Just last week Hall of Fame country radio host Bob Kingsley announced that he would be stepping down as the host of Country Top 40, and today, he has passed away at his home in Texas. Bob had been battling bladder cancer and ultimately succumbed to the illness at the age of 80 years old.
According to Country Aircheck, Kingsley began producing the nationally syndicated American Country Countdown in 1974 and was hosting in 1978. Kingsley hosted American Country Countdown until 2005, launching his own Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 a year later. He was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 1998 and became country’s fifth representative in the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2016.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame Nov. 14 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Kingsley’s name to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum or the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund.
I don’t care who you are, if you like country music, you’ve listened to Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 at some point in your life. His iconic voice will be greatly missed.