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Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Cityscape » Readers Pick
Dave FM 92.9

Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2006 » Cityscape » Critics Pick
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
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2006 » Cityscape » Readers Pick
WBZY-FM (105.3) The Buzz

Best Urban Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2006 » Cityscape » Critics Pick
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 New Radio Station Format BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Cityscape » Critics Pick
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

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Cityscape » Readers Pick
92.9 Dave FM
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
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Cityscape » Critics Pick
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 Radio Station that Keeps on Getting Better BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Cityscape » Critics Pick
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
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Cityscape » Readers Pick
DAVE FM WZGC-FM (92.9)

Best Pop Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2001
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2001 » Cityscape » Critics Pick
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 Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2001
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2001 » Cityscape » Readers Pick
The Beat

Best Pop Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2000 » Cityscape » Readers Pick
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
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2000 » Cityscape » Critics Pick
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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