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2006 Index of Winners

Best Playground BOA Award Winner

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Piedmont Park

Best Quirk About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Most Adults Who Live in Atlanta ain't From Around Here
Hang out in Atlanta long enough and you’ll discover that MOST ADULTS WHO LIVE IN ATLANTA AIN’T FROM AROUND HERE. Just ask around. Atlanta sucks up folks from parts of the Southeast that suck. But it’s not just Southerners moving in; plenty of newfangled carpetbaggers came downmore...
Hang out in Atlanta long enough and you’ll discover that MOST ADULTS WHO LIVE IN ATLANTA AIN’T FROM AROUND HERE. Just ask around. Atlanta sucks up folks from parts of the Southeast that suck. But it’s not just Southerners moving in; plenty of newfangled carpetbaggers came down during the dot-com era and that crazy international event called the Olympics. More are now flooding in from scores of other nations. In 1990, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Atlanta’s metro population at 2.9 million. By 2005, it had swelled to 5.1 million. And well more than half the people who live in DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties weren’t even born in Georgia. Should you run into a native, avoid asking about Atlanta back in the day. You’ll only get stories that begin with, “I remember when ... .” less...

Best Quirk About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Traffic

Best Radio DJ BOA Award Winner

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Marvin Evangelista
He stumbles over words. He screws up his PSAs. He’s a total spaz. And he undoubtedly grates on some listeners’ nerves. But those people are just jealous they don’t have the charm, energy and personality of WRAS-FM (88.5)’s MARVIN EVANGELISTA. Evangelista hosts severalmore...

He stumbles over words. He screws up his PSAs. He’s a total spaz. And he undoubtedly grates on some listeners’ nerves. But those people are just jealous they don’t have the charm, energy and personality of WRAS-FM (88.5)’s MARVIN EVANGELISTA. Evangelista hosts several Album 88 programs, including “Soul Kitchen.” In endearingly awkward fits and bursts, he offers hilarious commentary and witty criticisms of his own shortcomings as a DJ. And in an impressive attempt to prove he can walk the walk as well as talk the talk, Evangelista wiped the floor clean in AccessAtlanta’s 2005 air guitar contest. His re-enactment of AC/DC’s “Problem Child” would make even Bob Pollard proud.
404-651-4488. <a href="http://www.wras.org" target="_blank"www.wras.org.

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Best Radio DJ BOA Award Winner

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Aaron Hickman
WBZY-FM (105.3) The Buzz Weekdays 7 p.m. - 12 a.m. www.buzzatlanta.com

Best Real TV Journalist BOA Award Winner

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Dale Cardwell
You’ve heard the jokes about TV newspeople. The “blow-dries.” The “news babes.” The “rip-and-read” anchors. The “if it bleeds, it leads” sensationalists. They’re all true, but there are good journalists lurkingmore...
You’ve heard the jokes about TV newspeople. The “blow-dries.” The “news babes.” The “rip-and-read” anchors. The “if it bleeds, it leads” sensationalists. They’re all true, but there are good journalists lurking on the edges of the tube. They may not be easy to find, but they’re there. Our guy is WSB-TV/Channel 2’s DALE CARDWELL. He broke, or helped break, the criminal investigation of former Mayor Bill Campbell, the stories that led to the grounding of Gov. Sonny Perdue’s use of state aircraft for personal flights, the accounts of corruption associated with former DeKalb County Sheriff Sid Dorsey, the stories of the financial scandal that forced Fulton Sheriff Jackie Barrett from office, as well as the “mansion fund” stories that led to former Gov. Zell Miller returning more than $150,000 to the taxpayers of Georgia. Cardwell’s been a thorn to the mighty, including DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones, and he’s even exposed the threat of terrorism at DeKalb Peachtree Airport. less...

Best Reason to Believe in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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Shirley Franklin
SHIRLEY FRANKLIN was elected mayor in 2001. The city was in shambles. She faced a budget crisis and — even more — City Hall faced a crisis of confidence. Her predecessor, Bill Campbell, had mired the government in a series of scandals. Campbell (see “Best Morality Tale”)more...
SHIRLEY FRANKLIN was elected mayor in 2001. The city was in shambles. She faced a budget crisis and — even more — City Hall faced a crisis of confidence. Her predecessor, Bill Campbell, had mired the government in a series of scandals. Campbell (see “Best Morality Tale”) also pandered to racial division. A second bad mayor in a row would have been disastrous. “Shirley,” as nearly everyone calls her, has healed the wounds. She stabilized city finances, trimmed (some) overstaffing, hired a competent police chief, and led the way to fix the city’s ancient sewer system. In her second term, as Campbell prepared for his trial on influence peddling and tax evasion charges, Shirley managed something nobody could have imagined during the Campbell years: With the help of many others, she united the city behind one of the most dramatic civic improvement projects any American city has attempted in decades. Just ask yourself, would the Beltline ever have gotten as far as it has without Shirley? less...

