How do you feel about the current state of the music scene? The tried-and-true stars are releasing fantastic [songs] and strong collaborations.
New artists are proving deep and innovative, which is why I love to introduce them to our listeners. It's not really a "clock in/clock out" workday for me.
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.
Do you feel you've done a lot for your gay audience? I was never hiding from being gay; I just never talked about it.
These days I couldn't even tell you who's on the radio where. When it comes to Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, what are you most proud of? We may be a big, nationally syndicated show, but we're still a community of people; we're still trying to be a hometown.
On live radio [you work in the moment]; you can't do that anywhere else.
With hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb involved and NBC behind it, we've introduced their audience to such new artists as Alessia Cara and Daya, interviewing them and letting them perform. When new owners and a new program director, Tom Poleman, came in, I told Tom I had an offer to do mornings at WKTU, across the street.
He reminded me that I had a legally binding contract and said, "Tell you what: We're going to put you on the morning show here at Z100." At the time I was disappointed, but luckily it was the best thing that has ever happened to me in my career.