Radio Hall of Fame Member Bob Kingsley Dies at 80
One of the most recognizable radio voices in the world, Bob Kingsley, 80, passed away at his home in Weatherford, Texas, on Oct. 17 after a battle with cancer.
As the former host and executive producer of Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40, Bob has been inducted into both the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame.
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.
A celebration of life will be held in Nashville on Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. at The CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Kingsley's name to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum or the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund.
Hosted by Carried Underwood with special guests Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire, the CMA Awards will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 13 on ABC (photo by Tammie Arroyo).
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