Online station TheRoots.fm wins Reader’s Choice Award for best radio station in St. Louis

In another victory for the idea that online radio is “real” radio, St Louis-based TheRoots.fm has won the Reader’s Choice award for Best Radio Station in the Riverfront Times. It is the second year the Clasthe-roots-dot-fm-logo-canvassic Rock internet radio┬ástation has claimed that award.

The award is particularly satisfying for John Stephens, founder of TheRoots.fm, reversing a decision two years ago, when the Riverfront Times, a St. Louis newspaper, declined to bestow the Reader’s Choice award on the editorial ground that internet radio was not “real” radio. The outcome prompted a half-serious, half-fun protest outside the newspaper office, where station staff and a few supporters showed up with picket signs proclaiming “Internet radio is real radio.”

TheRoots.fm was a finalist in the 7th Annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards, which were announced at RAIN Summit Nashville last month.

 

Brad Hill