Preston and Steve

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The Preston and Steve Show
Preston and Steve logo.png
Genre Comedy, Talk, Rock
Running time 4+ hours
Country United States
Home station 93.3 WMMR
Starring Preston Elliot
Steve Morrison
Nick McIlwain
Casey Foster
Kathy Romano
Marisa Magnatta
Exec. producer(s) Nick McIlwain
Casey Foster
Air dates 1998 — February 23, 2005 (Y100)
May 23, 2005 to Present (WMMR)

The Preston and Steve show is a morning radio comedy and variety broadcast on Philadelphia Active Rock station 93.3 FM WMMR featuring DJs Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison. The show, which originated at Y100 in Philadelphia, features daily telephone interviews, in-studio guests, celebrity impersonations, unusual news stories, and numerous sound clips and running gags. It broadcasts live on the radio as well as streaming audio via the station website from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EST, Monday through Friday, and is a featured podcast in the comedy section of the iTunes Store.


Preston Elliot, Steve Morrison and Marilyn Russell were among a group of radio personalities introduced to the Philadelphia market through the now defunct radio station WDRE.[1] With several of their WDRE co-workers, they departed the station for Y100 in 1997 when WDRE changed format.[1] After four successful years of (then known as) The Y100 Morning Show with Preston, Marilyn, and Steve, Marilyn Russell left the morning show on March 1, 2002 for family reasons. She has worked part-time on many stations in the Philadelphia area since then, including WMGK, and SoJo 104.9, WYSP, and joined morning personality Dave Cruise as co-host on "The BENFM Morning Show on 95.7 in 2007.[2]

WPLY's owner, Dan Lerner, one of the last independent owners in the Philadelphia market, sold the station to Radio One, a national broadcasting corporation, in 2001. Coincidentally, Radio One was the same group that bought Preston, Marilyn & Steve's previous radio station 103.9 WDRE. Radio One and Preston and Steve did not successfully negotiate a new contract, and the personalities agreed to a deal with local broadcasting group Greater Media. Preston and Steve's contract with Radio One expired on February 24, 2005 and Y100 changed format and became WPHI "The Beat" at 11:50 p.m. EDT that same day.[3]

A legal battle between Radio One and Preston and Steve over their non-compete clause was resolved by a ruling that they were no longer in competition with WPLY. Their new show officially debuted on the air on Monday, May 23, 2005.[4]

In 2006, Preston and Steve received a long-term contract extension[5] and in 2008, the station gave them a new 1,800-square-foot (170 m2) studio with their own production equipment.[6] They signed another multi-year deal in 2011.[7]

On-air staff[edit]

Preston Elliot
Born Preston Elliot Wilson
(1968-01-25) January 25, 1968 (age 47)
Columbia, Tennessee, U.S.
Residence Harleysville, Pennsylvania
Other names Kenny Knight
Spouse(s) Rachelle
Children Parker
Steve Morrison
Born (1959-06-12) June 12, 1959 (age 55)
New York, U.S.
Residence Roxborough, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Spouse(s) Clare

Awards and ratings[edit]

The show has been named the "Best Morning Show" by Philadelphia Style magazine,[8] and "Personality/Show of the Year" in the active rock category by Radio & Records trade magazine.[9] Before switching to WMMR, the show won various Philadelphia A.I.R. Awards, including the "Best Weekday Morning Team" award for 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2005,[10] and was voted best local morning show in the country in FMQB's Year End Leaders Poll for 2004 and 2005 in two different formats.[11]

In the Summer 2004 Arbitron ratings book, the show was rated fourth in market share for all people ages 18–34, and second for men in the same category.[12] The Preston and Steve show's ratings surpassed Howard Stern's during his last month on the air, and they outranked each of David Lee Roth's, Opie and Anthony's, and Kidd Chris's tenures at WYSP.[13] As of 2009, the Preston and Steve show was the top rated show in Philadelphia,[14] and over a four-year period, they had the #1 show in the Arbitron ratings for the 25-54 adult demographic a total of 42 times.[7]

In 2014, Preston and Steve were nominated by the National Association of Broadcasters as finalists for the NAB Marconi Radio Awards for Major Market Personality of the Year.[15]

Publicity events[edit]

Camp Out for Hunger[edit]

Since 1998, the show has held an annual Camp Out For Hunger, in which both Preston and Steve "camp out" (i.e., live in a motorhome) for one week in November to raise food for Philabundance. The show awards prizes to individuals and groups that donate the most food. Since 1998, the event has raised hundreds of tons to feed the hungry across the Delaware Valley.[16][17]


Year Tons of Food US Dollars
2005 87.4 $10,000
2006 151 $18,337
2007 232 $27,427
2008 223 $40,540
2009 187 $45,000
2010[18] 264 $64,119
2011 288 $80,000
2012[19] 313 $106,000
2013 386 $240,522
2014 420 $110,518

10,000 Marbles[edit]

To celebrate the anticipated 10,000th loss in Philadelphia Phillies franchise history, Nick rolled 10,000 marbles down the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum as Bill Weston (WMMR's program director) looked on. After being cleaned up by the show's production crew, the marbles were donated to Toys for Tots and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.[20]

Totally Office Calendar[edit]

