Best of 417 Awards 2007

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Best Bartender

Jason Harkins, Gallery Bistro
Barry Kackley, Bijan’s Sea & Grille
Shannon Russell, Ernie Biggs Piano Bar

Winner Jason Harkins is new to this list. Barry Kackley has been a runner-up in past years. While Ernie Biggs has a different style of bartending than that of the elegant restaurants, regulars there love Shannon Russell, a trickster known for pouring shots through neat little stacks of shot glasses and other shenanigans.

Best Botox Shooter

Nanette Crighton, Crighton Aesthetic Studio
Carla Garrison, Garrison Plastic Surgery
Joni Scott, Dermacare Laser & Skin Care

After 11 years as an anesthesiologist for CoxHealth, Crighton took a 15-year hiatus to be a stay-at-home mom. She rejoined the medical community two years ago when she opened Crighton Aesthetic Studio. Go to Crighton by the 28th to get her $10-a-unit-of-Botox special—after that she’ll got back to her usual $15. Scott was as a surgeon at St. Johns for 13 years and joined Dermacare when it opened a year ago. Dermacare charges $12.50 unit, and Garrison’s prices are listed by area instead of by unit, and when broken down average to about $10 to $12 per unit.

Best Cosmetic Dentist

Brenda Herrman
George Graham
Gary Buzbee

Dr. Herrman is one of the few local dentists trained at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies; Dr. Graham, also LVI-trained, is known for a focus on neuromuscular dentistry, while Dr. Buzbee, known for his skills, also has a new clinic, which won an award in the 2006 Dental Office Design Competition for integrating the latest dental-care technology into the facility.

Best Interior Designer

Joyce Buxton, Buxton Kubik Dodd
Brenda Van Eps, Butler, Rosenbury & Partners
Andrea Deckard, A. Deckard Interiors

Did you know Joyce Buxton’s company redesigned the Oasis Hotel, created the look for Avanzare, Fish and San Francisco Oven?

Best Local Musician (Solo)

Art Bentley
Eddie Gumucio
Mark Chapman

See Art Bentley at Springfield Brewing Company; Eddie Gumucio at Patton Alley, and Mark Chapman at Trolley’s.

Big Smith

The three bands that placed in this category are all incredibly talented, though winner Big Smith is the only one with enough notoriety to rate a German documentary called Homemade Hillbilly Jam, which played briefly in the Moxie and at Jordan Valley Park this year. M-Dock is a feature of the gala-benefit circuit; and happyendings might (just might) release that album. Check the 417 Magazine Datebook each month for listings of events where these bands play.

Best Local Radio Personality

Kevin Howard & Liz Delany, KTOZ 95.5
Woody P. Snow, KGBX
Andy & Julie KTTS 94.7

Kevin and Liz are undefeatable in this category, having won ever since votes have been cast. Their back-and-forth vibe of good-natured banter and bickering captivates the audience, perking up even the most grim Mondays. Did you know that you can hear 417 Magazine’s own Dori Allen on their show each month ? Tune in 7 to 10 a.m. February 8 for a special Best of 417 show, as Dori joins Kevin and Liz all morning long.

Best Local Female TV News Personality

Lisa Rose, KYTV
Cara Connelly, KYTV
Joy Robertson, KOLR/KSFX

Some voters still cast votes for “Lisa Richardson,” (her name changed when she married Randy Rose), which shows the length of time viewers have bonded with Rose’s on-air work—such that she’s won this category previously. Joy Robertson is once again a runner-up this year, newly joined by Cara Connelly.

Best Local Male TV News Personality

Jerry Jacob, KYTV
Tim Tialdo, KYTV
Ned Reynolds, KYTV

KY3 dominates this vote. Jerry Jacob won previously and will be missed as he serves in the military. Tim Tialdo also announced plans to leave KY3 to market BigOx bottled oxygen products and be the “face and voice” of The CW, the new network affiliate in town. That leaves runner-up Ned Reynolds; still a great talent for sports reporting.

Best TV Meteorologist

Brandon Beck
Ron Hearst
Ted Keller

These guys know their weather, having also appeared on the list in 2006.

Best Radio News

KTOZ (Alice 95.5)

KTTS’s local news coverage and very helpful traffic report (Go Jason Rima!) put this over the top, but keep your ears on KSMU: With new news director Missy Shelton at the helm, it’s already covering stories with more depth and intriguing detail. Alice 95.5 has the entertainment news locked up.

Best Restaurant Server

Stacy Durst, Springfield Brewing Company
James Martin, Agrario
John D-Attoma, Springfield Brewing Company 

James Martin is a previous winner, in 2006 and 2004, while Durst and D-Attoma of Springfield Brewing Company are newcomers.

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