WYMS-FM (88.9) announced its third annual Milwaukee Music Awards this afternoon:
- Album of the Year: "Recession Proof Rap" - Kid Millions
- Song of the Year: "The Sword" -- The Championship
- Vocalist of the Year: Jeanna Salzer
- Urban Artist of the Year: Prophetic
- Best New Artist: Pezzettino
- TNT Award (Artist Most Likely To Blow Up): Will Phalen & The Stereo Addicts
- Power Pop Tart: "Yer A Blur" The Reckless Hearts
- Earwig Award (Catchiest Song): "Continental Drift" - The Subcontinentals
- 414 Music Award (In-Studio Performance of The Year): The Vega Star
- Best CD Artwork: "Middle West" - Will Phalen & The Stereo Addicts
"Listener Choice" categories:
- Artist of the Year: KHB
- Most Memorable Live Show: The Championship @ Turner Hall (Halloween Party)
- Milwaukee's Best DJ Night: The Get Down
- Best Music Video: "Danger" KHB
- Blog of the Year: Music in Revolt (theattackonmaars.wordpress.com)
- Saturday Session Set of the Year: The Glamour
MP3s, video and band links are available at WYMS' Web site.
Tim Cuprisin is the media columnist for OnMilwaukee.com. He's been a journalist for 30 years, starting in 1979 as a police reporter at the old City News Bureau of Chicago, a legendary wire service that's the reputed source of the journalistic maxim "if your mother says she loves you, check it out." He spent a couple years in the mean streets of his native Chicago, and then moved on to the Green Bay Press-Gazette and USA Today, before coming to the Milwaukee Journal in 1986.
A general assignment reporter, Cuprisin traveled Eastern Europe on several projects, starting with a look at Poland after five years of martial law, and a tour of six countries in the region after the Berlin Wall opened and Communism fell. He spent six weeks traversing the lands of the former Yugoslavia in 1994, linking Milwaukee Serbs, Croats and Bosnians with their war-torn homeland.
In the fall of 1994, a lifetime of serious television viewing earned him a daily column in the Milwaukee Journal (and, later the Journal Sentinel) focusing on TV and radio. For 15 years, he has chronicled the changes rocking broadcasting, both nationally and in Milwaukee, an effort he continues at OnMilwaukee.com.
When he's not watching TV, Cuprisin enjoys tending to his vegetable garden in the backyard of his home in Whitefish Bay, cooking and traveling.