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 80 Country radio stations nationwide. In 2014, the program was honored with the Academy of Country Music Award in the “National On-air Personality of the Year” category. Bones was also recently voted “Best Radio DJ” by readers of The Tennessean and he made Nashville Lifestyle’s “25 Most Beautiful People” list in 2013.
Bones has appeared in both movies and on television, including Bandslam with Vanessa Hudgens, CNN, Live! with Kelly Ripa as a guest host, and Headline News 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.
Get to know more about Bobby Bones:
Take us through your day, starting from when you wake up.
I wake up at 3:02 a.m. every morning. No snooze. No sleeping in. Like the OCD train wreck I am, it’s 3:02 every single morning. The show starts at 5 a.m. CST, so I have to be knowledgeable and ready to be funny by then. I try to be as compelling as possible, hoping for an 80 percent success rate. After the show, I have a bunch of meetings, or conference calls with clients, or I work on the Country Top 30 Countdown.
I usually each lunch after that, and if it’s before 2 p.m., I’ll take a nap. If not, I stay awake and work out. By 5:30 p.m. or so, I’m back working on the next day’s show. I go to sleep by 8 p.m., and then I’m back at it again the next day.
Best part of your job?
Getting to work with and hire all my friends. I’m the only radio guy on my show, and I’ve been able to hire my most-interesting and hard-working friends to be a part of the staff. It’s awesome to work with people you really enjoy.
When did you get your big break?
I wish I had a cooler story. I started syndicating myself and built on that. I paid for things with my own money, and I lost money for years. When my contract was up, Premiere Networks decided to pick up the show. Clear Channel SVP of Programming Rod Phillips was the first executive to ever give me the time of day, and he remains a really important part of the show today.
What is your high school make-out song?
No one wanted to make out with me in high school. I’ve only been desirable the last few years, so I’d go with John Legend’s “All of Me."
Where would you like to see yourself in five years?
Signing a humongous deal to stay with Premiere Networks and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. I love working for these guys – great environment and great people. I’d also like to have about 10 TV shows running.