Preston & Steve
|Genre||Comedy, Talk, Rock|
|Running time||4+ hours|
|Home station||93.3 WMMR|
|Exec. producer(s)||Nick McIlwain
|Air dates||1998 — February 23, 2005 (Y100)
May 23, 2005 to Present (WMMR)
Preston & 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. With several of their WDRE co-workers, they departed the station for Y100 in 1997 when WDRE changed format. 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.
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 hosts Elliot and Morrison did not successfully negotiate a new contract, and the personalities agreed to a deal with local broadcasting group Greater Media. The hosts' 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.
A legal battle between Radio One and the Elliot and Morrison team over the hosts' 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.
In 2006, Elliot and Morrison received a long-term contract extension and in 2008, the station gave them a new 1,800-square-foot (170 m2) studio with their own production equipment. They signed another multi-year deal in 2011.
|Born||Preston Elliot Nelson
January 25, 1968
Columbia, Tennessee, U.S.
|Other names||Kenny Knight|
June 12, 1959 |
New York, U.S.
|Residence||Manayunk, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
Awards and ratings
The show has been named the "Best Morning Show" by Philadelphia Style magazine, and "Personality/Show of the Year" in the active rock category by Radio & Records trade magazine. 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, 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.
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. The Preston & 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. As of 2009[update], Preston & Steve was the top rated show in Philadelphia, 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.
Camp Out for Hunger
Since 1998, the show has held an annual Camp Out For Hunger, in which both Elliot and Morrison "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.
|Year||Tons of Food||US Dollars|
To celebrate the anticipated 10,000th loss in Philadelphia Phillies franchise history, executive producer Nick McIlwain 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.
"Totally Office Calendar"
In 2006, Elliot 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 had been the only woman to appear in the calendar every year, until the 2015 calendar, when other commitments kept her from participating (she will be returning in the 2016 calendar). 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.
"I Bleed for Preston & Steve" blood drive
This annual blood drive is hosted by Preston & 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. The 2016 (11th annual) drive collected a total of 1,297 units of blood.
- Elliot and his wife Rachelle were featured in the first episode of Season Five on Trading Spaces.
- Morrison and his wife Claire were featured on an episode of the HGTV show Spice Up My Kitchen where their kitchen was redone for a budget of $40,000.
- Producer Casey Foster and his wife Diane were featured on an episode of the HGTV show Bad Bad Bath, which premiered on October 17, 2006.
- Reporter Kathy Romano had appeared on an episode of the third season of The Simple Life, commenting that the producers present on a Greyhound bus had to "spoon-feed" every line of dialogue to Paris Hilton.
- Romano appeared in the 2009 film The Mighty Macs as a gate agent. The film is produced by Pat Croce and is about an all girl Catholic college basketball team.
- Foster signed a one-day contract with the Philadelphia Soul.
- Foster and McIlwain appeared in two episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Romano appeared in the season three episode "Dennis Looks Like a Sex Offender". Both Elliot and Morrison 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".
- Foster appeared in the 2010 documentary film Bazaar of All Nations about a unique and influential shopping center in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
- Morrison and Magnatta appear on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives in 2011, where host Guy Fieri visits the Memphis Taproom in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.
- 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
- "The Greater Media Grapevine" (PDF). Fall 2007.
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- "Philadelphia A.I.R. Award Winners" (PDF).
- "Q&A with WMMR/Philly Morning Hosts Preston & Steve". FMQB. 2006-02-16.
- "Y100's Preston & Steve Cross The Street To WMMR". FMQB. 2005-01-14.
- "WMMR/Philadelphia APD Chuck Damico and MD Sean "The Rabbi" Tyszler". FMQB. 2007-08-24.
- "WMMR/Philadelphia's Preston & Steve Morning Show". FMQB. 2009-05-15.
- "2014 NAB Marconi Radio Award Finalists Announced". FMQB. 2014-07-01.
- staff (6 Dec 2007), "Local Radio Show Camps Out For Hunger", NBC10.com, archived from the original on 9 Jan 2008
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- "WMMR's Preston & Steve Camp Out For Hunger". All Access Music Group. December 3, 2012.
- "Marbles Roll Ahead Of Dubious Milestone". NBC10.com. 2007-07-13.
- Vallee, Joe (15 November 2010). "Preston and Steve's 2011 Totally Office Calender Party brings thousands to Chickie's and Pete's". philly2philly.com. Game Time Media, LLC. Archived from the original on 28 November 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
- 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
- "11th Annual I Bleed For Preston & Steve Blood Drive : Greater Media". www.greatermedia.com. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
- "Spice Up My Kitchen". HGTV.
- "Kathy Romano" (PDF).
- "Casey Boy Plays for the Philadelphia Soul!". WMMR.
- "'Always Sunny" Third Season Debuts". phillyedge.com.
- ""It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" Eagles Shoot". philadelphiaeagles.com.
- "Remember the Bazaar?". Philly.com.
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