Showing posts with label RADIO. Show all posts
Showing posts with label RADIO. Show all posts

Saturday, August 04, 2012



Lady Gaga Wishes Elvis Duran Happy Birthday

Katy Perry
Elvis Duran, of “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show,” was taken by surprise this morning when he received a call from Grammy Award winning superstar and good friend, Lady GaGa live on-air! Elvis picked up the phone to a “Happy Birthday” sung by Mother Monster herself. GaGa filled Elvis in on life during her break from touring overseas. She says that her time off has fueled her creative side. In addition, she revealed she is writing feverishly for the new album, which is currently being recorded. GaGa told Elvis he would be the first hear her new album when it’s finished! GaGa updated EDMS on her charity, “The Born This Way Foundation,” as the call ended, GaGa invited Elvis for a birthday dinner at her dad’s new restaurant, Joanne’s Trattoria, located in New York City.

That wasn’t the only celebrity to call in! Donald Trump, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Karmin, and Selena Gomez also wished Elvis a happy birthday. Jay-Z even sent him a bottle of his Cognac D’usse’.

“Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” is syndicated in over 50 markets and is the number one Top 40 morning show in the country. The program airs 6-10 a.m., Monday-Friday, for more information please visit

Photo By: RD/Kabik/Retna 


Mary Wilson

A veteran-PR-mister David Salidor explains it: “When I was first approached about the possibility of being the celebrity-booker for Sirius/XM’s Brett Winterble, “I knew it’d be great fun to get back into that game again and jumped at the opportunity. I love talk-radio, have for years and though it’s a tremendous output of work and coordination, it’s at the edge-of-your seat fun.”

In his first two months on board, Winterble (who’s on 9:00PM each night on Sirius/XM channel 168) has spoken to a wide swath personalities, orchestrated by Salidor ; Casey Anthony attorney Jose Baez; former Mayor Rudy Giuliani; Micky Dolenz; Debbie Gibson; Kate Taylor; and, former Surpeme Mary Wilson. “I'm trying to get a well-rounded series of people, for Brett to speak with; yesterday he had on political satirist Will Durst as well as security-expert David Nance, whose information after Aurora proved very informative and timely. Next week, Peter Asher and Bangle-Susanna Hoffs."

Salidor adds that the Emerson-educated Winterble is a quick study and that more often than not, the name he’s booked get back to him with tremendous words of praise for the chat-host. “From my PR-background, I always encourage my clients, as well as the writers, to follow up with me with their feedback. In Bret’s case, almost all of the guests have gotten back to me with high praise. That’s a great sign. He’s a great interviewer … who pays attention. Interestingly enough, I think his favorite guests so far have been Durst, Taylor and Gene Cornish."

Salidor’s PR-component, the dis COMPANY, continues as well. “There was never any thought to not continue with that; rather what I'm doing now is an adjunct to it. He also manages musician/writer Adrian Niles who opens at B.B. King’s on September 6th for New Riders of The Purple Sage, something Salidor feels will have a great impact on his career. “Adrian had two tracks on F/X’s Justified this spring, so there was a 50% increase in his awareness within the industry; this gig will do another 50%.”

Salidor looks to expand his booking stint to other stations. “In light of downsizing at various stations, I feel I can come in and really give them a leg-up in regard to booking key personalities. We’d be very interested in exploring these situations.”

“With Brett, I'm now on the other side of talent; buying it, rather than selling it. It’s terrific and I applaud his producers, Brandon Damore and Rod West who made this happen. I'm having a terrific and very productive time.”

Photo By: Sara De Boer/Retna


Wednesday, August 01, 2012


 Jules Brave

On August 6th, Jules Brave will be featured on WFMU-FM’s "Minor Music" lineup showcasing her debut single, "Flip Your Hair," a girl’s anthem that urges girls not to worry what others think! At only 13 years old, singer/songwriter Jules Brave has already performed widely throughout the tri-state area, including performances with the notorious School of Rock atMaxwell’s, The Blender NYC, The Highline Ballroom NYC, and Mexicali Blues in Teaneck, NJ.

