Premiere Networks is launching a new national country morning show — The Bobby Bones Show — and an accompanying country Top 30 show.
The new program will originate from WSIX:
Premiere Networks, the number one audio network in the U.S., announced today it will syndicate The Bobby Bones Show on Country radio stations nationwide. The program, which is transitioning from a CHR format, will debut on Nashville’s The BIG 98/WSIX on February 18 and will air in the Monday through Friday, 5 to 10 a.m. CT timeslot, as well as the station’s simulcast on SiriusXM channel 57. Beginning February 25, The Bobby Bones Show will launch nationwide on the following Country radio stations: KSD-FM/St. Louis, Mo.; KTGX-FM/Tulsa, Okla.; KASE-FM/Austin, Texas; WCKT-FM/Ft. Myers, Fla.; KYKR-FM/Beaumont, Texas; WTXT-FM/Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and WOBB-FM/Albany, Ga.; with more to come. Plus, the program will be heard on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, Clear Channel’s all-in-one free digital listening service.
Broadcasting live from WSIX in Nashville, The Bobby Bones Show is a fresh take on Country morning radio. The transition from CHR to Country was a collaborative decision between Bobby Bones and Premiere Networks.
“Bobby has always had a strong interest in Country and with the success of his show in the CHR format, we have no doubt the program will resonate with this new audience and see much continued growth and success,” said Jennifer Leimgruber, Premiere Networks EVP of Entertainment Programming. “Bobby is a tremendous talent. His fun, natural and engaging approach to morning radio and passion for Country music will be great for the format and for listeners nationwide.”
In addition, Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones, a new four-hour weekend Country music program, will launch nationwide the weekend of March 2 and 3. Each week, Bones, Lunchbox and Amy will showcase the top Country songs, in addition to sharing their conversations with the artists. Originating from Nashville, the show will be available for air Saturday or Sunday between 6 a.m. and midnight local time.
Bones stated, “When we created The Bobby Bones Show back in 2002, we wanted to give listeners a fun, real and entertaining morning show. More than 10 years later, that’s what continues to drive us every day. Moving to a Country format is an amazing opportunity to expand our program to a new audience and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the connection between the artists, music and fans that makes the Country music industry so unique. Nashville, here we come!”
Fox Sports Tennessee and SportSouth have agreed to a long-term contract with the Nashville Predators that will televise a minimum of 75 Nashville Predators regular-season games beginning with the 2013-14 season. Financial terms aren't being released for the deal, which covers more than 4 million households in Tennessee, Kentucky and northern parts of Alabama and Mississippi.
“To have a partner that recognizes the strength of the Predators brand and the importance of broadcasting in Nashville and across the southeast is tremendous,” Nashville Predators Executive Vice President Chris Parker said. “FOX Sports Tennessee and SportSouth are premier networks and this extension further solidifies the future of the Predators franchise. Following in the footsteps of other recently-signed early extensions with existing partners, like Bridgestone Americas, this deal is a great indicator of our commitment to providing our fans – who tuned in at an all-time high last season – with a first-class experience when it comes to their team.”
Ratings for Nashville Predators telecasts on FOX Sports Tennessee and SportSouth increased 40 percent from the 2010-11 season to the 2011-12 season. The team’s 5.2 rating on SportSouth for Game Five of the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals against Detroit was the highest TV rating for a playoff game in franchise history, reaching 53,000 households. Keeping consistent with last year’s success, the Predators are averaging a 1.7 rating through the first several games of the season.
The release also promised expanded programming options and a new "semi-permanent" broadcast location at Bridgestone Arena.