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Elliot in the Morning

Elliot in the Morning is a morning radio talk show hosted by DJ Elliot Segal. It airs weekdays from "5:48 until 10-something" on WWDC-FM in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, WRXL in Richmond, Virginia and WCHH in Baltimore, Maryland. For a short time from 2003 to 2004, the program was simulcast on WOSC in Ocean City, Maryland.

The format covers a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from in-person or telephone interviews with well-known celebrities, to gross-out stunts involving many of the colorful supporting cast. The show has regular telephone interviews with Michelle Sigona (from America's Most Wanted), Mark Steines (from Entertainment Tonight) during sweeps, Chris Cooley (from the Washington Redskins) and Brandon Noble (former NFL player) during football season.

As of 2005, Elliot in the Morning had been the cause of the fifth largest amount of FCC fines since 1970, with $302,500 worth of fines leveled at the show. As a result, while the show still frequently involves euphemistic mentions of sexual topics, it is broadcast with a tape delay, and is occasionally "dumped" to canned music for profanity.

Cast

Elliot Segal: Lead personality. This short (5'7") thirty-something is a native Canadian who was raised in Houston, Texas. He graduated high school in 1987 and attended Houston Baptist University, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. His career in radio started at KKBQ in Houston, Texas as producer of John Lander's "Q-Morning Zoo" show. He also produced Scott Shannon's program on Pirate Radio in Los Angeles before working with Danny Bonaduce at WEGX in Philadelphia. By 1994, Elliot was a part of the "Morning Zoo" at Z100 in New York. Priding himself on toilet humor and gross-out jokes, he came to Washington in 1999, with his trademark, maniacal laugh. He is married to wife Jacquie, and has two sons -- the older born in February 2004, and the younger born in August 2006. He also had an American Bulldog named Molson, whose name was likely a nod to his Canadian roots. Sadly, Molson had to be euthanized in early June of 2007. Elliot frequently uses catchphrases (each with its own colorful origins) such as "Rub the Phone against IT!", "Peace and Chicken Grease!", "Smell My Face!", and "Do What?". Superfan of the band Nickelback and Wayne Gretzky.Diane "Momma" Stupar-Hughes: Newswoman, diva, and original member. She previously worked for Washington, D.C.'s WPGC and Metro Traffic. "Diane's Dirt" is a popular segment at the end of each show, where she covers the latest celebrity gossip. She often does celebrity impressions of Britney Spears and US Senator Larry Craig. She is married to Scott Hughes, and they have a daughter, born in 2005. Diane is a proud graduate of Radford University, located in southwestern Virginia. During a bit in 2003, she admitted that she lost her virginity on a ping pong table. She went skydiving once and said she will never do it again. Diane claims that while a junior in college, she would regularly stay up from Tuesday mornings through Friday afternoons without any sleep.Bryan "Flounder" Schlossberg: Creative Services Director. Flounder is part of the original cast, and started as Elliot's stunt boy/intern. He is a high school dropout, but a proud recipient of a GED. He has a reputation for getting lost, vehemently blaming others for his mistakes, and is known for fighting with callers, as well as station employees. He doesn't like to hear his real name said aloud on air. He is a proud member of MySpace and a former supporter of Dog The Bounty Hunter. In 2006, he was the winner of the "Smell My Face Beltway Race" against Hélio Castroneves. He is currently dating Ashley, whom Elliot refers to as "Mashley," an ode to Flounder's show, "Mash Ups," heard Saturday nights on WWDC-FM. Superfan of the band Of A Revolution and Hulk Hogan.Tyler Molnar: Producer. Smart, shrewd, and comical. A graduate of Georgetown University, he is in charge of sound effects and music played on the show. He also runs EITM Online Elliot frequently makes jokes implying Tyler is homosexual, which Tyler often ignores or sometimes plays along. Tyler also claims that his voice can be heard on the new Christina Aguilera album, "Back to Basics," on the track "Thank You (Dedication to fans...)." His 4th grade anti-drug song called "Everybody Say No" gained popularity amongst listeners and is featured on YouTube. Kyle "K-Dogg" Benham: Associate Producer. Kyle is known for his excessive drinking and lack of forethought. He grew up in Virginia Beach, VA and graduated from George Mason University. He is often teased for his shrill voice and mispronunciation of words, especially contractions (for example, "didn't" pronounced as "din-nent", or "couldn't" pronounced as "cun-nent"). He has a variety of strange beliefs and superstitions. For example, during a 2006 show, Kyle stated that he thinks EMTs are out to harvest organs from auto crash victims. On June 11, 2007, he revealed that he would be attending premarital classes with a friend. Along with Flounder, Kyle also believes he suffers from Hyperhidrosis.

Former members include Craig Henderson who resigned on air on August 15, 2007 after a brief argument with Bryan "Flounder" Schlossberg. Other former members include Dan Hoffman, Brett Haber, Jared Stern, and David Brody who is credited with giving Flounder his nickname and worked with Elliot at WHTZ.

