Who is Keith Bilbrey?
Keith Bilbrey is a Nashville, Tennessee-based disc jockey and television host who specializes in country music. He worked as a disc jockey for WSM in Nashville, as an announcer for the Grand Ole Opry, and as the host of TNN’s Grand Ole Opry Live. He also serves as the show announcer for HUCKABEE, a Trinity Broadcasting Network variety show hosted by Mike Huckabee.
Keith Bilbrey Age
Bilbrey is 69 years old. He was born on August 14, 1952, in Cookeville, Tennessee.
Keith Bilbrey Background
Family, Parents, Education
Bilbrey, the youngest of three children, was born in Cookeville, Tennessee to Leo and Ethel Bilbrey. His interest in radio began in fourth grade, and he received his broadcast license at the age of 14. Soon after his sixteenth birthday, Bilbrey began working at Cookeville’s WHUB. He worked at WHUB for six years. Keith attended Tennessee Tech University from 1970 to 1973, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Keith Bilbrey Career as a Journalist
Bilbrey is also the announcer for “Music City Roots,” a weekly radio and TV show broadcast live from The Factory in Nashville on Wednesday nights (www.musiccityroots.com), as well as the host of the “Roots Radio Hour” on Hippie Radio 94.5.
He is also the announcer and Larry’s sidekick on RFD-highly TV’s rated “Larry’s Country Diner” TV series (www.larryscountrydiner.com), including live performances in Branson, Missouri, and co-hosts “Nashville Country Cookin'” (www.nashvillecountrycookin’.tv) with his wife, Emy Joe.
Classic Country Today, a syndicated radio show is also hosted by him. The weekly two-hour program can be heard on approximately 175 radio stations across the country. While pursuing a variety of business opportunities and writing his memoir, Bilbrey was inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame in 2015.
Keith Bilbrey WSM-TV
Bilbrey worked as an on-air personality for WSM-TV, NBC’s Nashville affiliate, for twenty-four years. The majority of this time, Bilbrey was the weatherman on The Ralph Emery Show, the nation’s top-rated local morning show, which included live music and skits in addition to the traditional news, weather, and sports.
Resigning from WSM
Bilbrey was unexpectedly fired from WSM and the Grand Ole Opry in March 2009. The news drew a lot of local attention, including numerous articles in The Tennessean and daily stories on local news affiliates, as well as outrage from many fans, who circulated a petition with over 4,000 signatures. According to The Tennessean, the decision to release Bilbrey was simply a cost-cutting measure due to a drop in advertising revenue.
Keith Bilbrey House
Bilbrey and his wife, Emy Joe, were evicted from their home on June 22, 2021, due to a devastating house fire. The event was live-streamed from Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Huckabee Theater on countryroadtv.com. All funds raised will be used to rebuild their beloved home.
According to Williamson Fire Marshal Bob Galoppi, the cause of the fire was an unintentional circumstance involving an outdoor grill.
Keith Bilbrey Wife and Children
Bilbrey is married to his wife Emy Joe Bilbrey. He was previously married to Eve Bilbrey with whom they had a son called Mark Allen Bilbrey. Unfortunately, his son died in November 2018 in West Nashville.
Keith Bilbrey Son Accident
Bilbrey’s son Mark died in 2018 in an automobile accident during a severe storm on November 6, 2018. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee holding a degree in English.
Keith Bilbrey Quits Huckabee
Keith is still the announcer of Huckabee. He has not yet announced his retirement from the show.
Keith Bilbrey Net Worth
Bilbrey has an estimated net worth of $1 million as of 2022.