International Aircheck: Lessons from Elvis Duran

Elvis Duran Air Check

Elvis Duran is a legendary radio guy, and morning show host, but what makes him so special? In this International Aircheck: Lessons from Elvis, I review an hour of his show and surface some of his secrets.

His success is undeniable. He is fast approaching his 25th anniversary of hosting the Z100 Morning Show in New York; one of the most competitive radio markets in the world. He reportedly earns $6million a year from iHeart Media, and Premiere Networks syndicate his show into around 70 other markets.

So how has he stayed at the top so long, and what makes the show such a success?

I airchecked Elvis Duran and the Morning Show on Monday 1st February, 2021, 08:00-09:00 to find out. There was a lot of snow in New York, and most of the team were broadcasting from home:

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Francis Currie

Francis Currie is an International Radio Consultant. He helps radio stations around the world grow audiences by providing expert strategic and operational support. To find out more get in touch.


  • Matthew Lissack

    Reply Reply February 11, 2021

    Great stuff, Francis.

    I’m especially drawn to their unique positive outlook on life – it’s the fabric of the show and stands out a mile.

    Their personality-led storytelling also tends to have universal hooks – always drawing me in right from the start by making it about me!

    Love this show.

    • Francis Currie

      Reply Reply February 11, 2021

      Matt, I probably left out more than I included in this aircheck, there is so much that’s good about it. And I absolutely agree with your comments. Thanks.

  • Andre.St-Amand

    Reply Reply February 9, 2021

    Nice job Francis! Very instructive!

  • Daryl Ilbury

    Reply Reply February 7, 2021

    Fascinating and insightful. The key word you use here is ‘effort’. The more effort a breakfast team puts into planning, preparation and production, the less of an effort it is for the listener to enjoy it.

    • Francis Currie

      Reply Reply February 7, 2021

      Thanks Daryl. Absolutely. Thorough preparation and spontaneous performance. It’s a killer combo.

  • Rickard Keilor

    Reply Reply February 6, 2021

    Great inspiration! You’re doing a fantastic job with this.
    Thumbs up!

  • Shane Smyth

    Reply Reply February 5, 2021

    Nice job Francis! Very interesting.

  • Chris Brooks

    Reply Reply February 5, 2021

    Hi Francis.
    Really enjoyed that, that always has been an amazing show,
    Really interesting to see the show broken down into the segments, their spontaneous delivery is incredible.

    Thanks for posting!

    • Francis Currie

      Reply Reply February 6, 2021

      Thanks Chris. I agree. Their prep and performances are both world-class.

  • Baz Todd

    Reply Reply February 5, 2021

    Loved this International Air Check, I’m a big fan of many American presenters, I used to listen to Trey Morgan on Z100, admired how slick the guy was, Please do more of these Francis.

    • Mark Pendergast

      Reply Reply February 5, 2021

      Great aircheck Francis.

      Baz – Here’s an interview I did with Trey for our students, great insight into his methods.

      • Francis Currie

        Reply Reply February 6, 2021

        Thanks for the feedback, Mark. And looking forward to watching the Trey interview too.

    • Francis Currie

      Reply Reply February 6, 2021

      Hey Baz, thanks for the feedback. Question is, who’s next?

    • Hayley Kay

      Reply Reply February 13, 2021

      Really enjoyed the video, great aircheck.
      It just made me want to hear more of programme. The final piece of audio was brilliant, it’s clear that she knows the team so well. It made me belly laugh too.

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