Best Of 2023

Best Entry Point to Boots-on-the-Ground Abortion Rights Activism: Stand With Abortion Now (SWAN)
SWAN | Photo via McKenna Schueler

Stand With Abortion Now is a grassroots, all-volunteer clinic escort group that seeks to protect patients of one of Orlando's only abortion clinics from anti-abortion protesters, who gather outside of the clinic daily to harass patients. The group, funded by community donations, formed after the U.S. Supreme Court's Dobbs decision in 2022, which overturned the federal constitutional right to abortion under Roe v. Wade. In addition to clinic escort services, the group also raises funds to help people access abortion care, similar to Florida Access Network and the Tampa Bay Abortion Fund. Unlike Planned Parenthood, SWAN will sometimes take a confrontational approach to their escort services — directly engaging with anti-abortion protesters — and regularly blasts them on their popular TikTok account, @swanofcentralfla.

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Best of Orlando: Local Notables

Best of Orlando: Local Notables
Best Local Charitable Group
Photo via Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida/Facebook

1st: Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, feedhopenow.org

2nd: Zebra Coalition, zebrayouth.org

3rd: Aeras Foundation, aeras.foundation

Best Local Activist Group
courtesy photo/Equality Florida

1st: Equality Florida, eqfl.org

2nd: Stand With Abortion Now (SWAN), swanoforlando.org

3rd: League of Women Voters of Florida, lwvoc.org

Best Local Animal Rescue
Photo courtesy the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

1st: Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, petallianceorlando.org

2nd: Pet Rescue by Judy, petrescuebyjudy.com

3rd: Orange County Animal Services, orangecountyanimalservicesfl.net

Best Local Elected Official
Photo by Matt Keller Lehman

1st: State Rep. Anna Eskamani, annaforflorida.com

2nd: Mayor Buddy Dyer, orlando.gov

3rd: U.S. Rep. Maxwell Alejandro Frost, frost.house.gov

Best Local Music-Focused Radio Station
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1st: WXXL 106.7, xl1067.iheart.com

2nd: WJRR 101.1, wjrr.iheart.com

3rd: WPRK 91.5, wprk.org

1st: WTKS 104.1-FM Real Radio, realradio.iheart.com

2nd: WMFE 90.7-FM, wmfe.org

3rd: WDBO 107.3-FM and 580-AM, wdbo.com/on-air

Best Local Radio Voice
Photo via Johnny Magic/Facebook

1st: Johnny Magic, XL 106.7 xl1067.iheart.com/featured/johnny-magic/about

2nd: Sabrina Ambra, Real Radio 104.1, facebook.com/sabrina.ambra

3rd: Russ Rollins, Real Radio 104.1, realradio.iheart.com/featured/monsters-blogs-russ-rollins

Best Local Radio Show
Photo courtesy Johnny's House/Facebook

1st: "Johnny's House" on XL 106.7, xl1067.iheart.com/featured/johnny-s-house-live-blog

2nd: "Monsters in the Morning" on Real Radio 104.1, realradio.iheart.com/featured/as-heard-on-the-monsters

3rd: "The News Junkie" on Real Radio 104.1, thenewsjunkie.com