"While there is no doubt that the immediate road ahead will push me and challenge my resolve, I want you to know I am blessed to be working with the very best in the medical profession, and they have a plan to deal with this awful disease," Kingsley said Oct. 9. "The faith you have placed in me is something I treasure, and that support has allowed me to do what I love in this wonderful industry for 60 years. 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."
Before starting his syndicated "Country Top 40" show, Kingsley took over hosting duties for the weekly "American Country Countdown" in 1978, The Boot reported. Dujring his tenure there, the show was named Billboard's Network/Syndicated Country Program of the Year for 16 years in a row.