Introducing Clarksville's Best

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November 18, 2020

Five Star Media Group is excited to present Clarksville’s Best 2020. This is the first best-of contest that we have produced as a radio group. As we approached how to make our contest different, we decided to focus on what’s best for Clarksville-area small businesses. We also wanted to make sure to support local nonprofit organizations in a meaningful way. We believe that as you explore this magazine and our new online destination, you’ll agree that we have accomplished our goal.

Our radio group invested over $100,000 in advertising and promotion to make sure everyone in Clarksville knows about the contest, and we had a tremendous return on our investment. We had 1,714 individuals and companies competing to be named in the top two spots of 156 categories. Categories included eat & drink, services, home & garden, health & beauty, shopping, motors, schools, and things to do. The social media buzz not only helped get out the vote but also drew attention to our great local businesses!

This year, we enlisted the help of our new friends from NERUS Strategies. They produce best-of contests across America, including one of the nation’s largest, Best of Las Vegas. You likely noticed that Clarksville’s Best included nominations and then a single round of voting. We have a new year-round destination website at Also new is this book that you are holding! It is the definitive guide to all that is best in Clarksville.

We had 40 nonprofit organizations that were nominated for the contest. Congratulations to the top two, The Angel Fund and Youth Villages. Each set up accounts and competed for Gold and Silver based on the results of their drives. We are pleased to honor the Montgomery County Angel Fund as Gold, and the Youth Villages as Silver. Angel Fund will receive $25,000 in advertising, and Youth Villages, $12,000 in advertising, to be used for the next 12 months. Read more about both organizations on pages 10 and 12.

We started this year’s contest on Aug. 3 with open nominations and received over 4,380 nominations to be on the ballot. As we started voting, we had 1,714 local companies and individuals competing to be voted best. For 2020, we are presenting 256 winners in 156 categories, for a total of 312 awards.

During our voting, Aug. 31 through Sept. 18, we had over 23,000 unique voters cast over 103,000 votes. To finish in the top two positions of Clarksville’s Best 2020 is not only an accomplishment but also a testament to how the friends, fans, and customers feel about our local businesses.

The great pandemic of 2020 has been a challenge for everyone. Here at home, as a community, we have been finding new ways to conduct business, to be supportive to employers and employees, and to be responsible in our response to the health crisis. Especially in such a difficult year, we could not be prouder to salute and pay tribute to the great businesses that were voted the Clarksville’s Best. Thank you to all the folks that took the time to vote.

We encourage you to explore and to engage with our winners. Some may be familiar, and some may be new to you. All will welcome your business as we continue to get back at it.

Congratulations to all, and until our 2021 contest … we will see you on the radio!

Katie Gambill
President & General Manager

Amber Anderson

General Sales Manager

Chris Smith


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