John Isley and Billy
James, known as John Boy & Billy, are
American radio hosts based in
- For other persons named Billy James, see Billy James.
- For the character "John Boy", see The Waltons.
Their comedic morning program The John
Boy & Billy Big Show
broadcasts from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
eastern time in several southern
states via syndication
through Premiere Radio Networks
The show is especially popular in the Southern United States
syndicated to both Classic rock
radio stations. The
format consists of talk segments intermixed with music, contests
and skit-based humor. Broadcast states include North Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New
Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.
The duo frequently interview musicians, comedians, NASCAR
drivers, professional wrestlers
, and other
public figures. Robert Earl Keen
Killer Beaz, Tim Wilson
, and James Gregory
guests. The show also markets a line of Bar-B-Que sauces (named
John Boy & Billy Grillin' Sauce).
For more than five years, John Boy and Billy hosted the morning
show at Top 40 WBCY
Charlotte. Their comic talents made them number one with the
station's 18 to 34 listeners. But John Boy quit in February 1986
for "religious reasons", while Billy stayed for a month and a half,
partnering unsuccessfully with Jim "Catfish" Prewitt.
, which changed to album rock
that same year, signed John Boy and
Billy to do their morning show, but they could not start their new
show until November due to a noncompete clause
. A $250,000 billboard
and television campaign, in which the jocks had bags over their
heads, preceded their return. On November 8 at 9 A.M., they
announced, "They're back!" and played "The Boys Are Back in Town
. One difference on the new
station, said John Boy, was "We'll actually listen to the music ...
we're rock 'n' roll guys."
John Boy was arrested at a night club October 21, 1990, and charged
with felony possession
, but the charge was later reduced to a
because the amount was
small. As part of his plea agreement
John Boy agreed to broadcast anti-drug messages on WRFX.
1993, news came out that John Boy and Billy were being asked by
Mel Karmazin (boss to Howard Stern) to move to Atlanta,
Georgia, and syndicate their show. At the time, WROQ in Greenville, South Carolina, was the only other station carrying the
show. WRFX general manager Jack Daniel said the station made a
six-year deal that would keep John Boy and Billy at WRFX but also
allow the show to be heard in Atlanta, along with Raleigh and Columbia in the Carolinas as well as Texas, with the hosts
getting a share of syndication income.
One disadvantage: the
show would include less locally-oriented humor that people in other
markets wouldn't understand.
By August 1994, the show was heard on 14 radio stations, most
playing rock. Two of the stations were sports talk--WRFX-AM
(co-owned with flagship WRFX-FM) and WFNS in Tampa, Florida. The other stations were in WZZU in Raleigh;
WROQ in Greenville; WSFL in New Bern,
North Carolina; WGCX in Mobile,
Alabama; WYBB in Charleston,
South Carolina; WMFX in Columbia; WKLC in Charleston,
West Virginia; WDRK in Panama City
Beach, Florida; WVRK in Columbus,
Georgia; WJMX-FM in Florence,
South Carolina; WIMZ in Knoxville,
Tennessee; and WEKL in Augusta,
WRFX-AM went back to sports talk in the
morning early in 1995.
On July 6,
the show added KZPS in Dallas, Texas, which at number 7 in the nation was the largest
market yet. Now on 19 stations, its largest markets had
Florida, and Nashville, Tennessee, but now John Boy and Billy had the potential to be
mentioned alongside Stern and Don
John Boy hoped to be heard up north, too, though
many doubted that would work.
By 1996, the show was heard on 28 stations in 10 states.
of that year the first country station to air the show was WMTD-FM in Beckley, West Virginia.
