Best Music Act
Bob SturmThe Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket broadcaster writes a Cowboys column for The Athletic Dallas that is worth the subscription. He might spend more time watching game tape than some Cowboys coaches. His analysis of fourth-round draft pick Dalton Schultz, in its attention to detail, was like a Richard Estes painting.
Best Sports Venue
Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr.The soft-spoken southpaw from DeSoto spars in a gritty boxing gym behind a North Dallas convenience store (no air conditioning, naturally). And it’s working: the undefeated fighter holds the International Boxing Federation’s world welterweight title, and most of his wins have ended in knockouts—proof that “The Truth” hurts.
Best Sports Team
UTA MavericksScott Cross played basketball for the Mavericks and spent 12 seasons as their head coach (after eight as an assistant). He became UTA’s winningest coach, racking up 72 wins over the past three seasons, and last year missed the NCAA tournament by just one loss. Not good enough. In March, the athletic director fired him.
Best TV News Broadcaster
Dale HansenThe ABC Channel 8 sports anchor is the last of his kind. He’s fat, he’s white, he’s old, and he says pretty much whatever he likes. Recognizing his viral “unplugged” segments, the New York Times late last year ran a profile of him headlined “The Progressive Voice Bursting From Texas and Spreading Everywhere.”
Christina Rees, GlasstireArts criticism survives in Dallas thanks to Rees, who ruled a recent show featuring all the usual suspects in Dallas’ art scene “dead on arrival” for its postcolonial framing. The city continues to benefit from the Rabkin Prize winner’s side-eye to its contradictions.
Best Art Space
Best Radio Show
El Bueno, La Mala, y El FeoIt’s based here (heard on Qué Buena 94.1 FM), but “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” (Raul Molinar, Carla Medrano, and Andres Maldonado, respectively) host the largest Spanish-language syndicated show in the nation. A trusted Spanish-speaking friend tells us, “It makes me feel at home, especially with the English-Spanglish thrown in. It’s got heart. Songs in genres as diverse as conjunto and reggaeton keep your ride into work moving.”
Best Performing Arts Venue
Best Dance Company
Best Movie Theater
Best Local Attraction
Best Radio Station
Best Public Official
Clay JenkinsMany only recognize County Judge Clay Jenkins from his TV appearances when emergencies strike. Jenkins has wielded his office’s considerable but latent power skillfully and forcefully behind the scenes more often than in front of cameras, quietly making himself the most effective elected official in the region.
Courtney Collins, KERAKERA’s Courtney Collins won a national Edward R. Murrow Award last year for her work illustrating how close many people are to poverty, through tender profiles of North Texas residents. She approaches her subjects with a genuine concern that suits public media’s greatest mission.
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