About the Show

  • About Preston Elliot

    Well, it's about damn time I update this thing and I still suck at doing this! Anyhow, here's the skinny on me: I'm originally from the St. Louis area and got started in radio after I found out that 'rockstardom' was not what I was destined for in this world. After a few years of playing drums in cover bands I stumbled into a a broadcasting school and found my true calling (along with my 'need to eat pizza!'). Upon the rounds I made my way through a few towns and music formats when I eventually found myself in Philadelphia at a station some may remember called WDRE. I had an AWESOME time at that station but I had arrived at its twilight. A mere one year into my job the station had a high bid buyer step in, purchase the station and change the format. Fortunately there was work across the street at Y100. My good friend and mentor Jim McGuinn had just secured the Program Director position there and brought me over for the afternoon position. That lasted for about a year when I was approached to take over the morning position. Having never done mornings before I said 'no way'. I had no desire (and still don't) to get up at 4am everyday! However I was approached again a few months later with an offer I couldn't refuse and said 'what the hell, I'll give it a try'. At first it was me and my good friend Marilyn Russell. After a few weeks we knew we needed more and fortunately Steve Morrison was available. With Caseyboy as as our producer, we were underway. A few years and personel changes later, Y100 had the axe drop on it and we made the move to WMMR courtesy of man about town, Bill Weston.

    My personal life is consumed by the greatest thing in my life - my family. A wife, two sons, and a daughter... amazing. Other than that I like to play golf, train in Krav Maga and throw back a few cold ones from time to time.

    Things I love: My family. Great music. A long straight drive. Horsepower. A jab-cross-hook combo. The sound of someone typing on a keyboard. Pajama bottoms. Cool tattoos. Knob Creek. A really good steak. A drum solo done right. A fan on while sleeping. Genuine people. A seventy-two degree day. The smell of a two stroke engine. People that have become my closest friends. Lost. Easy crossword puzzles. A beer in the shower. Going to bed happy. The smell of bacon cooking when you wake up. My kids singing or laughing. Dirty Harry Calahan. A hat trick. Birdies. Jeopardy. Pillows. Nothing but net. Movies. Laying down the groove. French vanilla creamers. The word 'dude'. A swim-up bar.

    Things I hate: People who are dicks.

    Favorite Music

    • Beatles
    • Rush
    • Police
    • U2
    • Credence
    • 80's one hit wonders
    • Ray Charles
    • Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • The Who
    • Van Halen
    • INXS

    Favorite movies

    • The Godfather
    • The Godfather II
    • Dirty Harry
    • Animal House
    • V for Vendetta
    • Cool Hand Luke
    • Cloverfield
    • The Blues Brothers
    • The Ten Commandments
    • Forest Gump
    • Blazing Saddles
    • The Wizard of Oz
    • Jaws
    • Caddyshack
    • Silence of the Lambs
    • The Shawshank Redemption
    • Saving Private Ryan
    • Best In Show
    • Tommy Boy
    • Waiting for Guffman
    • This is Spinal Tap
    • Mrs. Doubtfire
    • 40 Year Old Virgin
    • Full Metal Jacket

    Favorite Books

    • Stephen Kings Dark Tower Series
    • Dune
    • 1984
    • Red Dragon
    • Silence of the Lambs
    • The Stand
    • The Match
    • Da Vinci Code
    • Angels and Demons
    • Ghost Rider
    • Salems Lot
  • About Steve Morrison

    "Kill it! Dear God! I beg you! Kill it now before it kills us all!!!" - Gene Morrison - Steve's father - upon seeing his newborn son. Okay, I will be the first to admit I got off to a shaky start in life. I somehow managed to force my way through a spermicide soaked condom, a diaphragm, a birth control pill and a Nerf football to be conceived. Try as I might, I could never quite shake the notion that I was an accident (this is given substantial credence by my middle name which is Wasanaccident)

    As a young lad, I remember being drawn to the magic of radio. How, I wondered, did they fit those people into that tiny box. Did they cut their arms and legs off and then crush their torsos and heads in some sort of industrial equipment? But what about the certain brain damage that would result from this? Well, maybe they surgically removed the parts of their brains that controlled their recently removed appendages reducing them to only the parts in direct control of speech? But wait, how could there possibly be enough air to flow past the vocal cords, if the lungs and throats were pulverized into a pulpy red goo? Oh the strange and delightful things children think, right?

