Wednesday morning, Time Magazine announced Pope Francis as its 2013 Person of the Year.
TIME editor Nancy Gibbs said Francis had "changed the tone and the perceptions and the focus of one of the world's largest institutions."
The magazine- which selects a person based on the impact they had for better or worse during the year- picked Edward Snowden, the famed National Security Agency leaker as their #2 choice, followed by
#3 Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that led to a ruling on gay marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act. " An 85-year-old widow becomes the icon of the gay rights movement.. a symbol of the fast moving opinions on this," Gibbs told NBC's Matt Lauer during the unveiling Wednesday morning
#4 Syrian dictator Bashar Assad- " Two years after President Obama said he had to go, he's still here, " Gibbs said.
# 5 Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who led a fillibuster against Obamacare and pressed for the shutdown of the government unless it was modified. "In a year of divisive politics, he divided even his own party," Gibbs said
Here were the final ten contenders for TIME’s Person of the Year (listed alphabetically):
Bashar Assad, President of Syria
Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder
Ted Cruz, Texas Senator
Miley Cyrus, Singer
Pope Francis, Leader of the Catholic Church
Barack Obama, President of the United States
Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Edward Snowden, N.S.A. Leaker
Edith Windsor, Gay rights activistRead more: TIME Person of the Year Finalists 2013 | TIME.com
With Time Magazine naming their person of the year for 2013, WBEN wonders who might get a similar nod around here?
GOP Political analyst Carl Calabrese would nominate two newsmakers that have clashed for most of the year -- Carl Paladino and Governor Cuomo.
Pop Culture guru Tim O'Shei would nominate Cong. Brian Higgins before settling on Goo Goo Dolls guitarist Robby Takac for his work with in-school music programs.
"It depends on your criteria. If you limit it to just a Western New York native who lives here, that would be Paladino," Calabrese said.
"If you broaden the criteria to say anyone who has had an impact on Western New York...,then I'd have to say it's the governor," Calabrese says adding that the battle between the two often played a role in the news agenda.
"Keeping with the tradition of Time magazine in picking a person of the year, their definition is not someone you necessarily agree with or someone you like, but someone who has had the most influence," Calabrese, a lobbyist and former Deputy County Executive says.
O' Shei is a former editor at Business First and currently runs "Live! Starring You," a pop-culture media and educational organization in WNY. WEB EXTRA: Hear O'Shei on The WBEN Liveline
"Any person of the year should be a person who has generated a lot of talk and a lot of buzz, but the key for me is also someone who is getting something done," says O'Shei pointing to progress on Buffalo's waterfront as a reason to at least suggest Higgins.
"At a time when education is such a big issue, with all of the mess that is the Buffalo schools and a lot of people crying out about the common core, Robbie Takac is standing out as someone with a lot of influence promoting arts in education, and arts in education to me getting buried in the discussion," O'Shei says.
Takac runs the Music is Art foundation and a related festival that funds programs in schools.
Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy would also be on Calabrese's short list, in light of the county wide victories that Republicans had at the ballot box in November, including elections that tilted the majority in the Erie County Legislature
Another Calabrese nominee?: " Jim Kaskie, the CEO of Kaleida Health.
"He is a major player in the development of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and has had a huge impact," Calabrese says.
And as a final nominee, O'Shei would also suggest Journey Gunderson, the 30-year old executive director of the Lucille Ball Center in Jamestown.
"This is someone who has a big vision and if she pulls it off, we are going to be talking about her for years to come," says O'Shei who suggests that Gunderson's ultimate plan is to develop a national comedy center that he says could grow to be as big for this region as The Baseball Hall of Fame is for Cooperstown.
Here's something to wag a tongue at: MTV says Miley Cyrus is the best artist of the year.
(AP) The former child star twerked her way to the top. Her eye-popping duet with Robin Thicke on the MTV Video Music Awards was one of the year's most talked about cultural events.
MTV said Monday the VMA duet on "We Can't Stop" and "Blurred Lines" was the year's most watched video on its websites. Similarly, the MTV artist site devoted to Cyrus had more visits than any other artist's.
Besides "We Can't Stop," the song "Wrecking Ball" and album "Bangerz" were big hits for Cyrus, who also had notable appearances on "Saturday Night Live" and MTV's European music awards show.
MTV executives pick their top artist. One Direction won last year, and Katy Perry won the year before.
This year, Cyrus was an easy choice, said Amy Doyle, head of MTV's music and talent programming strategy.