Click here to read more about the Tweet of the year.

Finalists
@LadyGaga – Lady Gaga vs. the Westboro Baptist Church: "Tonight love and hate met in St. Louis. And love outnumbered the hate, in poetic thousands. Hate left. But love stayed. + Together, we sang."
@doctorfollowill – Kings of Leon and the infamous pigeon shit: "So sorry St. Louis. We had to bail, pigeons shitting in jareds mouth. Too unsanitary to continue."
@RobRains – Globe-Democrat story breaks online: "Important announcement: The sports staff at Globe-Democrat.com has resigned, effective July 21, to pursue other opportunities(more)"


Video of the Year

Shannon Howard's NoCoSTL.com took the Best Neighborhood Blog honors.
Shannon Howard's NoCoSTL.com took the Best Neighborhood Blog honors.
The IWentToAShow crew goes to shows... laptops in tow. They won Best Music Blog. Way to go!
Jennifer Silverberg
The IWentToAShow crew goes to shows... laptops in tow. They won Best Music Blog. Way to go!

Aquabats Stage-diving Kids
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf1zPWz-s4o

The Judges Say: This is a perfect example of a video destined for YouTube stardom — you're at a public event, and something awesome goes down, something that people would never believe if you didn't have the video to prove it. In this case, it was little kids getting hurled into the crowd at an Aquabats concert for a lesson in stage diving. It sounds irresponsible at best, but when you watch the video, mostly what you see is the great sense of community here: Everyone in the St. Louis crowd comes together like a big family. The video is both simple and outlandish at the same time — and it will absolutely make you wish you were at that concert.

Finalists
Star Clipper's Walking Dead Commercial – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS0nHX0VECE
Corle 2 Da's So St. Louis – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jBhcH-LS64
The Other Guys Premiere Poll Winner Announced – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1AH1Jq7At0


Best-Designed Site

Downtown St. Louis
http://www.downtownstl.org

The Judges Say: Natives may complain that St. Louis isn't an "exciting" city. But this site makes St. Louis look like it's bursting with culture, arts and music — with a bustling downtown packed with cool local businesses and great places to live. We love the clean navigation and engaging content, with a color scheme that echoes the look of printed materials from the Downtown St. Louis Partnership and the Gateway Mall. Even the haters would have a hard time not being impressed with this site.

Finalists
Coolfire Media – http://www.coolfiremedia.com
TOKY – http://www.toky.com
Music of the Hour – http://musicofthehour.com
Via Dove – http://www.viadove.com


Meet the Judges

An award-winning producer, Web designer, graphic artist and photographer, Bill Streeter is also an occasional contributor to Riverfront Times. He created the music/culture podcast Lo-Fi Saint Louis, which won a Vloggie, was nominated for a Streamy and (full disclosure) is taking first place for Best Use of Video in Entertainment at this year's Point & Clique Awards. A Chicago native who moved here in the wake of the 2001 dot-com crash and has yet to look back, Streeter is currently producing a feature-length film, Brick by Chance and Fortune. You can find him at www.billstreeter.net or follow him on Twitter @billstreeter.

Josh Kocurek lives his life as a 100 percent digital dude. Geek cred on his sleeve, Kocurek works as an associate brand manager at the experiential marketing agency Switch. (He describes his job as a mix of "lurking on social networks and putting new ideas in motion.") A lover of indie rock and electronica, Kocurek spends his free time playing video games, honing his tennis skills and belting out '90s pop at karaoke nights. He has a weakness for sushi and exotic teas and is currently trying to kick a nasty Angry Birds addiction. You can check out Kocurek's personal website, www.JoshKocurek.com, or find him on Twitter @joshkocurek.

In the past decade alone, Michael Tomko has programmed and promoted a college radio station, managed recording studios in both St. Louis and New Orleans, wrote for national publications and blogs, toured the country as a musician, managed channel-partner programs for some of the world's largest software companies and produced music festivals and events. You can find him on Twitter @michaeltomko or check out his blog, DoYouReallyWantToHurt.Me. Disclosure: Tomko has been chief technology officer at the social-media firm Scorch, which works with clients including Rizzo Tees, Whiz-Tech Technology Café and Latitude 26. He is also the founder of Saint Louis Coworking.

