Joe Elmore, Host of Horsepower TV and Musclecar, Dies at 80

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If your lazy Saturday mornings were anything like ours, you probably spent hours watching Horsepower TV or Musclecar, both hosted by Joe Elmore, who passed away Monday at the age of 80. Elmore had a long career in journalism and entertainment, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Arkansas State University in his home state before completing a Master of Arts degree in broadcasting and film at the University of Memphis.

He helped launch Tennessee Crossroads on Nashville Public Television 37 years ago, hosting the show since its inception. However, most of us gearheads would know him for his Powernation shows on TNN and Spike starting in the late ’90s and continuing into the 2010s.

Powernation shared the news in an Instagram post:

Remembering Joe Elmore

We are heartbroken to share that our long-time host and dear friend, Joe Elmore, has passed away after a brave battle with a long-term illness. Joe’s passion for cars and his infectious enthusiasm brought joy to millions of POWERNATION viewers.

From hosting “Horsepower TV” to “MuscleCar,” Joe wasn’t just a TV host; he was a mentor, a friend, and an amazing host.

Joe was more than just a face on the screen; he was a beloved member of the car community. Always eager to share his knowledge and connect with fellow car lovers, Joe’s spirit and generosity left a lasting impact on everyone he met.

Our thoughts are with Joe’s family, friends, and all who were lucky enough to know him. Joe, thank you for the memories, the lessons, and the passion. You will be dearly missed, but your legacy will live on.

Rest in peace, Joe.

Elmore’s automotive shows were informative and drama-free, reflecting his professionalism. Plenty of us were motivated to wrench on our cars after Elmore showed what was possible with the proper attention to detail and we’re sure that many new auto enthusiasts were encouraged to take on projects for the first time after watching Elmore’s authoritative delivery. Elmore is survived by his three children. The Tennessean reports that Nashville Public Television plans a broadcast tribute for Elmore.


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    Lo centimos muchísimo yo he seguido su trabajo hace muchos años y esa voz nunca la boy a olvidar es mi voz de los sábados y domingos en mis desayunos cuando mi esposa se cansaba de decir me ya esta listo el desayuno y yo atento al proyecto que el estaba haciendo parte de nuestras vidas DESCANSE EN PAZ!!!😔😔😔

    Spent many an afternoon and weekend mornings watching The Powerblock. Joe was an excellent guide and narrator to everything he was doing.

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