American radio legend Elvis Duran is to make an appearance at the Radio Festival this year taking place in Salford Quays.
The Z100 morning show presenter has been booked to speak at the annual event near Media City UK, where he’ll be part of a session called ‘The Best at Breakfast’.
Elvis’ show is syndicated in over 30 markets in America on the Premiere Radio Network, and he’s been on mornings at WHTZ for 15 years. The show is the most listened to morning show in New York, which consistently ranks number one across multiple demographics and can be heard live across places including Philadelphia, Miami, Cleveland, Tampa, Phoenix and Atlanta.
Now with 30 years in the business across different cities in America, Elvis has been a programme director as well as presenter. He said: “I am really looking forward to being in Manchester for what is regarded as the best radio festival in Europe, maybe the world. Interesting radio is all about entertaining listeners and coming up with new ideas to keep content fresh and interactive. I am excited to address some of the UK’s best radio talent and collaborate with the audience to share invaluable knowledge and skills.”
John Myers, Chief Executive of The Radio Academy added: “It is a real honour to have Elvis in the building. If you are on the air, I recommend you walk over broken glass if necessary to hear how he does what he does. I can’t wait. It is a wonderful opportunity for our audience to get close to the best of the best.”
Manchester talk host Allan Beswick has also recently been announced as a guest at the event. He presents breakfast on BBC Radio Manchester and will be talking about talk radio and late night programming.
Other confirmed speakers for the event in late October/early November include BBC Director General Mark Thompson, Radio 2’s Bob Harris and Dragon’s Den star Duncan Bannatyne. Tickets are available from the Radio Academy.