|06-13-2008, 03:50 PM||#1|
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Charlie Jones: 1930-2008
Called a lot of Broncos games. A very good announcer. Pretty sure he called "The Drive 2" vs. Houston Oilers in 1991. Did some Rockies as well.
Charlie Jones: 1930-2008
By Tom Hoffarth on June 13, 2008 11:05 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | ShareThis
Charlie Jones.jpgCharlie Jones, who came up through the network ranks as one of ABC's original voices of the American Football League and covered two Super Bowls for NBC, died Thursday of a heart attack. He was 77.
Martin Mandel, Jones former agent, said Jones was dressing to go to dinner with friends who had come to San Diego for the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines when he suffered the fatal heart attack at his home.
He is survived by his wife Ann, two children and three grand children.
"All of us at NBC are saddened at the passing of one of the great pioneers of NBC Sports," said NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol. "His work in particular on the NFL, golf and the Olympics left a lasting legacy."
Said NBC golf analyst Johnny Miller during the network's coverage of the U.S. Open this afternoon: "I just loved working with Charlie. He was loved for announcing and being part of sports. Just being around him was really a treat. I will miss him."
Jones did 38 season of the AFL and NFL and was ABC's first broadcaster on an AFL game in 1960. He also contributed to ABC's "Wide World of Sports" during his five years with the network.
Jones followed the AFL to NBC in 1965, where he worked through 1997. During his football broadcasting career he teamed with nearly 60 different analyst partners and covered Super Bowls I and III for the network.
At NBC, he covered 28 different sports, including track and field and diving at the Seoul Olympics in 1988, and swimming, diving and water polo at the Barcelona Games in 1992. He was the lead voice for rowing and flatwater canoeing/kayak at the '96 Olympics in Atlanta.
Jones covered more than 25 college football bowl games, including the 1987 Fiesta Bowl national championship, the 1986 World Cup soccer from Mexico City, and the 1987 World Championships of Track and Field in Rome.
He began his broadcasting career full time in 1956 as sports director at KNAC-TV in Fort Smith, Arkansas. From 1957 to 1959, he held the same post with KFPW Radio in Fort Smith. Jones then became the director of television and radio for the AFL Dallas Texans in 1960. He provided the play-by-play on Cincinnati Reds baseball telecasts in 1973 and 1974, and for the Colorado Rockies from 1993 to 1995. He also announced play-by-play for preseason San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders football.
He also did "Almost Anything Goes" game show, with Lynn Shakelford as his broadcast partner (pictured above), as well as appear in TV and movies as himself.
In 1997, Jones was honored with the Pro Football Hall of Fame's distinguished Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. He won a 1973 Emmy Award for his work as writer, producer and host of the documentary, "Is Winning the Name of the Game?"
Jones also wrote "What Makes Winners Win," published in 1997, a New York Times Bestseller. He co-wrote, co-produced and co-hosted the award-winning PBS series, "The American Frontier," with Merlin Olsen. In 2002, he wrote "Game, Set, Match A Tennis Book For The Mind," with Kim Doren.
Jones earned a bachelor's degree from USC, where he was a member of the Trojans' NCAA champion tennis team in 1951. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas Law School.
|06-13-2008, 04:34 PM||#4|
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I have been watching a lot of old 80's and 90's games in last few months, Jones was on a bunch of them.
|06-13-2008, 05:11 PM||#5|
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Charlie was one of my favorites. It's too bad CBS didn't bring him over like Enberg when they landed the AFC games.
|06-13-2008, 05:46 PM||#6|
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I always like Charlie too. You could plug him into any sports broadcast and he would come across as interesting and entertaining with a small ego and a sense of humor.
Wow. Good announcers are dropping like flies this week.