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Preston Westmorland

Safety/Motivation

   Having been burglarized four times and survived an armed attempted hijacking of his aircraft, it's no surprise the Preston has always taken a strong stance on law and order. He has been a guest on Court TV, and also featured in their I, Detective series, after the preserve arsonist claimed to burn down a house to force Preston to top talking about the case. The toughest sheriff in the country, sheriff Joe Arpalo, swore in Preston as a special deputy with the rank of captain in the Maricopa Country sheriff's department. Preston is a populist and revels in taking up popular causes. When interviewing guests like Hillary Clinton, Larry Kind, Jay Leno, Ted Koppel, Paul Harvey or Dan Rather, Preston's key to success is to reveal a side of the person that nobody has ever seen before. He appears frequently on MSNBC, and has been interviewed on National Public Radio, CBS Evening News, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and every local TV station and newspaper. Preston lists the one-hour in-studio interview he had with Paul Harvey as his favorite. Preston did a string of reports from China's Yangzte river and has even broadcasted from nuclear submarines in the Atlantic to aircraft carriers in the Pacific. From inside Sea World's sub-zero penguin exhibit to the nation's capital, his listener's never knew what to expect because Westmoreland often originated his show from hot-air balloons, gliders, biplanes, political conventions and even while locked up inside the Arizona state prison.

Additional Information

Experience
   Before Joining KTAR radio back in 1978, Preston did a daily radio show for five years on Dick Van Dyke's Phoenix station, KXIV. It was while serving as a reporter in the U.S. Marines that he got into radio, covering operations in Vietnam, Okinawa and Hawaii. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant.

Other Highlights
   In addition to his duties on KTAR radio, Preston is an avid pilot, profiled in Flying magazine (Oct. 1990), the world's most widely read aviation publication, and the Arizona Republic. An FAA safety counselor, he and his wife of 32 years, Nancy, have been involved in aviation for 17 years, and are big fans of flying their Piper Saratoga into remote areas and camping. Preston writes about aviation for national aviation magazines. Utilizing his outdoor skills, Preston produced two successful outdoor survival programs, the Stay Alive series, which have been featured on Paul Harvey's News an unprecedented nine times, the David Letterman show and even prime time TV in Japan. He has been interviewed by over 50 TV stations nationwide discussing outdoor safety and has written numerous magazine and newspaper articles on the topic. He was even invited to lecture on outdoor survival to doctors from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition to being an instrument rated pilot, he is an advanced scuba diver and enjoys freelance writing and snow skiing. His most interesting experience was hobo riding the rails across America.


Speaker Biography

 

  • They call it a marathon--a 26 mile race--the longest there is. And Preston Westmoreland completed his own marathon on the radio—26 years.

  • Winner of the 2003 Marconi Award, for best Large Market Radio Personality in America.

  • A Radio Hall of Fame nominee, 2004.

  • Talkers Magazine:" 100 best talk show hosts in America," six years in a row. The most by any Arizona radio personality.

  • Associated Press: "Best Talk Show" award, 2003.

  • Phoenix Magazine voted Preston as the, "Best Radio Talk Show Host" by editors and readers.

  • Consistently ranked the leading afternoon talk and news show in Arizona.

  • Preston's spent 26 years at the microphone of top-rated KTAR radio and logged over 27,000 guests. "A mid-day Arizona legend," is how Talkers describes Preston, who was also the station's first local talk show host and Phoenix's longest running radio personality.


Recognition
 

  • A member of the team that won journalism's highest honor, the Peabody Award in 1998, for coverage of the impeachment of Arizona governor Evan Mecham.

  • Winner of the Achievement in Radio award for Best Phoenix Talk Show Host in 1999 and more than 26 other broadcasting awards.

  • In 1999, he received an Arizona's Governor's Award given by the Arizona Office of Tourism for benefiting Arizona tourism with his Arizona Gateway's program.