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Top Dog Takes National Pet Radio Contest

It was close, folks, but we're happy to announce the winners of NPR's National Pet Radio Contest. Please join us in offering a big congratulations and round of applause (or should we say appaws) to our grand-prize winner...

"This is Stevie the Wonder Dog taking pledges at his favorite NPR station, KCPW in Salt Lake City. Since Stevie is blind, he depends on NPR more than most for all of his news and information." i i

hide caption"This is Stevie the Wonder Dog taking pledges at his favorite NPR station, KCPW in Salt Lake City. Since Stevie is blind, he depends on NPR more than most for all of his news and information."

Courtesy of Jen McDonald
"This is Stevie the Wonder Dog taking pledges at his favorite NPR station, KCPW in Salt Lake City. Since Stevie is blind, he depends on NPR more than most for all of his news and information."

"This is Stevie the Wonder Dog taking pledges at his favorite NPR station, KCPW in Salt Lake City. Since Stevie is blind, he depends on NPR more than most for all of his news and information."

Courtesy of Jen McDonald

Edging out with 28.74% of the vote, Stevie the Wonder Dog, who listens to KCPW in Salt Lake City, is the winner of this contest. As top dog, Stevie and his owner win a NPR Black Logo T-Shirt, NPR Music Klean Kanteen and NPR Bottle Sling.

Close behind are our three runners-up who each receive a NPR Share More Chico Bag — for toting around well-deserved treats, we're sure.

Pictured (l-r) is first runner-up Suge Knight; second runner-up Kashiwa; and third runner-up Jiggs.

hide captionPictured (l-r) is first runner-up Suge Knight; second runner-up Kashiwa; and third runner-up Jiggs.

Courtesy of Michael Dawson & Lindsay Benedict, Mickie Okamoto, and Claire Cynclaireaustin

- First runner-up and one of the toughest sugar gliders around is Suge Knight, representing WAMU in Washington, D.C., with 26.43% of the vote.

- Second runner-up is mobile-equipped pup Kashiwa doing Southern California Member Station KPCC proud with 13.57% of the vote.

- Third runner-up goes to be-speckled pooch Jiggs, a KUT fan in Austin, TX, who finished with 11.47% of the vote.

Congratulations to all of our winners. We truly did have an incredibly hard time narrowing down the entries to a few finalists. So, we've put many of our qualifying entries into the slide show below (including a few based on popular radio shows that aren't from NPR).