In 1999, John Boy and Billy were being heard on 65 rock stations in
18 states, but the show was expected to dramatically increase its
potential audience when the producers added the option of country
music. WHSL in Greensboro,
North Carolina, which like the show and WRFX was owned by Capstar
Broadcasting, was one of the first country stations in the
Prophet Systems Innovations, also owned by Capstar,
developed the technology to easily allow different musical programs
between talk segments (about three rock songs were played per hour,
though country songs tended to be shorter and there might be more
of them). Macon Moye, vice president and general manager of the
John Boy and Billy network, said the addition of country music
would allow the show to be heard in northern states where the show
would not fit a rock format. Sean Ross, editor of Airplay Monitor,
cautioned that the show might be "too edgy and too male" for some
country stations, but Tom Taylor, editor of the M Street Daily Fax
Tennessee, believed the show had great potential to
By 2002, 110 stations carried the show. At this time, oldies
stations could broadcast the show with songs
specific to their format. This was true when classic rock stations
inadvertently aired the Queen
"Another One Bites the
" immediately after the show reported about the Beltway sniper attacks
2002. Executive producer Randy Brazell said songs were selected in
advance and stored using complicated computer software. After the
hosts learned from an affiliate what had happened, they decided
that to mention it on the air would give the incident more
attention; perhaps people had not noticed.
the show gained its first New Jersey affiliate, Country
Music station 106.7 WKOE in North Cape
In April of 2009, the show went north of
the Mason-Dixon line and went on the air on 95.9 WZDB Sykesville,
Pennsylvania "Rockin the Northern Alleghenies".
John "John Boy" Isley -
John Isley (born March 28, 1956) is from Graham,
He is the host of the Big Show. Before
entering comedy, he worked as a gas station attendant, but started
in radio by running the tapes on his hometown radio station in
1975. One of his early radio gigs included a stint as an afternoon
and evening DJ for WRJZ
-AM in Knoxville,
Tennessee during the late 1970s. Isley has been married for over 20
years and has three sons. His catchphrases include "Oowa oowa
oowa", "Where's my big bag?", "Love ya, mean it!", and "I care, I'm
just not going to do anything about it." John Boy is an avid sports
fisherman and often refers to his boat, the "Duh Huh".
- Billy James - Billy James serves as the
co-host. He is from Gastonia,
North Carolina, he graduated from Hunter Huss
High School and attended a technical school in Atlanta. His first radio job was at WADA in
North Carolina. Billy has been married since 1986 and has
two children. In character, Billy plays a straight man and a sidekick role.
- Robert D.
Raiford - (born
December 27, 1927) offers political and social commentaries during
the show. He is from Concord,
North Carolina, and majored in communication at the University
of South Carolina. Raiford started broadcasting in 1944 by
commentating on baseball games.
radio presentation job was at WEGO in
Concord, North Carolina. Raiford has appeared in 28 movies;
he usually plays judge characters. He is known
for his quote "Who says that? I say that!" which is also the title
of his book containing excerpts from his commentary from the show.
A running gag has been made about the amount of whiskey Raiford drinks, though Raiford often says "I
spill more than I drink."
- Randy Brazell - Now General Manager and
Executive Producer, Randy Brazell (born 1961) is from Gastonia and
attended the same high school as Billy. Randy is married with one
daughter. He frequently participates in the show's skits. Randy's
background in radio goes back to his childhood: His father owned a
radio station. He is occasionally teased by rest of the cast for
being "the pretty one" or for being a "geek".
- Jackie Curry-Lynch -
Assistant Producer (born May 22, 1962) is from Grottoes,
Virginia. She originally began as the front desk
receptionist, but has become a regular part of the crew. She
participates in a number of the skits. She is referred to
frequently by the hosts as "Jackie and the Twins", in reference to
her breast implants. She especially enjoys oral speech. She is the
sister of former Charlotte
Hornets shooting guard/small forward Dell
Curry and aunt to Stephen
Pillars - (born July 13, 1958) is from Kalamazoo,
Michigan, and is a writer for the show. He writes
many of the skits for the show and performs several of them. He has
also acted in a number of movies and television shows.
- Marci Moran - Marci Moran (born July 22) is a
Dallas, Texas native. She is the Guest Coordinator, but often finds
herself on air alongside the others, especially in the "Playhouse"
skits. She is nicknamed "Tater".
