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About Bobby Bones

Occupying a space somewhere between a traditional DJ and the host a freewheeling morning zoo, Bobby Bones was one of the biggest broadcasters in country music in the 2010s. His syndicated The Bobby Bones Show reached most major country markets in the United States and, additionally, he put out albums with his group the Raging Idiots.

Born Bobby Estell on April 2, 1980 in Hot Springs Arkansas, Bobby Bones grew up in a small town in Arkansas. He lived in a trailer park and dreamed of becoming a DJ, pursuing his career once he attended Henderson State University. There, he worked at the college's radio station while he earned a Bachelor's degree in radio and television. Simultaneously, he worked at Hot Springs' KLAZ 105.9, first as a station hand but soon going on the air under the name Bobby Bones. Next up was a gig at Little Rock's Q100/KQAR, after which he hopped over to ALICE 107.7, but the career-making station for him was 96.7 KISS FM in Austin, Texas -- a series of moves that all took place in the course of 2002.

In Austin, he started The Bobby Bones Show, adding the on-air personalities Amy and Lunchbox to the mix. Specializing in Top 40, The Bobby Bones Show became Austin's most popular morning show and its popularity expanded through selective syndication. After a few years, he started to branch out from radio, appearing in the 2009 Vanessa Hudgens film Bandslam, as well as guest hosting on Live! With Regis and Kelly.

Clear Channel, the parent company of KISS FM, decided to maximize Bones' potential. He started hosting Fox Sports Radio on the weekends, but a bigger change arrived in the fall of 2012, when Clear Channel moved Bones' crew to Nashville, the better to emphasize the show's format change from Top 40 to country. In 2013, Clear Channel put The Bobby Bones Show into national syndication; by 2016, it was available on 68 stations.

Bones moved into more media in 2016, first launching a recording career with the album The Critics Give It 5 Stars (an EP called The Raging Kidiots previously came out in November 2015) and then publishing a memoir called Bare Bones: I'm Not Lonely If You're Reading This Book in May of that year. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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