  • Max listens to WFIT from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.
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    Max listens to WFIT from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.
    Courtesy of Amr Khader
  • "Haiku & Glenn like to lounge in the armchair and listen to NPR on the weather radio that they got for their donation to WFYI in Indianapolis, Indiana."
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    "Haiku & Glenn like to lounge in the armchair and listen to NPR on the weather radio that they got for their donation to WFYI in Indianapolis, Indiana."
    Courtesy of Ashley Lewin
  • "Molly the Giant Schnauzer listens to Minnesota Public Radio's KNOW."
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    "Molly the Giant Schnauzer listens to Minnesota Public Radio's KNOW."
    Courtesy of Becky Rech
  • "Emily and I love WCVE in Richmond, Virginia. She really does wag her short tail while listening and getting treats."
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    "Emily and I love WCVE in Richmond, Virginia. She really does wag her short tail while listening and getting treats."
    Courtesy of Denise Pauze
  • "BenJammin often takes a break from dub step practice to listen to KIOS-FM [Omaha, NE]. He especially appreciates science and world music programming."
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    "BenJammin often takes a break from dub step practice to listen to KIOS-FM [Omaha, NE]. He especially appreciates science and world music programming."
    Courtesy of Carol Lindsay
  • "Beagan, a loyal NPR listener and Maryland resident, tunes in to WYPR in Baltimore; WYPF in Frederick; and WYPO in Ocean City."
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    "Beagan, a loyal NPR listener and Maryland resident, tunes in to WYPR in Baltimore; WYPF in Frederick; and WYPO in Ocean City."
    Courtesy of D. Perry
  • "Sam thinks the new KUTX [Austin, Texas] is puuurrfect!
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    "Sam thinks the new KUTX [Austin, Texas] is puuurrfect!
    Courtesy of Delma Catalina
  • "Cambridge stays up-to-date with all the news by listening to St. Louis Public Radio 90.7 KWMU."
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    "Cambridge stays up-to-date with all the news by listening to St. Louis Public Radio 90.7 KWMU."
    Courtesy of Emily Bibens
  • "Zoey (left) and Gus (right) have NPR as the soundtrack to their life. Pictured here, we're listening to Weekend Edition on our way to the dog park. We support several NPR stations (KTEP, KRWG, KCCU and WBEZ), but here, we're listening to KTEP 88.5 in El Paso, TX."
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    "Zoey (left) and Gus (right) have NPR as the soundtrack to their life. Pictured here, we're listening to Weekend Edition on our way to the dog park. We support several NPR stations (KTEP, KRWG, KCCU and WBEZ), but here, we're listening to KTEP 88.5 in El Paso, TX."
    Courtesy of Emily Kelley
  • "We're listeners of Member station WCVE [Richmond, VA]. Mossy and her dad, Matt, love to relax on our porch in the summer and stream Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! on the iPhone. It's a Sunday afternoon tradition!"
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    "We're listeners of Member station WCVE [Richmond, VA]. Mossy and her dad, Matt, love to relax on our porch in the summer and stream Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! on the iPhone. It's a Sunday afternoon tradition!"
    Courtesy of Emily Schy
  • "This is Elvis. He loves WUNC in North Carolina."
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    "This is Elvis. He loves WUNC in North Carolina."
    Courtesy of Erin Elizabeth Maruzzella
  • "My cat, Sunny Boy, listens to NPR on WFUV in New York City. His favorite artist is Cat Power, but I know he also likes Dr. Dog!"
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    "My cat, Sunny Boy, listens to NPR on WFUV in New York City. His favorite artist is Cat Power, but I know he also likes Dr. Dog!"
    Courtesy of Glenn Last
  • "Cinnamon says NPR Member station KPCC [Southern California] is Buntastic."
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    "Cinnamon says NPR Member station KPCC [Southern California] is Buntastic."
    Courtesy of H Yuhan
  • "Sparky listens to today's theme of This American (Dog) Life on his NPR station KOPB in Portland, Oregon."
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    "Sparky listens to today's theme of This American (Dog) Life on his NPR station KOPB in Portland, Oregon."
    Courtesy of Hope L. Hardaker
  • "Our dog, Hermione, loves NPR, and so do we!"
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    "Our dog, Hermione, loves NPR, and so do we!"
    Courtesy of Howard and Lisa Wheeler
  • "Charmin listens to KPCC [Southern California] on his iPad"
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    "Charmin listens to KPCC [Southern California] on his iPad"
    Courtesy of Inez Falcon
  • "Clary belongs to two members of Minnesota Public Radio. She's a huge fan of the Classical stream and Fresh Air."
