Book Review | “Where Do I Begin?”

Where-Do-I-Begin-Duran--678x1024“Where Do I Begin?” presents itself as a memoir of a successful career built on a lifelong love affair with radio.Unfortunately, radioman Elvis Duran has less to say than he thinks.

Duran, whose program is “the most-listened-to Top 40 morning show,” sees himself less as a DJ and more as a people connector. He is in the business of making friends, both with unseen listeners and with the stars who appear on his broadcasts and reveal hidden dimensions of their characters.

As much as Duran admires Howard Stern—“a hero to radio people,” he writes, and then continues, “he’s our North Star”—Duran’s own personality and approach are much different. The author is not abrasive and doesn’t try to put people on edge or make them uncomfortable.

His radio program is more like a safe haven, where celebrities can let down their hair and be themselves, where those of whatever political affiliation or sexual orientation can feel like they belong… (a subscription to the Jimplecute is required to continue reading this article).

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