Fred Bronson has been called “America’s foremost chart journalist” by the editor of Billboard magazine and as an expert on music has guest-starred on “American Idol” four times. He was a guest judge, with Kristin Chenoweth, on the premiere episode of Nigel Lythgoe’s new TV series, “CMT’s Next Superstar.” He is the author of five books: Dick Clark’s American Bandstand (with Dick Clark), The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook, The Billboard Book of Number One Hits, Billboard’s Hottest Hot 100 Hits and The Billboard Book of Number One Rhythm & Blues Hits (with Adam White).
Bronson writes the annual television specials The American Music Awards and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. His other TV writing credits include George Strait: The Academy of Country Music’s Artist of the Decade All-Star Concert, Brooks & Dunn’s The Last Rodeo, Girls’ Night Out: The Superstar Women of Country Music, ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends In Concert, The 40th Anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards, Motown 45, The Disco Ball, Live Aid, the syndicated TV series Your Big Break, two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and an episode of the animated Star Trek series.
He has written the annual six-hour live holiday special for the PBS station in Los Angeles and the Spotlight Awards hosted by John Lithgow. He was head writer on NBC-TV’s fund-raising special, Tsunami Aid, and co-producer of the Ovation TV music performance series, Notes from the Road.
He has been interviewed many times on CNN, the BBC, VH1 and the Biography channel as well as many other broadcast and cable networks around the world, including news programs in Japan, Portugal, Malta and Romania. For SiriusXM Radio, he has interviewed Paul McCartney, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus from ABBA and the cast of the “Mamma Mia!” motion picture.
He has programmed music channels for United Airlines and hosted his own series, Fred Bronson’s Pop Goes the World, for Music Choice. With Dick Clark, he wrote the weekly comic strip, Dick Clark’s Rock, Roll ’n’ Remember. Bronson is currently reporting news and conducting interviews for IdolsNow, an app for the iPhone that features all of the finalists from previous seasons of “American Idol.” He also writes for Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter.