Jeff Duran began his career as a disc jockey in 1994, working part-time at at KCLB 93.7 in Palm Springs, California.This was the same radio market that launched Jimmy Kimmel and Carson Daly a year earlier.Duran's goal at the time was also to become a stand up comic so he moved back to Los Angeles and worked briefly as a traffic reporter for Shadow Traffic. Wanting to get back on air, Duran paid out of his pocket to host a radio show called L.A. Rock Scene. The show was broadcast from Hollywood and featured many local and international artists. Duran built a small following that resulted in a sold out comedy show at the now defunct LunaPark, a new music club in West Hollywood. LunaPark was mecca of the 'alternative comedy' in the mid 90's. In 1999, Duran was hired by KIXA, a small rock station in Victorville, California for afternoon drive. Jeff began to develop his on air persona as the rock and roll junkie. Duran would ask callers to stump the junkie on his vast music knowledge, with the listener normally losing to challenge. In 2000, Clear Channel cleaned house dropping most of their local jocks which included Duran. Jeff quickly landed a job hosting "Metalblitz Radio" on KLSX 97.1 in Los Angeles. "Metalblitz Radio" was funded by MUSICBLITZ Records, a web based label, became the subject of high profile articles and a sold out live show at The Whiskey. Although "Metalblitz Radio" had good ratings for KLSX, the show was dropped when MUSICBLITZ Records folded in 2001.Soon after, Duran then hustled a part time gig at KCXX X103.9, an alternative rock station 50 miles outside Los Angeles. At KCXX, Duran worked literally every on air shift imaginable; overnights to eventually morning drive. In an interview on XM's National Lampoon Radio, Duran claimed he kept the same salary doing morning drive as he did as a part timer at KCXX, including the remark "It's their way of making you never forget what you're really worth". Later in the interview, Duran expressed his gratitude for KCXX and how it served as a launching pad for his next gig. In 2003, American General Media hired Duran for morning drive on their Bakersfield active rock station KKXX-FM. The station eventually teamed Duran with a female co-host and renamed the show JD & Rocky. The pairing of the duo resulted in high ratings and live appearances. Unfortunately, the station's format flipped and the show got dropped. In January 2005, Duran returned to KCXX as weekend announcer and to resume his comedy career in Los Angeles.In late 2007, High Desert Broadcasting hired Jeff for the company's modern rock station KKZQ in Palmdale, California.
In November 2008, Duran became the station's assistant program director in addition to his daily airshift.Jeff's presence on radio has helped his edgy stand up act,opening for the likes of Carlos Mencia, Pauly Shore, Dave Attell and Doug Stanhope. Jeff now is on 95.9 The Octopus...Ventura County's Rock!
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