With voting underway to determine the 2010 inductees into the National Radio Hall of Fame, the country music industry has a special eye on one of the nominees in the National/Active category. Bob Kingsley, one of the genre’s legendary voices, is one of four nominees in that division. This year’s other nominees in the category are Bob Brinker, Carl Kasell, and Howard Stern. If elected, Kingsley would be just the third country-affiliated member of the Hall, joining The Grand Ole Opry, inducted in 1992, and Gene Autry, inducted in 2003. Support for Kingsley, both among fans and in the industry, is widespread.
“Bob belongs in the Hall of Fame for his contribution to helping develop country radio and stars over these many years,” says Sony Music Nashville chairman Joe Galante.
Country stars including Trace Adkins, Miranda Lambert, Gary Allan and Gretchen Wilson, among many others, have recorded audio and video spots in support of Kingsley’s election.
“Bob makes dreams happen,” says Galante. “He cares about the artists as people, not just celebrities, and they have never forgotten that. Most of today’s country stars grew up listening to Bob on the radio. He would talk to their heroes and they would dream that one day maybe they would be interviewed on the radio by him too. It would be one of the highlights of their career.”
Voting, open to both radio professionals and the general public, is being conducted online at www.radiohof.org.