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    "Clary belongs to two members of Minnesota Public Radio. She's a huge fan of the Classical stream and Fresh Air."
    Courtesy of Jon Jeffryes
  • "Chester usually only sings in the shower, but when listening to the fabulous music on Chattanooga, TN, Member station WUTC 88.1, he can't help but break out into song!"
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    "Chester usually only sings in the shower, but when listening to the fabulous music on Chattanooga, TN, Member station WUTC 88.1, he can't help but break out into song!"
    Courtesy of Julie Clark
  • "Evie loves that her owner is an NPR member so she can guest host all her favorite shows! KWBU FM in Waco [Texas] is Evie's NPR!"
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    "Evie loves that her owner is an NPR member so she can guest host all her favorite shows! KWBU FM in Waco [Texas] is Evie's NPR!"
    Courtesy of Katherine M. Wolfe
  • "Gus loves listening to thought-provoking shows (and fly jams) on WUNC out of Chapel Hill, NC."
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    "Gus loves listening to thought-provoking shows (and fly jams) on WUNC out of Chapel Hill, NC."
    Courtesy of Katy Sims
  • Can you finish this limerick? "Badger is truly an NPR chap; On the go, he uses the app!; KQED [San Carlos, CA] is his favorite station, From Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! to Talk of the Nation; But now it's time for his ____."
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    Can you finish this limerick? "Badger is truly an NPR chap; On the go, he uses the app!; KQED [San Carlos, CA] is his favorite station, From Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! to Talk of the Nation; But now it's time for his ____."
    Courtesy of Kendra Armer
  • "Audrey's favorite thing to do is take over my desk and listen to NPR. She is pictured here plugged into NPR.org but we also listen to NPR Member station WBEZ in Chicago."
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    "Audrey's favorite thing to do is take over my desk and listen to NPR. She is pictured here plugged into NPR.org but we also listen to NPR Member station WBEZ in Chicago."
    Courtesy of Lisa Empleo
  • "Owen listens to KWMU in St. Louis, MO."
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    "Owen listens to KWMU in St. Louis, MO."
    Courtesy of Lisa Gilbert
  • "Dolly listening to WUOT in Knoxville, TN."
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    "Dolly listening to WUOT in Knoxville, TN."
    Courtesy of Lisa Leske
  • "Willie tells everyone to listen to NPR: 'Hey, little bird, tune into WAMU [Washington, D.C.].'  Note: This is not two pets--the bird is a free agent."
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    "Willie tells everyone to listen to NPR: 'Hey, little bird, tune into WAMU [Washington, D.C.].' Note: This is not two pets—the bird is a free agent."
    Courtesy of Mary Katherine Beynette
  • "This is Cynthia Rose who listens to KCUR [Kansas City, MO] every day while I'm away at work."
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    "This is Cynthia Rose who listens to KCUR [Kansas City, MO] every day while I'm away at work."
    Courtesy of Matthew S. Thomas
  • "Keza is a devout WYSO [Ohio's Miami Valley] listener, and tunes in regularly for Morning Edition. Here, she protests a rerun of Car Talk."
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    "Keza is a devout WYSO [Ohio's Miami Valley] listener, and tunes in regularly for Morning Edition. Here, she protests a rerun of Car Talk."
    Courtesy of Megan Miller
  • "This is Owen (aka Super Owen). We both get our daily NPR fix on 104.1WGVR in Grand Rapids, MI, but I admit he pays the most attention during Car Talk."
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    "This is Owen (aka Super Owen). We both get our daily NPR fix on 104.1WGVR in Grand Rapids, MI, but I admit he pays the most attention during Car Talk."
    Courtesy of Melanie Hooyenga
  • "Fifi just isn't like other Chihuahuas in town. This Oklahoma born native loves the dog beaches in Southwest Florida and among other things tuning into NPR (WGCU; WMKO) in her private library."
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    "Fifi just isn't like other Chihuahuas in town. This Oklahoma born native loves the dog beaches in Southwest Florida and among other things tuning into NPR (WGCU; WMKO) in her private library."
    Courtesy of Melissa Zapata
  • Tang enjoys a daily helping of Boulder, CO, Member station KGNU.
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    Tang enjoys a daily helping of Boulder, CO, Member station KGNU.
    Courtesy of Rachel Hawkins
  • "This is Morty Paquin. He is a huge fan of This American Life and Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! from WBEZ Chicago."
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    "This is Morty Paquin. He is a huge fan of This American Life and Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! from WBEZ Chicago."
    Courtesy of Rene Paquin
