Best of 417 2009: People

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Best Female Solo Musician

<<< Candy Coburn
Cindy Wolf
Jen Laney

Best Male Solo Musician

Art Bentley
Lyal Strickland
Mark Chapman

Best Band

Big Smith

Best Bartender

Jason Teal, Kai After Dark

Best Visual Artist

Susan Sommer-Luarca >>>
We love to know that this internationally recognized artist calls Springfield home. And while she’s traveling all over painting mural projects for her foundation SSL4Habitat, she’s still very visible in the community. Last year, she painted a mural of wild horses on the side of Campbell 16, she has a studio in downtown Springfield, and you can see her face at 417-land fundraisers from time to time as well.
Nathan Maulorico, Unknown Films
Randy Bacon

Best Photographer

Randy Bacon
Dawn Shields
Jeffrey Sweet

Best TV Personality (Male)

Steve Grant, KY3
Joe Daues, KSPR
Ethan Forhetz, KY3

Best TV Personality (Female)

Lisa Rose, KY3
Maria Neider, KY3
Christine Daues, KSPR

Best Radio Team

Kevin & Liz, Alice 95.5
Fotsch & McClain, Power 96.5
Woody & Janet, KGBX

Best Radio News


Alice 95.5 and KSMU

Best TV Meteorologist

<<< Brandon Beck, KY3
This KY3 weatherguy is the one who gently reminds us to bring shoes when we head for safety from a tornado. One day last spring—when 417-land was being hit by nasty storms—we turned the TV up in the living room to listen to Brandon Beck’s storm-tracker play-by-play while hunkered down within the safe interior walls of our hall bathroom.
Ted Keller, KOLR 10
Ron Hearst, KY3

Best TV Sportscaster

Ned Reynolds, KY3
Dan Lucy, KOLR 10
Joe Hickman, KY3

Best Politician / Public Servent

Roy Blunt
Sara Lampe
Roseann Bentley

Best Philanthropist

John Q. Hammons
The O’Reilly family
Harry Cooper

Best Loal Blogger

Matt Lemmon, 417 and GO >>>
You like him! You really like him! Matt Lemmon wears many hats as editor of GO Magazine and web editor for and all its sister sites. He blogs on and, keeping you up-to-date on of-the-moment news. He’s in good company here with runners-up KY3’s David Catanese and KSWF’s Clint Gerlek.
David Catanese, KY3
Clint Gerlek, KSWF

Editor's Pick: Best Celebrity Sighting of 2008

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones tends bar at Parlor 88
Kevin Costner comes to town to screen Swing Vote.
The whole Jolie-Pitt crew dines at Arris’ Pizza.
Goodness knows we love Brad Pitt and Kevin Costner, but Jerry Jones get bonus points for mixing up some drinks at Parlor 88. Good sport!





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