Listen for KISS-FM morning host Bobby Bones in cities nationwide
Gary Dinges, Static
Austin's not the only city enjoying "The Bobby Bones Show."
The 96.7 KISS-FM morning host is also heard in Amarillo, Lubbock, Wichita, Kan., and Augusta, Ga. Waco and Tuscaloosa, Ala., are next.
And a new deal with Premiere Radio Networks — the company that syndicates Dan Patrick, Jim Rome and a host of other radio big-shots — should put him on the air in even more cities across the nation soon.
Bones, who signed a three-year contract extension this month, never imagined he'd helm a top-rated morning show when he arrived in Austin seven years ago, starting out on the night shift.
"I thought it was pretty dumb when they gave me the morning show," Bones admits. "I was unproven and, at first, we had no ratings."
That started to change when Bones added a pair of sidekicks. Lunchbox was a delivery driver for Jason's Deli, and he met Amy, a granite saleswoman, while eating at a Culver's restaurant in North Austin.
Neither had radio experience.
"We're successful because we're real people — a group of oddballs," Bones says. "We're not afraid to talk about what's going on in our lives on the air, even if it's embarrassing."
While the show will be heard in a growing number of cities, Bones says it won't lose its local feel. Austin, he promises, will always continue to be front and center.
"We're not going to change a thing because we've already developed a successful formula," he says. "Hopefully we'll bring a lot of notoriety to Austin."
'The Bobby Bones Show'
When: 6 to 10 a.m. weekdays
Where: 96.7 KISS-FM
On the Web:bobbybones.com
KHFI atop Austin ratings for June
Austin has been KISSed yet again.
Pop-friendly 96.7 KHFI-FM, known on air as KISS-FM, continues to be the city's No. 1 radio station, according to newly released June ratings.
KASE-FM was second, while KLBJ-AM broke into the Top 3 for the first time in recent months, tying KUT-FM.
Average quarter-hour ratings as of June 22, courtesy of radio-info.com (numbers in parentheses indicate rank as of May 26):
1. 96.7 KHFI-FM (1)
2. 100.7 KASE-FM (2)
3. 590 KLBJ-AM (4)
3. 90.5 KUT-FM (3)
4. 95.5 KKMJ-FM (7)
5. 102.3 KPEZ-FM (5)
6. 103.5 KBPA-FM (6)
7. 107.1 KLZT-FM (10)
8. 94.7 KAMX-FM (8)
9. 93.7 KLBJ-FM (11)
10. 98.1 KVET-FM (9)
KUT adds news staff
KUT and Houston NPR station KUHF are teaming up for "StateImpact Texas: Power, Policy and the Planet," a project that will focus on state government's impact on energy and environmental policy.
KUT will hire two journalists to compile on-air and online reports, while KUHF will add one staffer to its news team.
NPR affiliates across Texas will air StateImpact stories beginning this fall, and a StateImpact website is expected to launch in September. Texas Monthly magazine and the Texas Tribune are also involved.
"Texas is one of the largest carbon emitters in the world, and is also a leader in the green energy revolution," Stewart Vanderwilt, KUT's director and general manager, said. "The scale of the state's energy production — both traditional and green — is enormous. Consequently, there is no better place to lead the conversation on this vitally important topic."
Other states planning similar projects as part of the two-year NPR pilot program are Florida, Idaho, Indiana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. Ultimately, NPR expects to add a total of 100 journalists in all 50 states.
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Austin broadcaster Dave Jarrott has been inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. View the full list of inductees at texasradiohalloffame.com .
‘Everything' is everywhere
Pitbull's ‘Give Me Everything' has serious staying power, ranking — yet again — as the most-played song on Austin's airwaves, according to AllAccess.com .
The song is in heavy rotation on both 102.3 the Beat and 96.7 KISS-FM, racking up a total of 235 spins July 18-24. LMFAO's ‘Party Rock Anthem' was a close second with 229 plays.
Here are the top five songs played on a random sampling of local stations:
102.3 the Beat
Pitbull, ‘Give Me Everything' – 121 spins
Nicki Minaj, ‘Super Bass' – 119
LMFAO, ‘Party Rock Anthem' – 117
DJ Khaled, ‘I'm on One' – 108
Chris Brown, ‘Look at Me Now' – 75
Adele, ‘Rolling in the Deep' – 30 spins
Katy Perry, ‘Firework' – 29
Bruno Mars, ‘Just the Way You Are' – 29
Pink, ‘(Expletive) Perfect' (‘Perfect') – 28
Jason Aldean/Kelly Clarkson, ‘Don't You Wanna Stay' – 27
Adele, ‘Rolling in the Deep' – 63 spins
Black Eyed Peas, ‘Just Can't Get Enough' – 59
OneRepublic, ‘Secrets' – 54
The Script, ‘For the First Time' – 51
Bruno Mars, ‘Lazy Song' – 38
Jason Aldean, ‘Dirt Road Anthem' – 51 spins
Zac Brown Band, ‘Knee Deep' – 50
Chris Young, ‘Tomorrow' – 47
Justin Moore, ‘If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away' – 45
Brad Paisley/Carrie Underwood, ‘Remind Me' – 42