Radio Talk Show Host

Ryan Warner, KCFR (Colorado Public Radio, 90.1 FM)

His voice alone foreshadows good things: It’s smart, calm, and even-handed—which is exactly how you could describe Warner’s work as the host of Colorado Public Radio’s Colorado Matters. From hot-button political issues to more academic historical pieces, Warner’s interviews are always engaging and thought-provoking. Every time we turn on the radio, something he’s discussing catches our attention, whether it’s his monthly chats with the governor, raising a future Olympian, or turning millet into everyday food. Best of all, he has a knack for finding topics that stay in our minds for days.

Dan Caplis & Craig Silverman—KHOW

These incongruous but complementary talking heads—Caplis skews right on most issues, while Silverman more often leans left—provide what’s so often lacking in talk radio: balance. Regardless of their personal affinity or distaste for their guests, these two see eye-to-eye on the need to weed out hypocrisy, ineptitude, and corruption in all forms. It’s why their afternoon drive-time show draws so many would-be Front Range power players as guests, and what makes it a must-listen for anyone who wants to know how our city and state really work.