On-Air Talent, Premiere Networks
Born and raised in Arkansas, Bobby Bones began his radio career at Henderson State University’s KSH 91.1 The Switch at the age of 17, where he graduated with a degree in Radio/TV. During that time, he also worked at KLAZ 105.9 in Hot Springs, Ark., as a part-time air talent. In 2002, Bones was hired by Q100/KQAR in Little Rock, Ark., and The Bobby Bones Night Show was born. In 2003, Bones moved to Austin, Texas where he began hosting The Bobby Bones Show Monday through Friday from 5-10 a.m. CT on 96.7 KISS FM. Joined on-air by Lunchbox and Amy, they attracted listeners in droves, as well as top rankings in the market. For his work on the program, Bones was named “Austin Radio Personality of the Year” in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and Austin’s Alliance of Women in Media honored the program with their “Radio Personality of the Year” award seven years in a row.
The Bobby Bones Show joined Premiere Networks’ national lineup in 2011 and was nationally syndicated on CHR radio until February 2013, when the program transitioned to a Country format. Today, the program originates from WSIX in Nashville and can be heard on nearly 100 Country radio stations nationwide by millions of listeners. In 2014 and 2016, the program was honored with the Academy of Country Music Award in the “National On-air Personality of the Year” category. Bones was also voted “Best Radio DJ” by readers of The Tennessean in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and he made Nashville Lifestyles’ “25 Most Beautiful People” list in 2013.
In addition to his weekday program, Bones added a weekend Country countdown show to his resume. Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones, a four-hour music program, airs nationwide on approximately 130 affiliates and features hosts Bones, Lunchbox and Amy as they showcase the top Country songs and go beyond the music to share conversations with the artists.
Bones is also half of The Raging Idiots, a comedy band with his radio producer Eddie that plays shows all over the U.S., and to date, has raised over two million dollars to benefit various charitable causes. The duo has performed with Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith. Signed to Black River Entertainment in 2015, the band’s first full-length album, THE CRITICS GIVE IT 5 STARS, made a No. one debut on the Comedy Albums Chart (currently in the Top 5) and landed in the Top 5 of Billboard’s Country Album Chart. The group’s superstar friends Kelsea Ballerini, Lindsay Ell, Charles Kelley, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and more are featured on the album that takes satirical and deliberate cues from today’s popular music.
On May 17, 2016, HarperCollins released Bare Bones: I’m Not Lonely If You’re Reading This Book, a touching, funny, heart-wrenching, and triumphant memoir. Debuting at No. 1 on multiple best-seller lists including the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal, the book takes fans on an authentic, raw and hilarious tour of his journey from growing up in Mountain Pine, Arkansas to becoming one of the leading Country radio personalities in the U.S.
Bones has appeared in both movies and on television, including Bandslam with Vanessa Hudgens, the TODAY show, CNN, Live! with Kelly Ripa as a guest host, and Headline News and FOX Business’ Kennedy as a recurring guest.
Outside the studio, Bobby spends a lot of time with his dog, Dusty, and is very active on social media, constantly engaging and interacting with listeners via Twitter and Facebook. He also enjoys exercising, reading, shopping and going to sporting events. His favorite artists include John Mayer, Darius Rucker, Ben Kweller, Zac Brown Band and Ben Folds Five.