Best Hyperlocal Publication - 2010
In a city where there seems to be a hyperlocal news outfit for every block, the bimonthly and bilingual El Tecolote has been putting a microscope to the Mission District since 1970. Arising from a La Raza Studies class at San Francisco State University, El Tecolote (The Owl) has published stories on subjects including pedestrian safety and the lack of competent translators at S.F. General Hospital. El Tecolote is also beloved for its arts coverage; it conducted some of the earliest interviews with Carlos Santana, and has been writing about veteran jazz percussionist John Santos since he was a teenager getting arrested in Dolores Park for playing his conga drum too loudly. Today, the paper continues to tell the Mission's overlooked stories, such as how Missionites are getting hit with towing fees during neighborhood street festivals. But the community newspaper is also adapting to the new media landscape. It now partners with UC Berkeley's MissionLoc@l to publish content, and will soon feature multimedia storytelling on its Web site.
Best Radio Morning Crew
Energy 92.7, which began broadcasting tweaky remixes of inane pop music in 2004, disappeared from the airwaves last September. Suddenly, the Bay Area's only major dance music station was gone — replaced by yet another Top 40 station — and local club kids were out for blood. Fans particularly wanted to see the return of the station's morning hosts, Fernando Ventura and Greg Sherrell, who livened up the commute with their rowdy brand of gay repartee. After two months and multiple online petitions, Fernando and Greg finally managed to get back on the air every weekday morning at Movin 99.7. Never mind that the station plays more Miley Cyrus than seems absolutely necessary — we're just glad that San Francisco still boasts the gayest duo in American commercial radio.