In an impressive and eclectic career that spans more than 25 years, John Tesh is known worldwide as a leading and respected figure in the entertainment and broadcasting industries. In 1996, after 10 years as co-host of "Entertainment Tonight," he surprised many by leaving the highly visible position to pursue his career as a fulltime musician.
For generations music and radio have gone hand in hand and, Tesh has conquered yet another media format as one of the most successful syndicated radio show hosts in the country with "The John Tesh Radio Show: Music and Intelligence for Your Life."
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As a television host, recording artist, music director and syndicated radio show host - John Tesh has explored and succeeded in all of these facets of the entertainment industry. With three gold albums and a career that includes six Emmys, two Grammy nominations, an Associated Press Award for investigative journalism, a Keyboard Magazine Award, several number one radio hits, five hit PBS specials and two tours as an Olympic announcer/composer, it's obvious that Tesh has a drive for versatility.
"I like to call it 'purpose-driven radio'," says Tesh of his award-winning daily and weekly show that is heard on over 355 stations nationwide by more than 14.5 million listeners. Tesh created the show for his wife, actress Connie Sellecca, because "her nightstand was covered with the last 20 months of the Oprah magazine." The show is owned and distributed by The TeshMedia Group and airs in all dayparts, on multiple formats.
"We wanted to create a show for that person, the person who doesn't have time to find all that stuff, but is interested in being better in everything that he or she does," explains Tesh. The show is full of genuine advice and tips - nothing pretentious or haughty - with a mix of humor and earnestness. "We appeal to people who want to make a change in their life, whether it's to be a better parent or a better pet owner."
Some of these tips: Always wear blue to important meetings as it is a subversively powerful color; throw dishwashing sponges (a haven for germ breeding) into the dishwasher or microwave oven for sanitizing every other day; and, the amount of time one should spend brushing his own teeth is the same duration of the song "Yellow Submarine."
The latter is a clear example of how Tesh and his sense of humor about life in general can drive home the points of what is really important in our lives. And, numerous accolades from radio colleagues and listeners confirm that Tesh's popularity.
Despite his various professional hats, Tesh considers being a father and husband his "greatest accomplishment." "When you have a teenager in your house, you suddenly realize that you need to pick a vocation that the kid can actually share with the rest of her class," says Tesh.
Tesh lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Connie Sellecca, and his daughter Prima. His son, Gib, is also a key member of the TeshMedia Group team and is featured in Tesh's live concerts. For more information on "everything Tesh," please visit http://tesh.com.