Elizabeth Liebel is the marketing director for Auctori, "a multilingual, global content management system." Prior to that gig, she was social-media coordinator at a large marketing firm in St. Louis. She lists Seth Godin, Jay Baer, Amber Naslund and Scott Stratten as her current marketing-celebrity crushes/creepy obsessions. You can find Liebel via her website, www.stl-socialmedia.com/Personal; her Twitter feed, @STLScialMedia; or, on weekends, tearing up the dance floor.

As the RFT's Web editor, Will Melton produces and promotes content for our website — which he assures us is infinitely more amusing than his previous job working on viral-marketing campaigns for the Will Ferrell-owned FunnyorDie.com. Melton is a long-time blogger and podcaster who's written most recently for www.fusedfilm.com. He lectures about social media at local universities and has spoken to the World Affairs Council. You can follow him on Twitter @riverfronttimes.com (for his work-related tweets) or @projectmelton (for his real-life obsessions).

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16 comments
Sammy Ming
Sammy Ming

the best blog i've seen come out of st. louis is an awareness blog called www.eyeswideblind.com. Very large following, I actually didn't know the staff was located in st. louis until recently.

Jeff_C13
Jeff_C13

Why oh why hasn't BuenoJoe.com been nominated. I sure hope they get some recognition in the next awards show

JJazz
JJazz

Virginia Kerr how do you feel about Kent Ehrhardt making sexually explicit comments about your attire? And what does your very attractive young husband feel about it.

Bruce Kyle
Bruce Kyle

wow thanks alot for the award guys very dissapointed I didnt get to go

Ross PR
Ross PR

So happy for all of you that won and were mentioned. Thanks@RiverfrontTimes for doing this. So just in case I missed anyone in my tweets Congrats

theobell
theobell

I hate that I missed the event! Congrats to everyone but especially my bros @rizzotees and @therisetothetop

ugh...
ugh...

Why didn't the RFT nominated showmedaily.org as a candidate for best political blog? The blog has frequent discussions of Missouri and St. Louis policy that go into much more detail and analysis than anything else nominated.

Tho, I don't understand how anything beat out Political Fix... That blog breaks news, whereas Fired Up! incoherently reacts to Political Fix's news updates and other independent reporting.

lisa mueller
lisa mueller

William. I ca't make it tonite now! My cousin Ashley Flinn would love to go. She's in the biz. Plus one. I won the tix today via FB. Back to the rough day, Lisa Mueller

lisa mueller
lisa mueller

This msg is for William. I am unable to come tonite. I won the tix via FB. Lisa Mueller. My cuz would love to have them. Ashley Flinn, plus one. She's in the music biz too. FB msg me back if u get this. Thanks a million. Now back to a rough day..

Seanebryant
Seanebryant

Props to Adam Shriver and St. Louis Activist Hub; my source for progressive discourse in St. Louis...

Mary Kathleen Crowley
Mary Kathleen Crowley

Thank you RFT for acknowledging some of St. Louis's best at what they love. You help keep St. Louis fresh and alive. All reports of the "death of St. Louis" pale in the people you have recognized. They have a zest and a feel for the topical. Thanks again.

Chris @ Rizzo Tees
Chris @ Rizzo Tees

Wow. WOW! Thank you judges, thank you RFT, thank you to my peeps at Scorch, and big thank yous to Falk Harrison for bringing me on. In the interests of full disclosure, Falk Harrison will be taking away my Internet access to ensure I get work done while on site. But I am taking steps to mitigate...... Hello Clear 4G Personal Hotspot! BWOOOHAAAHAAAHAAAAA!

David Siteman Garland
David Siteman Garland

An honor to take home an award! Looking forward to the event tomorrow night.

 
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