|RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, December 18, 2019|
Hubbard Radio personality Fitz (mornings on Seattle’s ‘The Bull’ KNUC 98.9) is named the permanent host of “Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40,” beginning January 4-5, 2020. The Texas native is set to become the third host in the 45-year history of Country music’s longest-running national radio show. Since Kingsley’s cancer diagnosis and death in October, country artists have been filling in.
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 and will feature audio from the Kingsley Archives. Skyview Networks will lead network sales and distribution.
“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.”
Fitz, who currently hosts “The Fitz Show,” “The Hit List with Fitz” and “Nashville Minute with Fitz,” collectively heard on more than 140 affiliates, will begin to transition many of the 85 stations airing his weekend countdown show (“The Hit List with Fitz”) to the Country Top 40 franchise effective in January, 2020.
Kingsley’s longtime production team, including Producer Ken Halford, Chief Engineer Roger Ramsey, GM & Affiliate Sales Lead Shawn Studer, Associate Producer & Archivist Barbara Lyon, and Nashville-based interviewer and writer Deborah EvansPrice will remain in-tact and continue curating the show.
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