Bobby Bones Show

Bobby Bones Show

The Bobby Bones Show is a country music radio show based in Nashville, Tennessee that is syndicated across the United States. The show is broadcast live weekday mornings from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. CT. The Bobby Bones Show is syndicated in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Wichita, Kansas; Amarillo, Texas; Lubbock, Texas; El Paso, Texas Augusta, Georgia; Waco, Texas; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Beaumont, Texas; Albany, Georgia; Mobile, Alabama; Pensacola, Florida; Bryan/College Station, Texas; Chattanooga, Tennessee; St. Louis, Missouri; Las Vegas, Nevada; Fort Myers, Florida; Tidewater, Virginia; Omaha, Nebraska, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.[1][2][3][4][5] Bobby Bones is accompanied by co-hosts Lunchbox, Amy, Carlos, Alayna, and Ray. Jay Shannon is program director. According to Clear Channel Radio, the show is the number one rated morning show in Austin, Wichita, Amarillo, and Lubbock.[6] On July 18, 2011, it was announced that Bones signed a three-year extension to do mornings for Clear Channel's Kiss 96.7 KHFI, and also signed a deal with Premiere Networks for syndication rights.[1]

On February 4, 2013, it was announced that starting February 25, 2013, The Bobby Bones Show would be broadcast nationally from the home of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, where the show would switch from a mainstream top-40 show to a national country music show and will be syndicated via Premiere Radio Networks. Bones said that it would become the "biggest country music show in the country." WSIX in Nashville is set to be the flagship station for the new show, and KASE 101 will carry Bobby Bones in Austin -- a move from pop music's home on KISS FM 96.7.[7] It was also announced that Bones would be the host of a new nationwide weekend show titled Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones. The countdown show will be a four-hour weekend country music program set to make its debut the weekend of March 2, 2013-March 3, 2013. The Countdown show will consist of Bones, Lunchbox and Amy showcasing the top country songs, in addition to sharing their conversations with the artists.[8][9]

Show cast

Bobby Bones

Bobby "Bones" (Estell) was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on April 2, 1980, and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bones's first job in radio was at the age of 18 on the college radio station KSH 91.1 The Switch at Henderson State University. With only a week of experience at The Switch, Bones landed a job in Hot Springs with KLAZ 105.9 as part-time air talent. During his four-year stint at KLAZ, he was responsible for turning ten college students into professional broadcasters (most of whom worked at KLAZ with his recommendation).

After graduating from Henderson State University in the summer of 2002, he was hired by a Little Rock station, KQAR - Q100, to host The Bobby Bones Night Show. He garnered tons of national attention on his show in Little Rock with a stunt where he sneaked into a competing station's building to take over their radio waves for over 15 minutes. The act generated buzz nation-wide and also landed him in legal trouble. Even with legal issues on his resume, Bones was promoted within the company and was offered syndication for The Bobby Bones Night Show in Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans, Meridian and Oklahoma City. This market gave him a 3-million listener market nightly.

In July 2003, Bones was offered to move his show to the west coast for an even larger radio market. Through several contract negotiations throughout the years, he has remained in Austin where he hosts the Bobby Bones Show on 96.7 KISS FM, and is syndicated in various other markets throughout the country.

His first TV gig was a short stint on the Bozo Show at age 6.[10] He has been featured on Ryan Seacrest's show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, on E! for an interview with Matthew McConaughey.[11] Bones expanded his on-screen career playing an emcee, Gordy, at an event in the movie Bandslam, starring Alyson Michalka, Gaelan Connell, Scott Porter and Vanessa Hudgens, released on August 14, 2009.[12] He hosted two shows on METV, Airwaves and The Almost Late Show with Bobby Bones.

