Joe Elmore, Beloved Host of NPT’s Tennessee Crossroads, Passes Away at 80

Joe Elmore Death: Joe Elmore, the longtime host of Tennessee’s longest-running and highest-rated public television program, “Tennessee Crossroads,” has died at the age of 80. Joe passed away early Monday after a prolonged battle with ill health, the show announced. Since its inception in 1987, Joe had been the face of the beloved show.

A Message from Tennessee Crossroads

From Tennessee Crossroads: “Dear Crossroads viewers, there’s no easy way to say this… our beloved friend and host for 37 years passed away this morning following a long illness. As Joe would’ve wanted, the show he helped create will continue, as will his spirit.”

Who Was Joe Elmore?

Joe Elmore was born in 1944 in Paragould, Arkansas, near the Mississippi Delta. He grew up in eastern Arkansas and later became a longtime Nashville, Tennessee resident. As a TV personality, producer, and writer, Joe connected with audiences statewide and beyond. He studied journalism at Arkansas State University and earned a Master of Arts degree in radio and cinema from the University of Memphis.

Early Career and Journey to Tennessee Crossroads

Joe’s journalism career began after earning degrees from the University of Memphis. He served as media relations director and assistant professor in the Department of Journalism. Joe worked at WHBQ-TV news in Memphis for five years as general assignment reporter, weekend anchor, and feature reporter. He co-hosted PM Magazine show for three years before moving to Nashville in 1985.

Contributions to Media and Beyond

In Nashville, Joe worked on TV, radio, and film projects for the Nashville Network and others. He co-hosted NBC Sports’ “Detroit Muscle,” a show about American muscle cars. From 1997 to 2013, he hosted Spike TV’s “Horsepower,” a premier high-performance automotive show.

Personal Passions

Outside of his professional life, Joe enjoyed writing, playing, and recording music in his home studio. He was also passionate about travel, scuba diving, photography, movies, and reading.

Remembering Joe Elmore

Joe Elmore’s obituary and funeral arrangements will be released by the family. His legacy and contributions to journalism, television, and the lives of those who watched him will be remembered fondly by many.

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