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Ralph Emery, Famed Country Music Broadcaster, Dies At 88

Tammy Genovese, second left, Country Music Association Chief Operating Officer, poses for a photo with Vince Gill, left, Ralph Emery and Mel Tillis, right, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, in Nashville, Tenn., after it was announced that the three men will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Emery, who became known as the dean of country music broadcasters over more than a half-century in both radio and television, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, his family said. He was 88. (AP Photo/Jeff Adkins, File)
Tammy Genovese, second left, Country Music Association Chief Operating Officer, poses for a photo with Vince Gill, left, Ralph Emery and Mel Tillis, right, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, in Nashville, Tenn., after it was announced that the three men will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Emery, who became known as the dean of country music broadcasters over more than a half-century in both radio and television, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, his family said. He was 88. (AP Photo/Jeff Adkins, File)
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Nashville, Tenn. (AP) -- Ralph Emery, who became known as the dean of country music broadcasters over more than a half-century in both radio and television, died Saturday, his family said. He was 88.

Emery passed away peacefully of natural causes, surrounded by family, at Tristar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, his son, Michael, told The Associated Press. He had been hospitalized for a week.