Welcome to the 50th episode of 5 Questions with Dan Schawbel. As your host, my goal is to curate the best advice from the world’s smartest and most interesting people by asking them just 5 questions.
This episodes guest:
My guest today is nationally syndicated radio host, Elvis Duran. Born in McKinney, Texas, Elvis started his career as an on-air personality at WIOQ, Philadelphia’s top music radio station, and eventually became the program director before getting fired back in 1990. A year later, he became the program director and morning show host of KGSR in Austin, Texas. From there, he had a stint at Z-93 in Atlanta and 104 in Houston, before finally landing at Z100 in New York City. As the daily host of the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, he and his team grew to thirty stations in a single year. Today, the 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 10 million people in more than 80 markets across the country. Like me, Elvis has interviewed many successful people, but is rarely the one being interviewed. That’s why I was excited to talk to him about his new memoir “Where Do I Begin?” at his legendary studio here in New York City.
Video interview from iHeart Radio in New York City:
The 5 questions questions I ask in this episode:
- Looking back when you were a teenager, what were some of the biggest mistakes you made and how did you overcome them?
- What is your several years ago you underwent a surgery where you lost over 100 pounds. How did that experience change your life?
- You came out as gay many years ago. Was it hard coming out on air as gay?
- What do you recommend to people who want to build and elevate their personal brand?
- What is your best piece of career advice?
Follow Elvis’s journey: