John Tesh Bio, Career, Age, Education, Family, Music, Shows, and Net Worth

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Who is John Tesh?

John Tesh is an American radio host and television presenter. In addition, he is also a pianist and composer of pop music. Currently, he is the host of the intelligence for Your Life radio show. Moreover, John hosts the show alongside his wife Connie Sellecca. Since 2014, he has hosted Intelligence for Your Life TV with his wife Connie Sellecca. He is a two-time survivor of prostate cancer.

Tesh has six Emmy awards, four gold records, two Grammy nominations, and an Associated Press award for investigative journalism under his belt. Moreover, his albums have sold over eight million copies worldwide. More than $7 million has been raised for PBS through his live performances.

In addition, the “Roundball Rock,” the NBA on NBC basketball theme, was written by him. He was a co-host of the TV show Entertainment Tonight. Furthermore, he has also served as a sportscaster and host for the Olympics, Wimbledon, the US Open, the Tour de France, the Ironman Triathlon, and as a news anchor and reporter. Tesh was honored by the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2018.


Television Career

He started his career at WSM-TV (now WSMV-TV) where he was serving as a reporter and news anchor in Nashville, Tennessee in the 1970s. While working at WSM-TV he frequently covered the same story as Oprah Winfrey, who was working at a competing Nashville station. After that, he shifted to WTVD in Raleigh, and later joined WFTC in Orlando and Eventually, he went to New York’s WCBS-TV. At the ti,e he joined WCBX he was 22 years old and their only youngest reporter. Moreover, he gained popularity after he co-hosted the television show titled Entertainment Tonight from 1986 to 1996.

Tesh also worked as a sportscaster for CBS and then NBC, anchoring events such as the Tour de France bicycle race from 1983 to 1986. In addition, Tesh was the first American to cover the race. Moreover, he also reported US Open and gymnastics at the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics.

Furthermore, he co-hosted the NBC daytime talk show John & Leeza From Hollywood with fellow Entertainment Tonight personality Leeza Gibbons from 1993 to 1994. John also hosted the short-lived One on One with John Tesh chat show in 1991–92. In 2014, Tesh made a comeback to syndicated television with the show Intelligence for Your Life TV, which was based on his radio show. Tesh played a Klingon fighter in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Icarus Factor.” In a 1987 episode of the daytime drama Santa Barbara, he played himself.

A photo of John Tesh
A photo of John Tesh

How Old Is John Tesh?

He is 70 years old as of February 2023, having been born on July 9, 1952, in Garden City, New York, U.S. John Tesh shares his birthday with celebrities such as; O. J. Simpson, Tom Hanks, Jenn McAllister, EthanGamerTV, Marcel Ruiz, Nayeli Lo Vera, and many more.

John Tesh Family

Who are John Tesh’s Parents?

He is the son of Mildred Bunny (Mother) and John F. Tesh (Father) and he was born in Garden City, New York. In addition, his father was a textile chemist whereas his mother was a nurse.

Does He Have Siblings?

Much is not known about his siblings in case of any information we will update it as soon as possible.

John Tesh Education

He received his high school education at Garden City High School, where he graduated in 1970. After that, he joined North Carolina State University, studying physics and chemistry, and majored in communication and music. At the age of six, he began playing piano and trumpet. And was named to the New York State Symphonic Orchestra in high school while also playing the organ in a rock band.

John Tesh Wife

He is married to the love of his life Connie Sellecca (born on May 25, 1955)an American actress, producer, and former model. They got married in 1992 and they have been together for over two decades now. Moreover, he was previously married to Julie Wright, they were married in 1982 until 1991.

John Tesh Kids

He has a daughter, Prima Tesh (born on June 2, 1994) an actress. And a stepson Gib.

John Tesh Residence

He lives in Garden City, a village on Long Island, New York.

John Tesh’s Musical Career

His musical career started when Yanni was putting together his first touring band to promote his album Out of Silence and Keys to Imagination. Since John and Yanni were good friends, he asked Yanni if could allow him to join his band as a keyboardist since he has never been on alive stage. His aim in joining the band was to gain experience.

Despite having a full-time job with Entertainment Tonight and rigorous hours of preparation for the band. John performed well, despite the fact that he only toured with Yanni for one tour, playing in roughly 12 concerts, including the “1988 Concert Series,” before being replaced by Bradley Joseph. Tesh later got his first recording contract with Private Music, thanks to Yanni’s support. In the 1990s, John Tesh was responsible for the theme music for Howie Mandel’s Bobby’s World and the NBA on NBC tune, “Roundball Rock.”

Musical Career Continuation

Moreover, John was credited with the theme music to Bobby’s World, in the 1990s. It was hosted by Howie Mandel, and the NBA on NBC theme known as “Roundball Rock”. Moreover, John also composed the NBA on NBC theme after an idea jit him while traveling. Since he composed the song while traveling in order to remember the lyrics he had to record the initial beat vocally on his answering machine. By doing this he had to ring his phone and leave a message for himself.

John gave his debut Live at Red Rocks concert in August 1994 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. Tesh performed alongside Colorado Symphony Orchestra conductor John Bisharat and a 70-piece orchestra.

Tesh played the grand piano, Charlie Bisharat played the electric violin, and Everette Harp played alto saxophone throughout the concert. Olympic gold medalist gymnasts Nadia Comaneci (1976) and Bart Conner (1984) were also featured, executing choreographed gymnastic routines to Tesh’s music.

In 1996, he left his ten-year job as a co-host of Entertainment Tonight. After quitting his work he turned into a contemporary keyboardist. Moreover, in 2003 he started The John Tesh Radio show 2003.

John Tesh Radio Show

Currently, John hosts the John Tesh Radio Show. This is a nationally syndicated radio show that airs on adult contemporary, classic hits, Christian, and soft rock radio stations. Tesh intersperses the music with various factoids and other information that he thinks will be valuable to listeners, frequently on issues like health and well-being. “Intelligence for Your Life” is a radio show that airs on stations across the United States and Canada, as well as the Armed Forces Network.

One of the most popular radio programs in the United States is “Intelligence for Your Life.” The show began as a weekend show on KKDJ-FM/Bakersfield in 2000 and subsequently moved to a few other stations. It was previously known as On the Air with John Tesh and was syndicated by Westwood One.

Intelligence for Your Life TV, a television version of these factoids, premiered in syndication to local stations in late 2014. The TV show was shown on 174 stations in April 2016. Health parts are hosted by his wife, Connie Sellecca, and are based on her own radio show, “Intelligence for Your Health.”

Moreover, as an author, he wrote a book titled Intelligence for Your Life: Powerful Lessons for Personal Growth, which was published in 2008 and reprinted in 2012.

John Tesh Height

His actual height is not known at the moment in case of any information we will update it as soon as possible.

John Tesh’s Salary and Net Worth

He has a salary of $5 million and a net worth of $30 million.