In this New York Times bestseller, host of one of the nation’s top morning shows Elvis Duran shares his wildest stories and hardest-learned lessons with his trademark honesty and “bighearted, deliciously warm” (Barbara Corcoran, star of ABC’s Shark Tank) humor.
Elvis Duran’s nationally syndicated radio program, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, is America’s most-listened-to Top 40 morning show and one of the 10 most-listened-to programs in all of radio, heard live by nearly ten million people every morning.
But his success didn’t happen overnight. Elvis spent years navigating the wild world of radio as a DJ for hire, working (and partying) in markets around the country before taking over the morning shift at the legendary Z100 in 1996. Over the last twenty years, he has become one of New York City’s signature voices (Variety calls him “a permanent fixture of the area’s daily commutes”) thanks to his show’s exciting mix of music, new artist discovery, interviews, gossip, and live listener interaction.
Along the way, Elvis has become known not just for his incisive interviews (and occasional feuds) with pop music’s biggest stars, but for the show’s commitment to kindness and positivity and Elvis’s own candor and openness with his audience.
Bold, funny, and totally candid, Where Do I Begin? is sure to be loved by anyone who listens to Elvis live every morning—or anyone who wants to know what really goes on behind the scenes of the pop music machine from the “man who has been as big a part of the industry’s success as anyone” (Ryan Seacrest).
A radio star looks back on a life of partying, interviewing, and just generally talking in this rambling autobiography. Duran, host of the syndicated Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, recounts his rise from DJ-ing at Texas stations in the 1980s, a cocaine-fueled revel that came to a sobering halt when he discovered the murder/suicide scene of a colleague and her boyfriend, to his reign as ratings champ of New York morning radio and further adventures interviewing celebrities on TV. His narrative feels like a drive-time hodge-podge, veering between gonzo anecdotes ("There was pee spraying everywhere, on the walls, on the marble floor of the hallway, on me"), wry banter ("my allergy to extra work... really bothers my agent"), self-help advice ("There's no job that isn't worth doing right"), and confessional passages on the author's life as a gay man and struggle with weight-loss surgery. Duran and coauthor Barr shine when analyzing the radio biz and the intricacies of blending the right vibe, on-air personalities, and comedy bits to keep listeners hooked, but the book drags when gushing over and name-dropping pop stars Duran has interviewed. Duran's fans will like the witty reflections and the behind-the-scenes look at radio hosting, but others will probably tune out this insubstantial gab-fest.
I haven’t made it through the whole thing! (Only on chapter 3 ) But it is sooo good ! I hope the morning show keeps going for as long as it has!
For someone who has been listening to the morning show forever, I thought I knew Elvis 100%. I love that he was willing to be so open about his life and really, for a fact, let us know him completely. So sad I read this so quickly! I need more!
If you love Elvis you need to read this book
I’ve listened to Elvis Duran since he first came on Z100 - and after a long hiatus (going to college and then working in NY and never listening to the radio) I moved to NJ and he was right there where I left him. I’ve since spent countless hours listening to the show and getting to know him better and better. Reading his book felt like reading a book one of my best friends wrote. I could hear his voice perfectly and it reminded me of just why I love him so much. The stories are fun, the advice is good, and most importantly I got to spend more time with my friend.