Hanson - Terry Hanson (born June 16, 1947) is from
Louis, Illinois. He is a regular member of the ensemble,
responsible for current content, media news and sports.
Occasionally gets annoyed when someone else, usually John Boy,
mispronounces his middle name (Morris) as "Maurice."
- Barry Hopson - Barry Hopson
(born October 7, 1965) (Big Show listener Barry Hopson, as John Boy
refers to him) is from Tyler, Texas. He is the show engineer and "2000-2005 Big
Show Employee of the Year."
- Marty Lambert - Charlotte native Marty Lambert
is in charge of affiliate sales and syndication for the show.
Whenever Marty is mentioned on the show, a musical jingle is played
of a chorus singing: "Smarty Marty, the One Man Party!" He is
frequently the subject of jokes on the show, particularly about his
fashion sense and an incident when someone at a Big Show public
appearance commented to John Boy, "I didn't know Marty was gay!"
However, Marty is happily married to his wife.
- Jay Wilson - Jay Wilson
(born October 23, 1960) is from Kingston, New York. He is the Senior Account Executive and
primary sponsor liaison for the show.
- Steve Burgess - Steve Burgess (born January
14, 1974) is from Charlotte. Formerly referred to as "Steve the
Idiot Intern" by John Boy and Billy now referred to as "Steve
Behind the Glass", Steve is now no longer an intern and has become
the Weekend Director for the show. The hosts used to frequently
tease Steve about his usage of the expression "Dude!" He was the
"2006 Big Show Employee of the Year."
- Donnie Presley - Donnie Presley (born February
17, 1964), also from Charlotte, is a former police officer and current Director of Merchandising
for the show.
- Jeff Kent - Jeff is the program director for
flagship affiliate WRFX 99.7 in Charlotte, and frequently hosts
"The Best of the Big Show" broadcasts on Saturday mornings and
whenever the cast goes on vacation.
There have been many characters played on the show. Some of the
most popular are listed here.
- Reverend Billy Ray Collins is perhaps the most
recognizable, most frequent, and most popular of all characters
ever to have appeared on the John Boy and Billy Big Show. He is the
archetype of the Southern radio preacher, in the style of Oliver B. Greene or Lester
Roloff. He pastors the Sword Of Joshua Independent Full Gospel
Pentecostal Assembly, which is located "just off State Road 23 on
the Frontage Road." (Played by Billy James)
- Oliver is a soft-spoken, gentle sounding
intellectual gentleman prone to wickedly sarcastic personal attacks
on anyone and everyone, especially the Big Show crew. Oliver
responds to fan mail and always introduces his segments with his
calmly spoken trademark, "Well, well, well..." accompanied by
gentle violin music. (Played by Jeff Pillars)
- Hoyt and Delbert are John Boy's friends, a
pair of rednecks who share a trailer in the mobile-home park known
variously as "Casa de Double Wide" or "Temptation Trailer." Delbert
has never actually been heard on the show, but John Boy frequently
calls Hoyt and is told a story about some recent calamity in
Delbert's life. Usually this involves Delbert's new girlfriend of
the week. When asked by John Boy how something went for Delbert,
the answer is invariably the distinctly pronounced catchphrase:
"NOT TOO GOOD!" Before signing off, Hoyt always asks John Boy to
say "duh-huh" to Goober (see below) if he sees him later. (Played
by Billy James)
- Reverend Ernest Lee Sincere and his friend
Goober (a.k.a. "Rev and Goob") often stop by the
studio. Ernest delivers the latest news about goings-on at his
church and then introduces Goober, who tells terrible jokes. At the
start of the segment, Ernest drives John Boy crazy by constantly
tapping on the microphone and testing it. (Ernest played by Billy
James; Goober played by John Isley)
- Ricky B. Sharpe and his wife
Lucy R. Sharpe are a married couple
that live in Dothan,
Alabama, and are, as their names sarcastically suggest, not
very intelligent. Ricky is the frequent butt of jokes
involving his very short height. When he gets flustered, he begins
using word fragments to express his frustration, such as in the
sentence, "I was going up there to the
god-dang-pee-bah-gee-doo-put-kot store!" (Ricky B. played by Jeff
Pillars and Lucy R. played by Marci Moran)
- Brenda Sharpe-Buckner is Ricky B. Sharpe's
sister who also lives in Dothan, Alabama. She is "Fred's husband"
