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Bob Kingsley Honored at Grand Ole Opry with Big Surprise Guests

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Country Radio Hall of Famer Bob Kingsley was honored last night (2/17) for his 40 years in national radio syndication as part of American Country Countdown (1974-2006) and as host and owner of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 (2006-present), distributed by WestwoodOne. The surprise event, benefiting the Opry Trust Fund, included performances, appearances and taped messages by a mix of industry legends, today’s hit-makers and Nashville’s most influential singer-songwriters. A 50-year veteran of the radio and music industries, Kingsley walked into the Grand Ole Opry House believing he was there to pay tribute to the Grand Ole Opry’s 89th birthday, when in reality, the evening was all conceived to honor him.

“I could not have been more surprised,” said a visibly moved Kingsley, “and I could not feel more honored. I have made a career of country music radio because I love it, and to have my friends in the business, from artists and songwriters to industry executives, tell me my work has made a difference–well it means the world to me. And to have the people I work with day in and day out here to celebrate with me makes it all the more special.”

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Nearly 50 artists participated in the evening including 25-plus taped video messages along with in person appearances or performances by Rhett Akins and Thomas Rhett, Alabama, Lynn Anderson, Garth Brooks, Eli Young Band, Radney Foster, Janie Fricke, Jack Ingram, Jewel, Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Will Robinson, Tom Schuyler, Red Steagall, Jeffrey Steele, Tanya Tucker, Steve Wariner, Lee Ann Womack, Wynonna, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young. Many of the artists who paid tribute commented not only on their professional relationships with Bob but also on their personal friendships. Bob’s dedication and commitment to bringing their music to the fans, while offering insights into their creative processes and personal lives, have made him the most listened-to voice in country radio history.

“What a pleasure to host so many friends on the Opry House stage tonight as we all came together to celebrate one of country radio’s most beloved voices, leaders, and gentlemen,” said Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry vice president and general manager. “All of us at the Opry are particularly honored that, just as Bob has made a point to do throughout his career, tonight’s event also gave back to a worthy cause, the Opry Trust Fund. For nearly 50 years the Trust Fund has assisted members of the country music community in need, and I can’t think of a better way to honor Bob’s contributions to the country community than to continue that legacy of helping others in his name.”

2014 marks 40 years since Bob Kingsley first became involved in counting down America’s biggest country hits every weekend. Bob was named American Country Countdown’s producer in 1974, and took over as host four years later. His long and successful run as host set the stage for modern-day syndication, and with the formation of KCCS Productions, he and his wife and partner Nan Kingsley established a highly successful business approach where they distributed and retained ownership of the content created for the show. Bob’s career entered new territory in 2006 with the launch of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40, a show KCCS solely owned and distributed, partnering with Dial Global, now WestwoodOne, for national ad sales. Bob’s wins as the CMA’s National Broadcast Personality of the Year awards in 2001 and 2003 and his 2006 Academy of Country Music Award for On-Air Personality-National showed his impressive staying power, bookending 40 years of industry honors that began with 1966 and 1967 trophies as the ACM’s Radio Personality of the Year, during his tenure on-air at KGBS in Los Angeles. Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 can be heard currently on more than 350 radio stations around the world.

A proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Bob has a passion for military-related and other charitable causes. Using his national platform to give back, Bob has been an ardent supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, and he hosts the annual National Cutting Horse Celebrity Cutting to benefit a variety of causes.

*Photos Courtesy of Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry

CMTT’s December 2013 Country Music Christmas Playlist

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December’s playlist is full of some of our favorite country Christmas music!  There were so many songs we couldn’t narrow it down to just 10, so there are 25 fantastic songs to get you into the holiday spirit.

The playlist includes; Sugarland, The Robertsons, Lady Antebellum, Faith Hill, Alabama, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith and TONS MORE!   Tis the season!

We want to know what your all time favorite Christmas song is.  Leave us a comment and it could just win you a copy of one of our favorite country Christmas CD’s!

Alabama Wants to Talk to YOU on the Phone!

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Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook want to have a telephone conversation with their loyal fans to talk about their new chart-topping album, Alabama and Friends, the Back to the Bowery tour and their upcoming “Alabama & Friends” concert special premiering November 27 on Great American Country at 9pm EST.

Sign up here for the FREE event hosted by Broadnet, and you’ll receive a phone call at approximately 6pm EST on Monday, November 25th. Fans will have the chance to ask questions and listen to the guys discuss all things Alabama.

For more of the latest news visit www.thealabamaband.com

CMT Artists of the Year Presenters Announced…And They Are BIG!!!

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CMT Artists of the Year is guaranteed to be a night full of celebration with the recent addition of presenters and performers including Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Train’s Pat Monahan, Cassadee Pope, Lionel Richie, Travis Tritt and Dwight Yoakam. Hosted by Ron White, the 90-minute special will air LIVE from Nashville on Tuesday, December 3rd at 8:00 p.m., ET.

For the fourth year in a row, CMT is honoring the top artists in country music with an evening filled with incredible performances and collaborations, surprise guests and salutes to each CMT Artists of the Year. This year’s honorees are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and Tim McGraw.

Past artists named as CMT Artists of the Year include Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band.

Join the conversation on CMT.com/AOTY/ and the official Facebook page, or follow @CMT on Twitter using official hashtag #CMTAOTY.

Alabama Ready to Play Back-to-Back Sold Out Shows at Nashville’s Ryman

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One of the most successful and influential groups in country music Alabama is gearing up for a performance they won’t soon forget at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. While the icons have graced many notable stages throughout their 40-year career, they have never performed a full concert from the Mother Church of the Grand Ole Opry, that is until November 3rd and 4th.

The back-to-back shows are both sold out, with the first night reaching capacity within 30 minutes of going on sale. The concerts will have the group performing some of their biggest hits including “Tennessee River, “Mountain Music,” “My Home’s In Alabama,” “Song of the South,” “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)” and so many more.

“Performing at the Ryman is like a culmination of the dreams and ambitions of my late father, who taught me to play the guitar and who encouraged the deep down love for harmony and music,” says lead vocalist, Randy Owen. “The only thing that would make it sweeter, would be bringing him up on stage, at the Ryman, to play and sing a song with him.”

To make the shows even more special, Alabama will be capturing some of their songs on film for an upcoming television special that will include several special surprise guests found on their recent chart-topping Alabama & Friends tribute album which hit stores this summer.

The tour will wrap in their homestate of Alabama on November 23 and 24 before heading home to spend time with their families for the holidays. For more news and a complete list of remaining tour dates visit www.thealabamaband.com

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