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Elvis Duran (born Barry Brian Cope, August 5, 1964)[1] 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 Networks.[2][3]

Elvis Duran
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Elvis Duran at the Grammy Awards in 2015
Barry Brian Cope

(1964-08-05) August 5, 1964 (age 55)
Spouse(s)Alex Carr (m. 2019)
ShowElvis Duran and the Morning Show
Station(s)Z100, Q102
Time slotMonday-Friday 6am–10am ET
CountryUnited States

Before his job at Z100, Duran's previous radio work included a stint as an on-air personality at WIOQ in Philadelphia. He served as WIOQ's program director from May 1989[4] until just before he was fired in February 1990.[5][6] In October 1991, Duran became both the program director and morning show host of KBTS (now KGSR) in Austin, Texas.[7]

Prior to working at Z100, Duran also worked evenings at Z-93 with sidekick "Hot Henrietta" in Atlanta, and at 104 in Houston. He began his run at Z100 hosting the afternoon slot until April 1996,[8] when Tom Poleman, the newly appointed program director, moved Duran to the morning slot, where he has been ever since.

Early lifeEdit

Duran was born in McKinney, Texas,[9] one of three sons of Valeta and Billy James "BB" Cope, who at various points was city manager, postmaster and mayor of McKinney.[1][10]

Elvis Duran and the Morning ShowEdit

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.[11] 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, WERZ (107.1 FM) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Z96.3 in Manhattan, Kansas. The show also airs on XM Satellite Radio,, and the iHeartRadio mobile app. The show replays each day on the Elvis Duran Replay Channel on via iHeartradio.[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 MonthEdit

Since 2013, Duran has had a 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[12] or twice a month. Although a majority of the artists are American, international acts have been featured as well.

Other media venturesEdit

Duran launched his own entertainment company, The Elvis Duran Group (EDG), in 2007. Owned by Duran and talent agent David Katz, the company focuses on content creation across all media. EDG's first foray into television resulted was the four-episode, 2010 Spike TV series Phowned, an iteration of the radio show’s Phone Taps prank-call segment.[13]

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.[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 said his 105-pound weight loss through bariatric sleeve procedure was not "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 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]


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]

Personal lifeEdit

Duran lost 110 pounds by undergoing bariatric sleeve surgery in 2014. He came out as gay during a 2010 broadcast, and was grand marshal of the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade in 2016.[27]

Duran and Alex Carr became engaged on July 13, 2018.[28] They were married in a civil ceremony at the Richmond County Surrogate Court on Carr's native Staten Island on August 22, 2019,[29] and had a wedding ceremony September 14, 2019, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.[30]


iHeartElvisDuran StationsEdit

New York, NY Z100 Z100
New York City, NY Z100 WHTZ Top 40 Format
Rochester, NY Kiss 106.7 WKGS Top 40 Format
Syracuse, NY HOT107.9 WWHT Top 40 Format
Philadelphia, PA Q102 Q102 Top 40 Format
Miami, FL Y100 WHYI Top 40 Format
Madison, WI Z104 WZEE Top 40 Format
Albany, GA Power 97.3 WGEX Top 40 Format
Bend, OR Power94 KXIX Top 40 format
Bismarck, ND 92.9 Y93 KYYY 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 Myers, FL Y-100.1 WZJZ Hot AC format
Destin, FL Q92 WECQ Top 40 format
Blairstown/Sussex County, NJ Max 106.3 WHCY Top 40 format
Gallup, NM 99.9 XTC KXTC Top 40 format
New Haven, CT KC101 WKCI-FM Top 40 format
Harrisonburg, VA 93-7 Now FM WAZR Top 40 format
IHeartRadio Hit Nation WRUB-HD2 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
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 Top 40 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 JJS Radio WSTV, WJJX Top 40 format
Rutland, VT Z97.1 WZRT Top 40 format
Ocean City, MD Kiss 95.9 WKZP Top 40 format
Lewiston, ID B 97.3 KZBG Rhythmic CHR 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 Top 40 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
Burlington, VT 95 Triple X WXXX Top 40 Format


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