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Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Hero of the Week… Find out how you can nominate a Hero of the Week at the bottom of the page.
Well, it only seems appropriate that this week we deem the legendary Bob Kingsley as our ACC Hero. On this past Thursday, he passed away at his home in Texas. For me, it’s a very hard pill to swallow that we’ve lost this iconic broadcast pioneer.
For more than 40 years he has been on the air counting down the top songs in country music. He was the host of this very show until he stepped down in 2005. And, when they asked me to become the host of American Country Countdown, I was honored but more a little nervous to step into such huge shoes. Man, I still remember what it felt like to hear Bob Kingsley say that Brooks & Dunn were at number one.
Bob Kingsley was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 1998 and became the format’s fifth representative in the National Radio Hall of Fame. He was also the inaugural recipient of the Living Legend Award, which in 2014 was named after him.
Bob has not only been a huge part of my life but the lives of all country fans around the world who tuned in each and every weekend to hear his distinctive style of countin’ down the Top 40 country hits. Bob’s heart and soul were deep rooted in the history of country music and he shared that passion with his listeners. We’ve grown up spending our weekends with Bob and he will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Nan, his family, and all of his fans around the world.
Nominate a Hero of the Week
Now, we want to know who has made a difference in your life. Nominate a local firefighter, police officer, EMT or someone who is serving our country in the military. It could even be a neighbor, family member or friend who lent a crucial helping hand. Let us know all about the person who you feel is a real life hero by emailing us here and please feel free to send us a picture!