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Bones at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York City.
Radio personality, author, comedian, musician
Bobby Bones (born Bobby Estell, April 2, 1980) is an American on-air radio personality, best known for hosting the nationally syndicated The Bobby Bones Show, originating at WSIX-FM in Nashville, TN. Bones is also serving as full-time mentor on American Idol on ABC, and was the winner of season 27 of Dancing with the Stars with partner Sharna Burgess. He has also written two New York Times best sellers and was a judge of Topgolf's original series Who Will Rock You.
Bones was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and raised in Mountain Pine, Arkansas. He has said his mother became pregnant with him at age 15, when his father was 17. He was raised in the small community of Mountain Pine, Arkansas, by his mother and maternal grandmother. His biological father was with him until the age of five, but then disappeared. Bones began dreaming of a radio career around the age of 5 or 6. He grew up poor in a trailer park, and often viewed radio as way of escaping poverty. Bones began his radio career at age 17 at the campus station of Henderson State University, KSWH-FM 102.5 The Pulse. He graduated with a B.A. in Radio/Television from Henderson in 2002.
Early professional career
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. Bones's 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.
Bones was originally hired for the evening shift on KHFI-FM and moved to the morning drive shortly after. While in Austin, he met two of his future co-hosts, Lunchbox (in a bar) and Amy (in a Culver's). He initially hired Sarah Osburn, who was familiar with the radio industry, but then decided that Amy would be a better fit. Bones believed in Amy and put her on the air immediately. His executive producer, Alayna, 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.
In the fall of 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 WSIX-FM in Nashville on weekday mornings from 5:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. (CT). His co-hosts are Lunchbox and Amy, and features Ray, Eddie, Morgan, Mike D., and Morgan #2. Michael Bryan is the program director.
The Bobby Bones Show has become a regular interview stop for top country music stars. including Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, and The Band Perry.
On air, Bones and his co-hosts break the country radio mold with a mix of pop-culture news and information. As Bones noted in one interview, "I'm not a cowboy. I don't wear a belt buckle, or I don't have those traditional old-school country music radio elements about me. But from where I grew up and how I grew up, country music has always been the fabric of the music that I've listened to."
In 2016, Bones admitted to spending $13,000 on Nashville billboards in 2013 which stated "GO AWAY BOBBY BONES" as a PR campaign to garner sympathy.
In February 2013, The Bobby Bones Show went into national syndication with Premiere Networks (owned by Clear Channel) and was made available via iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app. The show launched with 35 stations and is currently carried by 68 FM radio stations in the U.S. It is regarded as central to Clear Channel's partnership with Country Music Television in what's been termed a “country music media arms race.” According to Clear Channel Radio, which owns WSIX-FM, the show is the number one-rated morning show in Austin, Texas, Wichita, Kansas, Amarillo, Texas, and Lubbock, Texas.
Nationally, The Bobby Bones Show is the biggest country music morning show in the country, with an estimated audience of nearly 3 million listeners. The show's largest market is Washington, D.C., where WMZQ airs it weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Bones also hosts the weekly “Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones”, carried on over 100 radio stations nationwide.
As part of the Clear Channel organization, Bones was tapped to host the inaugural iHeartRadio Country Festival held in Austin, Texas, in 2014. He presented the award for Country Song of the Year at the first iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles.
Since 2012, Bones has been part of the Fox Sports Radio lineup, hosting the weekend sports talk program Roddick and Bones with tennis star Andy Roddick, airing Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on nearly 300 radio stations.
Bones is also the host of the podcast “The Bobbycast” where he interviews singers/songwriters of all genres. He has also launched his own podcast network, the Nashville Podcast Network.
On June 19, 2018, he released his second New York Times Best Seller entitled Fail Until You Don’t: Fight. Grind. Repeat.
In 2018, Bones was a guest mentor for season 16 of American Idol (the first to air on ABC) during the top 24 round. On November 6, 2018, it was announced Bones would become a full-time mentor for the series beginning in season 17. During an episode aired April 8, 2019, Bones served as guest host, as host Ryan Seacrest was sick and missed the taping.
