People in the news: January 16, 2022 | national news

Emery, famous country music broadcaster, dies at 88

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ralph Emery, who became known as the dean of country music broadcasters for more than half a century on both radio and television, died Saturday, his family announced. He was 88 years old.

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

Beginning his career at small radio stations, then moving to television as well, Emery was probably best known for his work on the cable channel Nashville Network. From 1983 to 1993, he hosted the channel’s live variety show “Nashville Now”, earning him the title “Cable TV’s Johnny Carson” for his interview style. From 2007 to 2015, Emery hosted a weekly show on RFD-TV, a satellite and cable television channel.

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

Ex-Alabama QB Barker charged with domestic violence

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Alabama quarterback Jay Barker, married to country music singer Sara Evans, was arrested on Saturday for felony domestic violence, Tennessee authorities said.

Barker, 49, was taken to a Nashville County jail early Saturday morning, according to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office website. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and placed on $10,000 bail with a 12-hour detention because it was a domestic violence case. He was released on Saturday evening after posting bail.

Investigators did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press asking for details about the case. Barker did not respond to a call from the AP and it was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment.

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