The Country Music Community Mourns the Passing of Radio Legend Bob Kingsley

Lauren Alaina and Bob Kingsley from American Country Countdown death
Photo courtesy Lauren Alaina Instagram

The country music community is heartbroken to learn of the passing of another one of their greatest champions, 80 year-old radio legend Bob Kingsley, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

The voice of American Country Countdown, Bob was inducted into the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998 and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2016. He was the inaugural recipient and the namesake of the Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award. He also received multiple ACM and CMA awards for outstanding service in broadcasting.

An Air Force veteran, Bob was an announcer on Armed Forces Radio after enlisting at the age of 18.

At the home he shared with wife Nan in Weatherford, Texas, Bob enjoyed cutting horses and lent his support to organizations for veterans and children.

For many country fans, Bob Kingsley’s voice connected them to Nashville. For country artists, that recognizable voice was a sign of success when their singles reached his iconic American Country Countdown. The impact he made was evident as both new country artists and superstars left messages of heartbreak on social media for Bob’s widow and business partner, Nan.

Keith Urban wrote, “Today I lost a longtime great friend and we lost a beautiful human named Bob Kingsley. Every memory I have of being with Bob (and Nan) is one of rare warmth and grace. I will miss you dearly Bob- peace be with your spirit, and blessings and peace be with all of your family today.”

Lauren Alaina shared a sweet memory. “I gave him my Giving Key during CRS right after the first picture, and he was wearing it in the second picture at the next CRS,” she wrote. “He told me he wore it every day. He was a true champion of my music and always had my back. He leaves behind a legacy that most can only dream of. Bob Kingsley has gone to be with the King. Prayers to his friends and family and the entire country music family. We were all so lucky to have him.”

Michael Ray posted a photo and said, “I will always cherish our conversations about country music and the ones that paved the way. You were the voice for us all. You were who we listened to to find out if some one took the #1 one spot on the countdown or who was making their debut. Anytime I heard you say “Michael Ray” on the @countrytop40 was the coolest thing in the world to me. Thank you for your time and voice, Rest easy my friend.”

Jack Ingram also honored the icon with a photo and message: “My friend, Bob Kingsley, @countrytop40 , passed away. That hurts. He was as passionate about music as anybody I’ve met and shared that with the world! He took care of us and our songs. I have a good feeling that will continue where he’s headed. Godspeed, Bob.”

Eli Young Band thoughtfully shared some sound of Bob’s great voice in action and said, “ #countryradio and #Texas lost one of its great voices today. We will miss our friend Bob Kingsley dearly. He was warm, genuine, and kind off-air and you can hear it in his voice on-air. Seems fitting to let him sign off.”

Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Bob Kingsley.