Episode 117 – Remembering Ralph Emery

Emery was a country music broadcasting legend

Last week, Country Music Hall of Fame broadcaster Ralph Emery passed away at the age of 88. Emery was known as “the Dick Clark of country music” and “the Johnny Carson of cable television” as he hosted a variety of programs and introduced new artists to country music.

Among his many accolades were host of TNN’s Nashville Now, WSM-FM jockey, Ralph Emery Liveand Grand Ole Opry announcer from 1961 until 1964. With a career spanning more than half a century, he was a 1989 inductee into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame, a 2007 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and 2010 inductee in the National Radio Hall of Fame.

Emery was known for his kindness and support of female artists in country music. He gave early exposure to Lorrie Morgan and The Judds, to name a few.

We remember Emery with an archival interview Matt conducted in 2018.

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