Country radio DJ Bob Kingsley, 80, dies at home in Texas

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2017 file photo, Bob Kingsley accepts the Mae Boren Axton Service Award during the 11th annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. Kingsley, who in the 1950s started with Armed Forces Radio and went on to lead country music fans around the world counting down the weekly hits, has died in Texas. Rob Simbeck, a friend and national producer of the "Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40," says Kingsley died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at his home in Weatherford. He was 80. (Wade Payne/Invision via AP, File)

WEATHERFORD, Texas — Bob Kingsley, a radio announcer who since the 1970s led country music fans counting down the weekly hits, has died in Texas.

Rob Simbeck, a friend and producer of the “Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40,” says Kingsley died Thursday at home in Weatherford. He was 80. Kingsley earlier this month announced he was being treated for bladder cancer.

Kingsley, according to his bio as a 2016 National Radio Hall of Fame inductee, began his broadcast career in 1958 in the Air Force. He worked at California stations before hosting “American Country Countdown” in 1978.

In 2006 established “Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40,” now on more than 320 stations.

A celebration of life service will be held Nov. 14 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.

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