Dancing with the Stars
In September 2018, Bones was announced as one of the celebrities to compete on the 27th season of Dancing with the Stars, being paired with the professional dancer Sharna Burgess. Despite the second lowest scores for a couple in the final 4, the couple made it to the finals, and ended up winning the competition.
According to the Washington Post, Bones is different from typical radio DJs, as he doesn't have the "classic, booming radio DJ voice".
On September 28, 2013, Bones and his crew were part of a team that set the Guinness World Record "Most hunger relief meals packaged in one hour (team)".
Accidental trigger of Emergency Alert System
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 the show was in syndication and so the signal cascaded through the show's nationwide affiliates, which 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.
On January 3, 2017, Bones announced he was considering a run for governor of Arkansas in the 2018 election. On March 14, 2017, Bones announced he was not running. He frequently speaks about an aspiration to run for political office in the future on his show, further fueling such speculation.
Awards and honors
For four years running, from 2004 to 2008, Bones was named Best Radio Personality by the Austin Music Awards, presented by The Austin Chronicle and SXSW. The Bobby Bones Show also won Best Radio Program 2007-2008. On April 6, 2014, Bones, Amy and Lunchbox won their first Academy of Country Music Award for National On-Air Personality of the Year, just nine months into Bones's first year in country music. Bones was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame during a ceremony on November 2, 2017, at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago
Bones and The Bobby Bones Show won National On-Air Personality for the ACM Awards in 2014, 2016, and 2018.
The Bobby Bones Show also took home a CMA award in 2017 for National Personality.
On November 19, 2018, Bones and professional ballroom-dance partner Sharna Burgess won season 27 of Dancing with the Stars.
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Emmy Award-Winning Journalist & Host Maria Menounos and Her Dog Whinnie Team up to Encourage Dog Owners to Join Purina’s #DogThanking Movement.
MARIA MENOUNOS, Emmy Award-winning journalist and host of Apple Podcast “Conversations with Maria”
In celebration of the National Dog Show Presented by Purina and the Thanksgiving holiday, Purina invites dog lovers across the nation to share why they are thankful for their pet, using #DogThanking and tagging @Purina. This November, Purina wants to recognize the four-legged friends who make our lives so special, especially those pets that act as service animals to veterans across the country.
From November 9-25, for every unique post shared on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that includes @Purina and #DogThanking, Purina will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s Pets and Vets program. This amazing program helps pair shelter pets with veterans coping with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, anxiety, and other service-related challenges as they transition back to civilian life following their service. Additionally, through Veterans Day, the Purina Dog Chow Service Dog Salute campaign is also paying tribute to our armed forces and the loyal dogs that serve them by sharing their stories and donating up to $500,000.
The National Dog Show will premiere on Thanksgiving Day on NBC at noon in all time zones. In its 17th year, the show celebrates man’s best friend and continues an established family holiday tradition. The show will crown one of America’s great dogs as its 2018 champion, bringing canine competition and entertainment to more than 20 million viewers. More than 2,000 dogs representing more than 175 breeds will vie for Best in Show honors. Beloved TV personality John O’Hurley, best known as “J. Peterman” on Seinfeld, will serve as show co-host, along with veteran dog show analyst David Frei. NBC sports commentator Mary Carillo will also be participating as a National Dog Show correspondent.
MORE ABOUT MARIA MENOUNOS:
As a journalist, Emmy Award Winner, Maria Menounos, holds the distinct honor of having conducted the only interview with the entire Obama family: an interview touted by ABC News as the top defining moments leading to Obama’s victory. Maria’s achievements have thus far set numerous like industry milestones. Her groundbreaking conversational style of reporting led her, at the age of 22, to become the youngest person ever to host “Entertainment Tonight.” She would go on to do the same for the “Today” show and “Nightly News" AND become the first person in the history of Hollywood to report for network news and star in a wide-release feature film. Currently, Maria hosts the leading female Apple Podcast, 'Conversations with Maria!’ Maria is also THE most viewed face in all of American cinema as Host and Producer of NCM's 'Noovie', the cinema pre-show seen daily, before each and every feature, on 70% of America's movie screens.
