WKNC, DJ named among ‘best’ by ‘Indy’

N.C. State’s student radio station took dual honors in The Independent Weekly ‘s annual “Best of the Triangle” reader survey.

WKNC 88.1 was voted best radio station, earning a top slot for the fourth straight year. Sam McGuire, on the air as Bigfatsac, was a finalist for best radio DJ.

Leslie Evans from The Independent Weekly stopped by the WKNC studios June 13 and presented the station award to Kelly Reid, head daytime music director.

“It’s one thing to be named best college radio or best radio for music,” Reid said. “It’s another to be the best radio in the Triangle – hands down.”

“We love when our college radio stations win best radio station,” Evans told a grinning Reid. “It’s very indicative or who our reader is and we’re very proud of that.”

“This award proves that the Triangle really does crave great radio,” said Steve McCreery, WKNC’s general manager. “Winning this award is also a testament to the hard work that our staff puts forth year after year, and to the unique creative processes that are integral to the sound of WKNC.”

More than 2,500 people filled out the 2007 Best of the Triangle ballot, voting on everything from best chiropractor to best jukebox.

The Independent Weekly voted WKNC Best Radio Station in 2006 and Rochester from WKNC was Best Radio DJ. The station was named Best College Radio in 2004 and 2005, as well as Best Radio for Music in 2005. WKNC also earned top awards from Spectator in 2001 and 2002.