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. Since Bob Kingsley’s cancer diagnosis and ultimate passing in October of this year, country music superstars have been sitting in for the late National Radio Hall of Famer. The multi-year partnership between Hubbard Radio and Nan Kingsley’s KCCS Production will launch the new Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 with Fitz on more than 300 stations worldwide and will feature audio from the Kingsley Archives.
Skyview Networks will exclusively lead the network sales effort and will be responsible for the show’s distribution. Fitz will host his first show on Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 January 4-5, 2020.
“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’s longtime production team, including Producer Ken Halford, Chief Engineer Roger Ramsey, GM & Affiliate Sales Lead Shawn Studer, Associate 2 Producer & Archivist Barbara Lyon, and Nashville-based interviewer and writer Deborah EvansPrice will remain in-tact and continue curating the show.
“Bob Kingsley’s cherished legacy lives on in this new venture hosted by Fitz, one of country radio’s most dynamic rising stars,“ said Steve Jones, President and COO, Skyview Networks. “We are honored to provide advertisers the opportunity to engage with the show’s passionate country music fans through one of the most storied brands in the format.”
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.
Morris commented, “All of us at Hubbard are humbled by Nan’s trust in our ability to continue their great legacy. We know this is a lifelong dream for Fitz and congratulate him as well.”
Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 will end its run of guest hosts at the end of December, with Garth
Brooks hosting the weekend of December 21-22 and Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood hosting
the year-end show airing the weekend of December 28-29. Additionally, the final edition of Bob
Kingsley’s Christmas In America, wrapping 25 years of a holiday tradition, is available for
For inquiries for market availability of the program, contact Shawn Studer at Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 with Fitz, email@example.com. For advertising inquiries, please contact Skyview Networks.