Country Radio Personality Bob Kingsley Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

Legendary country radio personality Bob Kingsley has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and will temporarily be stepping away from hosting…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 9, 2019


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Legendary country radio personality Bob Kingsley has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and will temporarily be stepping away from hosting his longtime country music countdown program, Bob Kinglsey’s Country Top 40.

The award-winning host shared the news in a heartfelt post on Country Top 40 website.

“I have always prided myself in delivering the truth to you—my friends in the country music industry, my fellow radio broadcasters, and all of the loyal listeners around the world—and today, well, today the truth does not come in the form of a story behind the song, or anything else, but in the reality of what is going on with yours truly,” Kingsley began. “I want to let you know that I have been diagnosed with bladder cancer.”

He went on to thank fans for listening and ask for them to stick by his side as he fights the disease.

“I have no intention of stopping anytime soon, but for a moment, I need to ask for your patience as I step away from the mic and focus on my treatment,” he wrote.

He also thanked his wife of 30 years, Nan, and promised to share their “temporary plan” for the show very soon.

“You know friends, I’ve made a career out of #1s, and right now my #1 goal is getting back on the air to create more memories we’ll all be able to share, surrounded by the music we all love,” he concluded. “I thank you in advance for the prayers and well wishes…they mean more to me than you could ever know.”

Support for Kingsley poured in on social media, including a sincere note from fellow radio personality, Bobby Bones.

“I have always been a fan of you on radio. And in the recent years, as a person,” Bones wrote in a message to Kingsley on Twitter. “Wishing you the speediest recovery and strongest fight as you will beat this cancer. We are all thinking about you and praying for you. Come back soon.”

Bob Kingsley is a member of the Country Radio Hall of Fame, the National Radio Hall of Fame and a multi-CMA and ACM award winner.

Following the announcement of Kingsley’s diagnosis, he shared the news of a new partnership with the Country Music Association leading up to the 53rd Annual CMA Awards.

According to a press release, beginning the weekend of Oct. 12, and running through the weekend of Nov. 30, Kingsley will turn his mic over to a number of country music’s most impactful female artists to help countdown the week’s Top 40 songs. During each episode, the guests will play their biggests hits, songs from their latest project, their favorite songs ever written or performed by females and spotlight CMA Female Vocalist of the Year nominees and winners throughout the 53 years of the CMA Awards.

Artists confirmed to take over hosting duties including Trisha Yearwood, Kimberly Schlapman & Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town, Martina McBride and more to be announced.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.