-- a fact that she reiterates constantly. Brenda and Fred
constantly engage in shoplifting and petty theft from Wal-Mart,
usually for hams and other food items. Brenda usually ends up
appearing in court in front of Judge Frank "Fuzzy" Reinhold (played
by John Isley), either standing trial or speaking on behalf of her
husband. (Played by Marci Moran)
- J.D. is the spokesperson for "J.D.'s 24 Hour
Drive-Thru Pawn & Gun Auto Parts Pharmaceutical Adult Gift Bait
'n Tackle Discount Cigarette Outlet". A fast-talking Southern man,
he advertises all manner of bizarre sales and specials that his
store is offering, capped by the catchphrase "What a Southern boy
needs." (Played by Nathan Anderson) www.myspace.com/jdsoutlet
- Marvin Webster is a stereotypical black man
who comes on the Big Show to comment on the state of the world, all
entirely from a black man's perspective. He ends every segment with
his well-known catchphrase "Y'all think about it. I'm Marvin
Webster." (Played by Billy James)
- Mad Max, as his name professes, is a very
angry man who phones in on the Big Show and shares with the world
what drives him mad. Max opens every segment with his well known
greeting, "John Boy and Billy!" which John Boy responds with "Yo!"
and Max finishes "Mad Max here." Coined phrases of Mad Max include
"John Boy? Shut up!", "...and quit ruinin' my life!", and "My big
ol' butt!" His rants typically end on an ironic note, with Mad Max
stating, after a long rant, "Y'all have a nice day." (Played by
- Uncle Buddy, full name Buddy Young, Jr., the
fictional uncle of Billy. Uncle Buddy is a comedian from the golden
age of comedy who uses a style similar to that of Rodney
Dangerfield and Don Rickles. Assisting Buddy is his drummer, Morty,
who drums the traditional beat after every punchline. Buddy opens
every segment with his greeting, "HOW ARE YA?!" (Played by Jeff
- "Gaydar" O'Reilly, a heterosexual man with a
fascination for homosexuals who stops by the Big Show to keep the
world up-to-date on the latest news in the world of homosexuals.
(Played by Jeff Pillars )
- Phil McCracken is an effeminate gay man who
works part-time as a receptionist at the fictional front desk of
the Big Show office. The gang will occasionally turn on the
microphone hidden up front to see what Phil is up to. Phil will
first talk with Babs, his blonde and naïve co-worker, before
sending her off and making fun of her behind her back. The phone
calls he takes are often from from Hermie Sadler, Racing Fat Boy,
and his lover Marcel. He signs off with "To the Mini Cooper! Carry on, straight people!" (Played
by Jeff Pillars)
- Murray and Cille run the fictional Red Hot
Talent booking agency, which represents John Boy and Billy. Cille,
the receptionist, typically answers the phone with a story of the
latest disaster in her life, then yells, "Murray! Jimbo and Bobby
on two!" Murray, the pair's agent, consistently lines up horrible
bookings for them, then suggests they have lunch sometime while
making the same mistakes in their names that Cille makes. (Both are
played by Billy James)
- Buzz Nutley is a fictional reporter for the
John Boy and Billy show who gives weekly to monthly updates on what
is happening up in Washington D.C. in a comical way. He normally
targets Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Global Warming, etc. He
typically ends his broadcast with "Good luck America, you're gonna
need it!" (Played by Jeff Pillars)
- Cadberry is John Boy's fictional butler who
normally accompanies him wherever he goes. He appears to be the
most serious of all the characters, but is revealed to be an
alcoholic in most episodes, which often gets him in heaps of
trouble (i.e. drinks moonshine, ends up wrestling an alligator)
which often has bad results for him and John Boy. (Played by Jeff
- Tarmack is a psychic who frequently comes on
The Big Show to read "The lost letters out of the mayonaise jar of
Whoopi Goldberg's underwear drawer!" and will read a current event,
movie, or a sequence of events, and psychically reads what is in
the letter. (Played by Billy James)
A comedy segment ("bit") is broadcast near the end of each hour,
with the 7:00 hour bit being repeated in the next day's 6:00
- Raiford's Rave offers social commentaries
during the show just after the start of every hour. Formerly, this
was every half hour. "Who says that? I say that!