Bones's dog Dusty is named after the program director (Dusty Black) who put the show back on the air after the show was taken off-air due to a prank from a regular bit called "Lunchwalking." The prank went wrong when Lunchbox went into a gas station to buy a pack of gum with a pair of pantyhose over his head. They were put back on the air two weeks after the incident.[13]

In October 2008, Bones ran a rumor on the internet that he was dating Vanessa Hudgens. He told his listeners to perform a Google search of "Bobby Bones Vanessa Hudgens" to see if he could get a rumor started. After seeing a steady increase in ratings in the Google Trends, he told his listeners to search "Bobby Bones Vanessa Hudgens vacation photos" and "Bobby Bones Vanessa Hudgens on the beach".[14][15] On October 14, 2008, it was the number two search topic on Google.[16]

Bones was selected to co-host Live with Regis and Kelly on January 26, 2011, in place of vacationing Regis Philbin.

Bones has made multiple appearances on the evening television show Prime News on the station Headline News.

Bones and his close friend Andy Roddick co-hosted a sports radio show on Fox Sports Radio on August 6, 2011.[17] Due to the success of that one-time show, Fox Sports Radio offered Andy Roddick and Bones a nationally syndicated sports radio show. The show debuted on January 7, 2012. The show can be heard nationally on Saturdays from noon-3 pm CST. The show is a mix of sports, pop culture and entertainment.[18][19]

Lunchbox (co-host)

Lunchbox's (shortened on air to "LB" or "Lunch", real name Dan Chappell) hometown is Austin, Texas. LB has not revealed the true story behind his nickname, but LB insists that when he was a child, he was caught shoplifting a superhero lunchbox. Ever since he was caught, family and friends have referred to him as Lunchbox. He grew up in Austin and became a member of the LWC (Little White Criminals). There, he obtained the alias "Jason Gibble". LB attended the University of Texas at San Antonio but dropped out having only three credit hours left to complete his bachelor's degree. LB was an intern for two country stations in Austin, Texas. Bones met LB at a bar in Austin and thought that LB would be perfect for his radio show. LB was arrested on August 9, 2004, for a bit gone wrong. He was arrested after walking into a convenience store in south Austin with a stocking mask over his head to purchase gum. The clerk at the store saw LB and pressed the silent alarm. LB was charged with making a terroristic threat, and the show was taken off the air for two weeks.[20] Bones and Lunchbox were suspended from the air for two weeks after the incident. Lunchbox has appeared in the popular NBC TV show Friday Night Lights. It appeared that LB had a speaking part, but it was quickly learned that the producers chose to replace his voice with a voice-over actor's. Lunchbox claims to "hook up" with many women; his co-hosts believe he exaggerates or fabricates these "hook-up' stories. Lunchbox expresses a stereotypical view of woman and marriage, and displays a dislike for overweight people. He is the liberal member of the team, in opposition to Amy's conservative viewpoints. When LB is not working, he volunteers his time with the local Meals on Wheels program. He used to be made fun of for his "five dollar" haircut, until starting a bet in 2009 in which he would have to let his hair grow out all year. Lunchbox is now made fun of for his "Bieber" haircut named after the popular singer Justin Bieber.[21] LB has regular bits on the show including The "Bonehead" Story of the Day (where LB finds local news stories of criminals or simply town locals doing foolish things to get caught/in trouble), "Lunchwalking" (similar to Jay Leno's "Jaywalking" bit), NFL trivia (where LB plays against a woman in NFL trivia; he has 36 wins and 0 losses), and "Guess Your Weight" (where LB guesses women's weights over the phone on the radio). After a particularly controversial Lunchwalk in which he tried to discourage Marathon runners in their last miles, Bones told Lunchbox that he couldn't run a marathon himself. Lunchbox took that bet. Three days later, at 10:41 am on Friday, February 24, 2012 (without any training), Lunchbox finished 27.2 miles (a marathon and a victory mile).[22] On September 25, 2012, it was revealed on the air that Lunchbox has had a secret girlfriend for at least six months.