  • "Poppy the pug is a big Marketplace morning fan."
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    "Poppy the pug is a big Marketplace morning fan."
    Courtesy of Ryan Joyce
  • "Abutiu Rex Canus, a Basenji-MinPin mix adopted from City Dogs Rescue, enjoys a lazy Saturday morning listening to The Animal House on WAMU in Washington, D.C. His master, Sally Maier of Eckington, D.C., loves The Kojo Nnamdi Show and On The Media."
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    "Abutiu Rex Canus, a Basenji-MinPin mix adopted from City Dogs Rescue, enjoys a lazy Saturday morning listening to The Animal House on WAMU in Washington, D.C. His master, Sally Maier of Eckington, D.C., loves The Kojo Nnamdi Show and On The Media."
    Courtesy of Sally Maier
  • Jake is a fan of Colorado Classical Radio on KVOD.
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    Jake is a fan of Colorado Classical Radio on KVOD.
    Courtesy of Sally Novak
  • "Penelope the hedgehog and Bogart the news-hungry pup make for a unique pairing of pets. Both are avid fans of Washington D.C.'s NPR station 88.5 WAMU though, and they refuse to listen to anything else when getting ready for a work day or during sleepy weekend mornings."
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    "Penelope the hedgehog and Bogart the news-hungry pup make for a unique pairing of pets. Both are avid fans of Washington D.C.'s NPR station 88.5 WAMU though, and they refuse to listen to anything else when getting ready for a work day or during sleepy weekend mornings."
    Courtesy of Sam Bays
  • "The Kitten Who Says Ni! can not be swayed by feathers or wet meatz when listening to our favorite member station WHYY in Philadelphia!"
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    "The Kitten Who Says Ni! can not be swayed by feathers or wet meatz when listening to our favorite member station WHYY in Philadelphia!"
    Courtesy of Sarah Donner
  • "Here is Wyatt. He loves listening to KCFR-AM Denver on my tablet!"
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    "Here is Wyatt. He loves listening to KCFR-AM Denver on my tablet!"
    Courtesy of Sarah Zook
  • "This is Molly, our 11-year-old Cocker Spaniel, listening to WUWM 89.7 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin."
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    "This is Molly, our 11-year-old Cocker Spaniel, listening to WUWM 89.7 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin."
    Courtesy of Sean Duffey and Dana Thome
  • "Esme Graham loves listening to Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! on Member station WAMU [Washington, D.C.]. It tickles her funny bone — and then she buries it."
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    "Esme Graham loves listening to Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! on Member station WAMU [Washington, D.C.]. It tickles her funny bone — and then she buries it."
    Courtesy of Stacey Graham
  • "Our cat George enjoys streaming the soothing sounds of Jazz with Bob Parlocha on WVPE 88.1 [Elkhart, IN] via www.wvpe.org."
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    "Our cat George enjoys streaming the soothing sounds of Jazz with Bob Parlocha on WVPE 88.1 [Elkhart, IN] via www.wvpe.org."
    Courtesy of Stacey Thomas
  • "This is Mickey, a full-blooded boxer and lounger with a perpetual look of sad, puppy eyes aimed at making you feel terrible about going anywhere and not bringing her with you. (It's all an act.) Her (and my) favorite NPR station is WOSU in Columbus, Ohio."
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    "This is Mickey, a full-blooded boxer and lounger with a perpetual look of sad, puppy eyes aimed at making you feel terrible about going anywhere and not bringing her with you. (It's all an act.) Her (and my) favorite NPR station is WOSU in Columbus, Ohio."
    Courtesy of Stu Nicholson
  • "Marilyn Monroe Loves WFUM FLINT [Michigan]!!!"
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    "Marilyn Monroe Loves WFUM FLINT [Michigan]!!!"
    Courtesy of Susan Thompson
  • "Ernie listens to NPR on WNYC [New York, NY] all day while we're at work. Here he is saying 'Shhh, I'm trying to catch the morning news on WNYC!'"
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    "Ernie listens to NPR on WNYC [New York, NY] all day while we're at work. Here he is saying 'Shhh, I'm trying to catch the morning news on WNYC!'"
    Courtesy of Suzanne Chang
  • "Ziggy is all ears for NPR! He loves hearing what is cooking with Lynne Rosetto Kaspar at The Splendid Table and listening late night to Dick Gordon's The Story when he has insomnia."
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    "Ziggy is all ears for NPR! He loves hearing what is cooking with Lynne Rosetto Kaspar at The Splendid Table and listening late night to Dick Gordon's The Story when he has insomnia."
    Courtesy of Suzi Guardia
  • "Meet Spock. He likes to listen to WNYC in New York."
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    "Meet Spock. He likes to listen to WNYC in New York."
    Courtesy of Valerie Smith

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