Elvis Duran

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Elvis Duran
Born (1964-08-05) August 5, 1964 (age 53)
McKinney, Texas
Show Elvis Duran and the Morning Show
Station(s) Z100, Q102,
Time slot Monday-Friday 6am–10am ET
Country United States
Website www.elvisduran.com

Elvis Duran is an American radio personality. He is the host of the daily morning radio program 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 80 markets including New York City, Philadelphia, Miami, Cleveland, Atlantic City, Fort Myers, Syracuse, Des Moines, Quad Cities, Madison, New Haven, and Richmond.

Before his 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]

Elvis Duran was born in McKinney, Texas; 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.[citation needed]

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 and WERZ (107.1 FM) in Portsmouth. The show also airs on XM Satellite Radio, iHeartRadio.com, and the iHeartRadio mobile app. The show replays each day on the Elvis Duran Replay Channel on ElvisDuran.com.[citation needed]

Consistently ranking #1 across multiple demographics in nearly 80 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 “Entertainment News."[citation needed]

Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month[edit]

Since 2013, Duran has his own segment on NBC's Today show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb called "Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month" where Duran selects a new up and coming artist to spotlight each month[9] or twice a month. Past artists who have appeared on the segment include American bands like A Great Big World, American Authors, Los 5, MAGIC GIANT, Midnight Red, Ocean Park Standoff, The Revivalists, Fall Out Boy, Saving Forever, the duos Jack & Jack, Lion Babe, Lipstick Gypsy and Secret Weapons, independent and emerging American artists like Jon Bellion, Cris Cab, Sabrina Carpenter, Greyson Chance, Jessie Chris, Rozzi Crane, Rachel Crow, Daya, Mikky Ekko, Roy English, Emily Estefan, Ferras, Jordan Fisher, Adam Freedman, Gallant, Todrick Hall, Olivia Holt, Parson James, JOHN.k, Tori Kelly, Kirstin Maldonado, Laura Marano, Austin Mahone, MAX, Bea Miller, Jake Miller, Donna Missal, Marina Morgan, Chord Overstreet, Rayvon Owen, Ben Rector, Bebe Rexha, Skylar Stecker, Spencer Sutherland, VÉRITÉ, Tyler Ward, Whitney Woerz, Zendaya and more. Duran at times introduces non-American artists as Artist of the Month giving them huge exposure in the American markets. Such international artists include Grace, Vance Joy, Conrad Sewell and The Griswolds (Australia), Alessia Cara and Shawn Hook (Canada), Isac Elliot (Finland), AudioDamn! (Germany), Nikki Williams (South Africa), Låpsley, Katy Tiz, Labrinth, Tom Walker and the band MiC LOWRY (UK).[10]

Other media ventures[edit]

In addition to his successful radio show, Elvis 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. The TV show members featured on the show spent an entire summer prank calling friends and family members of listeners.[11]

Duran's career spans across many platforms. Besides his regular monthly segment "Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month" on Today, Duran is also a regular guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Talk, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood Live, and Extra. For two years in a row, Duran co-hosted the Live Grammy Red Carpet Show with Entertainment Tonight on Pop.[12]

On August 5, 2014, Duran turned 50 years old. To commemorate this huge milestone, all of Duran's celebrity friends sent in surprise video messages to wish him a happy birthday.[13] Celebrities from Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Pete Wentz, Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Michael Bublé, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Martin, and more contributed to the video.[14]

In December 2014, ABC's Nightline with Dan Harris went behind the scenes of Elvis Duran and The Morning Show and sat down with Duran to discuss his long career and his "uncensored take on Hollywood."[15] Duran explained his show is a 'safe place for women,' saying, “One of our rules for the show, I guess the filter we try to pass everything through, is it’s a safe place for women to be,” Duran said. “It’s not a show for women, because we’re basically 50/50 men/women in our audience, but it’s a safe place where women win. Women never lose on our show. I think that’s very important. It’s very unusual.”[citation needed]

In August 2015, People sat down with Duran to discuss his dramatic 105 pound weight loss. He described his bariatric sleeve procedure as not being "the easy way out" and involved "a lot of blood being drawn, a lot of needles, [and] a lot of hospital visits," but says it changed his life.[16] The profile was featured online, and in People magazine's August 2015 issue.

