Bobby Bones is an American radio and television personality. He is quite famous, but after appearing on the Dancing with the Stars, his fame went through the roof. But that happens when you win the show. Bobby appeared and won season 27 of the show with his partner Sharna Burgess. How much is Bobby Bones net worth?
Born in Arkansas, Bobby lived there all his life. His parents were young when he came to this world. His mother was 15 when she got pregnant, while his father was 17. His father left him and his mother when Bones was five years old. As a result, he had to provide early on for his family. And he started a career in the radio.
When Bones was in college, he started working for a station hand at KLAZ in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Just a few days after getting the job, he made it to the air. A manager gave him a choice to go on air as Bobby Bones or Bobby Z. He chose the former “stage name”. His real name is Bobby Estell.
His first radio contract paid him $17,000. In 2002, he got a new job in Little Rock, Arkansas. At the radio station KHFI-FM, he hosted his The Bobby Bones Show.
His original contract was for the evening shift. But he got soon moved to mornings. While in Austin, he met with Lunchbox and Amy. He met the future co-hosts in a bar and in a Culver’s. He put Amy on the air immediately.
Over 10 years, the show built a great audience. They made into the top-rated morning shows in Austin. Some regional markets syndicated the show. When he was on top of his game, he got a job offer outside of the radio. But Bobby chose to stay with Clear Channel.
In the fall of 2012, Clear Channel moved him and his show to Nashville. They took the Bobby Bones Show nationwide. He took over the slot hosted by longtime DJ Gerry House. He now broadcasts on weekday mornings.
The show is not a regular interview stop for top country music stars and even celebrities outside the genre. Some of the most famous guests include Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, and more.
Bones and his co-hosts break the typical country radio mold with a mix of pop-culture news.
In February 2013, the show got nationally syndicated through iHeart Media-owned Premiere Networks. The show was also available on the radio and mobile applications. More than 150 radio stations in the US, Canada, and the UK can listen to the show.
The Bobby Bones Show is the most-listened-to country format morning show in the country. The show has an estimated audience of 9.2 million listeners per week. The largest market for the show is in Chicago.
Income and Earnings
As host of one of the best country shows in the country, Bobby Bones earns a lot of money. He gets most of his income from the Bobby Bones Show.
But he also earns from other media. In 2009, he appeared in the feature film Bandslam alongside Vanessa Hudgens. His movie career includes the ABC drama Nashville as well.
He is not only a country host but also a great host. In 2012, he hosted a weekend sports talk program alongside tennis star Andy Roddick.
He has his own podcast, The Bobbycast. There, he interviews singers and songwriters of all genres. The podcast is full of anecdotes. Bobby released a book, Bare Bones, I’m Not Lonely If You’re Reading This Book in May 2016. It is a New York Times Best Seller. In 2018, he released his second book, Fail Until You Don’t: Fight, Grind, Repeat.
He was a guest mentor for season 16 of American idol during the top 24 round. He became a full-time mentor for season 17.
In September 2018, he entered the competition Dancing with the Stars. He competed in season 27 alongside professional dancer Sharna Burgess. They made it to the Finals despite the second-lowest score for a couple in the Final 4. In the finals, they won the competition.
With so many earnings from television and other sources, Bobby Bones net worth is more than $9 million.
Awards and Achievements
During his long and prolific career, Bobby won a couple of awards. Here are some of them:
- Best radio personality by Austin Music Awards for four consecutive years
- Best Radio Program for the Bobby Bones show
- National On-Air personality of the year by the Academy of Country Awards in 2014
- Considered the top DJ for country music
- Inducted into the Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications in National Radio Hall of Fame in 2017
Bobby Bones fell in love with Lindsay Ell, a singer. The two were in a relationship from 2016 until 2017. But after they broke up, he was single for a while.
There were rumors that he dated Nikki Glaser, a fellow guest on Dancing With the Stars. But the pair never confirmed the relationship.
Lately, there are rumors that he is dating again. After three years skipping Valentine’s Day, this year Bobby confirmed he has plans. But he didn’t reveal the name of the girl. Fans also speculate about the relationship after a couple of TikTok videos. There, Bobby appears with an unfamiliar woman in some videos.
On January 3, 2017, he announced he wants to run for a governor of Arkansas in the 2018 election. But just a few months later, he said he will not run. Yet, he always speaks about a will to run for a political office in the future.