Ralph Emery, famed country music radio and TV broadcaster, dies at 88

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(CNN)Ralph Emery, a legendary vigor and tv property successful the satellite of state music, died Saturday astatine the property of 88, according to the Country Music Association.

Emery "passed distant peacefully" Saturday morning, surrounded by his household astatine Tristar Centennial Medical Center successful Nashville, the Tennessean reported, citing a household statement.

Emery was calved connected March 10, 1933, successful McEwen, Tennessee. He began his vocation successful the aboriginal 1950s astatine tiny vigor stations successful the authorities earlier going connected to go 1 of the astir celebrated TV and vigor personalities successful state music, including announcing connected the Grand Ole Opry from 1961 to 1964, according to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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    "Ralph Emery's interaction successful expanding state music's assemblage is incalculable. On vigor and connected television, helium allowed fans to get to cognize the radical down the songs. Ralph was much a expansive conversationalist than a calculated interviewer... Above all, helium believed successful euphony and successful the radical who marque it," Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum said successful a tribute connected its website.

      Emery was inducted into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame successful 1989 and the Country Music Hall of Fame successful 2007.

      "Ralph Emery was often amended known than the stars helium introduced to larger and larger audiences implicit the years arsenic Country Music's foremost ambassador," Sarah Trahern, Country Music Association CEO said successful a statement. "Our format had nary amended dependable implicit the years than Ralph, who treated Country Music and its stars -- galore of whom went connected to go his person -- with the benignant of dignity and respect they deserved for decades. As a Country Music Hall of Famer, helium volition beryllium remembered among truthful galore of the artists helium supported passim his career."

      Loretta Lynn, state euphony fable and "dear friend" of Emery, tweeted, "It breaks my bosom to larn of Ralph Emery's passing. Ralph and I spell mode back. He was a Nashville archetypal and you cannot underestimate the relation helium played successful the maturation and occurrence of state music. He made you consciousness astatine easiness and interviewed everyone conscionable similar an aged friend."

        In a tweet, the City of Nashville besides mourned Emery.

        "Your bequest volition unrecorded connected forever, Ralph. Thank you for everything you've done."

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