He served as WIOQ's program director from May 1989 Elvis Duran was born in Mc Kinney, 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.
He began hosting his daily radio show on New York’s Z100 in April 1996.
He lives in Tribeca within walking distance of the Z100 studios with his partner of six years, Alex Carr -- "my boyfriend," says Duran, who came out on the air in 2010 -- and Max.
En route to work, he'll listen to Coldplay or Beyoncé or "let the i Heart Radio app build playlists for me." In a multiplatform era, Duran has constantly expanded his media presence.
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“But as I sat there and watched her talk, I knew she was going to be a superstar.” He was right.
For the past 18 years, Elvis has developed a talent for sniffing out future hit makers when interviewing them on his NYC-based radio program, “Watching their careers grow is gratifying,” he adds.
The easy rapport between the two helps explain why the morning program has become a habit for 10 million listeners in more than 80 markets (according to i Heart Media), and why Duran has been behind the breakfast-hour microphone at Z100 for an incredible 20 years.
The native Texan, who does not reveal his birth name, retains no accent from his Lone Star State youth.
In the old days, we had to come in and use our gut — we just assumed people liked what we were saying (or not).
Now we have immediate feedback through social media and texting; we can actually change the course of a live show in mid-sentence because of interaction with our audience. A lot of people who listen to our show have never turned on a radio — they listen to us on their i Phones, laptops, on Sirius XM.
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.