Best Radio Personality

April Baer, WCPN-FM/90.3

Some people like to awaken to a 50-year-old teenager in a dirty undershirt jawing about how he scored the night before. Others might prefer the human version of the snooze button. Baer isn't either of those, delivering the day's top stories in a voice that's sunny, but not too annoyingly bright, and grilling the mayor before the rest of us have had that crucial first cup of coffee. Voted National Public Radio's Best New Talent in 1998, she doesn't just read the news; she reports it, filing at least one in-depth piece a week.