Best of Delaware: People and Media in 2023

Our readers nominated and voted on the top people, radio personalities, and other media in the First State. Here are the winners.

Band for Your Next Party

Editors: Jelly Roll

A party isn’t complete without the best live entertainment, and Jelly Roll understands the assignment. This full band brings the heat with performances that get the whole crowd grooving. Don’t be afraid to ask for your favorite songs—the band’s repertoire includes tunes ranging from old-school classics to top 40.
bvtlive.com/band/jellyroll-band

Most Coveted ‘Rolodex’

Editors: Adam Blackstone

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If you don’t know this Middletown resident by name, you likely know his work. The Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist and musical director conceptualizes and oversees live acts for such A-list performers as Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, late-night TV hosts and others. He’s also helped shape major shows like the Grammy, BET and Oscar awards, and he’s been the vision behind the Super Bowl Halftime Show for the past five years. Despite Blackstone’s profound talents and enviable roster of colleagues, he’s one of the most humble people we’ve ever met—on and off the red carpet.

Most Famous Person in Delaware

Editors: Tie, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Aubrey Plaza

With apologies to Ryan Phillippe, Valerie Bertinelli and DJ Jazzy Jeff, the most famous Delawareans are Joe Biden and actress Aubrey Plaza. That said, Plaza took home the honors in a local poll, which the leader of the free world acknowledged in a tongue-in-cheek video when Plaza hosted Saturday Night Live. Conceded Biden: “We all know you’re the most famous person in Delaware.”

Most Famous Person in Delaware (tie): President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Most Famous Person in Delaware (tie): President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Most Famous Person in Delaware (tie): Aubrey Plaza
Most Famous Person in Delaware (tie): Aubrey Plaza

Musical Artist

Downstate, Readers: Lower Case Blues
Lewes; lowercaseblues.net

Upstate, Readers: Joey Fulkerson
Camden; fulkersonmusicservices.com

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New Castle/Old New Castle Restaurant

Readers: Zollies Jazz Cucina
New Castle; zolliesjazzcucina.com

Radio Personality

Downstate, Readers: Dan Gaffney, Delaware 105.9 FM
Wilmington; foreverdelmarva.com

Upstate, Readers: Deanna & Justin in the Morning, WJBR
Wilmington; wjbr.com

Radio Station for Music

Downstate, Readers: 88.7 FM—The Bridge
Milford; wearethebridge.org

Upstate, Readers: WSTW —93.7 FM
Wilmington; wstw.com

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Radio Station for News

Downstate, Readers: 88.7 FM—The Bridge
Milford; wearethebridge.org

Upstate, Readers: WDEL—101.7 FM and 1150 AM
Wilmington; wdel.com

Radio Talk Show Host

Downstate, Readers: Dan Gaffney, Delaware 105.9 FM
Wilmington; foreverdelmarva.com

Upstate, Readers: Rick Jensen, WDEL
Wilmington; wdel.com

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