Best radio personality or team
Jack & Ron
98.9 KISS FM, KYIS
Jack Damn Elliott and Ron Damn Williams have been entertaining Oklahomans for over 15 years. They keep the radio waves alive with jokes, commentary, news and gossip reports and soap opera moments so we can stay awake and alert during our morning commute. Thats why theyve been voted the best in OKC for 13 straight years.
2. Ferris OBrien, The Spy FM 91.7, KOSU
3. Joey & Heather, WILD 104.9, KKWD
Worth Mentioning: Rick & Brad, ROCK 100.5 The KATT; TJ, Janet & J-Rod, 102.7 KJ103, KYJO
Best person to follow on social media
Ever wonder what superhero Thunder forward KD does when hes not killing it on the basketball court? You can follow his every move well not his every move; that would be stalking, which is not cool. But you can follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He posts photos of Thunder summer kids camp, NBA teaser videos, information about charity basketball games, advertisement campaigns hes involved in and even fashion photos. And he frequently holds spontaneous Q&A sessions on Twitter, so you can ask him anything you want. Just try not to be weird and bother him 24/7. He has a job to do, you know.
2. The Lost Ogle
3. Russell Westbrook
Worth Mentioning: Floyd Martin, Salsa Maritza, Steve Lackmeyer
Best smartphone app (local or national)
Facebook has been keeping the world connected and in everyone elses business since 2004. A few years ago, the company even made it possible to Internet-stalk your friends on your mobile phone. As of December 2013, it had 945 million mobile users! Were not sure if its the political debates, chain posts, motivational workout posters, cat videos or actually sharing with friends, but OKC sure does love it. (That doesnt mean you have to accept your mothers friend request or show her how to access it on her smartphone though.)
3. Keep It Local OKC
Worth Mentioning: Uber, Yelp!
Best website or blog
The Lost Ogle
Its often informative, occasionally funny and usually borderline inappropriate, and its going to stay that way no matter what you say luckily, OKC doesnt mind at all. The Lost Ogle has been serving its news with a handful of satire and an entire case of irreverence since 2007. And OKC loves it as much as its co-founder and editor-in-chief claims to love his premature gray hair.
2. The Pioneer Woman, thepioneerwoman.com
3. Red Dirt Report, reddirtreport.com
Worth Mentioning: Feed the Children, feedthechildren.org; OKC Talk, OKCTalk.com
Best local living author
Today, most people know her as The Pioneer Woman from the Food Network. But when Ree Drummond isnt in the kitchen, showing viewers how to make delicious, no-fuss home-cooked meals, she spends her time working on her exceedingly impressive blog, where readers first fell in love with her seriously, she should be crowned queen of blogging forever. Its full of mouthwatering recipes; remodeling and homeschooling tips; photographs of life on the ranch; and stories about her strange Basset Hound, Charlie.
2. Lauren Zuniga
3. Emily Alexander
Worth Mentioning: Carolyn Hart, P.C. Cast
Best local singer/songwriter
You dont have to enjoy country music to know who Blake Shelton is hes a household name, after all but you should join the rest of the state and be proud that hes one of our own. Over his 13-year career, the Ada native has had 24 hit singles on the country music charts, 11 of them reaching No. 1; has been nominated for five Grammy Awards and has won four Academy of Country Music awards. You can even see him foster young new up-and-comers as a judge on TV competitions Nashville Star, Clash of the Choirs and The Voice. Hes kind of a big deal.
2. Carrie Underwood
3. Garth Brooks
Worth Mentioning: Carter Sampson, Graham Colton, Samantha Crain, Vince Gill
Best community leader
Durant has been wowing us with his superb sense of community spirit and just being a generally decent person since he moved to OKC in 2008. Thats why youve repeatedly voted him the best community leader over the past four years. After the devastating EF5 tornado that tore through Moore last year, he gave $1 million to the American Red Cross, which inspired his team and Nike to match his donation. When hes not giving to charity, hes a public spokesperson for a national after-school music program and visits terminally ill children in the hospital. Whats not to love?
2. Mayor Mick Cornett
3. Ed Shadid
Worth Mentioning: Al McAffrey, Governor Mary Fallin, Jonathan Fowler
Bruce Rinehart, Rococo
Several metro locations
Do you spend your days dreaming of eating steaming clam chowder, lobster and crab cakes by the Atlantic Ocean? We do too. Luckily, we dont have to break the bank buying a plane ticket to Maine. Bruce Rinehart has us landlocked seafood lovers covered. Hes the mastermind chef behind metro gem Rococo Restaurant & Fine Wine. He spends his days exercising that glorious foodie mind of his, thinking up delicious East Coast recipes we can devour by Rococos cozy fireplace.
2. Kurt Fleischfresser, The Coach House
3. Jonathan Stranger, Ludivine
Worth Mentioning: Josh Valentine, The George; Ryan Parrott
Best waiter or waitress
Ariana Khalilian, Cheevers Cafe
2409 N Hudson Ave.
Every diner hates having to wave down his or her waitress and ask for things like water refills and silverware. A good waiter or waitress anticipates such simple needs and even anticipates those you might not have thought of yet. Ariana Khalilian, manager at Cheevers Cafe, is that sort of waitress. You dont get voted the best in OKC by being lazy. So while youre at Cheevers, indulging in Southwest comfort food, you can just relax and let her take care of you.
