iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Media and Entertainment and Top On-Air Radio Personality Bobby Bones Ink Long-Term Contract
Under the new agreement, Bones will continue his current role as host of The Bobby Bones Show, which originates from WSIX in Nashville and is syndicated nationally by Premiere Networks on nearly 70 radio stations across America, reaching approximately three million weekly listeners. Bones will also continue hosting his weekend programs Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones, heard nationwide on more than 120 stations, and FOX Sports Radio’s Bobby Bones, which broadcasts on nearly 250 affiliates.
Bones, who hosted the first-ever iHeartRadio Country Festival in Austin, Texas, this past March, as well as iHeartRadio album release parties for top recording artists like Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley, will also continue to work with CCM+E on a variety of joint ventures including multimedia projects and events, as well as the expansion of his top-rated radio programs.
“In just over a year Bobby and his morning show crew have proven they have a remarkable talent for entertaining and engaging the Country music community, while driving results for our partners,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel). “We’re committed to providing the best and most relevant programming to diverse audiences across America, and The Bobby Bones Show connects with listeners across multiple platforms. Bobby is an incredible talent and we look forward to collaborating on many exciting projects to come.”
“The past year with iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) and Premiere has been a tremendous ride,” said Bobby Bones. “I started dreaming about a career in radio when I was about five years old — if I’d known it was going to work out this well, I’d have started earlier. The whole crew on The Bobby Bones Show is grateful for the support we’ve received from Bob Pittman, Rich Bressler, Darren Davis, Julie Talbott, Jennifer Leimgruber, Rod Phillips and Clay Hunnicutt. We look forward to keeping it real with our audience as we grow.”
The new long-term partnership between Bobby Bones, CCM+E and Premiere Networks was overseen by Paul B. Anderson, Principal & CEO of Workhouse Media. “Bobby has the kind of personality that connects with a large national audience while keeping his connection to listeners genuine and personal, every day,” said Anderson.
The Bobby Bones Show joined Premiere Networks’ national lineup in 2011 and was nationally syndicated on CHR radio until February 2013, when the program transitioned to a Country format. Recently celebrating its one-year anniversary on Country radio, the program was co-honored with the 2014 Academy of Country Music Award for “National On-Air Personality of the Year.” The Bobby Bones Show is also top-rated in many markets and after one year, he is now Country radio’s leading morning personality.
Broadcasting weekday mornings from 5 to 10 a.m. CT, Bobby Bones, Lunchbox and Amy welcome the biggest names in Country music and entertain listeners with their unique mix of pop-culture news and information, crazy stunts and hilarious conversations. In addition to broadcasting on Country radio stations nationwide, The Bobby Bones Show is also available on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel)’s all-in-one free digital listening service.