CELEBRATE THE STARRING ROLE PETS PLAY IN OUR FAMILIES WITH ACTRESS
MARIA MENOUNOS DURING THE SECOND ANNUAL BEVERLY HILLS DOG SHOW
JOURNALIST AND PET LOVER ENCOURAGES DOG OWNERS TO JOIN THE “EVERY DOG IS A STAR” MOVEMENT BENEFITING MUTT-I-GREES, A PROGRAM THAT HELPS SHOW CHILDREN THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF PETS
MARIA MENOUNOS, host of Sirius XM’s “Conversations with Maria Menounos,” actress & author
This April 1st marks the second annual “Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina” a show that will combine the stars of Hollywood with the stars of the dog world! Pet lovers across the world are invited to share the positive impact dogs make in our lives through its “Every Dog is a Star” program.
Dog owners are encouraged to log onto Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to post photos or videos showing how their dog is the true star of the family. For every original post submitted between March 26-April 8, using the hashtag #BHDogShow and tagging @Purina, they will donate five dollars (up to $25,000) to Mutt-i-grees, a program run by North Shore Animal League America that helps show children the positive impact pets can have on their lives through interaction with shelter dogs. The funds will be used to help expand the program to more schools around the country.
Actress Maria Menounos is available along with one of her many furry friends, to discuss the second annual star-studded dog show, what her favorite breeds are, the “Every Dog is a Star” Program and the Mutt-i-grees organization.
For more information please visit www.Purina.com
MORE ABOUT MARIA MENOUNOS:
Maria Menounos is the host of Sirius XM’s “Conversations with Maria Menounos”, and the former host of E! News. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of The EveryGirl’s Guide to Cooking, and The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness. The digital entrepreneur co-founded AfterBuzz TV with partner Keven Undergaro, and created and executive produced the ABC special #DanceBattle America alongside Keven Undergaro and Julianne Hough. She also has a line of Greek food, Maria’s Greek Delights, which she launched with her mother. As an actress on the big screen, she has appeared in Tropic Thunder, Kickin it Old Skool', and The Fantastic Four. Small-screen acting endeavors include guest roles on CBS’ Without a Trace, NBC’s Scrubs, and HBO’s Entourage, as well as a recurring role on the CW’s One Tree Hill.
In celebration of the National Dog Show and the Thanksgiving holiday, Purina invites dog lovers across the world to share why the dog sitting next to them is the best through its annual #DogThanking initiative. The proceeds from this social media program will be donated to support people and pets affected by hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other areas.
Dog owners are encouraged to log onto Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to post photos or videos showing why the beloved dog sitting next to them is the best by using the hashtag #DogThanking. For every original post submitted through November 26 using the hashtag and tagging @Purina, they will donate one dollar to GreaterGood.org (up to $50,000) an organization devoted to improving the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. More specifically, the donations raised will be used to support hurricane relief for pets and people.
The National Dog Show will premiere on Thanksgiving Day at noon in all time zones. For the 16th year, the show will bring canine competition and entertainment to America’s viewers and crown one of America’s great dogs as its 2017 champion. More than 1,700 dogs representing more than 175 breeds will vie for Best in Show honors. The show is watched by more than 25 million viewers annually. Beloved TV personality John O’Hurley, best known as “J. Peterman” on Seinfeld, will serve as show co-host, along with veteran dog show analyst David Frei.
For more information please visit www.purina.com
MORE ABOUT ANDY COHEN:
Andy Cohen is an Emmy Award-winning host, producer, and author best known as the host and executive producer of “Watch What Happens Live,” Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show. The series is the only live show in Late Night, and features everyone from “Bravolebrities” to big names in pop culture, including Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Lady Gaga, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lopez, Will Ferrell, and Jimmy Fallon. He also serves as executive producer of “The Real Housewives” franchise and hosts the network’s highly rated reunion specials. In 2014, Details Magazine called the show, “compulsively engrossing,” while touting Cohen as a “genius;” possibly “the smartest man on TV;” GQ describes “Watch What Happens Live” as “the most primitively authentic ting on television” and TV Guide thinks it’s late night’s “unlikeliest success story.” In his ten years as an executive at Bravo he was responsible for an aggressive slate of unscripted series and specials including hits such as "Project Runway,” “Top Chef,” “Queer Eye,” "The Millionaire Matchmaker,” “Million Dollar Listing,” “Being Bobby Brown,” “Shahs of Sunset,” “Flipping Out,” “Top Design,” “Work Out,” “Make Me a Supermodel,” “Blow Out,” “Kathy Griffin My Life On the D List,” “The A List Awards” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist,” “Bethenny Ever After,” “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover,” and “The Real Housewives” franchises.