Best Reason to Look Before You Leap BOA Award Winner

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The King Papers Sale
The way politicians and the media congratulated each other when the city stepped in to pay $32 million for the papers of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., you’d have thunk someone had just won a Nobel Peace Prize. As details of the sale leaked out, however, the question arose whether Atlantamore...
The way politicians and the media congratulated each other when the city stepped in to pay $32 million for the papers of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., you’d have thunk someone had just won a Nobel Peace Prize. As details of the sale leaked out, however, the question arose whether Atlanta was snookered. The King family, for example, retained a lot of control over how the papers can be used and who’ll get access to them. And the deal requires that the papers be stored at Morehouse College, which currently lacks facilities to preserve the papers. Historians are aghast. King’s two leading biographers wrote columns for the AJC raising questions about the agreement. We’re not qualified to judge whether it was a good deal, but surely the city could have been more prudent in hammering out the details. less...

Best Reason to Suspect There's Something in the Water BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Overpass Jumpers

Best Rock Station BOA Award Winner

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92.9 Dave FM
“Rock is dead, they say,” was the Who’s infamous proclamation in the ’70s, and they may have been more prescient than they realized. It’s no coincidence that most rock stations in Atlanta now have classic rock formats. All old, all the time. They may be dinosaurmore...

“Rock is dead, they say,” was the Who’s infamous proclamation in the ’70s, and they may have been more prescient than they realized. It’s no coincidence that most rock stations in Atlanta now have classic rock formats. All old, all the time. They may be dinosaur bands but a lot of them still put out new material, which never gets played on the radio. Without the Internet, would anyone have even heard of one of the most important albums of the year, Neil Young’s Living With War? That’s why we like the freewheeling format of DAVE-FM (92.9). There’s an interesting blend of old and new, and Mara Davis has the spiciest tongue on the local radio scene. Long live rock!


www.929davefm.com/.

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Best Rock Station BOA Award Winner

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WBZY-FM (105.3) The Buzz

Best Sign Atlanta Isn't like L.A. BOA Award Winner

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Or are we...?
Maybe we should start with the things that are similar. Smog. Check. Traffic. Double-check. Self-absorbed stars. Check. L.A. is surrounded by ocean and desert, but political junkies describe Atlanta as a blue island surrounded by an ocean of red. So a check for that one, too — kind of. Rodeomore...
Maybe we should start with the things that are similar. Smog. Check. Traffic. Double-check. Self-absorbed stars. Check. L.A. is surrounded by ocean and desert, but political junkies describe Atlanta as a blue island surrounded by an ocean of red. So a check for that one, too — kind of. Rodeo Drive, Lenox Square. Check. Endless sprawl. Check. Hispanic laborers. Check (the one difference is that L.A. Latinos already have plenty of political power, while Atlanta Latinos are about to get power). Hollywood studios, hip-hop studios. Check. Malibu, Duluth. Check. Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson. Check. Mel Gibson, Dallas Austin. Check. Courtney, Whitney. Check. Kobe Bryant, Michael Vick. Check. OK. Enough already. Yes, come to think of it, we have become L.A. ... with more rain. less...

Best Sign Atlanta Isn't Like L.A. BOA Award Winner

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Trees

Best Sign Atlanta Isn't Like the Rest of Georgia BOA Award Winner

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Pride Week
In a state where there was going to be a special session of the friggin’ Legislature to reinstitute a ban on gay marriage — a practice that was already illegal to start with — PRIDE WEEK symbolizes why Atlanta often feels like an oasis surrounded by a moat (the Perimeter).more...
In a state where there was going to be a special session of the friggin’ Legislature to reinstitute a ban on gay marriage — a practice that was already illegal to start with — PRIDE WEEK symbolizes why Atlanta often feels like an oasis surrounded by a moat (the Perimeter). Venturing outside the moat can give you a case of cultural whiplash. Whoa! What was that? A Confederate flag? Pride week — one of the most colorful, outrageous and unifying events of the year — couldn’t take place anywhere in the Southeast but Atlanta. As a city, Atlanta is a gumbo of cultures and ethnicities and, yes, sexual preferences. People who live here expect diversity and embrace it. less...

