Funeral Services Held for Broadcast Executive Elmer Alley

Funeral services were held Thursday (June 12) in Nashville for Elmer Alley, a veteran broadcast executive who was involved in the launches of Opryland, Fan Fair and The Nashville Network. Alley, who died Monday (June 9) at age 87, joined Nashville radio station WSM-AM at age 18 and later hired Ralph Emery for the disc jockey’s first television show, Opry Almanac, which premiered on WSM-TV in 1963. In his book, Air Castle of the South: WSM and the Making of Music City, journalist and historian Craig Havighurst details the story of Alley writing a memo to WSM Inc. president Irving Waugh outlining the initial concept for the Opryland theme park that opened in Nashville in 1972.