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. The following year, he 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.
Bobby Bones has been dubbed “the most powerful man in country music” by Forbes magazine, and he puts that star power to good use by supporting numerous charitable initiatives. He is an avid supporter of The MusiCares Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides a safety net of critical assistance for musicians in times of need. He was also elected to the Board of Directors for Musicians On Call in 2016, and has helped raise millions of dollars for many worthy causes. To date, Bones has helped raise more than 16.25 million for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital with various events and fundraisers, including The Bobby Bones Show’s annual “Million Dollar Show” and St. Jude Radiothon, which raised $2.25 million in two days in 2020. Both events feature support and live performances from some of Country music’s biggest superstars.
Bones has appeared in both movies and on television, including Bandslam with Vanessa Hudgens, the TODAY show, The Talk on CBS, Fox & Friends, CNN, Live! with Kelly Ripa as a guest host, and Headline News and FOX Business’ Kennedy as a recurring guest.
Outside the studio, Bobby is very active on social media, constantly engaging and interacting with listeners via Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. 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.