John Tesh Biography
John Tesh is an American pianist and composer of pop music, as well as a radio host and television presenter.
His Intelligence for Your Life radio show airs on nearly 300 stations and is syndicated by Teshmedia in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. He has in addition hosted Intelligence for Your Life TV since 2014 with his wife Connie Sellecca. The syndicated TV program airs on 174 stations that cover 93% of the potential U.S. television audience.
He has won six Emmys, has four gold albums, two Grammy nominations, and an Associated Press award for investigative journalism. Tesh has sold over eight million records. His live concerts have raised more than $20 million for PBS. He wrote the NBA on NBC basketball theme “Roundball Rock” regarded as one of the most memorable sports themes of all time.
He is also known as the co-host of the television program Entertainment Tonight. He has previously worked as a sportscaster and host for the Olympic Games, Wimbledon, the US Open, the Tour De France, Ironman Triathlon and as a news anchor and reporter. In 2018, Tesh was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
John Tesh Age
John Tesh was born on July 9, 1952.
John Tesh Net Worth
The American entertainer, songwriter and television host has a net worth of $30 million.
John Tesh Height
John stands at a height of 6 feet 6 inch or 1.98 metre.
John Tesh and Connie Sellecca/Wife/Daughter
Tesh married actress Connie Sellecca in 1992. They have one daughter together named Prima. Connie his wife also has a son named Gib, with actor Gil Gerard, who now appears on some of Tesh’s radio and TV programs. Tesh and Sellecca reside in Los Angeles. In the 70s, he also briefly dated Oprah Winfrey. Tesh is a Christian. He was raised a Baptist and was involved in the church during his youth. He played organ, sang in the choir and went to church camp. He later was inactive in the church during his adult life, but became involved again after his future wife introduced him to pastor Louis Lapides. After then, he has written and performed Christian music.
John Tesh Life, Education & Career
Tesh was born in Garden City, New York, on Long Island, the son of Mildred (Bunny), a nurse, and John F. Tesh, a textile chemist. He graduated from Garden City High School in 1970. Playing piano and trumpet from the age of six, he studied with teachers from The Juilliard School and was named to the New York State Symphonic Orchestra in high school, while also playing the organ in a rock band.
He studied communications and music at North Carolina State University. He was also a member of the varsity lacrosse and soccer teams. While at North Carolina State, studying physics and chemistry, he took a TV and radio course, and in 1974, Tesh worked part-time reading later the news for Rick Dees at WKIX-AM/Raleigh in 1974. Bill Leslie, his roommate and anchor at WRAL, helped him get into the radio and TV field.
While in the area, Tesh worked as a news anchor in Raleigh, Orlando, Nashville, then moving to WCBS-TV in New York; this portion of his career spanned 12 years.
Entertainment Tonight and television career
His television career included a stint as a news anchor and reporter at WSM-TV in Nashville, Tennessee in the 1970s, where he often covered the same stories as Oprah Winfrey, who worked at a competing Nashville station. Later he moved from Nashville to Raleigh, to Orlando, and finally to New York’s WCBS-TV, where, at age 22, he was their youngest reporter.
He however became more well-known when he co-hosted the television show Entertainment Tonight from 1986 to 1996. Tesh also served as a sportscaster for CBS and later NBC, anchoring events such as the Tour de France bicycle race from 1983 through 1986 (Tesh has the distinction of being the anchor for the first American broadcast of this event), the US Open and gymnastics at the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics.
Tesh hosted the short-lived One on One with John Tesh talk show in 1991–92 on NBC daytime and co-hosted the show John & Leeza From Hollywood with fellow Entertainment Tonight personality Leeza Gibbons from 1993–94, also on NBC daytime. Tesh in 2014, returned to syndicated television in the series Intelligence for Your Life TV, based on his radio show.
Tesh appeared in “The Icarus Factor”, an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, playing a Klingon warrior. He also appeared as himself in a 1987 episode of the daytime serial Santa Barbara.
Yanni was putting together his first touring band to promote his album Out of Silence in 1987, as well as selections from Keys to Imagination. Being good friends, Tesh asked Yanni if he could join the band as keyboardist along with Joyce Imbesi and drummer Charlie Adams, as he’d never been onstage for a live performance, and he needed the experience.