"Smell My Face!"

The show's most prominent catchphrase has an unusual origin. The technically clean but inexplicably lewd-sounding phrase was conceived when the cast of the show was observing mug shots on the Frederick News-Post website (a local newspaper) for persons caught soliciting prostitutes. One picture that caught their eye was a badly disheveled man with a huge, bushy grey beard named Ronny Kline. Imagining what such a man might say to a woman after performing cunnilingus, the phrase “smell my face” immediately sprang to mind.

The phrase became a kind of "battle cry" and has been heavily integrated into the show’s promotional material, with bumper stickers, signs, and highly coveted T-shirts. The show’s cast and crew have also solicited (or tricked) numerous celebrities into saying the catchphrase for recordings used to promote the show. So far, there are recordings of Aaron Neville, Marguerite Perrin, Hélio Castroneves, Brittany Murphy, Mark Hoppus, Joe Frazier, Paul Stanley, Perry Farrell, Constantine Maroulis, Plain White T's, The Pussycat Dolls, Hulk Hogan, John Basedow, Josh Kelley, Sebastian Bach, Timbaland, Juliette Lewis, Pat McGee, Stephan Jenkins, Chyna, Night Ranger, Jeffrey Ross, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and Chris Cornell.

Controversies

'Lobster' Story

In February 2000, Elliot related a lewd urban legend involving a woman who performed a sexual act with a live lobster. The show continued uninterrupted, but a message from General Manager Mark O'Brien was repeatedly played on the station later in the day condemning the story and announcing Segal's 'indefinite suspension'. Segal returned to the airwaves two days later. The episode has been replayed on "Best Of..." versions of the show, with the offending portions censored.

White House Stunt

On the morning of February 8, 2001, Elliot Segal sent Bryan "Flounder" Schlossberg to the south fence of the White House, where a gunman had been shot and arrested the previous day, offering passersby to a "free shot of bush." The "bush" in question was an anatomical reference in connection to a spread of porn magazines that were on display. Flounder was connected to the airwaves via cell phone when the Secret Service surrounded him and demanded that he hang up the phone. In the end, Flounder avoided being taken into custody, but was however banned from the grounds of the White House indefinitely.

Bishop O'Connell High School

The morning of May 7, 2002, on D.C. metro area jock Elliot Segal's radio program, DC101's "Elliot in the Morning", two sixteen-year-old O'Connell students called to be considered in a contest whose winners were to be cage dancers at an upcoming Kid Rock concert at George Mason University's Patriot Center. Instead, goaded by Elliot, they discussed alleged sexual activity at O'Connell. The students, who claimed to be eighteen, discussed giving oral sex to lines of boys in the hallway and having intercourse in stairwells and closets. They implied these acts occurred during a typical school day. The students, who had used false names on air, were suspended the same day for their comments. The principal addressed the student body on the PA system and discussed the immorality of Mr. Segal's radio show. The following day (May 8th), Mr. Segal, angered by the students' suspension, personally insulted the principal on air, making lewd remarks about his family and his sexual activity. He also mocked the school's mission statement, specifically what he considered to be a hypocritical statement that their educational environment is "rooted in the life of Christ. The two days of broadcasting were ruled indecent by the FCC. As a result, in October 2003, sixteen months after the incident, DC101's parent company Clear Channel Communications was fined $55,000. L. Brent Bozell III, founder of nearby Alexandria, Virginia-based organization Parents Television Council, criticized both the anti-Catholic prejudice he perceived in those episodes of the program and the FCC's $55,000 fine that he claimed would not be effective for the multi-million dollar corporation Infinity Broadcasting, owner of WWDC, having criticized the show back in July 2003 for its indecent content. Records of the conversations show that there was no overt obscenity during the segment and Segal had acted in good faith believing the callers to be 18 .

Dan Patrick

On November 8, 2007, Elliot Segal announced that Dan Patrick would no longer be contributing to the show. Patrick, a former ESPN anchor, had commentated on Fridays during football season, but failed to call for two previously scheduled interviews. Elliot said, "The Dan Patrick thing just didn't work out and that's fine.

Lance Armstrong Prank Call

In the summer of 2003, Segal conducted an interview with whom he believed to be famous cyclist Lance Armstrong. In reality, the caller was Chad Dukes, currently the co-host of The Big O and Dukes Show on WJFK-FM in Washington, DC. Dukes stayed in character as Lance Armstrong for over seven minutes on-air without arousing the suspicions of Segal or his co-hosts. When Segal asked Dukes - still in character as Armstrong - what the greatest moment in his career was, Dukes responded that it was "when the Sports Junkies moved to HFS in the mornings you jack-tool-ass-f, I can't believe you thought this was Lance Arm...!" Segal abruptly hung up on Dukes in mid-sentance and went to commercial break.

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