The Best 2014: City Life

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 15, 2014 | The state’s alt-rock radio station has a slew of reasons to tune in. There’s the always-engaging time-traveling “Retro Lunch” and “Home BRU’d” (weeknights at 9) showcases up-and-coming local artists on the radio dial. And check out “Exposure” (Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 pm) to hear acts that aren’t in regular rotation, like the War On Drugs, Dum Dum Girls, and Chromeo. Bonus points for hosting the recently wrapped Rock Hunt (congrats, Rare Occasions!) and the always-exciting Summer Concert Series, which will bring in buzz acts Phantogram, Max Frost, Kongos, and more.

BEST TV PERSONALITY: FRANK COLETTA | In December, Frank Coletta celebrated his 35th year at WJAR NBC 10. He started as an assignment editor in 1978, became a reporter in 1981, started his anchoring duties on local newsbreaks during the Today show in ’82, and has been the face of Sunrise since 1985 (we’re guessing he doesn’t hit the snooze bar very often, since the shows starts at 4:30 these days; he probably catches a nap before returning to the screen for News at Noon). Frank has owned this category since we started it [CHECK THIS], and he usually attends our Best event, lending his winning personality and a big touch of class to the evening. We raise our coffee mug to you, Frank!

BEST TV STATION: WJAR | People have been turning to 10 since it became Rhode Island’s first TV station in 1949 (WJAR started its media supremacy as a radio station in 1922). In the latest Nielsen ratings, six of the top seven newscasts in the market were on NBC 10 — and the 7 pm show is the highest-rated newscast in that time slot in the US! And their dotcom is also the most-visited local TV site. As we noted last year, when they (of course) won this category, 10’s viewer loyalty was bred by reliability and trust. They’ve always been The Best.
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