WMMR’s Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison celebrate 20 years as kings of water-cooler conversation.
“We’re fascinated by other people’s fascinations,” explains Steve Morrison about what keeps his show with co-host Preston Elliot fresh. is year marks the 20th anniversary of the freewheeling e Preston & Steve Show, now being broadcast out of 93.3 WMMR’s Bala Cynwyd studios. It’s unheard of these days for any team to stick around for that long in the sharp-elbowed radio biz—and dominate the ratings. All that goofy conversation about bodily functions, pop culture and news of the weird connects with listeners craving a little relief from personal troubles, long commutes, boring jobs and awful world news. Preston and Steve—and their production and reporting crew, Kathy Romano, Nick McIlwain, Marisa Magnatta and Casey Foster—have created the ultimate water-cooler “hang,” heard weekday mornings. It’s an addictive blend of digressions on everyday topics, celebrity interviews, chats with callers, the “Bizarre Files” (a roundup of oddball news stories) and a dash of rock music. When the guys go hard into bro territory and probe rude topics, it’s with a disarming earnestness. “I kind of play daddy sometimes,” says Elliot. “My role is to make sure that…” Morrison nishes the sentence: “we don’t lose the FCC license!” While listeners are treated to a variety of topics, they won’t hear political chatter. “ere are a multitude of other places to go for politics,” explains Morrison. “Besides, it’s logistically stupid to sheer o large chunks of your audience by getting excessively opinionated.” Elliot, 50, and Morrison, 58, have mastered cultivating the radio sweet spot of candor and fun. eir fans regularly approach the guys when they’re o the job, to thank them. “It’s the most humbling thing in the world that people are that invested in the show,” says Morrison. “Everyone follows the edict that if someone wants to say hi and take a picture, you damn well take that picture! We’re here to make you have a good time, and we want to say thank you for keeping us employed.”
Photography by: Photography by Michael Spain-Smith