Despite already having a full-time job with Entertainment Tonight and the long hours of rehearsal for the band, he did very well, although he did only one tour with Yanni, playing in about 12 shows, including the “1988 Concert Series”, before being replaced by Bradley Joseph. Yanni later helped Tesh get his first recording contract with Private Music.
John Tesh in the 1990s was credited with the theme music to Bobby’s World, hosted by Howie Mandel and the NBA on NBC theme, known as “Roundball Rock”. He composed the NBA on NBC theme after an idea hit him while traveling. In order to recall his idea at a later juncture, Tesh recorded the initial beat on his answering machine, leaving a message for himself.
The theme was used for the NBA on NBC before the network stopped carrying NBA games following the 2001–02 season (as well as an electric guitar-driven spinoff that was used on NBC’s WNBA telecasts from 1997 to 2002), though NBC would revive the theme for its basketball coverage during the 2008 Summer Olympics.
In August 1994, John performed at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, for his first Live at Red Rocks concert. Tesh performed with conductor John Bisharat and the 70-piece Colorado Symphony Orchestra. The concert featured Tesh playing grand piano, Charlie Bisharat playing electric violin, and Everette Harp playing alto saxophone.
Also featured were Olympic gold medal-gymnasts Nadia Comaneci (1976) and Bart Conner (1984) performing gymnastic routines specially-choreographed to Tesh’s music. After Tesh left his ten-year job as co-host for Entertainment Tonight in 1996, he turned to his career as a contemporary keyboardist. This led to him starting The John Tesh Radio Show in 2003. In 2008, he put out a piano gospel dance DVD called Alive: Music & Dance. It combines Tesh’s music, big gospel choirs, and hip-hop dance.
John Tesh Radio Show and spin-offs
Tesh currently has a nationally syndicated radio show called the John Tesh Radio Show, which typically airs on adult contemporary, classic hits, Christian and soft rock radio formats. The music is interspersed with various factoids and other information Tesh considers useful to listeners, often with topics such as health and well-being.
These factoids are called “Intelligence for Your Life”, played on radio stations across the United States and Canada, and the Armed Forces Network. Select pieces of “Intelligence for Your Life” are broken up and distributed in vignette form to other radio stations (including talk radio formats) and for use on morning shows. There is also a three-hour weekend show, “Intelligence for Your Health”, launched in 2010, hosted by Connie Sellecca.
Across all of its versions, Tesh’s radio programs reach listeners across the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom, placing it on the list of most-listened-to radio programs. Tesh’s main rival is Delilah, and these two shows are sometimes aired in the same market on competing stations. In 2000, the show started as a weekend show on Clear Channel’s KKDJ-FM/Bakersfield and then a few other stations, expanding to a daily version in 2003.
The program was originally syndicated by Westwood One under the name On the Air with John Tesh, albeit with a slightly different format. And then produced by Tesh with a staff of 35 and still distributed by syndicator Westwood One. In September 2016, the partnership with Westwood One was renewed in a new multi-year agreement. At the time, Westwood One indicated that it was airing on 280 radio stations.
In late 2014, a television version of these factoids, Intelligence for Your Life TV, debuted in syndication to local stations. The TV program in April 2016, was seen on 174 stations. It also features health segments hosted by his wife, Connie Sellecca, based on her own radio program, “Intelligence for Your Health”.
He also authored a book, Intelligence for Your Life: Powerful Lessons for Personal Growth, in 2008, reprinted in 2012 (ISBN 0849964636, publisher Thomas Nelson).
John Tesh Awards
John Tesh in 2018 was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Tesh won the Syndicated Personality/Show of the Year award by Radio & Records magazine for his radio show in 2007. Other finalists included Delilah, Blair Garner, Steve Harvey, Kidd Kraddick, and The Lia Show. In 2003, Tesh was nominated for the Grammy for “Best Pop Instrumental Album” for Power of Love. Tesh also earned three gold albums, six Emmys for his sports themes, and a Keyboard Magazine Award.