Bob Kingsley became country music’s first nationally syndicated personality in the late 1970s, at the dawn of network radio and syndicated programming. Together with his wife and business partner Nan, Bob built the largest independently owned and operated audio archive in country music history, with more than 10,000 hours of produced content and an additional 18,000 hours of interviews dating back to 1967.
On December 18, Fitz was named the permanent host of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40. The Texas native is set to become the third host in the 45-year history of country music’s biggest, most-honored and longest-running national radio show.
“I listened to Bob Kingsley every weekend when I was a kid,” commented Fitz. “His loss is still sinking in, but I am honored to be taking the reins from the man who instilled in me a lifelong love of country music and the love of the ‘countdown.’ This moment is surreal, and I do not take the responsibility lightly. I am excited and honored to carry his torch and hope that I can do for the next generation of country music fans, what the legendary Bob Kingsley, did for me. I am grateful to Nan Kingsley and hope to make her and Bob proud!”
Bob Kingsley remained adamant throughout his career that it was important to record labels, and essential to the discovery of new music, to feature the complete top 40; Bob’s conviction will continue with Fitz always spotlighting the full top 40, a distinction from other countdown programs. With a global reach, Country Top 40 enjoys coverage in the United States, Canada, UK, Australasia and the Caribbean.