Amy (co-host)

Amy is from Austin, Texas. She married Ben, a long-time family friend, on December 31, 2006. The show sometimes makes fun of her for getting married so quickly since their relationship and engagement period lasted only approximately two months. She attended Texas A&M University, and was only three credit-hours hours short from completing her degree. In 2008, Amy completed an online course from Texas Tech University and received her Bachelor's Degree. Prior to joining the show, Amy was a sales person for a granite company in Austin. Although Amy was not picked during a co-host search event to replace former co-host Jill, she was made a morning show regular by Bones to share the co-host duties with Sara Osburn (the co-host search winner). She quit her job at the granite company to join the show in 2006. Sara ended up leaving the show to be closer to family soon after she won the job. Ironically, Sara ended up moving back to Austin and is now a co-host on a rival morning radio show. Amy and her husband, Ben, moved from Austin to Southern Pines, North Carolina in the summer of 2008 because of Ben's job as an Air Force pilot. Because the show was based out of Austin, Amy had to do the show remotely from her house.[23] Although the show tried its best to make it seem as though Amy was in the studio, during many of the video taped segments that were posted to the Show's YouTube page, Amy can be seen on the TV monitor in the studio. In September 2012, Amy moved back to Austin due to Ben no longer being in the Air Force. During the show, Amy does the 90 Second Skinny where she catches listeners up on what's going on in "Nashville, Hollywood, and beyond.". Amy is a devout Christian and a Republican and provides an opposing opinion to Lunchbox. Amy and her husband have been trying to have a baby for over 6 years and are now going through the adoption process. In Summer of 2012 Amy's mom was diagnosed with cancer. Amy is extremely open about her mother's health. She recently started a non profit charity that feeds orphans in Haiti called 30 Abes.[24]

Ray (assistant producer)

Ray is an assistant producer. He started as an intern on the show and was eventually hired full time. Ray is described as a Jersey Shore type. He is a self proclaimed recreational body builder. He tans often and claims to always "keep it frat". He's often called a creep because he likes to date younger girls. He once saved a girl's number and waited for her to turn 18 before texting her. At age 25 he went to Spring Break by himself. Ray has a twin brother who he doesn't speak to and has admitted to being jealous of him.

Alayna (executive producer)

Alayna is the Executive Producer of The Bobby Bones Show. She is from Caracas, Venezuela and resides in Austin. Alayna started at The Bobby Bones Show as an intern. Shortly after finishing up her stint as an intern Alayna was hired to be the producer of the show. As executive producer of the show she is in charge of coordinating the various radio stations around the country that syndicate the show. She also manages the group of interns and inputs segments, clips, and runs various bits. Alayna is considered by many on the show to be the most valuable person on the show. During the show she does the traffic and weather report and occasionally chimes in on various topics that the show is discussing. Alayna has described herself as "weird" on-air on several occasions. She is bisexual and has made out with a female intern on the show before[25][23] Alayna also made news when she found a boyfriend from Los Angeles via Twitter after she started following him because she really liked his tweets.[26]

Regular bits

Blogs

The "Blogs" are a look into the lives of the cast of the show. They are treated like a regular web blog where the cast members share something interesting that happened in their lives recently. Amy, Bones, and Carlos have blogs, and LB has "Lunchbox's Man-blog."

Bonehead Story of the Day

The "Bonehead Story of the Day" is a story found by Lunchbox usually revolving around a criminal doing dumb things to get caught. The "Bonehead" also encompasses stories of people generally acting like "boneheads." LB delivers the "Bonehead" once per show.

90 Second Skinny

The "90 Second skinny" is a brief update in the world of pop culture from Nashville and Hollywood that talks about celebrities and their lives. The "Skinny" also informs listeners of what is on TV that night, album release dates and upcoming movie releases. Amy delivers the "Skinny" once an hour for the duration of the show.

iPod Downloads of the Week

The "iPod Downloads of the Week" are done once a week where Bones and the co-hosts tell listeners the last three songs they've downloaded to their iTunes.

Sounds of the Last 24 Hours

The "Sounds of the Last 24 Hours" are short sound bites that re-cap comments and happenings in the news in the last 24 hours. These clips range from interviews on night shows to portions of pop culture clip shows such as TMZ or Entertainment Tonight.

