At 43 years old, Bobby Bones has this physical status:
Bobby Bones (born Bobby Estell, April 2, 1980), an American on-air radio presenter best known for hosting the nationally syndicated The Bobby Bones Show, which originated at WSIX-FM in Nashville, Tennessee.
Bones is also a full mentor on American Idol on ABC, and she was the overall champion of season 27 of Dancing with the Stars with partner Sharna Burgess.
He has written two New York Times best sellers as well as a judge of Topgolf's original series Who Will Rock You.
Early life and education
Bones was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on April 2, 1980, and raised in the tiny community of Mountain Pine, Arkansas. Since his father was 17, he believes his mother became pregnant with him at age 15. He was raised by his mother and maternal grandmother. His biological father was with him until the age of five, but then he left the family. Around the age of 5, Bones began dreaming of a radio career. In 2014, his mother died at the age of 49 after being struggling with heroin use. He grew up poor, and radio was often thought of as a way of escaping poverty. Bones began his radio career at age 17 at Henderson State University's campus station, "The Pulse." He earned his B.A. degree. Henderson's Radio/Television program in 2002.
Bones and his crew were part of a Guinness World Record set "Most hunger relief meals packed in a single hour (team)" on September 28, 2013.Bones filed a "all purpose" trademark request with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on August 5, 2015, during Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. While Trump had registered the term for "political committee services," he was not responsible for the use of hats, t-shirts, duffel bags, and other clothing and accessories that Bones now had the right to. "hey @realDonaldTrump, if you give 100k to @stjude, I'll give you your clothing trademark back," Bones tweeted two days later on August 7.
thanks!Bobby" – Bobby. Bones later posted a snapshot of a check from The Trump Organization for an undisclosed sum, saying that the money would go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and that Trump could "have [his] slogan back."
Bones declared on January 3, 2017 that he was considering a bid for governor of Arkansas. Bones declared on March 14, 2017 that he was not running.
Bones married Caitlin Parker in July 2021.
While still in college, Bones went to work as a station hand at KLAZ in Hot Springs, Arkansas, but was put on the air within a few days of being hired. A manager there gave him the choice of going on the air as Bobby Z or Bobby Bones of which he chose the latter. Bones' first full-time radio contract paid him $17,000. In 2002, Bones was hired by Q100/KQAR in Little Rock, Arkansas. He then worked for radio station (KLAL), which led to his hosting The Bobby Bones Show on KHFI-FM in Austin, Texas.
According to The Washington Post, Bones is different from typical radio DJs, as he doesn't have the "classic, booming radio DJ voice".
Bones was originally hired for the evening shift on KHFI-FM and was soon moved to mornings. While in Austin, he met two of his future co-hosts, Lunchbox (in a bar) and Amy (in a Culver's). Bones believed in Amy and put her on the air immediately. His executive producer at the time, Alayna Messer, was previously an intern on the show.
Over ten years, the show built its audience into the top-rated morning show in Austin and was syndicated in a few regional markets. At the height of his popularity, Bones was offered a job outside of radio but ultimately chose to remain with Clear Channel (now iHeart Media).
In 2012, Clear Channel moved Bones and his show from Austin with its Top 40 format to Nashville and a country music format while taking The Bobby Bones Show nationwide. Bones took over the slot hosted by longtime DJ Gerry House, who retired in 2010. Bones now broadcasts from the WSIX-FM studios in Nashville on weekday mornings from 5:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. (CT). His co-hosts are Amy and Lunchbox, and features Producer Eddie, Raymundo, Morgan2, Mike D., Abby, and Scuba Steve.
The Bobby Bones Show has become a regular interview stop for top country music stars and even artists/celebrities outside the genre of country. Luke Bryan, John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Ed Sheeran, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, and more have been featured in interviews on the morning show.
In February 2013, The Bobby Bones Show was nationally syndicated through iHeart Media-owned Premiere Networks and was made available via iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app. The show is currently heard on more than 150 radio stations in the U.S., Canada, and UK.
The Bobby Bones Show has an estimated audience of nearly 9.2 million listeners a week. The show's largest market is Chicago (WCHI-FM).
Bones also hosts the weekly “Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones,” carried on over 100 radio stations nationwide.
As part of the iHeart Media family, Bones has been tapped to host, present, and even perform at the annual iHeartRadio Country Festival held in Austin, Texas, iHeartRadio Music Festival held in Las Vegas, Nevada and the annual iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles, California.
In October 2014, Bones accidentally triggered the Emergency Alert System by playing EAS tones during an on-air rant about an erroneous EAS test interrupting coverage locally of the 2014 World Series on Fox affiliate WZTV. The EAS tones would have only triggered the EAS issuance in Nashville, but since the show was in syndication, the signal cascaded through the show's nationwide affiliates, and caused AT&T U-verse boxes nationwide to lock up with the erroneous test. In May 2015, Bones's employer iHeartMedia paid a $1 million FCC fine due to the incident and removed all EAS sound effects from their nationwide sound library to prevent a recurrence.