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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
WABE-FM (90.1)

Best Internet Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Cityscape
The WOLF Internet Radio

Best Internet Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Cityscape
Spotify

Best Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
WREK Atlanta 91.1 FM, Georgia Tech Student Radio

Best Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
WABE-FM (90.1)

Best Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Jazz 91.9 WCLK (Permanently Closed)

Best radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Rock 100.5 (WNNX-FM)

Best radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
WABE-FM (90.1)

Best urban radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
OG 97.9 (WWWQ-FM)

Best radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
WABE-FM (90.1)

Best radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
WRAS 88.5
www2.gsu.edu/~www885

Best reason to turn off terrestrial radio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Arts, Beats + Lyrics Radio

Best radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
105.7 (WRDA-FM) (Permanently Closed)

Best radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Project 96.1 (WKLS-FM) (Permanently Closed)

Radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Q100 - All The Hits

Best overall radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
92.9 Dave FM (Permanently Closed)

929dave.radio.com


Runners-up:


Q100 99.7 FM


www.q100atlanta.com


AND


WRAS 88.5 FM


www2.gsu.edu

Best overall radio station BOA Award Winner

88.5 (WRAS-FM)

Best overall radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
WRAS 88.5

www.gsu.edu/~www885


Runner-up
90.1 (WABE-FM)
740 Bismark Road N.E., 678-686-0321, www.pba.org

Best overall radio station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Cityscape
WRAS 88.5
All the hallmarks of college radio are there: Songs you’ve never heard but want to hear again, monotone DJs, and ubiquitous public-service announcements. And thankfully, WRAS-FM (88.5), "the Student Voice of Georgia State University," is bringing it free of charge to Atlantans. Such specialtymore...
All the hallmarks of college radio are there: Songs you’ve never heard but want to hear again, monotone DJs, and ubiquitous public-service announcements. And thankfully, WRAS-FM (88.5), "the Student Voice of Georgia State University," is bringing it free of charge to Atlantans. Such specialty shows as "Dot Dash," "Houseworks," "Martinis Con Queso," "Mighty Aphrodite," "The Blue Note" and "Soul Kitchen" play all of the post-punk, house, lounge, new wave, jazz and everything else you won't hear on big-money mainstream stations. And if the trusty Shazam on ye olde iPhone doesn’t recognize the eclectic array of musical selections emanating from your speakers, the spry, young DJs have been known to rehash their setlists via e-mail or phone. 66 Courtland St., University Center, Room 280. 404-413-9727. www.gsu.edu/~www885. less...

Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
WRAS 88.5

Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
WRAS 88.5

Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Dave FM 92.9

Best Urban Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
95.5 The Beat (Permanently Closed)

Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
WREK Atlanta 91.1 FM, Georgia Tech Student Radio
Engineers are strange, in a good way. Though we never quite know how, they help us manage the banality of everyday life. So it sorta makes sense that Georgia Tech’s student-run radio station, WREK-FM (91.1) is the same: strange in a good way. The station’s format is noncommercial andmore...
Engineers are strange, in a good way. Though we never quite know how, they help us manage the banality of everyday life. So it sorta makes sense that Georgia Tech’s student-run radio station, WREK-FM (91.1) is the same: strange in a good way. The station’s format is noncommercial and nonconforming. Few stations in the city can compete with WREK’s eclectic playlist as it moves without missing a beat from the street-conscious rap of Lupe Fiasco’s “Just Might Be OK” to the mind-numbing rock of Japan’s Solar Anus. It’s as if the daily sound blocks are programmed to project moods instead of genres. The station’s website even provides a detailed blueprint of WREK’s mission statement for the next three years. How efficient. less...

Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
92.9 Dave FM (Permanently Closed)

Best Urban Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Hot 107.9/97.5(WHTA-FM)
Check the playlists at some of the urban stations in the A, and it’ll seem as if the program directors are stationed in New York. But take a listen to HOT 107.9 (WHTA-FM) and you’ll immediately hear the difference — Hot 107.9 keeps it dirty. In addition to the hit parade, you’llmore...

Check the playlists at some of the urban stations in the A, and it’ll seem as if the program directors are stationed in New York. But take a listen to HOT 107.9 (WHTA-FM) and you’ll immediately hear the difference — Hot 107.9 keeps it dirty. In addition to the hit parade, you’ll hear unknown local/regional hip-hop acts, no matter the time slot or the on-air personality. The station has a history of breaking out new artists, and Hot 107.9 is responsible for launching a bevy of musical trends such as bass, bounce, crunk and (these days) snap.
www.hot107atl.com

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Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
WRAS 88.5
Year after year, as other radio stations fall in and out of favor and change formats and call letters, ALBUM 88 never seems to change. Year after year, it just plays great, cutting-edge, alternative music. The only drawback is that the Georgia State stalwart, WRAS-FM (88.5), doesn’t broadcastmore...

Year after year, as other radio stations fall in and out of favor and change formats and call letters, ALBUM 88 never seems to change. Year after year, it just plays great, cutting-edge, alternative music. The only drawback is that the Georgia State stalwart, WRAS-FM (88.5), doesn’t broadcast on the Web — it’s been trying since 2003, but refuses to comply with federal regulations that would threaten the station’s fierce independence to play exactly what it wants to play. Thankfully, the station has a booming 100,000-watt signal. You first heard R.E.M. and U2 and the Police on WRAS. Today, it is where you’ll first hear tomorrow’s stars: Jennifer O’Conner, Sufjan Stevens and Silversun Pickups. We don’t know what the institutional formula is for Album 88’s success, but we hope the station’s managers never lose it.


www.wras.org

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Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
WBZY-FM (105.3) The Buzz

Best Radio Station that Keeps on Getting Better BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
WRAS 88.5
It might be well into its 30s, but ALBUM 88 hasn’t lost a shred of edge. In what can be a somewhat despairing sea of radio bile, the student-run station broadcast out of Georgia State University is one of the most powerful (100,000 watts) and widely heard (with an estimated 150,000 listeners)more...