About the Show
From the Kennel Club of Philadelphia and celebrating America's continued love of man's best friend, "The National Dog Show Presented by Purina" returns for its 14th year on NBC. Hosted by actor, author and Broadway star John O'Hurley, the event features 2,000 of the nation's leading canines from over 170 breeds (including the world's largest, smallest and most exotic) strutting their fur in the hopes of following in the pawsteps of Nathan the Bloodhound, last year's crowd-favorite top dog.
"The Dean" David Frei provides expert show commentary, and Mary Carillo chimes in as an adept sideline reporter for this ultimate canine showdown. But which dogs will have their day, and which will leave with their tails between their legs? After all, there can only be one "Best in Show."
Two-hour LIVE special
David Frei, one of the most authoritative voices in the dog show world, is a natural choice to serve as the expert analyst for NBC’s The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®.
An American Kennel Club (AKC)-licensed judge who has officiated dog shows all over the world, Frei has hosted USA Network’s coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show from Madison Square Garden since 1990 and has a myriad of other television credits. He has co-hosted the National Dog Show since its inception in 2002.
In 2011, Frei published Angel on a Leash (BowTie Press), which tells of his years of experience and work with therapy dogs. His first book, The Angel By My Side (Hay House), published in 2002 with Mike Lingenfelter, tells the true story of the Delta Society Service Dog of the Year that helped save a man suffering from numerous heart complications. The book claimed two Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) awards in 2002.
In the dog show world, Frei has enjoyed much competitive success as a breeder/handler/owner of Afghan Hounds and Brittanys. Despite this competitive success, Frei is most proud of the work that his dogs do in therapy efforts, visiting patients and families at the Ronald McDonald House of New York and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Frei is the Director of Communications for the Westminster Kennel Club, and before that, was the Director of Media Relations for the American Kennel Club. He is the founder and chief executive of Angel on a Leash, a non-profit foundation that facilitates therapy dog visits to patients in hospitals and healthcare facilities around the country. He is a member of the Sports Council for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and volunteers at Transfiguration Church and School in New York’s Chinatown.
Frei has held public relations positions with the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and ABC-TV Sports in New York. He lives in New York City with his wife Cherilyn, the Chaplain and Director of Family Support at the Ronald McDonald House in New York.
ELITE COMPETITION, NEW BREEDS AND MORE
IN NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA®
THANKSGIVING DAY ON NBC FOLLOWING MACY’S PARADE
Holiday TV Special, Hosted by John O’Hurley & David Frei,
Also Airing Saturday Night in Primetime on NBC
New York, NY – The NBC Thanksgiving Day special, “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®,” will crown one of America’s great purebreds as its 2013 champion on Thanksgiving Day, bringing canine competition and entertainment into America’s living rooms for the 12th year.
The holiday special (noon-2 p.m. in all time zones) follows the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC and is watched annually by a total of almost 20 million viewers. Over 175 breeds vie for Best in Show honors in the tradition-rich Kennel Club of Philadelphia competition. An encore presentation will air on NBC in primetime on Saturday, November 30, from 8-10 p.m. ET.
“Families now know to find the National Dog Show Presented by Purina® on Thanksgiving Day at noon following the Macy’s Parade,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “With the encore presentation Saturday night, these great dogs get to show their stuff in primetime for the second consecutive year.”
The special is a celebration of America’s fascination with man’s best friend, hosted by beloved TV personality John O’Hurley, best known as “J. Peterman” on Seinfeld. O’Hurley is joined by expert analyst David Frei, the voice of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on USA Network and America’s foremost authority on the sport.
