Best Radio Station – 89X
Other radio stations can't quite get away with all the shenanigans 89X does. From Dave and Chuck "The Freak" trademarking "It's Friday Bitches!" to each and every amazing on-air personality, 89X radio definitely gives us their all. What other station can you catch up with some local bands on the homeboys show with JayHud , check out the Hitlist with Cal Cagno or see what's in Heidi's little lunchbox? None! That's why we love you, 89X.
Best Radio Sports Talk Show – Valenti and Foster
They may talk about sports for four hours, but you'd be hard pressed to find two people with more radio charisma than Mike Valenti and Terry Foster. It's not just about the sports talk (though that is why we tune in); it's about Mike teasing Terry over scheming for chicks every night, it's about Terry wagging his finger at Mike over his hot headed temper. They're pure entertainment for your late afternoon commute (we personally listen to 'em in the office), whether they're talking baseball, hockey or taking listeners random calls.
Best Reality TV Show – Pawn Stars
That pawnshop in Las Vegas has become required viewing for a lot of people around here. With nearly a game show-like quality, part of the draw is seeing what someone will bring in next and what Rick or the Old Man will offer up for it. The sharp dialogue among the cast certainly doesn't hurt. From single-engine airplanes to Civil War weaponry, you have no idea what will come through the door next. And that's before the wheeling and dealing even begins!
Best Radio DJ – Jay Hudson
89X DJ Jay Hudson stays connected with his audience by listening to them. This personality has been voted as the best radio DJ by our readers for the third time. He mans the mic weeknights from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and hosts the 89X Homeboy Show on Sundays at 10 p.m. The Homeboy Show highlights local acts from Detroit and Windsor. JayHud has Detroit in his blood and is keeping Detroiters dialed in to 89X.
Best-Dressed News Anchor – Glenda Lewis
With beauty comes style. Glenda Lewis graced her co-workers and her audience with outstanding fashion sense 2003 as the co-anchor of Action News Sunday at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Her outfits, that she never seems to wear twice, are always conservative and leaving viewers wondering where she shops and how, exactly, she pulls it together in a way that looks effortless. Lewis commands attention with her style and grace leaving minds wondering just how she does it.
Best Local Anchorperson - Huel Perkins
Quite possibly the most recognized newscaster in the area, Huel Perkins embodies Detroit journalism like no other, and it appears that RDW readers agree. The Emmy-award winning (and four-time nominee) Fox 2 News anchor has taken his endless professionalism and charisma, and has nurtured it into a reputation as one of the most reliable television journalists in metro Detroit. Perkins goes from serious and matter-of-fact to witty and charming with an uncanny flow and ease, you almost forget you're watching him on television; it feels more like a face-to-face conversation. With a face made for television and a voice made for radio, Perkins is the ultimate hybrid of newscaster. His delivery is smooth and he leaves the subtle editorializing to the op-ed pages of the newspapers. There is something distinctly reassuring about the man who has been giving us the news over the years and we can't imagine the nightly news without him.
Best Local News – Fox 2
It's not about the fact that we've watched them since we were in elementary school – well, actually, that's exactly what it's about. Fox 2 doesn't want to bore you with the blah-blah that can oftentimes come with reading the "news." Instead, they've continued to reinvent themselves. Whether you're watching Huel Perkins on "Let It Rip," or Jason Carr, Cam Carmen and Lee Thomas on the big brown couch, they're as entertaining as they are informative.
Best Sportscaster – Dan Miller
RDW readers know quality when they see it, which is no surprise that Dan Miller — both the face and voice of Detroit sports — has been tapped with this recognition. Whether he is behind the news desk giving to you the most current and reliable sports news, or calling an NFL game for Fox, Miller is definitely the sports authority in metro Detroit. The radio voice of our beloved Detroit Lions, Miller calls the games with a precision and flair that makes us glad he's ours.
Best Sports Writer – Terry Foster
Detroit News Columnist Terry Foster is the ultimate authority when it comes to sports. Born and raised in Detroit, this Cass Tech grad and Central Michigan alumnus is an expert when it comes to football, baseball, basketball, and just about any other sport you can think of. If Terry is not online blogging, you can catch him hashing it out with his counterpart Mike Valenti on Detroit's top sports talk radio show Valenti & Foster on 97.1 FM. With his ear close to the ground on local and national sports, Foster's writing voice is decidedly unique. And remember, if you heard it from Terry Foster ... then it's the law.
Best Radio Morning Show – Drew and Mike
The kings of morning radio in Detroit, Drew Lane and Mike Clark have long been holding it down in the a.m. for commuters and other listeners. Consistently hilarious, their raw, edgy takes on the day's headlines has been one of the cornerstones of this wildly successful program. Unafraid to pick up the phone and call out whatever numbskull is making news, Drew and Mike have pulled together a morning show that is impossible to beat. From Butt Mike to Traffic with Stress, their organically grown show's humor quotient is second only to their ability to get the most notable stars either in studio or on the phone for an interview. Their blue-collar approach to radio gives them an everyman quality, which is why so many RDW readers identify with the pair. Drew and Mike pull no punches and take no shit, and RDW's readers have a better drive to work because of it.
Best Local News Web Site – Clickondetroit.com
We swear, we check this site every hour on the hour throughout the day, and it looks like RDW readers might do the same thing. Updated seemingly every couple of minutes, there is no greater wheelhouse of online news in Detroit than clickondetroit.com. The site will tip you off to that rollover accident on I-94 as you're about to leave work and will tell you instantly if some creep has been pestering middle school girls near your neighborhood. Go. Click.
Best Media Personality – Jay Towers
Often loud and funny, his personality shines bright. We are sure you have seen recent billboards around the city with his huge smile on it as he promotes his new morning show on 100.3 FM. Always bubbly, Towers keeps his audience tuned in with his lively interviews on the weekends on Fox 2 in the morning. Towers is never seen with a frown and always there to brighten your day whether it be radio or Fox 2 weekends.
Best Michigan-Based Magazine – Hour
Hour magazine is metro Detroit's source for food, fashion, events and news. The magazine features annual Top Docs, a survey that gives readers a starting point to pursue good health. The Way It Was turns back the clock and dives into Detroit history, while the rest of the magazine showcases smartly written features and compelling photography.