Robert D. Raiford, John Boy & Billy Big
- Dumb Crook News: Real world news, reporting
arrests of criminals who managed to get themselves caught in
- Dell's Den: is a real
restaurant and bar in Valley, Alabama. John Boy and Billy frequently play
recordings of the "Ad Talk Guy," who records their answering
machine messages. He is a big fan of the Auburn Tigers, and his most common quote is
"War Damn Eagle!" Dell's Den has an "Ad Talk" line with often
hilarious rambling messages about anything and everything. The
number for this line is (334) 756-3336.
- John Boy and Billy Playhouse: Character-driven
skits acted out by The Big Show cast, sometimes calling themselves
"The Not Ready for Drive Time Players" for this occasion.
number of the skits are set in a fictional Southern town called
Brushywood, though some have been set in such diverse places as
Alabama, the Wild West, and Thibodaux, Louisiana. The ending catch phrase is always "Hey, big
man, lemme hold a dollar!" New episodes are broadcast on Fridays
just before 8:00AM est.
- Ax Ike: Ike Turner performs in the segment "Ax
Ike." He is supposed to be the same Ike
Turner who was married to Tina
Turner. He offers advice on interpersonal relationships — most
particularly he advises people that they should administer (or that
they might receive) "breaking their foot off in the crack of yo'
butt". Ike is known to have trouble with the pronunciation and
definitions of big words. He always introduces his segment with,
"YO! What's up? Welcome to Ax Ike, the place to go for all the 411
you need for all your, uh, uh, whatcha call em..." - followed by a
mangled pronunciation of "interpersonal relationship." He also
often rants at his adopted white son Patrick, and ends with, "This
is Ike. Peace out." (Played by Jeff Pillars)
- Karl Childers' Storytime: Karl Childers is the
main character from the movie Sling
Blade, a character played by Billy Bob Thornton in the movie. This
version is imitated by Big Show crew member Jeff Pillars. The
segment usually features a well known story (some examples are
Cinderella and Dracula) told in the twisted way that typifies the
character of Karl Childers.
- Karl and Melinda: Karl and his friend Melinda
("the big girl from the dollar store")
tell jokes on the air. Melinda (played by Marci Moran) speaks in a
depressed monotone and frequently complains that her feet
- Mr. Rhubarb's Storytime: Mr. Rhubarb is a soft
spoken kid's show host not unlike Captain Kangaroo or Mr. Rogers. He has a segment called "Mr.
Rhubarb's Storytime" in which he tells stories and jokes that are
usually incredibly corny. (Played by John Isley)
- Top 10 List: A humorous list of the top ten
reasons for something, similar to that on David Letterman.
- Listener Letters: John Boy & Billy read
listener letters and e-mails on the air.
- Classic Bit of the Day, 9:45 am EST run of a
favorite bit requested by a listener.
- Tatertainment News, Humorous look at the life
and troubles of celebrities as written in several entertainment
magazines that John Boy allows
Tater to subscribe to.
- Yuck It Up Time, Raiford's term for the early
(6:00 to 6:30 am EST) comedy comments to get the mood going for the
rest of the show.
- Married Man: A humorous skit with a hapless
superhero (Married Man) and his sidekicks, "College Buddy" and
"Drinking Buddy," sometimes accompanied by the husky-voiced
lesbian "Indigo Girl." They often thwart the
plans of the arch nemesis, "Divorced Man", between the plaguing
calls by Married Man's overbearing wife. The theme song to "Married
Man" is a parody on the 1967 Spiderman theme. It ends with a
parody of the end of each Batman episode, with Billy James saying
"Tune in next time, same married time, same married channel."