Jules Brave will be the first in the Summer/Fall lineup of WMFU’s "Minor Music," which features music from up and coming stars under the age of 18. Rolling Stone Magazine, The Village Voice, CMJ and the New York Press have all at one time or another called WFMU "the best radio station in the country" and the station has also been the subject of feature stories in The New York Times and on the BBC.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Top-Rated Radio Host Enters Five-Year Contract

 Elvis Duran

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, the leading media company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any other radio or television outlet, today announced an agreement with nationally syndicated radio personality Elvis Duran to renew and extend his relationship with the company, continuing as the star of the wildly successful “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” on New York’s Z100 and more than 40 other radio stations across the country.

Under a new long-term agreement, Duran will continue his current role as host of the most-listened-to Top 40 morning show in the U.S., which is syndicated nationally by Premiere Networks, and expand his role with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. Duran will work with Clear Channel on a variety of future endeavors including talent and programming development as well as events. He will also serve as a spokesperson for the company.

“We are thrilled to extend and expand our partnership with Elvis. He is a true creative genius with an unparalleled ability to connect with and entertain listeners across the country,” said John Hogan, Chairman and CEO of Channel Media and Entertainment. “His intelligence, warmth, enthusiasm and wit really resonate with listeners and work incredibly well with our marketing partners. He is a remarkable talent and an incredible partner for Clear Channel. ”

Friday, July 20, 2012



Memories By: James Edstrom

 James Edstrom

Writing the last story (below this one) on Chris Colfer visiting Elvis Duran's hit show on Z100 Radio yesterday, brings back such memories on morning TV and Radio shows. Some good, some not so good.

Morning is very hard for me. I do not understand why no one seems to understand this. And radio can be hard if you do not have a host that listens to their guests. Some hosts are great and some are only concerned about themselves. I have done almost every TV and Radio show and was a regular on so many big shows for years. Some were so easy and fun and others were just plain hard. But the hardest part was waking up for them. I am a night person, when the sun goes down, I am up and when the sun rises, I'm in bed.

Mancow In The Morning is a very hard show to do. I was a regular every few mornings on the phone from New York and when I was in Chicago I was in the studio. I love Mancow, he's a friend, but his show is just crazy to do. In the middle of stories, sound effects come on or he starts talking to someone else and I would just go crazy trying to get a whole story in. It had to be the most fast paced show I ever did. You never knew who would be sitting next to you in the studio and I am talking huge stars. But it was such a hard show to do. Because it was so early and so fast paced, I would leave the studio like a zombie. I slowly backed out of doing his show.

The Rude Awakening Show in Ocean City Maryland. Funny, the star Bulldog I met through Mancow, but this show may be early, but is a very easy show to do. I had a whole fan base down there, at least two people, and the show is a fun show. I had my own theme music and was on almost every day, but the morning wake ups started to get to me. But Bulldog always lets you tell your story and he has fun with his guests. I even went down there one cold winter night with Randy Jones from The Village People to host a radio station party, but the next morning with my hangover was a killer. The producers are wonderful on The Rude Awakening Show and I just love phone girl. I still do this show now and then.

The Derek And Romaine Show on Sirius XM. This show was good, because it was at night, and for a few years I did it every Tuesday night for a hour. I adored Derek And Romaine and I would go crazy on the show. There were no boundaries and we had a lot of fun. You never knew what would happen next, but Derek started to get real mean to me on the air after a few years. He was pissed for some fight I had with some loser celebrity at a club and he never forgave me and hated me forever after. I never understood this, I was so loyal to Derek, but he just got meaner and meaner and I finally decided to just not go back. I heard they did a couple of shows after I left, The Best Of James Edstrom. I was a nut on that show and it was very sad to walk away, but even Romaine said to me I was being abused. I e-mailed Romaine several times after I left and she ignored me. Sad, I thought she was a friend.

WPIX television star Lionel used to have a radio show on WABC. I do not know if he still has a show, but Lionel was a great show to do. He saw the bull in the celebrity business and always had a good insight on my adventures. And I never knew AM radio had so many listeners. I would be in a club and people would come up to me and tell me they loved me on Lionel. This was a very easy show to do, it was in the afternoon and was perfect.

