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27th November 2022

National Radio Hall of Fame member, Bob Kingsley Dies at 80

Bob Kingsley National Radio Hall of Fame member Dies at 80
Bob Kingsley National Radio Hall of Fame member Dies at 80

Bob Kingsley, the man with the golden voice and member of the National Radio Hall of Fame has died on Thursday, just a week after announcing that he was diagnosed with bladder cancer.

Bob Kingsley died at his home in Weatherford, Texas on Thursday while receiving treatment for cancer, one week after announcing he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer and would be stepping away from his syndicated radio show, Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40, People had reported.

“While there is no doubt that the immediate road ahead will push me and challenge my resolve, I want you to know I am blessed to be working with the very best in the medical profession, and they have a plan to deal with this awful disease,” Bob Kingsley wrote in a post shared on the Country Top 40 website on October 9 2019.

 “I have no intention of stopping anytime soon, but for a moment, I need to ask for your patience as I step away from the mic and focus on my treatment.”

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, and business partner, Nan Kingsley.

Bob Kingsley got his start in broadcasting after enlisting with the Air Force when he was 18, becoming an announcer for Armed Forces Radio.

His career skyrocketed in 1978 when he took over as host of American Country Countdown. In addition to the weekly countdown show, he also hosted a variety of special productions, including album release specials for country superstars like Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. During his tenure on the program, the show was named as Billboard’s Network/Syndicated Country Program of the Year for 16 times in a row, from 1987 to 2002.

In 1998, he was named to the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame and he became a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2016. He is also the namesake, as well as the inaugural winner, of the Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award, which is presented annually at the Grand Ole Opry House.

Bob Kingsley and his wife established the Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 show in 2006, which still runs on over 320 stations.

“I love the music and the people who make it,” he once said of his career. “I want our listeners to have as much insight into both as I can give them, and to make the experience as enjoyable as possible.”

Following news of his death, many of Kingsley’s colleagues and friends mourned his passing.

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