- Heroes & Zeroes: A feature where Terry Hanson reads news bits from across the
nation that depicts stories of people who perform deeds special
enough to be recognized as heroes and people who perform horrible
deeds that recognize them as zeroes.
- Racing Tuesdays: Every Tuesday during NASCAR
season the Big Show cast is joined by NASCAR
driver and anaylist Hermie Sadler
- Pigskin Pickins: Thursdays during college
football season the Big Show cast pick winners to upcoming college
football games in the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference.
- The World of Dumb: A segment on John Boy and
Billy that is very similar to Dumb Crook News, only that it reports
on world wide stupidity.
The Big Show has a number of call-in contests where callers have a
chance to win an assortment of prizes (the "prize package"),
usually donated by the show's sponsors. The current contests are
shown below, taking place at 20-30 minutes past the hour in the
- Outburst is based on the "Dates in History"
that John Boy goes over between the top of the hour and the contest
time. He gives the contestant five seconds to name three items from
a category having something to do with the "Dates in History."
Three categories are played, and the contestant must succeed in all
of them to win the prize package.
- John Boy Jeopardy is
a daily trivia quiz. John Boy and Billy ask a question, and callers
take turns calling in with their guesses ("We'll take caller nine
and go 'til we get a winner"). After each guess, a sound bite of a
man (reported by some sources to be John Isley, while other sources
reported him to be Lindsey
Buckingham) shouting "Survey says!" (a reference to TV game
show Family Feud) is played. A
correct answer earns a ding, a musical fanfare, and the prize
package. Incorrect answers, however, receive a buzzer. Each Friday,
listeners email or fax
their phone numbers to the Big Show instead of calling in; the
staff then draws numbers at random and calls those people to play
the game. This is known as "Reverse Angle Friday."
- The Current Events Quiz is a daily quiz on the
latest news. Each bit begins with John Boy asking, "You ready,
girls?" and a sound bite of the "John Boy and Billy Pep Squad"
— a group of cheerleaders — announces:
"Ready? OK! Comb your hair and take a whiz,
it's time for the Current Events Quiz! Taaaaaaake C!
Yay!" Billy asks the caller a question pertaining to
recent news and provides three answers. The first two are realistic
sounding answers, but the "C" answer is always a "comedy option"
punchline. The caller must choose C to win the prize package. There
have been instances where people, despite the fact that they are
(repeatedly) told to take C, will choose A or B. This results in a
buzzer, and allegedly their name is put on the "Wall of Shame", a
wall which has a list of names of people who have failed the
Current Events Quiz. "Reverse Angle Friday" is used for this
contest as well (see above).
- Wordy Word is the only contest of the four in
which two callers compete against each other, and is similar to the
game show The $25,000
Pyramid. Each caller is paired up with two Big Show cast
members who give clues about words in a certain category, and the
callers must try to guess the words. The game is played in two
rounds, with each caller receiving clues from one teammate during
his/her turn, and the caller who guesses more words is the winner.
Wordy Word was introduced in early 2008, taken out of the lineup
later that year, and reinstated after Halloween (see "Former
Contest winners are also entered in a drawing to win a larger prize
package. Typically, the drawing is held at the end of Friday's
show, with all winners from that week (Monday through Friday) being
eligible. In some cases, a prize is given away each day, with only
that day's winners in the drawing; in others, two weeks' worth of
winners are entered in a drawing for a very large prize, held on
Friday of the second week.
- Big Show Match Game 2008 is the newest game on
the Big Show. When Wordy Word and Password failed to work out,
Match Game took the last game slot in the rotation and has been
used since. Two contestants are told a fill-in-the-blank sentence
and try to match what the celebrity panel filled in. Guests who
have participated the celebrity panel include "Giggles" Moran, Mr.
