Elvis Duran

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Elvis Duran
Birth name Barry Cope
Born (1964-08-05) August 5, 1964 (age 50)
McKinney, Texas, United States
Show Elvis Duran and the Morning Show
Time slot Monday-Friday 6am-10am ET
Country United States United States
Website Official Website

Barry Cope (born August 5, 1964) is an American radio personality. He is the host of Elvis Duran and the Morning Show in New York on Z100 and in syndication on Premiere Radio Networks.[1][2] Duran's show is now heard live in over 70 markets including New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Austin, Cleveland, Fort Myers, Syracuse, Des Moines, Quad Cities, New Haven, and Richmond.

Before his current job at Z100, Duran's previous radio jobs included a stint as an on-air personality at WIOQ in Philadelphia. He served as WIOQ's program director from May 1989[3] until just before he was fired in February 1990.[4][5] In October 1991, Duran became both the program director and morning show host of KBTS (now KGSR) in Austin, Texas.[6]

Prior to working at Z100, Duran also worked evenings at Z-93 with sidekick "Hot Henrietta" in Atlanta, and in Houston. He began his run at Z100 hosting the afternoon slot until April 1996,[7] Tom Poleman, the newly appointed program director, moved Duran to the morning slot, where he has been ever since.

Early life and career[edit]

His radio career has spanned 30 years and has included both host and program director duties at Philadelphia’s WIOQ and Austin’s KBTS, as well as stints at Z-93 in Atlanta and KRBE Houston.

Elvis Duran and the Morning Show[edit]

He began hosting his daily radio show on New York’s Z100 in April 1996. The show expanded to Sussex County NJ in 2004 and Y100/WHYI-FM in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale on May 22, 2006. Since then, the show has enjoyed much success resulting in a national deal in March 2009 with the country’s leading radio syndication company, Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of Clear Channel.[8] In only a year, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show added more than 30 stations including 96.5 KISS FM/WAKS-FM in Cleveland, Q102/WIOQ-FM in Philadelphia, MOViN 97.5/KMVA-FM in Phoenix, Ariz., WERZ (107.1 FM) in Portsmouth and NOW 105.7/KZBD-FM in Spokane. The show also airs on XM Satellite Radio, iHeartRadio.com, the iHeartRadio mobile app, and The Elvis Duran Channel on www.ElvisDuran.com. It also airs in some stations in Canada and the Philippines.

Consistently ranking #1 across multiple demographics and over 50 markets, EDMS is the most listened to Top 40 morning show in the U.S. Broadcasting live from New York’s Z100, the show consists of pop culture news, celebrity guests, hit songs, and regular features including the gossipy “The Sleaze”, and staged and scripted telephone pranks titled “Phone Taps”.

Other media ventures[edit]

In addition to his successful radio show, Duran launched his own entertainment company in 2007—The Elvis Duran Group (EDG). Owned by Duran and talent agent, David Katz, formerly of Don Buchwald and Associates, the company focuses on creating content for radio, television, broadband, internet, theater, and film. EDG’s first foray into television resulted in a four-episode deal that aired on Spike TV in 2010. The show Phowned, was an iteration of the radio show’s famous Phone Taps segment.[9]


The radio industry has honored Duran and EDMS with several awards and nominations such as “Best Morning Show” by New York’s Achievement in Radio Awards, “Personality of the Year” by the Radio Music Awards, “Best Personality” by Radio & Records, “Best Top 40 Disc Jockey” nomination by Billboard Magazine Radio, and “Best Major Market Top 40 Air Personality” by Billboard/Airplay Monitor. The National Association of Broadcasters recently nominated EDMS for the 2012 NAB Marconi Award for Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year. Additionally, Duran is an event chair for the upcoming GLAAD Manhattan Awards where he will also be honored for his contributions to the community.[10]


He serves on the board of Rosie’s Theater Kids, an organization that brings enrichment through theater and the arts to underprivileged Manhattan children.[11] With a soft spot for animals, he serves on the board of directors for Rock & Rawhide, a non-profit organization that aims to increase adoptions while also providing a quieter, stress-free life for animals surrendered to shelters.[12] Duran also contributes to the Staten Island Zoo’s[13][14] annual endowment and Robin Hood Foundation,[15] which fights poverty in New York City. Having publicly come out as gay in 2010, Duran is also heavily engaged in philanthropic efforts affecting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.[16]


  1. ^ Edel, Raymond A. (1999-07-09). "Co-Host Leaves The Zoo For A Gig In Washington". The Bergen County Record. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  2. ^ Elvis's business profile at BizShark
  3. ^ Logan, Joe (1989-05-08). "The Man Behind That Syllabic Sign-Off". The Philadelphia Inquirer. At WIOQ-FM (102.1), program director Mark Driscoll has been upped to operations manager, and jock Elvis Duran has been named program director. 
  4. ^ Logan, Joe (1990-02-12). "A Battle Plan For A War Against Static". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. F10. WIOQ-FM (102.1) afternoon-drive jock Elvis Duran has relinquished his title of program director at the contemporary dance station. 
  5. ^ Logan, Joe (1990-02-19). "Democrats Not Rushing To Get Rizzo Off Air". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Elvis Duran, WIOQ-FM (102.1) jock and former program director, is out, only days after acknowledging that he was looking for work in other cities. 
  6. ^ Herndon, John (1991-10-31). "KNNC-FM targets collegiate crowd; Station debuting today offers alternative rock, acts that appeal to local student crowd". Austin American-Statesman. After the very public firing of morning host Mike Butts and program director Lisa Tonacci last month, B-93 has quietly hired Elvis Duran to fill both positions. 
  7. ^ Hinckley, David (1999-06-28). "Z-100's Come Long Way In Three Years". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  8. ^ Rachel, Nelson. "Premiere Radio Networks Syndicates Elvis Duran And The Morning Show". Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  9. ^ Huff, Richard. "Spike TV signs on 'Phowned,' televised version of prank calls from 'Elvis Duran' morning radio show". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Manhattan, GLAAD. "GLAAD Manhattan". 
  11. ^ "Rosie's Theater Kids". Retrieved 25 July 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  12. ^ "Rock & Rawhide". Retrieved 25 July 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  13. ^ Buccellatto, Sarah. "Z100's Elvis Duran to host celebration at the Staten Island Zoo". Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  14. ^ Zoo, Staten Island. "Staten Island Zoo". Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  15. ^ Foundation, The Robin Hood. "The Robin Hood Foundation". Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  16. ^ Nichols, James (2013-08-19). "Elvis Duran, Gay DJ, Talks Coming Out, LGBT Issues And The Future Of Radio". Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 

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