Best TV Station (2010)

Cox 3

The muzak soundtracks, penny-pinching production values and endless live streams from local government hearings that make local-access television so unbearable—and hilarious if you're sleepy, stoned or both—are all here at the network of this South County cable provider. But Cox 3's original programming nails its demographic. One lifestyle show's recent episode was anchored by a platinum-blond middle-ager from the rooftop of a Laguna Beach bar. The recently launched Beach Town lives up to its namesake and features a main man who traipses around coastal cities and speaks in the local surfer drawl. And the children's art show It's Curtoon Time, a local institution for 23 years, is so bizarre yet simple we can hardly believe it predated YouTube.

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