Sulu, Ricky B. Sharpe, Ike Turner, Ward Burton, Perve Villechaize,
Astro Nerd, Karl Childers, Mr. Rhubarb, random Big Show interns,
Drinking Buddy, Gary Busey, Mater Man, Tater Man, Rachael Ray, "The
Nature Girl" Claire Flair (a homage to Ric Flair), Uncle Buddy, and
many others. The only character to be a regular in the skit is
Perve Villechaize (Played by Terry Hanson). It was announced the
week of Halloween 2008 that Match Game would end on Halloween.
Starting the following Monday, Nov. 3, Wordy Word returned to the
- Password replaced Wordy Word early 2008. Two
contestants are each given the same password and their
corresponding Big Show member must guess the password using only
one word clues. Password lasted only one week when John Boy
frequently failed to win by large margins.
- "Beat the Blonde": The Blonde was originally
Lisa, then later became Tater, and sometimes was another female
guest. The Blonde is given a question and usually three choices of
answers. Then the guest has to say whether they agree or disagree
with her choice.
- Mayberry Trivia: This was a trivia quiz on the
The Andy Griffith
Show that was played on Fridays. Many of the questions
were remarkably obscure. After John Boy became too successful
against call-in contestants, they started requesting would-be
contenders to Mr. Isley's title to submit their challenges in
writing. It ended in a large tournament.
- Christmas Trumpet: This contest occurs only at
Christmas time; a contestant attempts to
identify one or more (usually three) Christmas songs that John Boy
tries to play on a trumpet. However, his
musical skills are so poor that he always mangles the tunes badly
and can never play them the same way twice.
- I Like Cheese!: A former contest in which the
contestant is in a drive thru at a fast-food restaurant and must get the
cashier to tell him/her to drive around after ONLY saying 'I like
cheese!'. A variant of this game was done where the contestant
could only say, "Pickles give me gas."
- "Redneck Idol": Three callers competed against
each other and were judged by the Big Show version of the Idol
- Dollywood Squares was like Hollywood Squares,
except that there were just one or two panelists to question and
none of them represented a specific square on the board; the
contestant chose the square he/she would attempt to win. This game
was first played when Dolly Parton was
a guest on The Big Show, hence the name.
- Tater and the Bee: A Friday game started June
30, 2006, callers are given sixty seconds in which to spell
considerably easy words (e.g. "vowel", "war", "children"). After
that, Tater is given a minute to spell several words that are
longer and harder (e.g. "acceptable", "acquire", "acquit"). Whoever
gets the most right wins. On the next Friday, both were given equal
- This Old Spouse was a new game for 2006.
Similar to The Newlywed
Game, John Boy and Billy take calls from two married
couples, with the stipulation that the husband and wife may not be
in the same location at the same time. JB&B ask both husband
and wife personal questions about themselves on different lines so
that they cannot hear each others' answers, and each person takes
turns trying to give the correct answer to what their spouse
replied. This often results in some kind of argument between the
couples. The couple with the highest number of points wins the
- The Stupie Quiz was a quiz administered by
former Big Show employee Summer. This was a
competition between John Boy and a caller. The questions usually
had glaringly obvious or easy answers, but John Boy would never
seem to get them right. Callers would have to "buzz in" by pressing
a number on their touch-tone phone and John Boy had a bell to
signal his buzz-in. This game came back in March 2006. It was be
played on Fridays. The Stupie Quiz was administered by
- The Chain Game was originally called "Chain
Reaction" without the knowledge that there was a version of the
Chain Reaction TV game
show on GSN. John Boy plays against a caller in this game. During
the sixty-second time limit, one player starts the round with a
word in a certain category, and the other has to continue by giving
another word in the same category that starts with the last letter
of the previous word, and it goes back and forth like that. The
last one to have provided a word wins the round, and the game is
best-of-three. In the first round, John Boy gives the category, and
in the second, the caller supplies the category.