Awards[edit]

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. In 2014, Duran was featured on Out magazine's "20th Anniversary Out 100" list as one of the most influential figures in the LGBT community.[17] In 2015, Duran was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame as the Music Format On-Air Personality, and the Today Show celebrated this milestone.[18]

Duran served as an event chair for the 2016 GLAAD Manhattan Awards, where he was honored for his contributions to the community.[19]On Thursday, March 2, 2017, Duran was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.On April 9, 2018, he will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters's Broadcasting Hall of Fame, along with television game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel Of Fortune.[20]

Charity[edit]

He serves on the board of Rosie’s Theater Kids, an organization that brings enrichment through theater and the arts to underprivileged Manhattan children.[21] 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.[22] Duran also contributes to the Staten Island Zoo’s[23][24] annual endowment and Robin Hood Foundation,[25] 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 and works closely with GLAAD and The Trevor Project.[26] Duran also supports Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, as well as Musicians on Call.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Duran currently lives in New York City with his longtime boyfriend Alex Carr, a zookeeper at the Staten Island Zoo. Duran lost 110 pounds by undergoing bariatric sleeve surgery in 2014. Duran, who came out as gay during a 2010 broadcast, was grand marshal of the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade in 2016.[27]

Filmography[edit]

iHeartElvisDuran Stations[edit]

LIST OF AFFILIATES
New York, NY Z100 Z100
Rochester, NY Mix100.5 WDVI Hot Adult Contemporary Format
Syracuse, NY HOT107.9 WWHT Top 40 Format
Philadelphia, PA Q102 Q102 Top 40 Format
Madison, WI Z104 WZEE Top 40 Format
Albany, GA Power 07.3 WGEX Top 40 Format
Bend, OR Power94 KXIX Top 40 format
Bismarck, ND 92.9 Y93 KYYY Top 40 format
Bloomington, IL Hits 100.7 WWHX Top 40 format
Bozeman, MT 96.7 Kiss FM KISN (FM) Top 40 format
Aggieland, TX 103.1 Kiss FM KVJM Top 40 format
Cedar Rapids, IA Hot 95.7 KOSY-FM Top 40 format
Charlottesville, VA Hot 101.9 WHTE-FM Top 40 format
Chattanooga, TN 103.7 Kiss FM WKXJ Top 40 format
Columbus, GA Q107.3 WCGQ Top 40 format
Corpus Christi, TX Beach 96.5 KLTG Hot AC format
Davenport, IA 101.3 Kiss FM KUUL Top 40 format
Dayton, OH Channel 99.9 WCHD Top 40 format
Des Moines, IA 107.5 Kiss FM KKDM Top 40 Format
Four Corners, NM Star 102.9/107.7 KAZX Top 40 format
Fayettville, AR Hot Mix 101.9 KMXF Top 40 format
Fort Meyers, FL Y-100 WZJZ Hot AC format
Destin, FL Q92 WECQ Top 40 format
Blairstown/Sussex County, NJ Max 106.3 WHCY Hot AC format
Gallup, NM 99.9 XTC KXTC Urban Contemporary format
New Haven, CT KC101 WKCI-FM Hot AC format
Harrisonburg, VA 93-7 Now FM WAZR Top 40 format
Concord, NH 105.5JYY Hits WJYY Top 40 format
Cleveland, OH 96.5 Kiss FM WAKS Top 40 format
Jacksonville, FL: 979 Kiss FM WKSL Top 40 format
Lancaster, PA fm97 WLAN WLAN-FM Top 40 format
Albany, NY Kiss 102.3 WKKF Top 40 format
Nuevo Laredo, Mexico/Texas Hot 106.1 KNEX (FM) Urban Contemporary format
Montpelier, VT The Beat WSNO Top 40 format
Lima, OH 93.9 Kiss FM WBKS Top 40 format
Atlantic City, NJ AC 102.7 WWAC Top 40 format
Lubbock, TX Kiss 102.5 KZII-FM Top 40 format
Huntsville, AL 106.5 Kiss FM WQRV Top 40 format
Junction City, KS Z 96.3 KACZ Top 40 Format
Melbourne, FL Kiss 95.1 WFKS Top 40 format
Missoula, MT 107.5 ZOO FM KENR Top 40 Format
Utica, NY Mix 102.5 WUMX Hot AC format
Omaha, NE 96.1 Kiss FM KISO-FM Top 40 format
Peoria, IL Kiss 98.5 WPIA Top 40 format
Portsmouth,NH Z107 WERZ Top 40 format
Poughkeepsie, NY 96.1 Kiss FM WPKF Top 40 format
Hannibal, MO Real 92.9 KGRC Top 40 format
Richmond, VA Q94 WRVQ Top 40 format
Roanoke/Appomattox, VA JSS Radio WJJS, WJJX Urban contemporary format
Rutland, VT Z97.1 WZRT Top 40 format
Ocean City, MD Kiss 95.9 WKZP Top 40 format
San Angelo, TX i98.7 KELI (FM) Hot AC format
Santa Fe, NM Jam'n 94.7 KLBU Hip Hop format
Sioux City, IA 107.1 Kiss FM KSFT Top 40 format
Cape Cod, MA Y101 WHYA Top 40 format
Spokane, WA 105.7 Now KZBD Top 40 format
Syracuse, NY Hot 107.9 WWHT Top 40 format
Tallahassee, FL 107.1 Kiss FM WGMY Top 40 format
Tulsa, OK 92.1 The Beat KTBT Urban contemporary format
Tuscaloosa, AL 94.1 ZBQ WZBQ Top 40 format
Binghamton, NY Now 105.7 WBNW-FM Top 40 format
Parkersburg, WV 102 The River WRVB Top 40 format
Visalia, CA Hitz 1049 KCRZ Top 40 format
Waco-Killeen, TX 97.5 FM KWTX-FM Top 40 format
Wheeling, WV Kiss 95.7 WVKF] Top 40 format
Wichita, KS Channel 96 KZCH Top 40 format
Williamsport, PA V97 WVRZ, WVRT Top 40 format
Youngstown, OH 95.9 Kiss FM WAKZ Top 40 format

