Best of Memphis 2011: Media 

1st place: "Best Website"

Best Website
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Best FM Station
1. WEVL-FM 89.9 Volunteer Supported Radio
2. WXMX-FM 98.1 The Max
3. WKNO-FM 91.1 NPR

For more than three decades, WEVL-FM 89.9 Volunteer Supported Radio has given Memphians the chance to volunteer and independently prepare their own shows, playing everything from blues to bluegrass. The station also keeps listeners updated on the latest things happening in the Bible Belt. Why not tune in?

Best AM Station
1. WHBQ-AM 560 Sports 56 — tie — WREC-AM 600 News Radio
2. ESPN 680 AM Sports
3. WDIA-AM 1070 The Heart & Soul of Memphis

It's a tie. Listeners can check out WREC-AM for the national talk-radio shows, such as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, or turn to WHBQ-AM 560 Sports 56 to get info on the Grizzlies or hear play-by-play coverage of Redbirds games. Take your pick.

Best Drive-Time Show
BOM 1. Drake & Zeke in the Morning, 98.1 The Max
2. Conley and Karen, FM 94.1
3. The Gary Parrish Show with Geoff Calkins, 680 AM/92.9 FM ESPN

Best Radio Talk Show
BOM 1. Drake & Zeke in the Morning, 98.1 The Max
2. The Gary Parrish Show with Geoff Calkins, 680 AM/92.9 FM ESPN
3. Ben Ferguson, 98.9 News Talk

Want a good way to get your morning rolling? Just tune in to Drake & Zeke in the Morning. The duo takes on important topics while incorporating humor. To top it off, the show delivers great rock-and-roll to get listeners motivated for their day. No wonder they won both Best Drive-Time Show and Best Radio Talk Show.

Best Radio Personality
1. Drake Hall, 98.1 The Max
2. Ron Olson, FM 100
3. Zeke Logan, 98.1 The Max

Drake Hall has the tools that every radio personality should have, and then some. His knowledge on topics and his humor are what separate him from the pack and make him the city's Best Radio Personality.

Best Newspaper Columnist
1. Geoff Calkins, The Commercial Appeal
2. Wendi C. Thomas, The Commercial Appeal
3. Michael Donahue, The Commercial Appeal

Commercial Appeal columnist Geoff Calkins wears many hats in the media world. He has a sports column. He co-hosts a radio show. And he can be seen on TV on Sports Files with Geoff Calkins.

Best Sports Radio Show
1. The Gary Parrish Show with Geoff Calkins, 680 AM, 92.9 FM ESPN
2. The Chris Vernon Show, 730 Fox Sports
3. Memphis Sport Live, 560 Sports

When looking for the scoop on local and national sports, tune your dial to The Gary Parrish Show with Geoff Calkins. The duo shares a true passion for the game and that's conveyed in each episode of the show.

Best TV Weatherperson

BOM 1. Dave Brown, WMC-TV Channel 5
2. Ron Childers, WMC-TV Channel 5
3. Joey Sulipeck, WHBQ-TV Fox 13

If you had the good sense to watch the Memphis Heat documentary, you'd know that Dave Brown got his start on TV as a wrestling announcer — not exactly a profession to engender trust among viewers. But he's moved far beyond that, and it's obvious to our readers that when the skies turn dark and the wind starts howling, they turn to Dave Brown for news and even a little comfort.

Best TV Sportscaster
BOM 1. Jarvis Greer, WMC-TV Channel 5
2. Carrie Anderson, WMC-TV Channel 5
3. Glenn Carver, WREG-TV Channel 3

We can't argue with Jarvis Greer's appeal, and it goes far beyond anyone who loves sports. Just one example: Not too long ago, a co-worker hinted that what she really wanted for her birthday was Jarvis — gift-wrapped. He wasn't quite able to comply but he sent an autographed photo, and that simple gift was sweeter than any birthday cake she got that day.

Best TV News Anchor
BOM 1. Joe Birch, WMC-TV Channel 5
2. Claudia Barr, WREG-TV Channel 3
3. Mearl Purvis, WHBQ-TV Fox 13 — tie — Ursula Madden, WMC-TV Channel 5

Consider the name: Joe Birch. Doesn't it ring with confidence and authority? No matter how dire the news, it's comforting to hear it from Joe. He's been named to the number-one spot here for years, and we don't see him stepping down anytime soon. Plus the fact that he is a genuinely nice guy, who gets involved in so many community activities it makes our heads spin, just makes him all the more deserving.

Best Local Blog
1. I Love Memphis Blog,
2. Eat Local Memphis,
3. Dining with Monkeys,

Best Twitter
1. @ilovememphis
2. @MemphisFlyer
3. @aa000G9 (Tony Allen)

I Love Memphis' Kerry Crawford's got the goods on good noshes, the word on the whereabouts of cool joints, and the skinny on that super-cute neighbor of yours. Embracing Memphis warts and all, Crawford does indeed love Memphis. We have to guess the feeling's mutual.

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