- The Gong Show was a contest where listeners
send in tapes of their singing talent. John Boy and Billy will play
each song on the air until one of the judges hits the gong, thus
causing a gong sound, or until the end of the song. If a song makes
it to the end, the contestant who sent in the song is declared the
winner of the contest. In most cases, there is no winner.
Big Show traditions
First-time callers to the show always have a cow "moo" sound effect
played for them. Also, every John Boy and Billy Playhouse segment
ends with a recording of former cast member Dub Starnes saying,
"Hey, big man, lemme hold a dollar!" This was the last Playhouse
line that Starnes delivered prior to his death in 1998; it is now
used as a tribute to him.
- During Outburst John Boy used to offer a new car if the
contestant could answer all nine questions in five seconds or less.
A contestant did this and was sent a Matchbox car, upsetting them.
Their official website mentions that they do have to time-delay
their programming, so
this may be to blame for some of their discrepancies.
John Boy and Billy have released many albums throughout the years,
ranging from the 1990s to the 2000s. Most albums are available
through the iTunes Music Store.
- Economically Priced First Album
- Head Cleaner
- Straight, White & Southern
- Big Ol' Hairy Album
- Two For the Show
- Love Ya…Mean It
- Southern Exposure
- A Barrel of Laughs
- Dixie Diner
- Rocket Science
- Rough Cuts
- American Goobers
- Karl Childers: Potted Meat
- Karl Childers: Potted Meat Rides Again
- Ike at the Mike
- Songs We Love To Sing
- Christmas Album
- Nerve-Wrackin’ Christmas Part 2
- John Boy & Billy: Best of 20
- John Boy & Billy in a Box (unavailable)
- Jeff Borden, "John-Boy, Billy Back to Tweak Charlotte's
Airwaves", The Charlotte Observer, November 9, 1986.
- Jeff Borden, "WJZR Trades Old Format for New Sound, Name",
The Charlotte Observer, April 15, 1986.
- Jeff Borden, "WRFX Radio to Reunite John Boy and Billy Team",
The Charlotte Observer, August 21, 1986.
- Foon Rhee, "John Boy Anti-Drug Spot Airs", The Charlotte
Observer, November 23, 1990.
- Tim Funk, "Deal Keeps Duo on Air in Charlotte", The
Charlotte Observer, February 25, 1993.
- Tim Funk "14th Station Picks up John Boy and Billy", The
Charlotte Observer, August 25, 1994.
- David Poole,"WRFX Cans Morning Show, but Retains Format",
The Charlotte Observer, January 5, 1995.
- Tim Funk, "John Boy and Billy's 'Big Show' Hits the Big Time -
Dallas", The Charlotte Observer June 28, 1995.
- Tim Funk, "More Stations Soon May Hear 'Bob, Sheri Show'",
The Charlotte Observer, February 8, 1996.
- Jeri Rowe, "Mouths of the South", Greensboro News &
Record, December 17, 1996.
- Bill Keveney, "'Big Show': Today Country Stations, Tomorrow the
Whole Country?", The Charlotte Observer, April 7,
- Mark Washburn, "Song After Sniper News Offends Fans - 'Another
One Bites the Dust' Was Already Scheduled, Producer Says", The
Charlotte Observer, October 23, 2002.
- Rock 101,
Greenville, South Carolina - The original affiliate
KRO(Crow) Country, Daytona Beach, Florida
- KZ 106,
- 96.5 The
Planet, Richmond, Virginia
- 97.7 WQUL
The Bear, West Frankfort, Illinois
- 106.3 WAMX
X-106.3, Huntington, West Virginia
- 99.7 WRFX The
Fox, Charlotte, North Carolina
- 105.9 The Rock
WNRQ, Nashville, Tennessee
- 106.5 WSFL
Classic Rock, New Bern/Greenville, North Carolina
- 96X The Classic
Rock Station, Tyler, Texas
- 99.3 The
Fox WFQX, Winchester, Virginia
- 95.1 The Fox
WXFX, Montgomery, Alabama
- 100.7 KGMO
Classic Rock, Cape Girardeau, Missouri