    Anyway, the attraction of radio never faded in my mind, always calling to me like that neighbor in the tire swing who keeps inviting me to look at the port wine stain on his penis. Eventually, I yielded to it's seductive charm even going so far as to give up a lucrative yet undemanding job as a dialogue coach to a mime troupe. Yes, the radio bug bit me and I was hooked...after the initial swelling went down and the trace amounts of blood disappeared from my stool.

    Long story short, I have been in the radio industry for over sixteen years doing everything from comedy commercial production for WDRE in New York and Philadelphia to working on morning shows at Q104, Y100 and my new home on WMMR. I could not be happier to have this job working with Preston, Casey, Kathy and Nick and I thank you for making us a part of your mornings (remember, if you weren't listening to us, we would all be eating govt. cheese and Kathy would have to go back to hooking).

  • About Casey Boy

    I fear that if I try to write something really witty & funny, I might just sound like a jackass as a result. So... I will just go ahead with a straight up bio. Just about 33 years ago, I was welcomed into this world by my loving parents, David & JoAnn. I spent my wonderful childhood in the town of Rutledge, PA, with my sister Jodi and brothers Dave & Kevin. Much of my adolescence was spent playing sports, getting dirty, chasing girls and hiding the fact that I was a bed wetter. I entered high school at Cardinal O'Hara where I graduated in the top 99% of my class in 1993. The next stage of my life was spent at Ursinus College in Collegeville, where I studied communications and was reintroduced to my favorite pastime... bed wetting. Upon graduation in 1997, with no recollection of what I had been taught, I stumbled into the real world. After a few months of stumbling and bumbling, I fell right into the arms of radio. A lot of things have happened since 1997 -too much to talk about - but I do have to say that I feel sooooo lucky to be a part of the Philly radio community. After my first 8 years in radio I landed here at WMMR, along with Preston & Steve, Kathy, Nick, and Marisa and couldn't be happier. Actually that is a figure of speech, I could be a lot happier, but you get the point...

    Oh, yeah. Iin 2000 I met the love of my life... and 2 months after that I met my wife, Diane. We have been married since October of 2003 and currently live in Delco with our children Casey (our daughter) & Seamus (our son) and Avery (our baby girl). We also have two loving cats, Suzy & Fred. They are loving in the sense that they LOVE to piss on the floor outside the litter box.

    Likes: My Wife, Mommy, Daddy, Brothers, Sister, Sisters-In-Law, Brother-In-Law, Riding Lawnmowers, Wheat Beer, Boobs, Burger King Double Cheeseburgers, People Dumber than Me, Imperial Pizza, Mustaches, Corn on the Cob, Sleep, Painkillers, Cumming, My Neighbors, American Cheese, The Dollar Tree, Last Stand Hot Dogs & Hot Sausages, Farts, Trash Trucks, E-A-G-L-E-S Chants at Phillies Games, The Sun, Having Exact Change, Porn, Untangling Knots, The Sound of Matt Cord Saying 'Andre Iguodala', Chewbacca, Pedicures, Puppies, and a whole lot more...

    Things I hate: My Alarm Clock, Preston Coughing on Me, Boston Accents, Intern Joe.

    Favorite music

    • Phish
    • Steely Dan
    • Grateful Dead
    • Mariah Carey
    • Boyz II Men
    • Stevie Wonder
    • Coldplay
    • Tenacious D
    • The Backyardigans

    Favorite movies

    • Stand By Me
    • Dumb and Dumber
    • Muppets Take Manhattan
    • Harry and the Hendersons
    • The Trash Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon

    Favorite Books

    • The Ketchup Kid
    • Into the Wild
    • I hear the Bible is pretty good...
  • About Nick McIlwain

    I joined the Preston & Steve show back in September of 2004 and have quickly risen to superstar status. Or not. It doesn't matter. What does matter is that I love working with this show and am proud that it really is the best morning show in Philadelphia. After working for Pierre Robert at 'MMR for 3 years, I felt privileged and lucky to leave one program that I loved and join the morning show I have listened to and laughed with for years. Also, I get to sit next to Kathy Romano every day and stare at her when she's not looking.