2. Tien Nguyen, Sushi Neko
3. Natalie Colton, Texas Roadhouse
Worth Mentioning: Andrea Bryan, Nonas Euro-American Ristorante & Bar; Avinash Kumar, Gopuram Taste of India; Rocky Rippeteo, Jimmys Egg
TapWerks Ale House
121 E. Sheridan Ave.
When it comes to beer, TapWerks knows whats up. Whether you prefer your brews in ale or lager form, dark or pale or even technically not really beer (cider) OKCs best bartender, bar manager Samantha Morphew, can help you quench your thirst. TapWerks sells hundreds of brands both on tap and in bottles and even boasts the first fancy rare and aged beer cellar in Oklahoma. And you can rest easy knowing that Morphew is serving them up. Plus, shes reclaiming her 2012 Best of OKC crown, so watch out, lesser bartenders.
2. Chris Barrett, Ludivine
3. Kevin Alexander, Tramps OKC
Worth Mentioning: Avinash Kumar, Gopuram Taste of India; Natalie Colton, Alibis
Best business owner
317 NW 23rd St.
Greg Seal takes his grandfathers legacy seriously. Thats why he modeled his bar after the man. He also takes the comfort and security of his patrons seriously. Thats why his bar is so popular and why he was voted this years Best Business Owner. Hate isnt on tap at Grandads, Seal has said, but there is plenty of great booze, live music and fun to be found there. We also heard if you bring a framed photo of your grandfather, Seal will hang it on the wall.
2. David Green, Hobby Lobby
3. Eric Burfict Jr., Hands of a Titan
Worth Mentioning: Krystal Campbell, Alibis; Patsy Hutchens & Darren Fernandez, 3sixty Dance Studio
Best local band
The Flaming Lips
Thats right, the Lips are still at it and we all still love them. The biggest rock band out of the reddest state still has the vision and glory that endear them to everyone from the most common of Okies to the most polychromatic of pop stars. When they arent committing their eccentricities to video, they can be found covering the likes of the Beatles and Pink Floyd or smashing through their own hits. Look for members side projects while you wait for new music and relish in the weirdness that is Oklahoma Citys Best Local Band.
2. My So-Called Band
3. Banana Seat
Worth Mentioning: Idre, Salsa Shakers
Get stuck in traffic with this seamless DJ and you wont need roads because youll be dancing hard enough to fly home. As the man that crabwalks through the Wild 405 Traffic Jam Mix on 104.9 FM, DJ Diverse lives up to his name, combining Rap, R&B, hip-hop, dance, top 40 and all points in between. Honing his craft since the seventh grade, DJ Diverse can be found dropping beats like rain and thunder all over the map. Check him out and youll see why he was voted Best DJ.
2. DJ Jonny Tsunami
3. Blake O the DJ
Worth Mentioning: DJ Andres Guerrero, Anthony Spano, DJ Saad
Best performing arts group (ex: theater company, dance company, orchestral groups)
1727 NW 16th St.
With a nationally recognized theater and routine Broadway-caliber performances, this theater company has come a long way since its humble origins. It opened its first season in 1963 and has been going strong ever since. The group found its current home in the Plaza District when it opened the newly renovated Plaza Theatre in 2007, which also enabled them to extend their performance seasons to the spring and fall. Now the show goes on stronger and better than ever. With teaching opportunities like Thelma Gaylord Academy and musical groups that travel to schools, Lyric helps ensure a thriving theater future for OKC.
2. Oklahoma City Philharmonic
3. Oklahoma City Ballet
Worth Mentioning: Pollard Theatre, Reduxion Theatre Company
Best television news
KFOR Oklahomas News Channel 4
With a reputation for the best of Oklahoma news, its not hard to imagine KFOR is once again your vote for the best. The station celebrates its 65th year in Oklahoma broadcasting and a legacy of trailblazing. It was one of the first color programs in the country and has the double distinction of hiring the first female anchor and the first female evening co-anchor. KFORs coverage is timely, thorough and full of heart. Oklahoma superwoman Linda Cavanaugh and Kevin Ogle are welcome guests in our home anytime.
2. KWTV News9 (CBS), news9.com
3. KOCO, Eyewitness News 5 (ABC), koco.com
Worth mentioning: KOKH Fox 25 (FOX), The Oklahoma Network (OETA)
Best 5K or 10K race
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
Founded in 2001, the OKC Memorial Marathon is a celebration of Oklahomas triumphant spirit in the face of tragedy. Over 25,000 runners participated in 2013s race, and thousands more cheered from the sidelines. Whether you celebrate by running or showing your love from the sidelines, the marathon continues to be the biggest event of its kind in OKC. All funds raised during the weekend of events and in marathon participation go to the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
2. Color Me Rad 5k, colormerad.com
3. Red Bud Classic, redbud.org
Worth mentioning: Dirty 30, McNellies Guinness Pub Run and The Color Run
Best word to describe the metro in 2014
And boy, are we! The expansion of Oklahoma City and its outlying suburbs is a joy to behold as you venture around in OKC. Remember when a trip from OKC to Norman involved driving through empty pastures? What about Yukon? That used to be a much lonelier stretch of Interstate 40. If youre new in town, grab a local and have them explain how, mere years ago, there was pasture along that highway and not much else. Heres to being a bona-fide metroplex, OKC! While other parts of the nation are emerging from the recession at a snails pace, we are thriving, and it shows.
Worth mentioning: Awesome, Exciting
Best annual event or festival
Festival of the Arts, Downtown
Now in its 47th year, the Festival of the Arts has become a rite of spring that draws artists and guests from all over the country. Hosted in and around the beautiful Myriad Botanical Gardens, the festival features local and national artists and musicians and legendary food items, some of which you can only get once a year. Everything in the festival, including the food, is judged and curated, meaning you only see the very best.
2. State Fair of Oklahoma, okstatefair.com
3. Paseo Arts Festival, thepaseo.com
Worth mentioning: Norman Music Festival, OKC Pride