In 2006, Preston had a slip of the tongue while trying to say "awesome" and instead said "office." Later that year they announced that they would be releasing a calendar featuring one (sometimes two) woman a month. Lauren Harris has been the only woman to be in the calendar every year. This year all girls were featured topless or nude. Release of the Calendar is typically accompanied by a "Totally Office Calendar Party", which can draw thousands of participants to see the women depicted in the Calendar in person and receive signed copies of the Calendar.[21]

"I Bleed for Preston & Steve" Blood Drive[edit]

This annual blood drive is hosted by Preston and Steve in coordination with the American Red Cross. The event typically attracts a very large crowd, and various promotional items and free concert tickets are often given out. The 2011 (6th annual) blood drive collected a total of 1,174 units of blood, and gives them a 6-year total of 6,409 units.[22]

In media[edit]

  • Preston and his wife Rachelle were featured in the first episode of Season Five on Trading Spaces.[23]
  • Steve and his wife Claire were featured on an episode of the HGTV show Spice Up My Kitchen[24] where their kitchen was redone for a budget of $40,000.
  • Casey and his wife Diane were featured on an episode of the HGTV show Bad Bad Bath,[25] which premiered on October 17, 2006.
  • Kathy appeared in the 2009 film The Mighty Macs[27] as a gate agent. The film is produced by Pat Croce and is about an all girl Catholic college basketball team.
  • Casey[25] and Nick[29] appeared in two episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Kathy[30] appeared in the season three episode "Dennis Looks Like a Sex Offender". Both Preston and Steve appeared in season 4 episode 3, playing construction workers, alongside several Philadelphia Eagles. Steve's role was originally to include one line ("Uh, yeah... I guess?"), but was shortened ("What?"), Preston's role had no lines. They were also featured as themselves in the episode "Mac's Big Break".[31]
  • Casey appeared in the 2010 documentary film Bazaar of All Nations about a unique and influential shopping center in Delaware County, PA.[32]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Boris, Alan (2011), Philadelphia Radio, Images of America, Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, p. 126, ISBN 978-0-7385-7508-7, OCLC 706018831, retrieved 2 Dec 2011 
  2. ^ "The Greater Media Grapevine" (PDF). Fall 2007. 
  3. ^ "Radio One Displaces Y100 Philly With The Beat". 2005-02-25. 
  4. ^ "The Greater Media Grapevine" (PDF). Summer 2005. 
  5. ^ "WMMR's Preston and Steve Extend Contract Through 2010". Greater Media, Inc. 2006-03-14. 
  6. ^ Klein, Michael (2008-05-04). "Inqlings". The Philadelphia Inquirer. [dead link]
  7. ^ a b "WMMR Inks Preston & Steve To Multi-Year Contract Extension". FMQB. 2011-08-23. 
  8. ^ "Best of Style". 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-07-14. 
  9. ^ "WMMR-FM's Preston & Steve Take Top Honors at 2007 Radio & Records Convention". Greater Media, Inc. 2007-09-28. 
  10. ^ "Philadelphia A.I.R. Award Winners" (PDF). 
  11. ^ "Q&A with WMMR/Philly Morning Hosts Preston & Steve". FMQB. 2006-02-16. 
  12. ^ "Y100's Preston & Steve Cross The Street To WMMR". FMQB. 2005-01-14. 
  13. ^ "WMMR/Philadelphia APD Chuck Damico and MD Sean "The Rabbi" Tyszler". FMQB. 2007-08-24. 
  14. ^ "WMMR/Philadelphia’s Preston & Steve Morning Show". FMQB. 2009-05-15. 
  15. ^ "2014 NAB Marconi Radio Award Finalists Announced". FMQB. 2014-07-01. 
  16. ^ staff (6 Dec 2007), "Local Radio Show Camps Out For Hunger",, archived from the original on 9 Jan 2008 
  17. ^ "Preston and Steve's Camp Out for Hunger – Record Setting". Greater Media, Inc. 2007-12-11. [dead link]
  18. ^ DiSanto, Lauren (29 Nov 2011), "Preston and Steve Camp out for Hunger", (NBCUniversal), retrieved 2 Dec 2011 
  19. ^ "WMMR's Preston & Steve Camp Out For Hunger". All Access Music Group. December 3, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Marbles Roll Ahead Of Dubious Milestone". 2007-07-13. 
  21. ^ Vallee, Joe (15 November 2010). "Preston and Steve's 2011 Totally Office Calender Party brings thousands to Chickie's and Pete's". Game Time Media, LLC. Archived from the original on 28 November 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  22. ^ Segel, Whitney (30 Jun 2011), "WMMR Listeners Give Back During Annual Blood Drive" (press release), Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region (American Red Cross), retrieved 2 Dec 2011 
  23. ^ "Trading Spaces" at the Internet Movie Database
  24. ^ "Spice Up My Kitchen". HGTV. 
  25. ^ a b Casey Foster at the Internet Movie Database
  26. ^ "Kathy Romano" (PDF). 
  27. ^ The Mighty Macs at the Internet Movie Database
  28. ^ "Casey Boy Plays for the Philadelphia Soul!". WMMR. 
  29. ^ "'Always Sunny" Third Season Debuts". 
  30. ^ Kathy Romano at the Internet Movie Database
  31. ^ ""It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" Eagles Shoot". 
  32. ^ ""Remember the Bazaar?"". 

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