Xpress readers' top media picks reveal a thing or two about the information junkies who flock to our purple newspaper boxes every Wednesday for a weekly fix.
So loyal are they to their local favorites that perusing this year's winners sometimes induces a sense of déjà vu: For instance, Martin Anderson, Kim Clark and Ken and Tammy scored as the top radio DJs -- same as last year. Ditto for the most adored radio stations: WNCW 88.7 took first place, WCQS 88.1 second and WPVM 103.5 third, just like in 2006.
This loyalty is occasionally strong enough to outlast even the very existence of a news source: Though the Asheville Global Report has ceased publication in print (while still publishing online and producing a weekly TV show), its imprint remains in the hearts of many of our readers, as it claimed second in the category of best free newspaper other than Xpress. The AGR was edged out of first place this time around by the newly emerged Take 5.
Other traits revealed about our readers by their top choices: They've got a penchant for the bizarre, electing "News of the Weird" as one of the favorite Xpress features, and an aversion to fashion, picking "Top Drawer" as one of the least favorites. And they're equally delighted and disgusted by "The Asheville Disclaimer," which nabbed No. 1 slots for both most- and least-favorite feature.
Local Arts Writer
Xpress film critic
Xpress reporter/Fashion Editor
Xpress Arts and Entertainment Editor
Local Radio DJ
Music director/announcer, WNCW 88.7 FM
Producer/Local Color host, WNCW 88.7 FM
Morning show hosts, WOXL 96.5 FM
Local Radio Show
WOXL 96.5 FM
WWNC 570 AM
WCQS 88.1 FM
WNCW 88.7 FM
Local Radio Station
Local Print Reporter
Local Web Site
Most Overreported Story
Most Underreported Story
Free Newspaper Other than Xpress