It was announced today (Dec. 8) that a collection of country radio legend Bob Kingsley’s extensive countdown programming, Bob Kingsley’s Countdown Classics, will air on 650 AM-WSM/Nashville and stream worldwide via wsmonline.com, starting Jan. 2, 2021.
Kingsley, who is a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame and the Country Radio Hall of Fame, passed away on Oct. 17, 2019. Following his passing, his wife Nan Kingsley’s KCCS Productions entered into a multi-year deal with Hubbard Broadcasting to create and syndicate Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 with Fitz. Hubbard radio personality Fitz was appointed as the permanent host for Bob Kingsley‘s Country Top 40 in Dec. 2019.
“I can think of no better holiday gift for Bob than this announcement,” says Nan Kingsley. “The weekends were always special for Bob and me. We’d wake up, walk the dogs, brew some coffee, sit back and listen to the countdown. Every week he would tell me it was the best show he’d ever done. I am so pleased that our friends at Opry Entertainment Group and WSM are not only giving me the chance to relive those moments, but now his many fans across the globe will be able to tune-in and listen again to these great shows each week. In trying times like these, perhaps Bob’s voice can bring a bit of comfort.”
“We began speaking with Bob & Nan and their team about the chance to bring his archives to WSM-AM last year, before Bob passed,” says WSM Director of Content & Programming J. Patrick Tinnell. “He expressed his desire to be able to end his storied career on the station that the Opry calls home. It was a proposition that caused him to light up. Everyone here at WSM Radio is honored to be able to make Bob’s dream a reality.”
Bob Kingsley’s Countdown Classics will air Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT, beginning Jan. 2, 2021.