The National Dog Show also boasts a powerful online presence at www.NBCSports.com and at www.NationalDogShow.com. Because of heavy interest from breed enthusiasts around the world, those platforms offer a look at every dog in the group competition, featuring the walks and judging of all the breed-winning canines. The online video will include extensive highlights from the TV special and video from the 11 past Best in Show winners. The sites will also feature behind the scenes photos and video, capturing all of the backstage energy generated by 1,500-plus eager canines.
Unlike traditional dog show coverage, the two-hour special’s unique content is facilitated by the open format of the event, one of only four remaining “benched” shows in which the dogs are on display all day for the visiting public.
The show will spotlight three new AKC-recognized breeds, the Portugese Podengo Pequeno, the Rat Terrier and the Chinook, making their television and major-event debuts.
The National Dog Show Presented by Purina takes place on Saturday, November 16, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center as part of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s annual cluster of all-breed shows.
The producer of the event is Carson International of Ketchum, ID, the world’s most prominent producer and packager of canine events for live audiences and television.
“THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA”
2012 FACT SHEET
WHAT: “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina” is the annual two-hour, family-oriented television special broadcast on NBC. This American Kennel Club (AKC) - sanctioned dog show, hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the country. This year’s show is the 11th edition of the American family TV tradition. The Kennel Club of Philadelphia shows have been around since the late 1800’s.
The event has become a Thanksgiving Day television institution, generating a total audience approaching 20 million viewers each year as part of NBC’s traditional Thanksgiving Day family entertainment block of programming, which begins with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Some 2,000 of the nation’s top dogs compete for Best in Show honors in a competition open to all registered purebred dogs.
FORMAT: The National Dog Show Presented by Purina is one of only five benched format shows remaining in the United States. Benched format means that the show is open to the public and the canines are on display all day long so that attendees can see the dogs up close and meet their owners to learn about the breeds and about the responsible dog ownership.
WHEN: The National Dog Show is set to broadcast on television on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, from noon to 2 p.m. to all time zones, following NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Parade. The actual event will take place on Saturday, Nov 17 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks/Valley Forge.
WHERE: The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center is located in Oaks, PA., adjacent to historic Valley Forge, PA, and just 15 miles west of Philadelphia.
WHO: Purebred dogs from over 170 breeds, including many of America’s elite show dogs and their owners and handlers competing for Best of Breed, First in Group and the ultimate title of Best in Show.
NEW BREEDS: This year, the National Dog Show will introduce two new breeds to America’s TV viewing audience. The new breeds are:
- Russell Terrier – Terrier Group
- Treeing Walker Coonhound – Hound Group
THERAPY DOG TEAM: A team of three dynamic young canines – Dogues de Bordeaux named Li’l Abner and Stella and a Staffordshire Terrier mix named Vivian – will step forward this year to carry on the tradition of the National Dog Show Therapy Dog Ambassador program. The trio, all from the Philadelphia area, make regular visits to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House where they actively participate in therapy work with patients and families.
TV COMMENTATORS: Television personality John O’Hurley will again host the NBC special along with David Frei, America’s foremost canine expert and the co-host of USA Network’s coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The Broadway star and comedic actor, O’Hurley is best known for his work on the popular television show Seinfeld. Frei, the director of communications for Westminster, also works as a judge and has owned/handled some of the world’s
top-ranked canines over the years. Mary Carillo, best known for her work as an Olympics correspondent and tennis analyst for NBC and other networks, will be the sideline reporter.
ONLINE: www.nationaldogshow.com The National Dog Show Presented by Purina website features additional video of the show, with breed and group judging, providing canine enthusiasts with a scope of coverage that includes all of the breeds in the show.
EVENT PRODUCER: Carson International of Ketchum, ID, the world’s most prominent producer and packager of canine events for live audiences and television.
TV LISTING: The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22nd
Noon-2 p.m. in all time zones following coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
This two-hour family entertainment special has become a major event in the dog show world, hosted by The Kennel Club of Philadelphia and sanctioned by the
American Kennel Club (AKC). The special spotlights the judging of the finest show dogs from over 170 breeds. The show is hosted by purebred dog owner John O’Hurley, with expert commentary by renowned expert David Frei, the dean of dog show commentators. Since the broadcast first aired 11 years ago, over 19 million viewers tune in each year for this tradition.