    Here's a little bit about me: I was born and raised in this area and my parents still live in Paoli. I graduated from Conestoga High School and somehow got into and graduated from Bucknell University in just a shade under a decade. To borrow a line, a lot of people go to college for 7 years. They're called doctors.

    I now live in Valley Forge and even found someone smart enough to marry me for my money. We have a son, Benjamin, who was born in September 2006 and is already smarter than me.

    Things I love: the Flyers; the Phillies; Pearl Jam; Dave Matthews Band; "Lost"; "The Family Guy"; "The Simpsons"; "South Park" and Star Wars (the OT, not so much the NT).

    Things I hate: people chanting E-A-G-L-E-S at Phillies games and/or concerts, especially in April; people who assume that this hatred means I don't like the Eagles, because I do; bullies; meanies; toadies; cronies; phonies; and ghoulies.

  • About Kathy Romano

    Preston & Steve discovered me and my tremendous talents while I was reporting traffic for NBC-10, HA!!!!!! Actually, they mentioned me on the air, I called them, and now they're stuck with me! I officially joined the Preston and Steve show in November of 2003.

    I graduated with a BA in Communication Studies from West Chester University in 2000. After interning on a public affairs show for UPN-57, working as a production assistant at NBC-10, and moving on to report traffic for the same station, I joined the Preston and Steve Show at Y100 in 2003. Shortly after, the show moved to our new home at WMMR in 2005. In addition to my role at WMMR, I:

    • Founded the Fresh Smiles Foundation to help keep underprivileged children active in organized activities. http://freshsmiles.org/
    • Worked at Comcast Sportsnet as a roving reporter in a feature called "Roamin with Romano" which aired during Eagles Pre and Post Game Live hosted by Michael Barkann and featured Governor Ed Rendell, Ray Didinger and Vaughn Hebron.
    • Reported on Monday Night Live, hosted by Ron Burke and Ike Reese.
    • Served as the in-arena host for the Philadelphia 76ers for 4 seasons.

    In 2011, the Philadelphia Business Journal named me on their "40 under 40" list for my career success and charitable efforts. It was a great honor considering I work on a show that tells fart jokes on a daily basis.

    Whenever possible I love unwinding at the jersey shore, traveling to Europe, and salsa dancing. Some of my other favorite things are yoga, chocolate, and wines from New Zealand. I was born on Long Island. My family later moved to Bucks County where I attended Pennsbury High School. I currently live in beautiful Conshohocken with my husband and psychotic cat.

    Thank you to all of our listeners!!!!!

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  • About Marisa Magnatta

    I started working mornings at ‘MMR in 2003 (and by "working" I mean hanging around doing stuff for free). When The Preston and Steve Show joined the radio station, the boss suggested I "temporarily" help the show "transition", but after a couple months of refusing to leave everyone realized their lives could not go on without me because they loved me so much and I became the official 6th member of the show - and that's how I saved Christmas.

    The personal rundown: I was born in Cherry Hill, grew up on the main line and now live in Manayunk. I love The Food Network, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob Dylan and the Foo Fighters. I also love Hoegaarden, Francis Ford Coppola Pinot Grigio and Almond Joys. I sleep a lot, shop too much and drive way too fast. I thank my dad everyday for his Eagles season tickets, and will go to a Phillies or Flyers game any day! My birthday is August 21st and I love presents.

    My biggest regret in life is not going on stage when Mike Love called me down the aisle at a Beach Boys concert; I was 10 but could have been the next Courtney Cox. I hate rude and crude people - so hold the door and cover your mouth when you cough, please. I wish that I could draw, play the guitar, be witty, had bigger boobs and could write a better bio.

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