Best Sign Isn't Like the Rest of Georgia BOA Award Winner

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Liberals, gays and traffic

Best Sign of the Changing Political Landscape BOA Award Winner

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April 10 Rally
Last spring, as the state Legislature crafted one of the nation’s most Draconian immigration bills, a new and surprising political force was born. Metro Latinos and other immigrants (presumably of both the legal and illegal variety) relied on Spanish-language radio to beat the drums for a seriesmore...
Last spring, as the state Legislature crafted one of the nation’s most Draconian immigration bills, a new and surprising political force was born. Metro Latinos and other immigrants (presumably of both the legal and illegal variety) relied on Spanish-language radio to beat the drums for a series of protests. The culmination was the APRIL 10 RALLY. Some 50,000 protesters — yeah, that’s right, 50,000! — marched down Dresden Road to the parking lot of Plaza Fiesta and voiced their dissent. It was one of Georgia’s largest political rallies ever. Though Gov. Sonny Perdue signed the legislation into law weeks later, protesters made it clear that the politicians of Georgia’s future might be wise to learn how to appreciate diversity — instead of bashing it. And the immigrants proved that in at least one way they’re quintessentially American: When was the last time 50,000 citizens exercised their right to free assembly for anything? less...

Best Sportscaster BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Fred Kalil
A few years ago, when WXIA-TV/Channel 11’s FRED KALIL made his return to the Braves clubhouse at Turner Field following his recovery from surgery to remove a brain tumor, he found himself surrounded by players and coaches. Their concern about his welfare was obvious and quite genuine, even formore...
A few years ago, when WXIA-TV/Channel 11’s FRED KALIL made his return to the Braves clubhouse at Turner Field following his recovery from surgery to remove a brain tumor, he found himself surrounded by players and coaches. Their concern about his welfare was obvious and quite genuine, even for a member of the media. Kalil’s sincerity comes across in person and on camera. He’s the pick of both the readers and our editorial staff for a simple reason: In an age where sports anchors are increasingly shrill and believe that smart-ass repartee is more important than offering solid information, Kalil remains a refreshing change of pace. He gives us substance over style. less...

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

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Baton Bob

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

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Baton Bob

Best Suburb BOA Award Winner

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Clarkston
There’s no suburb in Atlanta where you’ll hear Vietnamese, Somali, Urdu and Serbo-Croatian as commonly spoken as it is in CLARKSTON. The town popped up in the 1830s, when railroad workers laid tracks to connect Atlanta to Augusta. Because the railroad made it easy to commute to Atlantamore...

There’s no suburb in Atlanta where you’ll hear Vietnamese, Somali, Urdu and Serbo-Croatian as commonly spoken as it is in CLARKSTON. The town popped up in the 1830s, when railroad workers laid tracks to connect Atlanta to Augusta. Because the railroad made it easy to commute to Atlanta for work, Clarkston became one of the first suburbs in the South. It fell on hard times in the 1970s and ’80s, but retained its quiet, modest charm. Then, refugees who flocked to Clarkston for public transportation and affordable housing transformed it into a vibrant, eclectic hamlet, and now a new generation of commuters is fixing up old homes and building new ones. How many other quaint neighborhoods have 4-bedroom, 2-bath houses with a backyard for $145,000?
www.cityofclarkston.com


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Best Suburb BOA Award Winner

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Decatur

Best Swan Dive BOA Award Winner

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Cathy Cox
When she kicked off her quest to become governor last year, Georgia Secretary of State CATHY COX had everything going for her. She’d raised more money than Mark Taylor, her Democratic primary opponent, and had a 10-point lead in the polls as late as October. Then, her campaign manager was caughtmore...
When she kicked off her quest to become governor last year, Georgia Secretary of State CATHY COX had everything going for her. She’d raised more money than Mark Taylor, her Democratic primary opponent, and had a 10-point lead in the polls as late as October. Then, her campaign manager was caught doctoring Taylor’s bio on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia — and Cox allowed herself to be bullied by Taylor’s people into firing him. Headed downhill, she pressed the accelerator by ticking off liberals and conservatives alike when she waffled repeatedly over the gay marriage issue. Through it all, Cox failed to capture voters with any innovative or inspirational ideas. She came off as if she had no stomach for what it took to play with heavyweights. We still think the woman from Bainbridge is a promising leader, but only if she’s picked up the right lessons from her unimaginative and unsure run for governor. less...

