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Ralph Emery
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TV Personality
    (March 10, 1933- )
    Born in McEwan, Tennessee
    Birth name was Walter Ralph Emery
    Disc jockey and television host
    Disc jockey on WSM in Nashville
    Hosted the TV programs ‘Pop! Goes the Country’ (syndicated, 1974-80), ‘Nashville Alive’ (TBS, 1981-82), ‘Nashville Now’ (TNN, 1983-93) and ‘Ralph Emery Live’ (RFD-TV, 2007-15)
    Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (2007) and National Radio Hall of Fame (2010)
    A hostile interview with the Byrds (during their country-rock phase) inspired Roger McGuinn to dis him in the song ‘Drug Store Truck Driving Man.’
    He co-hosted ‘Nashville Now’ with a puppet named Shotgun Red.
    His ex-wife, country singer Skeeter Davis, claimed that he ‘could hardly stand’ country music and called the singers ‘hillbillies’ behind their backs.
    His father was an abusive alcoholic.
    Skeeter Davis said, ‘I’ll never deny that Ralph Emery is the best disc jockey around. He was then, he is now.’
    Barbara Mandrell organized a televised salute to him and seventy top country stars showed up to pay tribute.
    In an industry poll, he was named country radio’s ‘personality of the century.’

Credit: C. Fishel


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