It might be well into its 30s, but ALBUM 88 hasn’t lost a shred of edge. In what can be a somewhat despairing sea of radio bile, the student-run station broadcast out of Georgia State University is one of the most powerful (100,000 watts) and widely heard (with an estimated 150,000 listeners) college radio stations in the country. That’s not by accident. Album 88 has more than 40 specialty shows, running the gamut from math rock to space rock, post-punk to Japanese, instrumental hip-hop to drum and bass, as well as live, in-studio performances by bands whose tours pass through Atlanta.
404-651-4488. www2.gsu.edu/~www885.

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Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
92.9 Dave FM (Permanently Closed)
WZGC-FM (92.9) 404-741-9393 www.929davefm.com

Best Radio Station For Boomin' Bass and 26-inch Spinners BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
WHTA-FM
For all your crunk desires, you can’t beat Hot 107.9. Riding in your old-school Olds, listening to everything from the Ying Yang Twins to T.I., Ludacris to Trap Boiz, the hotness factor is not so much boom-bip as it is beats to bump. WHTA-FM is probably the best place to hear tracks fresh offmore...

For all your crunk desires, you can’t beat Hot 107.9. Riding in your old-school Olds, listening to everything from the Ying Yang Twins to T.I., Ludacris to Trap Boiz, the hotness factor is not so much boom-bip as it is beats to bump. WHTA-FM is probably the best place to hear tracks fresh off the latest mix tapes, which makes sense since the station employs at least four for-real DJs. Although the somewhat contrived diversity in the station’s billboards for its “A” Team morning show may throw you for a loop, you’d be loopy not to have your radio pre-set to the all-the-way-to-the-right station.
404-741-1079. www.hot1079atl.com.

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Best New Radio Station Format BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Dave FM
People laughed when Infinity Broadcasting dumped its tired classic rock formula on Z-93 and created something called “DAVE FM” at 92.9, promising “rock without rules.” But the format works. A typically unpredictable set can include the Kinks, Better than Ezra and Jane’smore...

People laughed when Infinity Broadcasting dumped its tired classic rock formula on Z-93 and created something called “DAVE FM” at 92.9, promising “rock without rules.” But the format works. A typically unpredictable set can include the Kinks, Better than Ezra and Jane’s Addiction, with a refreshing emphasis on B-sides and lesser-known tracks. And for its morning show, the station brought back former 99X jock Steve Barnes, who in turn enlisted ubiquitous CNN personality Holly Firfer to create a morning team offering a welcome alternative to the usual noise.
404-741-9393. www.929davefm.com.

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Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

DAVE FM WZGC-FM (92.9)

Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
WRAS 88.5

Best Pop Radio Station BOA Award Winner

The Beat

Best Pop Radio Station BOA Award Winner

The Beat 95.5 WBTS-FM
404-741-0955 www.955thebeat.com The Beat came on the scene at the zenith of the teen-bop, rap-pop we've come to love and hate in our lives. It was an edgier blend of pop sounds that weren't being played anywhere else. Although imitators have come along, 95.5 remains the first place to get your freakmore...
404-741-0955 www.955thebeat.com The Beat came on the scene at the zenith of the teen-bop, rap-pop we've come to love and hate in our lives. It was an edgier blend of pop sounds that weren't being played anywhere else. Although imitators have come along, 95.5 remains the first place to get your freak on with Missy Elliott or channel the angst of Eminem and then wash it all down with some Christina. Yeah, it's still mainstream stuff, but it's broken the mold of what the whitebread should be listening to. More than just a Top 40, rap, R&B station, the Beat is spinning dance remixes live every weekend at clubs around town. less...

Best Pop Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Cityscape
Star 94 WSTR 94/94.1 FM
For many years, Star 94 ruled the roost in the ATL as the city's lone pop music station. But even after the recent introduction of 95.5 the Beat, Star 94 has held fast to its audience. With its polished blend of shiny music — think lots of Matchbox Twenty, Santana, Celine — and smooth DJ's — includingmore...
For many years, Star 94 ruled the roost in the ATL as the city's lone pop music station. But even after the recent introduction of 95.5 the Beat, Star 94 has held fast to its audience. With its polished blend of shiny music — think lots of Matchbox Twenty, Santana, Celine — and smooth DJ's — including the inexplicably popular Steve McCoy and Vikki Locke — Star 94 has proved it's no shooting star. less...

Best Pop Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Cityscape
The Beat WBTS 95.5 FM
Finally, Atlanta kids have a station of their own, complete with the requisite doses of Britney, 'NSync — even Eminem and DMX. Brave enough to break its competitors' white-bread mold and add a little spice to the airwaves, the Beat's high-rpm mix of Top 40, R&B and dance (with a little rap andmore...
Finally, Atlanta kids have a station of their own, complete with the requisite doses of Britney, 'NSync — even Eminem and DMX. Brave enough to break its competitors' white-bread mold and add a little spice to the airwaves, the Beat's high-rpm mix of Top 40, R&B and dance (with a little rap and Latin thrown in for good measure) is as refreshingly eclectic as the übermainstream gets. less...

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