. - JUSTIN FOX BURKS
  • Justin Fox Burks
  • Jarvis Greer dominates the Best Sportscaster category once again.

1. Wendi C. Thomas, The Commercial Appeal

2. Geoff Calkins, The Commerical Appeal

3. Tim Sampson, Memphis Flyer

Wendi left us and came back, but your affection for the CA columnist never wavered. Geoff and Tim pick up the leftovers.

Best Weatherperson

1. Dave Brown, WMC-TV, Channel 5

2. Jim Jaggers, WREG-TV, Channel 3

3. Joey Sulipeck, WHBQ-TV, Fox 13

Dave Brown wins Best Weatherman. That was the most unsurprising sentence you've ever read.

Best TV News Anchor

1. Joe Birch, WMC-TV, Channel 5

2. Claudia Barr, WREG-TV, Channel 3

3. Richard Ransom, WREG-TV, Channel 3

Joe Birch: as sturdy as an oak. We pine fir no one else.

Best Radio Personality

1. John "Bad Dog" McCormack, WEGR-FM 102.7, Rock 103

2. Drake & Zeke, WXMX-FM 98.1, The Max

3. Tom Prestiagiacomo, WMC-FM 99.7, FM 100

He's a Bad Dog, that John McCormack. But a great personality (and those clean garage commercials) kept him on top for another year.

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