Preston and Steve

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The Preston and Steve Show
Preston and Steve logo.png
GenreComedy, Talk, Rock
Running time4+ hours
CountryUnited States United States
Home station93.3 WMMR
StarringPreston Elliot
Steve Morrison
Nick McIlwain
Casey Foster
Kathy Romano
Marisa Magnatta
Exec. producer(s)Nick McIlwain
Casey Foster
Air dates1999 — February 23, 2005 (Y100)
May 23, 2005 to Present (WMMR)
Websitehttp://www.prestonandsteve.com
Podcasthttp://prestonandsteve.libsyn.com/
 
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The Preston and Steve Show
Preston and Steve logo.png
GenreComedy, Talk, Rock
Running time4+ hours
CountryUnited States United States
Home station93.3 WMMR
StarringPreston Elliot
Steve Morrison
Nick McIlwain
Casey Foster
Kathy Romano
Marisa Magnatta
Exec. producer(s)Nick McIlwain
Casey Foster
Air dates1999 — February 23, 2005 (Y100)
May 23, 2005 to Present (WMMR)
Websitehttp://www.prestonandsteve.com
Podcasthttp://prestonandsteve.libsyn.com/

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.

The show has been named the "Best Morning Show" by Philadelphia Style magazine,[1] and "Personality/Show of the Year" in the active rock category by Radio & Records trade magazine.[2] 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,[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] During each of David Lee Roth's, Opie and Anthony's, and Kidd Chris's tenures at WYSP since January 2006, Preston and Steve had ranked among the top stations in some adult demographics. Arbitron

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

History[edit]

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.[8] With several of their WDRE co-workers, they departed the station for Y100 in 1997 when WDRE changed format.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

On-air staff[edit]

Preston Elliot
BornPreston Elliot Wilson
(1968-01-25) January 25, 1968 (age 45)
Columbia, Tennessee, U.S.
ResidenceHarleysville, Pennsylvania
Other namesKenny Knight
Spouse(s)Rachelle
ChildrenParker
Carter
Caroline
Steve Morrison
Born(1959-06-12) June 12, 1959 (age 54)
New York, U.S.
ResidenceRoxborough, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Spouse(s)Clare

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.[12][13]

Results

YearTons of FoodUS Dollars
200587.4$10,000
2006151$18,337
2007232$27,427
2008223$40,540
2009187$45,000
2010[14]264$64,119
2011288$80,000
2012[15]313$106,000

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.[16]

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 all three years in a row. 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.[17]

"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.[18]

In media[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Best of Style". phillystylemag.com. 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-07-14. 
  2. ^ "WMMR-FM’s Preston & Steve Take Top Honors at 2007 Radio & Records Convention". Greater Media, Inc. 2007-09-28. 
  3. ^ "Philadelphia A.I.R. Award Winners" (PDF). 
  4. ^ "Q&A with WMMR/Philly Morning Hosts Preston & Steve". FMQB. 2006-02-16. 
  5. ^ "Y100's Preston & Steve Cross The Street To WMMR". FMQB. 2005-01-14. 
  6. ^ "WMMR's Preston and Steve Extend Contract Through 2010". Greater Media, Inc. 2006-03-14. 
  7. ^ Klein, Michael (2008-05-04). "Inqlings". The Philadelphia Inquirer. [dead link]
  8. ^ 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 
  9. ^ "The Greater Media Grapevine" (PDF). Fall 2007. 
  10. ^ "Radio One Displaces Y100 Philly With The Beat". 2005-02-25. 
  11. ^ "The Greater Media Grapevine" (PDF). Summer 2005. 
  12. ^ staff (6 Dec 2007), "Local Radio Show Camps Out For Hunger", NBC10.com, archived from the original on 9 Jan 2008 
  13. ^ "Preston and Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger – Record Setting". Greater Media, Inc. 2007-12-11. [dead link]
  14. ^ DiSanto, Lauren (29 Nov 2011), "Preston and Steve Camp out for Hunger", nbcphiladelphia.com (NBCUniversal), retrieved 2 Dec 2011 
  15. ^ "WMMR's Preston & Steve Camp Out For Hunger". All Access Music Group. December 3, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Marbles Roll Ahead Of Dubious Milestone". NBC10.com. 2007-07-13. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ 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 
  19. ^ "Trading Spaces" at the Internet Movie Database
  20. ^ "Spice Up My Kitchen". HGTV. 
  21. ^ a b Casey Foster at the Internet Movie Database
  22. ^ "Kathy Romano" (PDF). 
  23. ^ The Mighty Macs at the Internet Movie Database
  24. ^ "Casey Boy Plays for the Philadelphia Soul!". WMMR. 
  25. ^ "'Always Sunny" Third Season Debuts". phillyedge.com. 
  26. ^ Kathy Romano at the Internet Movie Database
  27. ^ ""It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" Eagles Shoot". philadelphiaeagles.com. 

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