Listeners name winners of 88Nine RadioMilwaukee Music Awards


Non-comm WYMS-FM 88Nine RadioMilwaukee listeners voted indie rockers I’m Not A Pilot as Milwaukee’s best band for 2010 and soul/funk/dance Kings Go Forth’s “The Outsiders Are Back” as last year’s best Milwaukee album. Among other awards, listeners named The Wildbirds’ “Like A Cigarette” as 2010 song of the year and Ethan Keller as the year’s best solo artist.

The RadioMilwaukee Music Awards honor the best in Milwaukee music, with listeners selecting winners through an online survey held over several weeks.

The awards were announced in an on-air ceremony Thursday afternoon and at the awards celebration at Wherehouse on Thursday evening.

“Being a listener-supported station, we take our listeners’ role very seriously,” Keefe said. “Their input and feedback guides what we do, so it was natural to determine the winners of The Milwaukee Music Awards through listener votes.”

The annual awards began in 2008 to honor the best in Milwaukee music and build on the station’s commitment to Milwaukee musicians.

The RadioMilwaukee Music Awards winners were:
• Album of the Year: “The Outsiders Are Back” – by Kings Go Forth
• Band of the Year:  I’m Not A Pilot
• Song of the Year: “Like A Cigarette” – by The Wildbirds
• Solo Artist of the Year: Ethan Keller
• Earwig Award (Catchiest Song): “Sambawete” – by Herman Astro
• Best CD Artwork: “Faux Fir” – by Faux Fir
• Best Music Video: “Astrovan” – by Fatty Acids
• Most Memorable Live Show: Prophetic at Summerfest
• Blog of the Year: Muzzle Of Bees (
• Saturday Session Set of the Year: DJ SLYM
• Best Disc We Missed: “In My Mind” – by OYE!
• Best Local Benefit Show:  2010 Pablove Benefit Concert (selected by station staff)
• Milwaukee Music Ambassador Award: Vic Thomas (selected by station staff)

RadioMilwaukee launched in February 2007 with a format that includes a unique blend of rock and urban music, Milwaukee music and short-form audio pieces about Milwaukee’s assets, its rich history and diverse communities.

RBR-TVBR observation: RadioMilwaukee plays at least one Milwaukee musician or band every hour. While many commercial stations feature local talent on weekly or weekend shows, there certainly aren’t too many that mix them in hourly. Want to get a more local feel, image? This is just about the easiest way to do it.