Media
1997 Readers Poll
1997 Critics Picks
Best Billboard

Do our readers love this billboard because it encourages them to listen or hit the scan button? Either way, 101X is voted the smartest.

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

Best Computer Book Selection

BookPeople will pave your way to yet another frontier of knowledge. BookStop took second with chains Borders and Barnes & Noble tied for third.

BookPeople
603 N. Lamar
512/472-5050
www.bookpeople.com

Best Computer Repair

Wallingford Electronics noses out Computer Nerdz and AES Computers for that "Help, this thing cost more than my car" panic call.

Wallingford Electronics
6721 N. Lamar
512/452-1620

Best Evening Radio

From Texas Radio (Sun) on through to Twine Time (Sat), the KUT lineup doesn't miss a beat. Best in Austin? Heck, this is some of the best programming anywhere.

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

photograph by Minh Carrico   Minh Carrico

Best Internet Provider

For the past few years you've voted UT number one ISP. That's all well and good if you have access. This year, Illuminati tied with UT for first, with respectable showings from Realtime and Eden Matrix.

University of Texas at Austin
727 E. Dean Keeton
512/471-3434
www.utexas.edu

Illuminati Online
2800 S. IH-35, Ste. 220
512/462-0999
www.illuminati.com/

Best Late Night Deejay

Either 9pm is late night or readers have been quick to latch onto Monroe's new Saturday overnighter, Segway City. Either way, well-deserved praise for a local legend.

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

Best Local Columnist

So what if Ivins likes her pork political and Kelso likes his barbecued? They're both damn funny and honest-to-God Texans every (column-)inch of the way.

Molly Ivins
512/736-4658
www.creators.com/opinion_show.cfm?columnsName=miv

John Kelso

Best Local Features Writer

It was a close call, but the Statesman's columnist also takes it for features, as the Chronicle's Andy Langer, Michael Ventura, and XL's Joe O'Connell tie for second.

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

Best Local Journalist (news)

There is no cow too sacred for this hardboiled journalist. Bryce's solid reporting and bulldog nature have brought readers continous coverage of Freeport-McMoRan, particularly human rights issues in Indonesia, as well as of the foibles of UT and its luxurious skyboxes, of the legislators' most powerful lobbyists, and of Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock. All this and a bi-monthly environmental column in the Chronicle to boot.

Best Local Visionary

Local author and sci-fi über-gürü Bruce Sterling snatches the laurels away from last year's wünderkind Michael Dell, who ties for second place with Paco Nathan. Sterling also took "Best Book From a Local Author."

Best Local Web Site

Quadralay's Austin info hub has won this category again; they took first in 1995. Theirs is one of the better comprehensive Austin sites around. http://www.austinlinks.com

Best Locally Produced Radio Show

After years of sneaking down to Threadgill's for a furtive listen, you can finally hear this radio visionary in the privacy of your own home on KNEZ, 1530 AM, Monday thru Friday, 11am-1pm.

photograph by John Anderson   John Anderson

Best Locally Produced Tv Show

Twenty-three years and going strong, ACL is a local treasure. Second-place for Austin Music Network, encouraging if it can hang in there.

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

Best Morning Deejay (or Team)

Is it the nitrous oxide? The giddy hosts of this raucous early-morning snort-fest win again.

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

Best Photojournalist

Repeat winner Pogue's work is artistic, political, and above all, human.

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

Best Pm Drive/Rush Hour Radio Program

The heavy-hitters from NPR take the prize again: radio journalism at its best.

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

Best Public Access Tv Show

This second-time winner celebrates a two-year anniversary and covers topics that run the gamut from Scientology to politics. Look for it midnight or 12:30am on various nights of the week.

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

Best Public Place To Surf

The brilliant, valiant efforts of Sue Beckwith and crew made this a banner year for public access to the ether despite the free speech controversy incited by the Library's use of Cyber Patrol.

photograph by Minh Carrico   Minh Carrico

Best Radio Station

With its sense of soul, eclectic playlist, and a heaping spoonful of local flavor, KGSR takes the cake. (Again.)

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

Best Radio Station To Listen To At Work

Overall fave KGSR shares the prize with public veterans KUT.

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

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

Best Radio Talk Show Host

It's high time. For most of the year, our own Jim Hightower was not even broadcast in Austin. Catch Jim Mon-Fri on KNEZ 1530 AM, 11am-1pm.

Best Sportscaster

When pass comes to punt, more readers want their scores from Cody than anyone else.

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

Best Sportswriter

The sure and steady Bohls takes the top spot from our own Cotton: Was Cowboy-hating a factor?

Kirk Bohls
Austin American-Statesman
305 S. Congress
www.statesman.com

Best Store - Customer Service

Being able to explain the differences between a byte, a gulp, and a swallow is only the beginning for Wallingford as they sweep this category too.

Wallingford Electronics
6721 N. Lamar
512/452-1620

Best Store - Deals & Bargains

It's almost a complete sweep for Wallingford, but in this category, they tie with Way 2 Cheap. Dell and CompUSA make honorable showings as runners-up.

Wallingford Electronics
6721 N. Lamar
512/452-1620

Way 2 Cheap

Best TV Anchor Person

KVUE's Maggio is both professional and personable — and a repeat winner. Stationmate Fred Cantu takes second.

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

Best TV Newscast

First, KVUE bagged the Associated Press' Best Newscast in Texas award. Now, the Readers Poll. Congrats.

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

Best TV Reporter

Fox's well-spoken 5 o'clock anchor gets the nod.

photograph by John Anderson   John Anderson

Best User Group - Local

A 12-step program for the less-than-Net savvy? This year, the Capital Macintosh Group out-steps CACTUS, MAIN, EEF, and Web Grrls.

Best Weather Person

Surrounded by heavy machinery and blinking screens, benign weather tracker Spencer makes us feel comfortably informed.

KXAN
908 W. MLK
512/476-3636
www.kxan.com

Best Web Designer

This local firm has streamlined the Web presence of Dell and IBM, among others. They specialize in CD-Rom production and graphic design, as well.

 
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