Media
1996 Readers Poll
1996 Critics Picks
Best Billboard

Ever since the powers that be took down the giant taco, KGSR has bannered this category with their Do Not listen to... series last year and amusingly juxtaposed band names such as DUMMIES LOVETT MOORE and LOWE PRICE HOOKER this year. Damn, not one ballot for Reece Whitley!

KGSR 107.1FM
8309 N. I-35
512/832-4000
www.kgsr.com

Best Computer Book Selection

While the campus community laments the imminent demise of the University Co-Op's Technical Books section, Jollyville-area newcomer ProTech Books has quietly risen to take the top spot. However, in a city where talk of "java" is more often about programming than a hot caffeinated drink, our readers pointed out that Austin's "B" stores -- Barnes & Nobles, BookPeople, Borders and '95 winner Bookstop -- are all well stocked with titles guaranteed to keep you Web wonks hunched over your keyboards well into the night.

Best Computer Repair

Avatar Computers is the latest incarnation in the best repair shop category. Computer NERDZ!, AES Computer, and Computer Doctor also got mentions as good places to fix a byte or two.

Best Computer Store

Superstore CompUSA took advantage of its location in the "golden triangle" growth area near the Arboretum to take the title of best computer store for the second year in a row. '93 winner Computer City made a close bid for second, with '94 winner Dell Factory Outlet not far behind.

CompUSA
5601 Brodie Ln., 512/899-9221
9503 Research Blvd., 512/345-9960

Best Evening Radio

Larry Monroe's eclectic mix is anything but filler. KGSR and KNNC's "Love Phones" tied for second.

KUT 90.5FM
300 W. Dean Keeton
512/471-1631
www.kut.org

Best Internet Provider
UT

Dyed-in-the-wool Net junkies know that academia still has the best deals in Internet service, so it's not surprising that nearly-free dialup at the University of Texas again rates highest. If you'd rather not have to write papers and take exams just to support your late-night MUD habit, local ISP's Illuminati Online and OnRamp Access get top runner-up raves. (Shame on the poor souls who voted for America Online.)

University of Texas at Austin
727 E. Dean Keeton, 512/471-3434
Sarah M. & Charles E. Seay Building, Speedway & Dean Keeton, 512/471-1157
UT Architecture Library, 200 Battle Hall, 512/495-4620
University of Texas Department of Art & Art History, 2301 San Jacinto, 512/475-7718
www.utexas.edu

Best Late Night Deejay

Did the name come from his work as Gibby Haynes' stooge during the Butthole's brief stint on 101X? We don't know, but the Whipping Boy was savvy enough to parody the Surfers' "Pepper" as "Paprika," then pull the song as it was becoming nearly as popular as the original.

101X FM
8309 N. I-35
512/832-4000
www.101x.com

Best Local Columnist

A veteran of the local daily, Kelso enjoys his third year at the top. Molly Ivins again takes second and our own Hearth & Soul-er Suzy Banks cozies up to third.

Austin American-Statesman
305 S. Congress
512/445-3500
www.statesman.com

Best Local Features Writer

Of course we love it when one of our own takes a BOA category. Winik's slice-of-offbeat-life features and essays are tasty and thought-provoking. Only Molly Ivins and Ann Hornaday came close in this title, which we think is a stellar line up.

Best Local Journalist (News)

Louisa, it was a landslide. Rest easy, Austin. Brinsmade has no plans to run for office.

The Austin Chronicle
4000 N. I-35
512/454-5766
www.austinchronicle.com

Best Local Visionary

A man with a big vision, and a big new house: Entrepreneur Michael Dell takes the inaugural win in this category. Origin Systems founder Richard Garriott, The Hacker Crackdown author Bruce Sterling and FringeWare friend Paco Xander Nathan were also oft-named.

Best Local Web Site

Honest, we didn't stuff the ballot. We're honored that readers named our own Chronicle Online the best website this year. '95 winner Quadralay Corp. -- whose employee-fans helped get us started on the Web waaaay back in, er, 1994 -- lands in the runners-up field alongside notables such as KevinTX's freedom-fighting paranoia.com and Austin links site Local Universe.

The Austin Chronicle
4000 N. I-35
512/454-5766
www.austinchronicle.com

Best Locally Produced Radio Show

KOOP's Saturday afternoon camp-and-drag show is a hit say the majority who voted here in this brand new category. KUT's Eklektikos took second, and Twine Time and Lone Star State of Mind tied for third.