Best Tourist Spot BOA Award Winner

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Underground Atlanta

Best TV Anchor BOA Award Winner

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Monica Kaufman
WSB/Channel 2 Weeknights, 5, 6 and 11 p.m. www.wsbtv.com

Best TV Sports Anchor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Fred Kalil
WXIA/Channel 11 Weeknights, 6 and 11 p.m. www.11alive.com

Best TV Weather Person BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Glenn Burns
WSB/Channel 2 Weeknights, 5,6 and 11 p.m. www.wsbtv.com

Best Urban Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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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 Urban Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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103.3 (WVEE-FM)

Best Use of a "Get Out of Jail Free" Card BOA Award Winner

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Dallas Austin
DALLAS AUSTIN, dude, what were you thinking? We’ll wait to see whether Austin’s bust earlier this year in Dubai will damage the good-guy reputation the music producer has built in Atlanta, or if the escapade turns out to be his own little Teflon hit. But it certainly was handy to bemore...
DALLAS AUSTIN, dude, what were you thinking? We’ll wait to see whether Austin’s bust earlier this year in Dubai will damage the good-guy reputation the music producer has built in Atlanta, or if the escapade turns out to be his own little Teflon hit. But it certainly was handy to be able to call for help from high-powered Atlanta entertainment attorney Joel Katz, who in turn fetched assistance from ultra-conservative Sen. (and Mormon Church crooner) Orrin Hatch. Austin ended up with a pardon and quickly got a ticket out of the Persian Gulf emirate. Sometimes — especially when you do something really, really dumb — it pays to have friends in high places. less...

Best Wi-Fi Location BOA Award Winner

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Teahouse 11:11
With everyone seemingly owning a laptop and Wi-Fi coffee shops popping up all over town, more and more people are escaping the office or classroom to get away, to work away from work. In our Westside neighborhood, the place to surf while you sip your java is Octane. But the most unique coffeehouse experiencemore...
With everyone seemingly owning a laptop and Wi-Fi coffee shops popping up all over town, more and more people are escaping the office or classroom to get away, to work away from work. In our Westside neighborhood, the place to surf while you sip your java is Octane. But the most unique coffeehouse experience citywide may well be 11:11 TEAHOUSE. There’s a medicinal herb garden, and its luscious wafts of peppermint, ginger and rosemary make it as serene of a setting as you could ever hope for. Plus, there are 30 exotic tea combinations concocted from 150 herbs, and the prerequisite free Wi-Fi access. The chain coffee shops have their place, but to get unique you have to go local. less...

Best Wi-Fi Location BOA Award Winner

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Starbucks
Ubiquitous. www.starbucks.com

Best 24-Hour Shopping BOA Award Winner

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Walmart (Atlanta Stores)
And other metro area locations.

Best Adult Toy Store BOA Award Winner

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Inserection
And other metro area locations.

Best Adult Videos (Tie) BOA Award Winner

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Starship Enterprises of Atlanta

Best Adult Videos (Tie) BOA Award Winner

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Southern Nights Video

Best Antique Store BOA Award Winner

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Big Shanty Antiques

Best Antique Store BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Antique Gallery

Best Art Supplies BOA Award Winner

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Sam Flax

Best Baby Store BOA Award Winner

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Babies R Us, Dunwoody

Best Barbershop (Tie) BOA Award Winner

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Crimpers

Best Barbershop (Tie) BOA Award Winner

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Carter Barnes Hair Artisan
And other metro area locations.

Best Beer Selection at a Liquor Store BOA Award Winner

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Green's

Best Big Box Shopping Center to Attract Local Businesses BOA Award Winner

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Edgewood Retail District

Best Bike Shop BOA Award Winner

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Outback Bikes

Best Bikini Wax BOA Award Winner

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Spa Sydell
And other metro area locations.

Best Body Treatment BOA Award Winner

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Spa Sydell
And other metro area locations.

Best Bookstore BOA Award Winner

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Borders
And other metro area locations.

Best Budget Menswear BOA Award Winner

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Target
And other metro area locations.

Best Budget Women's Wear BOA Award Winner

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Target
And other metro area locations.

Best Camera Shop BOA Award Winner

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Wolf Camera Ultra
And other metro area locations.

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