Robert Gibson Kingsley (March 19, 1939 – October 17, 2019) was an American country music radio personality. He was host of the nationally syndicated programs American Country Countdown (ACC) from 1978 to 2005 and Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40 from 2006 until his death in 2019.
Early careerKingsley, while serving with the United States Air Force in 1959, began his radio career at TFK, the Armed Forces Radio Service station in Keflavik, Iceland. He jocked at Los Angeles country station KGBS from 1961 to 1969, and then in 1970 became program director at KLAC, which had just dropped MOR for a country format.
American Country CountdownKingsley rose to national prominence in 1974 when he became the producer of the nationally syndicated American Country Countdown program started a year earlier by Casey Kasem and Don Bustany. Kingsley succeeded the program's original host, Don Bowman, beginning with the May 6–7, 1978 show. Concurrently, Kingsley was providing voice-overs for Drake-Chenault Enterprises and its automated country music programming service.
Under Kingsley's watch, ACC became a top-rated syndicated radio program, winning numerous awards. That list includes Billboard's "Network/Syndicated Program of the Year: Country" for 16 years in a row, the only on air personality and music program in any format to achieve this continued success. Kingsley won Country Music Association National Broadcast Personality of the Year honors in 2001 and 2003.