We all know that one guy who clings tightly to the way things have “always” been done. Time being defined, of course, as far as the context of his memory can reach. He won’t eat anything his mother didn’t used to make. He insists on calling you because he doesn’t do email and you can only return his call when he’s planning to be home because he doesn’t carry a cell phone. Unlike your parents, he will never be on Facebook.
Traditional media love this guy. He still reads the morning paper, watches the local evening news when it’s on the first time, and listens to FM radio in the car. Most of us have tried out the countless media alternatives. We listen to music we never imagined we’d have access to in seconds on Spotify and subscribe to numerous podcasts. We watch TV on demand and pick and choose our news from social media sites that tell us what our friends are reading.
A lot of you are reading this on The570.com because it’s just easier than going outside in the cold to find a hard copy of diamond city and couldn’t wait to find out if Jumpin’ Jeff Walker had been dethroned or not. (No, but keep reading.) In fact, if you were among those to vote for your favorites in this year’s dc Readers’ Poll, you did it online after you checked out the Bartender of the Week.
No matter what route the news took to get to you, it probably started out at the fingertips of one of our good old-fashioned journalists. Michael Sisak of the Citizens’ Voice does it all. He’s covered high-profile court cases and investigations and photographed sporting events, returning to the newsroom to design special sections and help with layout since graduating from Hofstra University in 2007 and joining the CV team. You can find him on his own website at www.sisakdesign.com and/or follow him on twitter via @cvmikesisak. Likewise, reporter Joe Holden of WBRE’s I-Team has been “fiercely hunt(ing) down hard news” in the region since 2005.
The more Rock 107 changes, the more it stays the same. You love knowing that no matter how long it may have been since you tuned in, the classic rock station is still going to be dishing up some chuckle-worthy observations in the morning and a steady stream of tried and true tunes throughout the day. WRKC Radio King’s College broadcasts at 440 watts via 88.5 FM but you can listen online 24/7 at wrkc.kings.edu. All programming is done by King’s students and alumni DJ and includes genres from alternative, hardcore, electronica and emo, to Christian, country, gospel, reggae, and blues. Likewise, many of you seem to listen to WVIA online where in addition to a daily dose of classical music, you’ll find The Chairoscuro Channel webstream of jazz, and programs like Art Scene, Homegrown Music, and Simple Grand, among others, that feature the diverse talents of local artists.
Not to be left behind in the airwaves of antiquity, Jumpin’ Jeff’s Wackjobbing musical antics have made their way from KRZ to YouTube.com. Yes, you can watch a bubbly lingerie-clad brunette and a faceless man pretending to engage in acts of BSDM to a “Fifty Shades of Grey” rap hybrid parody set to the melody of Mickey & Sylvia’s 1965 hit “Love is Strange” (think Dirty Dancing). It’s had almost 6,000 hits (youtu.be/OuNg2OJ952k). If you really like Jeff, you can hire him to work your event. The DJ’s been at KRZ since 1980 (longer than some of you have been alive) and uses that as a selling point for The Jeff Walker DJ Service (www.jeffwalkerdjservice.com).
Best Classic Rock Station Rock 107 • Best College Radio Station 88.5 WRKC (King’s College) • Best Independent Public Radio Station 89.9 FM WVIA • Best Local Radio Personality Jumpin’ Jeff Walker, 98.5 KRZ FM • Best Local TV News Personality Joe Holden, WBRE TV • Best Local Website the570.com • Best Morning Radio Show Rocky & Lissa in the Morning, 98.5 KRZ FM • Best Newspaper Reporter Michael Sisak, The Citizens’ Voice