Show and Tell News Segment

The "Show and Tell News Segment" is a segment where every cast member brings in an interesting news story that they have found. The ongoing joke is that Carlos always has a story involving death.

Tell Me Something Good

"Tell me something good" is a segment where every cast member of the cast brings in a news story that is uplifting and happy. The cast tends to try to find something negative about another cast member's story.

Friday Morning Dance Party

The "Friday Morning Dance Party" is a segment where Bones plays uptempo-feel-good music to celebrate the end of the week. He takes listener's requests from the Bobby Bones Show Facebook Page.

Games

Games play an integral part in the fabric of The Bobby Bones Show. Each cast member has his or her own theme music that is played when they win a game. Bones's theme song is "Winner" by Jamie Foxx featuring Justin Timberlake and T.I.. Lunchbox's theme song is "All I Do is Win" by DJ Khaled. Carlos' theme song is "You're The Best Around" by Joe Esposito. Amy's theme song is "Juicy" by Better than Ezra.

What Year Was It

"What Year Was It" is played every morning at 7:00 am. They choose a caller to play the game, and then Bones will play clips of a movie, a song, a pop culture reference, and a national news story that all came out or occurred in the same year. The cast member that gets it right gets a point. If one of the cast members is sure they have the correct answer, they can "go 100 percent" and if they get it right, they will get two points, but if they get it wrong they lose a point. Amy is known to be very good at this game and has never lost a season.

Name That Tune

"Name That Tune" (or N-T-T) is a game modeled after the original Name That Tune that is played on air between the co-hosts to properly name the artist and song that Bones plays. The co-hosts use their names as their buzzer and can be awarded one point for naming the artist, one point for naming the title of the song, and three points for naming the theme. There have been 5 seasons of NTT. The first person to win 25 games in a season is considered the champion. Amy has won almost every season. Her latest win came in August 2011. Her first lost, to Carlos, occurred in November 2011. NTT is so popular that there is an annual NTT tournament held in Austin and hosted by Bones.

Bobby Feud

"Bobby Feud" is played on occasion. Lately, the game has been played when there are celebrities in the studio. The game is modeled after the popular TV game show Family Feud. Andy Roddick, Brooklyn Decker, and her mom took on the morning show in a game. The Roddick/Decker team swept the Bobby Bones team.[27]

The Name Game

"The Name Game" is a game of name association. The cast is given a proper name, and each cast member must name a person commonly known in pop culture with the same proper name. For example, if the name given is "John", names given could be John Mayer, John Madden, John Lennon, or John the Baptist. If a cast member cannot name a person with the same proper name in the allotted time, he or she is considered "out". A cast member receives 0 points for being eliminated first, 1 point for being eliminated second, 2 points for being eliminated third, and 3 points for being eliminated last. The cast member with the most points at the end of the game wins. The Name Game has been retired from the rotation and is seldom played now.

Password

"Password" is a game modeled after the original Password that is played on air between the co-hosts. The game consists of two teams composed of Bones and Amy placed against Lunchbox and Carlos. The game is based on word association. One team member is given a word, and they must give the first word that comes to their head. Their teammate is invited back into the room and is given the same list of words. The object of the game is for the second teammate to match the word given by the first teammate. The team with the most word matches wins the game. This game has been retired from the rotation.

Helium Idol

"Helium Idol" is an annual week-long competition where each cast member sucks in helium from a balloon and sings a song. Each day of the competition the listeners cast their vote on the show's website to decide who was their favorite of the day. The lowest vote-getter is eliminated each day until a champion is crowned.

Christmas Gift Giving Competition

The "Christmas Gift Giving Competition" occurs each year a little before Christmas. The show exchanges gifts with one another and then ranks each gift they received.

Awards

  • 2008-2009: Best Radio Personality (AWRT)[28]
  • 2007-2008: Best Radio Personality (AWRT)[29]
  • 2007-2008: Best Radio Personality and Best Radio Program (Austin Music Awards)[30]
  • 2004-2005, 2005–2006, 2006-2007: Best Radio Personality (Austin Music Awards)[30][31][32][33]

References