Bob Boilen Bio, Education, Your Song Changed My Life, Wife, Emmy, Career, Net Worth

Bob Boilen

Bob Boilen Biography

Bob Boilen is an American musician and media personality. He was as born as Bob B Boilen. He is currently the host and creator of NPR’s online music show All Songs Considered.

Furthermore, Bob created the Tiny Desk Concert series for NPR Music. He hosted intimate performances at his desk.

Bob voiced himself in “Gal of Constant Sorrow”, a Season 27 episode of the animated television series The Simpsons.


Boilen was born on April 11, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He is 70 years old as of 2023.


The information about Boilen’s education has not been disclosed as of now. This information will be updated soon.

Bob Boilen Career

From 1982 to 1986 Bob a variety of roles including composer with Baltimore’s Impossible Theater. Moreover, he has also worked as a producer for Channel 50.

Further, he produced Science Live for the Discovery Channel. In addition, Bob was the director of the NPR show All Things Considered (1989–2007).

Furthermore choosing the music between the news stories for that show. Those musical snippets or “buttons” were the starting point for the creation of All Songs Considered.

Bob created the Tiny Desk Concert series for NPR Music, hosting intimate performances at his desk. The series curated by Bob and the team of NPR Music was inspired by a comment made by NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson.

Bob writes electronic music with friend Michael Barron; both were founding members of the psychedelic dance band Tiny Desk Unit (1979–1981), for which Bob played synthesizer.

Bob continues to write music with Barron in a band called Danger Painters and also writes and releases solo music.

Furthermore, Bob also composed the original theme music for Talk of the Nation. He voiced himself in “Gal of Constant Sorrow”, a Season 27 episode of the animated television series The Simpsons.

Bob Boilen Wife

He was previously married to Adams Morgan. Bob has not shared details of his current relationships. However, there are no reports of Bob having any children as of now.

Bob Boilen Net Worth

The famous media personality earns an average salary from his career. His estimated net worth is currently $2.5 Million as of 2023.


Bob won an Emmy in 2011 under the category  New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Arts, Lifestyle and Culture Project Song: Moby (2010) He shared it with New Shared with:

  • John Poole (producer)
  • David Gilkey (producer)
  • Neil Tevault (audio engineer)

Bob Boilen Book

Your Song Changed My Life: From Jimmy Page to St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson to Hozier. Thirty-Five Beloved Artists on Their Journey and the Music That Inspired It. Also, Bob’s book gets at something real and rare about the power of music.”— New York Times Book Review.

Bob Boilen; Top Albums 2018

Bob Boilen Your Song Changed

NPR’s renowned music authority Bob posed this question to some of today’s best-loved musical legends and rising stars.

Favorite Tiny Desk

Bob began curating Tiny Desk Concerts in 2008.


See Instagram photos and videos from Bob Boilen (@tinydesk) 

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