Best of Orlando 2017 - People & Media

Our readers voted online for their top picks in dozens of categories, from sweet shops to car dealers, bloggers to wedding venues. We carried our snazzy "Best of Orl" sign to various winning spots for photos, then had a "blast" coloring it for the cover.

Amy Kaufeldt and Bob Frier, Fox 35

Roberto Gonzalez

Best of Food & Drink
Best of Home Shopping
Best of People & Media
Best of Fun & Leisure
Best of Health & Beauty
Best of Kids & Pets

The Morning Persons

The morning duo of Amy Kaufeldt and Bob Frier have shared the 7-10 a.m. anchor desk for Fox 35's Good Day Orlando since last October. Kaufeldt arrived in Orlando in 2003 after holding assignment editor and anchoring jobs in Ohio, Montana, Tennessee and Oklahoma. She had anchored the morning spot with two of Frier’s predecessors. Frier had anchored for a time with Kaufeldt in 2009 when he first joined the station, after working for eight years at WKMG-Channel 6. Both are well known for their work with local charity groups and fundraisers. And the chemistry that viewers see is real, Kaufeldt  says. "We are friends both on and off the news set,” she says. “We also have a special relationship with our viewers. We spend a lot of time interacting with them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram throughout the morning.” Says Frier, “There’s just an honest camaraderie because we both truly like and respect each other. There’s nothing forced on our show; it’s really what you see is what you get.”
—Loraine O’Connell


1 Amy Kaufeldt and Bob Frier
Fox 35

2 Jim Payne and Meredith McDonough
WESH-Channel 2

3 Greg Warmoth and Martha Sugalski
WFTV-Channel 9


1 Kaká
Orlando City Soccer Club

2 Julien Williams
Mixed Martial Arts

3 Aaron Gordon 
Orlando Magic

Michael Andrew (EMILY JOURDAN)


1 Michael Andrew

2 The Trees of Life 

3 Paulo Clayton


1 David Pingalore (left in June)
WKMG-Local 6

2 Pat Clarke 
WESH-Channel 2

3 Adam Shadoff
Fox 35


1 XL 106.7 FM

2 Z88.3 FM

3 K92.3 FM


1 Johnny’s House
XL 106.7 FM

2 The Philips Phile
Real Radio 104.1 FM

3 A Corporate Time With Tom and Dan
Real Radio 104.1 FM


1 Tom Terry
WFTV-Channel 9

2 Amy Sweezey
WESH-Channel 2

3 Tom Sorrells
WKMG-Local 6


1 David Uth
Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Orlando

2 Byron Bledsoe 
Senior Pastor at C3 Church
Avalon Park

3 Joel Hunter
Senior Pastor at Northland, A Church Distributed


1 Christina Thomas
Go Epicurista

2 Matthew Weller
The Vinyl Warhol

3 Brendan O’Connor

Central Florida Community Arts (ROBERTO GONZALEZ)


1 Central Florida 
Community Arts 
College Park

2 Orlando Ballet
Ivanhoe Village

3 Orlando Shakespeare Theater
Loch Haven Park


1 Donna Dowless

2 Christopher M.W. Johnson 

3 Jeff Sonksen


1 Robert James

2 Teege Braune

3 Bob Kealing
(search Bob Kealing)


1 Buddy Dyer
Orlando Mayor

2 Joshua Vickery 
Executive Director, Central Florida Community Arts

3 Patty Sheehan
Orlando City Commissioner

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