Best of New Orleans

Best of New Orleans 2011: Media


Best Radio Station

1. WWOZ-FM 90.7 ( — Everybody doesn't like something... but is there a New Orleanian who doesn't like something served up by the city's 24-7, commercial-free jazz and heritage station? Billy Delle, DJ Soul Sister, Jivin' Gene: everyone has a favorite DJ, though there's something good on all the time. (We miss you, Brown Sugar.)

2. WWL-AM 870

3. B97-FM


Best Local Radio Show

1. The Think Tank (Garland Robinette, WWL-AM) — Jump into Garland's Think Tank every weekday to hear his latest thoughts about (and sometimes screeds against) "Demodon'ts" and "Republican'ts." The best current-events host on WWL often has unexpected opinions, which makes Robinette a refreshing alternative to the talk radio echo chamber.

2. Afternoon Swirl (T-Pot & Stevie G., B97-FM)

3. The Food Show (Tom Fitzmorris, WWWL-AM)


Best Local Radio Talk Show Host

1. Garland Robinette (Think Tank, WWL-AM) — See above.

2. John "Spud" McConnell

3. T-Pot & Stevie G.


Best Local Publication

1. Gambit ( — Well, thanks. We love you too.

2. The Times-Picayune (

3. The New Orleans Levee (


Best Local TV Newscast

1. WWL (6 p.m.) — The team of Dennis Woltering, Angela Hill, Carl Arredondo and Jim Henderson (with commentary by Gambit's Clancy DuBos on Tuesdays) once again proved unstoppable in our poll. "Louisiana's News Leader" has been a perennial favorite in the market for decades, and remains the go-to station for generations of New Orleanians.

2. WDSU Evening News

3. WVUE (5 p.m.)


Best Local Blog

1. — Um, OK. It's a newspaper website, not a blog. But who are we to argue with you?




Best Local to Follow on Twitter

1. Drew Brees, Saints quarterback (@drewbrees) — As of this writing, the Saints QB has 613,600 followers on the social network. Brees' tweets are personal, team-related, charitable and this year provided insight as to the players' perspective on the NFL lockout. Plus they're always intelligent — always a plus (but never a given) on a jock's Twitter account.

2. Reggie Bush, running back for Miami Dolphins & former Saint (@reggie_bush)

3. TIE: Peter Thriffile Jr. & Rene A. Louapre IV, Blackened Out food blog (@blackenedout)

3. TIE: Margaret Orr, WDSU-TV meteorologist (@margaretorr)


Best Local TV Anchor

1. Angela Hill — A fixture at WWL-TV since the 1970s, "Angela" has the ultimate New Orleans accolade: one-name status among everyone in town. She's an inveterate Saints booster, a tireless advocate for animal welfare and a really nice lady to boot.

2. Norman Robinson (WDSU-TV)

3. Lee Zurik (WVUE-TV)


Best Local TV Weathercaster

1. Bob Breck (WVUE-TV) — For more than 30 years, the animated Mr. Breck has been forecasting both regular weather and tropical trouble in New Orleans. In recent years, he's also operated a lively behind-the-scenes blog (, where he provides insight into the day's meteo-news ... and mixes it up on the issue of climate change (he's not a fan of Al Gore).

2. Margaret Orr (WDSU-TV)

3. Carl Arredondo (WWL-TV)


Best Local TV Sportscaster

1. Jim Henderson (WWL-TV) — Sorry, Fletch, sorry, Juan: You guys are great, but there's just no competition in this category as long as the gold standard of New Orleans sportscasters is still on the air. From reporting to commentary to webcasts to his invaluable calling of New Orleans Saints games, "Hondo" isn't just a top-notch sportscaster, but one of the best journalists in the local market ... perhaps ever.

2. Fletcher Mackel

3. Juan Kincaid


Best Investigative Reporter

1. Lee Zurik (WVUE-TV) — What other investigative reporter could inspire headlines (and earn the enmity of his old station) when he switched from WWL-TV to WVUE-TV a couple of years back? Zurik is a dogged reporter when he suspects government corruption (just ask Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Jiff Hingle), and he does a fine job on the anchor desk as well.

2. Travers Mackel (WDSU-TV)

3. Bill Capo (WWL-TV)


Best Reason to Pick Up Gambit

1. A+E Coverage/ To See What's Going On — Credit A+E editor Will Coviello for pulling together all the fun stuff to do in town and serving it up every week ... along with online-only extras like movie trailers at Staff writer Alex Woodward also gives you online lagniappe every week with "Free Music Friday," featuring streamable music and downloadable MP3s.

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3. Restaurant Reviews/Food News

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