Brett Winterble from Sirius XM. I just did this show recently and Brett is a great host. He lets you talk and knows what you are saying and has good commentary. Fun show to do.

Eddie Finocchiaro's new Ham Radio Show. This was a fun show, brought back memories of my days on Sirius when I would say just about anything. Only downside, its a early show to do, but Eddie understands the irony of things in this world and laughs at it all.

Who could forget Dr. Judy Kuriansky's Love Phones on Z100 and syndicated around the country. I loved doing this show with people calling up about their sexual adventures. It was really fun, it was also at night and Dr. Judy till this day is still a very good friend.

TV is a little different. Theres makeup, I always insist on this and then theres getting to the studio. I always insist on a limo. I'm a diva when it comes to TV, but I love it. 

First of all, I tried early in my career to plan everything I was going to say on TV.  It never worked out that way, producers always had their own ideas on how they wanted the show to flow, so eventually I learned not to plan on anything and just go with the flow and enjoy.

60 Minutes was a great show to do, they profiled me for almost the whole hour in 1997. The producers listened to me and understood my story and the show came out great. They saw both sides of the story and were very fair. Besides, how many people can say they were profiled on 60 Minutes. For weeks after the showed aired, people would stop me on the street and say they saw me on the show.

Access Hollywood, Extra and Entertainment Tonight. These shows were great, but I always said to the producers tell me where you are heading and what you want. These shows are fast paced since they have to be put together daily. But I loved doing these shows and most of the time they would meet me anywhere to do the interview. I did these shows many times.

MSNBC treated me great. They always sent a limo, and the staff there was always at the top of their game. I used to love doing Rita Cosby's Live And Direct. We flowed together so well, I think it was because we knew each other so well. I also did Rita's show when she was on FOX TV. To this day, we are still such good friends and I think Rita is one of the biggest talents out there.

CNN was a thrill to do. I did a Princess Diana story with them, but I never heard from them again. It's a shame, as I am right down the street from their studios and I love their shows.

Good Day New York. A very early show to do, but the staff was always so good to me. I used to love going up to their Upper East Side studios and they always sent a limo. The show has such a huge viewership, I would get stopped on the street after doing their show.

FOX TV was always fun as it was in the same building as The NY Post, who I supplied photos too. You never knew who you would meet in the Green Room there and I have so many friends that work there. We would always go out after and have such a great time.

Past hit shows that I loved to do were A Current Affair and Hard Copy. I did these shows many times and this was the golden age of tabloid reporting. We worked hard on stories and left no stone unturned. From the streets to the studio, these shows gave the story. It was a shame that after Princess Diana died, there was such a backlash against these shows and they went off the air. When it came to getting the story, we were the best.

I did so many more shows and was a regular on most of them. Times have changed, I am so busy behind my computers writing and editing photos, it's hard to find the time to do any of them anymore. I'm thinking after the summer is over, I am going to start doing shows again. It's work, but fun!

Photo By: John Martini



Chris Colfer

Elvis Duran
Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer came in to speak with “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” about his new book “The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell” in stores now.Chris said writing the book was a process that required a lot of self-discipline. He wrote a majority of the book while he was touring worldwide with the cast of “Glee”. The largest sense of fulfillment came when he finished the book. When asked whom the first copy of the book went too, Chris said it was his Grandma. Elvis spoke to Chris about why he chose not to write an autobiography; he said that being only 22 (he was approached to write an autobiography two years ago) he lacked the life experience necessary. He felt there were not enough lessons to pass down to his fellow readers. Instead he chose to write fiction, which he said is almost his way of writing his own autobiography. The book is for ages 8-12 but he said anyone looking for a magical adventure should pick it up. Danielle Monaro was praising the book throughout the interview; Chris even noted she was a great saleswoman. Writing is a huge part of Chris’ life now in addition to Glee he is writing a screenplay, which takes a darker turn. He revealed exclusively that the screenplay he is currently writing would take place in a 1930’s asylum.

“Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” is syndicated in over 50 markets and is the number one Top 40 morning show in the country. The program airs 6-10 a.m., Monday-Friday, for more information please visit

Thursday, July 12, 2012


 Jerry Springer

BRETT WINTERBLE, on Sirius/XM (Sirius/XM-channel 168) scooped the East Coast Monday (and, even ABC’s The View) when he had on attorney Jose Baez (Casey Anthony) and unearthed several key points from the book. First, that he and his pregnant wife checked into the hospital under assumed names as his wife gave birth and, that his house accidentally went into foreclosure, because he was so wrapped up in the Anthony-case. His book, Presumed Guilty is a runaway best-seller.

Winterble, in the last two weeks, has had on a wide-ranging series of guests, including: Karen Lynn Gorney from the film Saturday Night Fever; Bobby-producer Edward Bass; sex-therapist Debra Laino; Carmine Appice, the drummer from the legendary band, Vanilla Fudge; Dr. Taylor Rutledge who produced the documentary about DDT called 3 Billion and Counting; Director Tanya Wexler, who’s new film Hysteria stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy; Monkee-Micky Dolenz; Surpreme-Mary Wilson; music newcomer Adrian Niles; Gene Cornish, from The Rascals; Soprano-actor Robert Funaro; Harry Haun from Playbill; music man Kal Rudman; and, yesterday Times Square Gossip’s own James Edstrom, where the topic of Jerry Springer was discussed. Says Brett, “Jerry Springer is a really versatile voice in the debate. You know where Jerry stands, politically, but, even though you might disagree with him, he always remains civil. It'd be hard to picture Jerry throwing f-bombs at people he disagrees with. I think being around lesbian strippers and doing paternity tests with state prison inmates has a softening effect on you as a host! Radio is more fun when people come at it in a less than rigid way. Springer is a lot of things, Rigid, ain't one of them!"

Though Winterble is a fierce politico - listen to some of his podcasts, he's thoroughly engaging when talking to entrainment personalities. "I would like my show to be ...thought of as a place that is comprised of an ongoing conversation with topics that cross hours, days, even weeks. An ongoing conversation of entertainment and politics with a dose of sarcasm and tongue in cheek humor."

Next week, the host will talk to legendary-comedian Pat Cooper; TV’s Joe Franklin; adult-film legend Houston; Randy Jones from The Village People; Toronto-based writer Jacqueline Boyd; and, Daily Variety TV-editor Brian Lowry.

The Winterble has landed!

Saturday, May 05, 2012


 Eddie Finocchiaro With Q104.3’s Maria Milito And Jim Kerr

As Internet radio hits prime time later this year, there’s no one better positioned than UNCLE EDDIE aka Eddie Finocchiaro) to lead the pack, as the producer, head-writer and on-air personality of the HAM RADIO SHOW ( Not to be confused with those “Jersey Shore gel heads”, Eddie’s Staten Island upbringing caused him to seek an outlet to express his burgeoning sense of humor. He found comedy; loud, improvisational, controversial and shocking comedy that can only be described as raw and very real. Working at Sirius XM radio, Eddie knew he was on the verge of something special.

Finocchiaro has taken the Talk Radio world by storm listing Howard Stern, Bill Hicks, The Marx Brothers, Jim Kerr, Ken Dashow, and George Carlin as his main inspirations. He’s had the pleasure of meeting several of his heroes including Stone-Cold Steve Austin and the late Ed McMahon who was “a lot nicer than he had to be. I’m not yelling, this is just how I talk. Part hillbilly, part Italian … and, all New York …. I'm the only New Yorker with a Southern twang.”

Eddie has been working with Jim Kerr for the last several years as the fill-in Producer/ Writer for "THE JIM KERR ROCK & ROLL MORNING SHOW” on Q104.3 and says the experience is like “learning to play piano from Beethoven.” Kerr has been a mentor, friend and the biggest influence in Eddie’s professional life. When no one else would give him a chance, it was Jim Kerr that threw him into the proverbial pool to see if his protégé could swim. Eddie didn't sink when Kerr asked him on the spot to perform commercials or do short advertisements and he’s been on a roll ever since.

Photo Courtesy Of: David Salidor