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Best of Memphis 2017: Media & Personalities



Best Sports Team


1. Memphis Grizzlies

2. Memphis Tigers Football

3. Memphis Redbirds

This is a hardworking, blue-collar city, and the Grizzlies are our blue-collar champions. Nothing unites the city like the four quarters of a Grizzlies game — 48 minutes of high-fiving strangers and yelling "whoop that trick" at the top of your lungs. The energy that radiates through FedExForum when the men in blue and white take the floor is unparalleled.

Best Local Athlete

1. Mike Conley

2. Marc Gasol

3. Penny Hardaway

Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Conley is a coolly confident yet curiously humble role model. When he's not sporting #11 and making plays on the court, dishing out fancy passes, and breaking defenders' ankles, he's lending a hand in the community.

Mike Conley
  • Mike Conley

Best Local Radio Show

1. Drake in the Morning

2. Steve Conley

3. Ron and Michelle in the Morning

Best Radio Personality

1. Drake Hall

2. Ron Olson

3. Stan Bell

Memphis loves Drake Hall and his show, Drake in the Morning, which anchors drive-time at 98.1 The Max. Featuring a mix of interesting and topical local guests, eclectic music, and time-honored classics such as "Dumbasses of the Day," it's no wonder Drake is a perennial Flyer BOM winner.

Best Newspaper Columnist

1. Geoff Calkins

2. Michael Donahue

3. Jennifer Biggs

This man is the real deal. He's a been a column aficionado in Memphis for over 20 years. Read his column in The Commercial Appeal for insights on sports, news, and more.

Best Radio Station

1. WEVL-FM 89.9

2. 98.1 The Max

3. WKNO 91.1

Memphians can't turn their radios up loud enough for the blues, rock, country, bluegrass, and other assorted tunes on WEVL. It's the Mid-South's only listener-supported, independent radio station, and it's mostly run by volunteers.

Gary Parrish
  • Gary Parrish

Best Sports Radio Show

1. The Gary Parrish Show

2. The Geoff Calkins Show

3. The Eric Hasseltine Show

Gary Parrish's radio show covers all things sports — collegiate and professional, local and beyond. His show's got the inside scoop and insight into it all.

Best TV News Anchor

1. Joe Birch

2. Kontji Anthony

3. Kym Clark — tie — Mearl Purvis

Joe Birch is kind of a big deal. Memphis' most-beloved — and quite dashing, we might add — anchorman is in his 39th year as a trusted local news source. We've known him practically our whole lives, and that type of bond means something to Memphians.

Best TV Sportscaster

BOM 1. Jarvis Greer

2. Glenn Carver

3. Carrie Anderson — tie — Pete Pranica

With 30 years at WMC Action News 5 under his lapel, Jarvis Greer knows Memphis. And when it comes to sports, especially as pertains to our beloved Grizzlies and Tigers, he keeps us informed, and we like that.

Best TV Weatherperson

1. Ron Childers

2. Brittany Bryant

3. Todd Demers

It was a dark and stormy night ... and Ron Childers kept us informed and safe with all of the up-to-date reports.

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