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Elvisduran | Bizshark Find Business Contacts, Email, Phone and More". Bizshark.com. Retrieved 2016-07-23. 
  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. Archived from the original on 2009-04-14. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  8. ^ Rachel, Nelson. "Premiere Radio Networks Syndicates Elvis Duran And The Morning Show". Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  9. ^ Show, Today. "25-year-old Conrad is Artist of the Month". Today.com. Today Show. Archived from the original on 17 March 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  10. ^ TODAY: Elvis Duran's "Artist of the Month"
  11. ^ Huff, Richard. "Spike TV signs on 'Phowned,' televised version of the 'Elvis Duran' morning radio show". Daily News. New York. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  12. ^ Garvey, Marianne; Niemietz, Brian; Coleman, Oli. "Joanna Krupa pulls off low-cut dress, Elvis Duran opens up about surgery". Daily News. DailyNews.com. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  13. ^ Page Six Team. "Celebs wish Elvis Duran a happy birthday". Page Six. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "Stream Birthday Messages for Elvis Duran Free | Elvis Duran and the Morning Show". Elvisduran.com. 2014-08-05. Retrieved 2016-07-23. 
  15. ^ James, Chris; Effron, Lauren. "Elvis Duran, The Man Behind the Voice: Top 40 Radio Host Dishes on Famous Guests Who Have Been Rude, Wonderful". ABC News. ABC Nightline. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  16. ^ Corinthios, Aurelie. "How Radio Superstar Elvis Duran Lost 100 Lbs". People.com. 
  17. ^ "Out100: Elvis Duran". Out Magazine. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
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  21. ^ "Rosie's Theater Kids". Rosiestheaterkids.org. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  22. ^ "Rock & Rawhide". Rockandrawhide.org. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
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  24. ^ "Staten Island Zoo". Statenislandzoo.org. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  25. ^ Foundation, The Robin Hood. "The Robin Hood Foundation". Robinhood.org. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
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  27. ^ Rothaus, Steve (5 April 2016). "Radio's Elvis Duran to show his gay pride all weekend in Miami Beach". Retrieved 10 August 2016. 

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