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If there’s one thing that the local media is good at, it’s scaring the living bejeezus out of folks. And unlike zombies, which are pretty doggone frightening in their own right, journalists seem to do it on purpose. Of course, not every reporter wants to make you wet your pants. Most really are trying to help us out. They let us know when the weather’s going to be bad. They tell us who won last night’s game. They bring a smile to our faces with their corny on-screen banter. Admit it. You love the local media as much as zombies love brains.

Biggest News Story of 2007

Sofa Super Store Fire

June 18, 2007

Likely Charleston’s biggest story of the decade, the deaths of nine firemen is reshaping how the city — and the nation — looks at battling fires.

Best Local TV Anchor

Warren Peper

WCBD, Channel 2

www.wcbd.com

With Channel 4’s long-running winner Nina “The Soss” Sossamon off camera, the veteran sports-guy-turned-anchor takes the lead.

Best Local

Investigative Reporter

Harve Jacobs

WCSC, Live 5 News

www.live5news.com

It’s a seventh win for Jacobs, known for his “Most Wanted” segments and investigative reporting.

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Best Local TV

Weather Forecaster

Rob Fowler

WCBD, Channel 2

www.wcbd.com

He may have lost the floppy mustache, but Fowler holds on to this title for a ninth win.

Best Local

TV Sports Anchor

Brendan Clark

WCBD, Channel 2

www.wcbd.com

A third win for Clark proves he’s made himself comfortable in Peper’s old roosting spot as Charleston’s Best Sports Anchor.

Best Local TV Station

WCBD, Channel 2

www.wcbd.com

Missing a sweep this year by one category (damn you, Harve!), WCBD wins best station for the 11th year.

Best Newspaper Columnist

Ken Burger

The Post and Courier

Burger hasn’t just provided readers with entertaining sports coverage, he’s also been chronicling his own fight with cancer.

Best City Paper Cover Story

“Buzzkill: Cops crack down at the Edge of America”

Stratton Lawrence’s piece about overzealous law enforcement on the beaches of Folly Beach struck a chord with readers who knew too well what he was talking about.

Best Radio Station

The Bridge, 105.5 FM

www.1055thebridge.com

The collapse of longtime winner 96Wave left a hole that The Bridge was happy to fill with “quality rock” and “true variety.”

Best Talk/News Radio Station

1250 WTMA

www.wtma.com

Who can compete with Richard Todd, the City Paper‘s own Southern Avenger, and Rocky D, along with Neil Boortz, Sean Hannity, and Bill O’Reilly? Conservative porn at its finest.

Best Local Radio Show

Two Girls and a Guy

95SX

www.95sx.com

Same girls, same award, different guy. Steve’s left ’em, but Brooke and Tanya have carried on with a fill in, Just Plain Mike, and now with the new regular “guy,” Special Ed. Pop on, folks. Pop on.

Best Local Radio Personality

Potter

98X

www.98xonline.com

The Critic’s temporary exit from the dial opened this category up for Potter and his “No Panties Wednesday.”

Best Local Talk Show Host

Ryan Nelson

Lowcountry Live, WCIV Channel 4

www.wciv.com

After wrestling the host award from radio personalities for the first time last year, Nelson keeps it up with her showcase of Charleston events and personalities.

Best Local TV Commercial

Gerald’s Tires & Brakes

The grease monkeys in the bright orange building are proud of those commercials for good reason, and it has paid off yet again. It’s a great day at Gerald’s!

Best Local Website

www.charleston.net

The Post and Courier‘s news portal, now with a spiffy new design, takes the cake again. We’re not bitter … really.

Best Local Internet Blog

www.ccpblogs.com

Charleston City Paper

Finally, our efforts pay off. We may have an audience of only 1,000 or so, but 10 of them voted for us and that was enough to win. We’ll take ’em where we can get them.

Best Local YouTube Video

“Skateboarder vs. Cop”

A Charleston police officer pushes a local skateboarder over a bush at Waterfront Park and into infamy, thanks to this viral video hit.