An Inside Look at Camp Out for Hunger: Q&A with 93.3 WMMR’s Preston and Steve
When it comes to the issue of hunger, what inspired you to take action?
Preston Elliot: It’s a basic need. People have to eat, and too many don’t.
Steve Morrison: Sometimes it’s as easy as just a small chain of unfortunate events that leave you needing food assistance. When I look at my own life and realize it’s a possibility— it’s terrifying.
Where did the idea for “Camp Out” come from? Did you really camp out somewhere?
Steve: Camp Out for Hunger originated when the show was on Y100. Our team collaboratively brainstormed the idea to literally “camp” outside for a good cause— and from there we decided to take it for a spin! All we had was a small RV and one truck, but after that first year the complexion of the event changed because we realized our “volunteer army” had a huge interest in fighting hunger.
What is your favorite memory from all of the Camp Outs so far and why?
Steve: One year there was a huge blizzard and our truck got stuck in the snow on its way to deliver the donated food so I got out and used a forklift to help get it going again. From the earlier years, I remember just sitting around burn drums with everyone, staying warm and being grateful.
What do you love most about your jobs?
Preston: I get to have fun at work. We laugh our butts off and every day yields a memory.
Steve: As fans of radio, we get to do something for it while also using it to do some good. And of course our listeners rock!
If you could pick one rock song to dedicate to Philabundance, which would it be?
Preston: “Time Stands Still” by Rush because time is precious and we have to stop and realize what we have right now.
Steve: “Hunger Strike” by Temple of The Dog because it’s emotional, it’s passionate; it talks about the immediacy and shows the need.