But here's an observation about the Alternative awards: To no one's surprise, KROQ has been nominated as Station of the Year, and Kevin Weatherly is once again on the ballot for Program Director of the Year.
I don't keep track of such things, but has Kevin or KROQ actually lost either of these awards in the past 15 years? In fact, KROQ should be the Alternative Station of the Century, and Weatherly should be honored similarly.
But the net effect of KROQ and Kevin winning year after year is that it denies awards to some of the stations and programmers in the trenches. These stations aren't as "world famous" as KROQ, nor perhaps are their PDs as savvy as Weatherly. But somehow in some way, they should be recognized above and beyond just being nominated.
So, here's my idea: change the name of the awards to the "KROQ Alternative Station of the Year," and the "Kevin Weatherly Programmer of the Year." In this way, the country's most successful Alternative station and PD will be forever honored by R&R through these awards. After all, wouldn't that be the highest honor?