Journalist Chet Flippo Dies
Chet Flippo, a giant in the world of music journalism and editorial director of Country Music Telvision, died in Nashville June 19.
Flippo, 69, was an early and legendary rock critic for Rolling Stone, author of seven books and a fierce advocate of country music.
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Flippo joined CMT in 2001 as editorial director, interviewed artists, oversaw music content of CMT programming and wrote the regular “Nashville Skyline” column for the CMT website.
He received the Country Music Association’s CMT Media Award and the Charlie Lamb Award for excellence in country music journalism.
“This is a stunning loss to all of us,” said CMT President Brian Phillips. “Chet was a stoic Texan, fiercely loyal and intensely private. … for all, it was a terrific privilege to work with Chet Flippo.”