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Best of 2004: Radio Sidekick

Elliot in the Morning’s Diane Stupar is a welcome voice in the AM.

The host may get star billing, but second banana Diane Stupar is the real crowd pleaser on DC101's Elliot in the Morning Show (101.1 FM, 5:30 to 10 AM weekdays). The 37-year-old's clever comebacks sound more like Jon Stewart (one of her heroes) than like the average potty-mouthed morning-drive DJ—a quality that casts her, wittingly or not, as the show's moral compass. Fortunately, her high-road approach is tempered by a love of pop culture. "Meeting Oprah is on my list of 101 things to do before I die," Stupar says. "And John Taylor from Duran Duran is still smokin' hot."

Washingtonian staff contributing to this section were Chuck Conconi, Sherri Dalphonse, Susan Davidson, Mary Clare Fleury, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head, Stephanie Jones, Ann Limpert, Drew Lindsay, Chad Lorenz, Leslie Milk, William O'Sullivan, Cindy Rich, and Jeremy Stahl.  Also contributing were writers Cathy Alter, Ann Cochran, and Jenny Sullivan. 

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