KOOP 91.7FM
3823-B Airport
512/472-1369
www.koop.org

Best Locally Produced TV Show

Twenty-two years and counting, the crown jewel of KLRU is still producing the program that first sent Austin music out nationally. Here's to 22 more years!

Austin City Limits
KLRU, 2504-B Whitis
512/471-4811
www.acltv.com

Best Morning Deejay (or Team)

The KLBJ-FM morning crew takes it again, for the fourth year, as the antics of Dale Dudley, Bob Fonseca, Debra Cole, and their cast of regulars reign the AM airwaves with ease. John Aielli at KUT-FM came in second, with Sammy & Bob on KVET-FM third. Howard who?

KLBJ 93.7FM
8309 N. I-35
512/832-4000
www.klbjfm.com

Best Photojournalist

Controversial, colorful, and totally committed, Alan Pogue has been covering the many facets of Austin's culture -- counter and otherwise -- for so long we've lost count. Ursula Coyote's equally thoughtful work brought her up second.

Alan Pogue
Texas Center for Documentary Photography
2104 E. MLK
www.documentaryphotographs.com

Best Pm Drive/Rush Hour Radio Program

Four years running and it's still your favorite. Evidently, readers would rather listen to NPR's thought-provoking essayists than traffic. KLBJ was the only close contender.

KUT 90.5FM
300 W. Dean Keeton
512/471-1631
www.kut.org

Best Public Access Tv Show

Previous winners in this category were the beloved CapZeyeZ and Raw Time. Last year 59 minutes took the airwaves. This year it's a tie with Night Talk and the Andy Show.

Channel Austin
1143 Northwestern
512/478-8600
www.channelaustin.org

Best Public Access TV Show

Previous winners in this category were the beloved CapZeyeZ and Raw Time. Last year 59 minutes took the airwaves. This year it's a tie with Night Talk and the Andy Show.

Channel Austin
1143 Northwestern
512/478-8600
www.channelaustin.org

Best Radio Format Change

101X hit the Austin airwaves a little over a year ago, and indeed modified their format away from edgier alternative to a broader spectrum of sound. That seemed to sit fine with readers, who made them a clear winner.

101X FM
8309 N. I-35
512/832-4000
www.101x.com

Best Radio Station And Best Radio Station To Listen To At Work

Four years as your favorite at-work and two in the all-around category. The real shake-ups occured in the second and third places with left-of-the-dial KUT-FM and KOOP-FM radio coming in strong in overall and KLBJ-FM and KOOP-FM taking second and third at work.

KGSR 107.1FM
8309 N. I-35
512/832-4000
www.kgsr.com

Best Radio Talk Show Host

We'd like to think perhaps the readers were swayed when Aielli waxed rhapsodic about film writer Marjorie Baumgarten's loving tribute to The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. It's more likely that his mellifluous voice and the sheer esoterica of his "Eklektikos" show is all it took. Rachel at 101X and KLBJ's morning team tied at second.

John Aielli
KUT 90.5FM
300 W. Dean Keeton
www.kut.org

Best Sportscaster

Cody wins again. Steve Atkinson and Andy Liscano tie for second. Obviously the readers like this category: local band the Gay Sportscasters even got a vote.

Dave Cody
Fox 7
119 E. 10th
www.myfoxaustin.com

Best Sportswriter

Coach Cotton takes the crown for the third time, proving that the readers really are as charmed by tales of his pet boxers as they are enamored of his sports picks. The Statesman's Kirk Bohls slid into second.

The Austin Chronicle
4000 N. I-35
512/454-5766
www.austinchronicle.com

Best TV Anchor Person

Austin's top news personality according to you, our readers, for four years. Sally Holiday and Stephanie Rochon both showed very well, in second and third.

KVUE
3201 Steck
512/459-6521
www.kvue.com

Best TV Newscast

So how did all of Austin's news outlets rank? In order: KVUE-24, KXAN-36, KTBC-7, K-EYE-42.

KVUE
3201 Steck
512/459-6521
www.kvue.com

photography by John Anderson   John Anderson

Best TV Reporter

Cantu, who worked his way through Austin media from radio to television, tied with four other reporters back in 1993. This year, he enjoys the limelight all to himself. Greg Groogan came in second.

KVUE
3201 Steck
512/459-6521
www.kvue.com

Best Weather Person

Kahanek's style speaks to Austin, it's obvious. She took this category by storm. Last year's winner, Troy Kimmel, tied for second with Jim Spencer.

KVUE
3201 Steck
512/459-6521
www.kvue.com

 
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