Last week we saw the Portland community come together for the XRAY.FM Awards. Judges included podcast hosts, contributors to national publications, community leaders, and founders of local non-profits. The contest submissions reflected different facets of how Portland (and other cities) are changing. See a list of our judges, winners of the Creative Crusader Awards, and of course the winners of the Radio Is Yours Contest.
1. Andrew Leland, host of The Organist podcast
2. Charlie Hales, Mayor of Portland
3. Dan Kennedy, host of The Moth podcast
4. Jenn Chavez, host of Five Quadrants of Portland
5. Portia Sabin, president of Kill Rock Stars
6. Richard Meeker, former long-time publisher of Willamette Week
7. Rukaiyah Adams, Chief Investment Officer at Meyer Memorial Trust
8. Ryan Wines, CEO of Marmoset Music
9. Sarah Mirk, online editor at Bitch Media and host of Popaganda
10. Seth Romatelli, host of Uhh Yeah Dude podcast
11. Zoe Carpenter, Associate Washington Editor at The Nation
Creative Crusader Awards
1. The Rent is Too Damn High Award, to Justin Buri of Community Alliance of Tenants
Presented by Jenny Logan, XRAY Board President — In his role as Executive Director, Justin and CAT pushed for a Renter’s State of Emergency. They convinced the mayor to declare just that, bringing about new citywide tenant protections and affordable housing funding. More needs to be done, including in the Oregon state house, and luckily he hasn’t quit yet.
2. Most Overdue Recognition Award to Portland Hip Hop Community (accepted by Star Chile and OG One) Presented by DJ Klyph — For years, Portland has been criticized for unfairly targeting hip hop shows. Meanwhile, a defining art form of our generation was nonetheless sprouting through the cracks. This year’s XRAY award for “Best Overdue Recognition” goes to the Portland Hip Hop Community.
3. Civic Engagement for Racial Justice Award, to Teressa Raiford, Lead Organizer of Don’t Shoot Portland Presented by Jenn Chavez — By the time Don’t Shoot Portland was born in Dawson Park in solidarity with Michael Brown, its lead organizer had already been advocating for North Portland’s underserved for years. Today her calls for racial equity and police accountability resonate in Portland’s streets and political spaces.
4. Best Tree Hugger Award, to Arthur Bradford Presented by Tim Marcroft, XRAY’s Development Director — Once upon a time, Arthur got together with community members to save Portland’s three giant Sequoias in Eastmoreland. As Portland has been changing, this local story caught national attention. Thanks Arthur for what you do for the creative community, and for the work the community did to show that activism can work.
1. Best Student Submission: “Look” by Gordon Graham
2. Runner Up Billboard: Bradley Angle, by Rebecca Alexander
3. Runner Up Feature: “Kicked Out” by Chelsea Smith
4. Best Billboard: “Rock Deprivation” by Caley Murray of Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls
5. Best Feature: “Portland Douchefication” by Jim Brunberg
You can listen to our other contest finalists below:
And to the people who gave generously at the event, our presenters, and of course our volunteers.