Country Music Loses A Legendary Voice

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Oct 17, 2019

Rolling Stone – The longtime host of the nationally syndicated Country Top 40 program has died.

Country radio legend Bob Kingsley passed away early Thursday in Weatherford, Texas, following a lengthy battle with bladder cancer. Kingley was 80 years old.

A member of the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame, inducted in 1998, he later became only the format’s fifth representative in the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2016.

Kingsley was 18 and serving in the Air Force when his radio career began in 1959 as an announcer for the Armed Forces Radio Service station in Keflavik, Iceland.

Kingsley’s early career included work at stations in Las Vegas and Tijuana, Mexico, before landing at KGBS in Los Angeles and that city’s KLAC, which switched to a country format, programmed by Kingsley, beginning in 1970 … Read more. 

“Bob was a mainstay on radio for 60 years. In 1978, he took over as host of American Country Countdown after four years as the show’s producer. In 2006, he and his wife and business partner Nan Kingsley established Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40, still running on more than 320 stations. Bob received many of broadcasting’s top honors and was named to the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998 and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2016. He is the namesake and was the first recipient of the Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award, presented each year since 2014 at the Grand Ole Opry House and benefiting the Opry Trust Fund.” – Jim Casey, Nash Country Daily 

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