Best of 417 2013

Our annual rundown of your very favorite people, places, foods and things about living in 417-land.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

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Best TV Personality (male)
Ethan Forhetz, KY3

Jerry Jacob, KY3
Joe Daues, KSPR

Best TV Personality(female)
Lisa Rose, KY3

Maria Neider, KY3
Sara Forhetz, KY3

Best Meteorologist
Brandon Beck, KY3

Ted Keller,  KOLR 10
Ron Hearst, KY3

Best Sportscaster
Ned Reynolds, KY3

Chad Plein, KY3
Art Hains, KWTO-FM

Best Server
Amber Cabrera at
Jimm’s Steakhouse & Pub

Christina Pike at Bambinos Café
AJ Williams at Ophelia’s

Best Radio Personality or Team
J. Fotsch and Dawn McClain, The Morning Buzz on Power 96.5

Brock Havens, Q102
Kevin Howard and Liz Delany, The
Kevin & Liz Lounge on Alice 95.5

Best Bartender
Kristen Gray at Metropolitan Grill

Melissa Lewis at Finnegan’s Wake
Tommy Hong at Finnegan’s Wake

The ‘80s cover band Members Only performs high-energy shows filled with songs we all know and love.

Wings of Swing Big Band
Cole Porter Band

Best Museum Reviver

Nick Nelson

As the new director of the Springfield Art Museum, Nick Nelson has beefed-up efforts to breathe new life into the place. Since he moved into his office in August 2012, Nelson has invited other local businesses and attractions to take part in museum events. A great example of this is the Trick or Treat Halloween event, which inundated the museum with costume-clad kids and their parents.


Best Homeless Person who Lived in Our Publisher’s Basement


Trevor Rosenthal

When a former 417 Magazine sales representative (now a major league baseball agent) contacted Publisher Gary Whitaker last March, he had an unexpected request: Could one of his clients, Trevor Rosenthal, move into the Whitakers’ basement while he pitched for the Springfield Cardinals? Gary obliged. On July 15, Rosenthal left the Whitakers and joined the St. Louis Cardinals to do his part in the playoffs.



Best Local Filmmakers

Brandon Goodwin, Douglas Wilson and Jess Heugel for Linotype: The Film

What began as a labor of love for director Douglas Wilson, Linotype: The Film premiered at the Gillioz Theatre on March 19, 2012, and has gone on to national showings and to earn wide praise across the globe. The feature-length documentary tells the story of the Linotype, a revolutionary type casting machine that Edison called the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” which is now nearly extinct in our age of new technology. See the film yourself by picking up a copy at the Coffee Ethic. (Visit for additional locations.)


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