Written by: @P_ACasas
Art by: @Hi_MyNameIsAli
Brash, opinionated, and lovable aren’t three things usually listed when describing a radio DJ, something has to give most of the time. Somehow Lunchbox, co-host of The Bobby Bones Show, has managed to be blunt and to the point while simultaneously being adored by die-hard fans for 14 years. Whether it’s him saying that any mediocre male athlete can beat a top-level female athlete in their respective sport, to him saying he could run a marathon with no training (he actually backed this one up). Lunchbox captured Austin, TX’s heart first, and then the nations when The Bobby Bones Show went country and left for Nashville in 2013.
Since they left town Bobby, Amy, and Lunchbox have taken their morning show to unprecedented heights as they now reach millions of listeners on nearly 100 stations across the nation. What truly sets this team apart, Lunchbox in particular, is their authenticity. The voices coming out of those speakers aren’t just characters, they’re people. People that we learn to trust. People that we learn to think of as family. That’s why when they represent your city on a national scale, it’s only right to show them love and pay thank you to someone who paved the way for you.
Lunchbox embodies Austin, TX. The free spirit who loves to have a good time and make sure everyone around him is enjoying life, too. I’ve been rooting for Lunch since day one, that’s why I reached out to him for this interview. Two Austin natives who kind of fell into their respective fields? It seemed like a match made in heaven. I wanted to talk to one of Austin’s adopted sons and pick his brain for a bit about a few different topics. I always knew I wanted to put Austin on the map in my own unique way, who else better to talk to than a man who has been a major part of doing just that?
–This interview has been edited for length and clarity–
– P.A: When you first started doing radio did you ever imagine it could turn into this? The co-host of one of the most successful morning shows in the country, has it really hit you that you’ve made it yet?
– Lunchbox: It’s hit me that I’ve made it, I realize that we’re kinda big time now. When I first started I didn’t know anything about radio, I didn’t have a favorite radio show growing up, I wasn’t a radio nerd, I just got a job. I was like, “Ok, I think I’ll do this for six months, and then I’ll move on with my life and do something else. But, then here I am, almost 14 years later, and WOW.
– P.A: I’m from Austin as well. You, Amy and Bobby were the hottest thing in town when I was in High school, you guys were the soundtrack to my mornings. I know you loved 6th street more than anyone ever. When Bobby made the announcement that the show was leaving for Nashville, were you sad? Excited? Where was your head at?
– Lunchbox: It was a combination of both because growing up in Austin and it being my hometown, it was like wow, I’m leaving home. My family is all in Austin, but at the same time we can show people a piece of Austin. We can take Austin and show the nation how awesome this city is, and what they helped us create. Austin created us, Austin created the show. Without Austin we are nothing, and to be able to share that with all of America is pretty cool at the same time.
- P. A: What has been the biggest obstacle you’ve had to conquer since moving from top 40 radio to country since the move to Nashville? You seemed to transition pretty well, but I know it wasn’t as easy as you made it seem.
– Lunchbox: I’d say the hardest thing is just learning the new artists. You go from the Top 40 where I was just finally learning the music to NOPE, drop that, here’s something new. I’m not very good with music anyways, you could play the same song three times in a row and I’d guess three different artists. So getting into remembering these country artists saying, “Oh, this song is this. Oh, this song is that.” That’s the hardest part for me. With Bobby, he has no problem what so ever because he’s a musical genius and he knows EVERYONE.
– P.A: For as long as I can remember there’s three things that I know are inevitable.
3) You and Amy arguing.
You guys’ chemistry brings a different element that I’ve never seen before with any other morning show. I know this might pain you to say, but do you think the show works with anyone other than Amy?
– Lunchbox: I would say no; I’d say Amy is a huge part of the show. We had a couple co-hosts before Amy and the show was fine. But when we got Amy, the show really took off, like it REALLY took off. People relate to her, and to be honest, without her I don’t think the show is as successful as it is now. I won’t say that to her face because I don’t want her to get a big ego. She’ll never get a big ego, but Amy is very important to the show.
– P. A: You probably know Bobby as well as the back of your hand at this point in you guys illustrious careers. You guys met at a bar and at the time you were delivering for Jason’s deli, now look at you guys. From the time you started working with him to now, what is one thing that you’ve learned from Bobby that has made you better at what you do?
– Lunchbox: Oh man, only ONE thing? I’ve learned a lot, let’s just put it this way, his work ethic is incredible because you see him working so hard ALL. THE. TIME. So it makes you feel the pressure of, “Man, I need to do better.” I would say work ethic because I get lazy every now and then. I’m not going to lie; I like to enjoy myself. I get lazy, I get comfortable, and Bobby is never comfortable. He always thinks our best show is going to be tomorrow, tomorrow is our best show. He never rests on what happened in the past.
– P. A: Growing up I always knew I wanted to be in media. Whether it was writing, making videos, interviews, radio, podcasts, whatever it was, I didn’t care. I learned a lot from you in keeping it real and saying what on your mind, I’ve learned it makes for better content. What’s one piece of advice you could give personalities like myself trying to get to the position you’re in?
– Lunchbox: Man, just be you. Don’t be someone you’re not because eventually people are going to find out. You can only fake it for so long. If you decide to have a “Radio Voice,” you know what I’m talking about, you can’t do that because it doesn’t sound natural. You want to be as natural as possible because once people start relating to you, that’s what you got, everybody has an audience, you just have to find it. Some people don’t like me because I’m too honest but that’s just who I am, that’s just how I was raised. I have people who really like that, and people who really hate that. Do I hate the people that don’t like me? No, that’s their decision. They’re just missing out on a great cup of tea the way I look at it.
– P. A: I’ll end with this, all of Austin still loves you guys. We root for you every single day. When I told people around town that you agreed to come on their face lit up. I’ve never seen anything like it. Is there anything you want to say to your fans back in the 512?
– Lunchbox: I just want to say that Austin is home, it will always be home. I love that place; my family still lives there. I’m there all the time to see mom, dad, my brother and sister. It’s the greatest city on this planet, and I would do anything to live there. 512 just keeps growing. It’s a better place than when I left it and hopefully I’ll be back there one day. And I will always have a spot at the bar on 6th street, hopefully one of those bars reserves me a stool because that was my stomping ground. I love that place, when you turn 21, Austin is the city you gotta check out.
– P. A: Lunch, thank you once again for the time. Hopefully when you come to Austin we can meet up downtown and have a drink, show you how we do it now.
- Lunchbox: Alright man, for sure.
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