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Hosted by Nebraska native and Colorado transplant Cory Helie, Welcome to Denver dishes up in-depth conversations centered on what makes this city so great. Like an unofficial guide to the Mile High City, Helie invites comedians, musicians, filmmakers, artists and writers to talk about their favorite spots to find live music, comedy, food, weed, beer, sports and more. The podcast's mix of Helie's neo-Coloradan view and the voices of tried-and-true native spirits creates a perfect blend of information and conversation about all things Denver.

Readers' choice: Whiskey and Cigarettes

Former KBPI DJ Eddie Barella and high-school buds Jason Newcomer and Chris Barr take to the airwaves every Monday night to interview newsmakers, local and national artists, and the occasional mother of a fangirl in this music-centric podcast. The weekly live Internet radio show is broadcast on Idobi Radio, the most-listened-to alternative-music stream in the world, according to Triton Digital's 2014 stats. Since the podcast debuted in 2011, the trio has interviewed dozens of bands and artists — including Mark Hoppus, Matt & Kim, Laura Jane Grace and Weezer — and its audience has grown to 50,000 listeners per episode. As a bonus, the hosts often make on-air prank calls; one time, they dialed an angry Jay Leno's home number. Catch this threesome broadcasting from assorted Denver bars and venues, or tune in to at 6 p.m. Mondays to catch the show live.

This city is changing — and as it grows, the We Are North Denver blog wants to make sure the pre-boom history of north Denver isn't lost forever. Community leader, spoken-word artist and activist Bobby LeFebre, wife Claudia Hernandez-Ponce and friend Carlos Mireles keep their fingers on the pulse of their 'hood, reporting goings-on and creating an online space where all voices can be heard. We Are North Denver offers a rich mix of news, history and commentary from residents interested in retaining the city's spirit and culture in the face of exploding development.

Servicios de la Raza has come a long way since it began as a small group of individuals providing mental-health services for Denver's Chicano/Latino community more than four decades ago. Over the years, it has become a critical resource, offering substance-abuse programs, youth-education services, domestic-violence survivor support, food and health assistance, job training and more. As Denver has grown, Servicios has grown with it — and has continued to help the ever-expanding global-immigrant, low-income and Spanish-speaking populations feel at home in the Mile High City.

Thanks to the Internet, fangirls have ample content to consume. Sometimes, though, there's a downside to having too much information — especially when it's scattered. That's why University of Denver senior Raine Giorgio launched NerdNest (, the first-ever social-media sharing device and one-stop shop for fangirls (and fanboys, too). The free, gender-neutral site, released this winter, is the best place for fans to make their own nests — mini-blogs, essentially, where they can aggregate content in a safe environment.

Not since the halcyon days of coach Sonny Lubick have the CSU Rams been so much fun to watch. During an NCAA era when small-conference schools are supposedly irrelevant, the squad was impossible to ignore, thanks to signature performances like a hard-fought road win over Boston College. Major credit is owed to quarterback Garrett Grayson, who went from being a virtual unknown to a hot NFL prospect over the course of a few short months. But the team as a whole was the football equivalent of the Little Engine That Could, and even though its bowl defeat to Utah was disappointing, it couldn't ruin the gridiron memories that preceded it.

Readers' choice: University of Denver Pioneers Hockey

It's the rare spot that combines cheesy production values with celebrity star power and vintage-ad satire — but this commercial for local company Bailey's Moving & Storage pulls off that tricky trifecta. It begins with a man clearly overwhelmed by the task of packing up all his stuff. Fortunately, a trio of Bailey's experts arrives, with the one in the middle catching every item the customer hurls in his direction. And no wonder! Seconds later, he opens his shirt, Superman-style, to reveal that he's Chris Harris, Broncos cornerback! Then, as a capper, Harris nods to the '70s-vintage Mean Joe Greene Coke commercial in which the Pittsburgh Steeler tosses a jersey to a kid — except Harris gives the boy who calls out to him a Bailey's work shirt. Score!

There's a perception that any television personality can excel on the radio, but this rarely proves true: TV and radio call for distinctly different skill sets, and plenty of people who've made a good living reading what others have written flounder when required to speak for themselves. But Susie Wargin, who's best known at this point for her work at 9News, is a natural, for logical reasons: She's a radio veteran, having worked at both KTCL and KBPI (and doing sideline reporting for KOA) in addition to her on-camera sports anchoring and reporting. Now she's proving to be just as adept as an afternoon-show talker, interacting smoothly and wittily with co-host Dave Logan, whatever the subject. Her warm demeanor may not make drivers forget about being stuck in traffic, but thanks to Wargin, those jams seem a lot more tolerable.

Readers' choice: Slacker and Steve

Kyle Clark has a couple of things that many other TV anchors lack: a personality and a sense of humor. He boasts legitimate journalistic skills, too, as last year's encounter with a talking-point-fixated Representative Mike Coffman demonstrated, so he's not out of his depth when the subjects demand straightforward, serious delivery. But Clark also knows how to subtly comment on material with a simple shift of tone when doing so is appropriate, and he's comfortable tweaking the conventions of the form, most memorably during his manifesto about boring photos of snowy patios. Oh, yeah: His eyes are nice, too.

Readers' choice: Kyle Clark

Weather is important to TV viewers in Colorado, which is why stations dedicate so many of their resources and so much of their time to its coverage. But when the forecast is within the normal range, even the flashiest graphics can't disguise the dullness of many weather purveyors. That's when Lisa Hidalgo's skills shine through. She's not just funny, she's downright sassy, with a rare ability to keep viewers watching even when the conditions haven't changed for a week straight.

Readers' choice: Kathy Sabine, 9News

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