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Charlie Jones (sportscaster)

Charlie Jones
Born November 9, 1930
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Died June 12, 2008(2008-06-12) (aged 77)
La Jolla, California
Education University of Southern California undergraduate
University of Arkansas Law
Occupation Sportscaster
Spouse(s) Ann Jones (1954–2008), his death
Children 2

Charlie Jones (November 9, 1930 – June 12, 2008) was an American sportscaster for NBC and ABC.

Early life

Charlie Jones was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California, where he was a tennis player, and a law degree at the University of Arkansas. He also served in the U.S. Air Force.[1]

Broadcasting career

American Football League/National Football League

Jones began his sportscasting career at local television and radio stations in Fort Smith, before signing on as a broadcaster for the fledgling Dallas Texans of the American Football League in 1960. Jones also began calling AFL games for ABC that year.

In 1965, he moved to NBC, continuing to broadcast the AFL and later the National Football League. He would work NFL games until 1997, when NBC lost their NFL (AFC) broadcasting rights to CBS. Among Jones' notable broadcasts was in January 1993 when he covered the Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Oilers Wild Card game, in which the Bills rallied from a 35–3 second half deficit to defeat the Oilers in overtime 41–38.

In 1997, Jones was awarded the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. He also received an Emmy Award in 1973 for his part as writer, producer and host of the documentary Is Winning the Name of the Game?[2]

Other TV work

During his time at NBC, Jones also broadcast the 1988 Summer Olympics, 1986 FIFA World Cup, 1991 Ryder Cup, 1992 Summer Olympics and 1996 Summer Olympics, as well as Major League Baseball, PGA Tour golf, and Wimbledon tennis. He was the announcer for auto races including the 1988 Meadowlands Grand Prix.

He was the play-by-play announcer for the 1986 college football national championship, where Penn State defeated Miami 14–10 in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl.

In 1999, he returned to ABC Sports to call college football until the 2001 season.

He was also a play-by-play announcer for the Cincinnati Reds in 1973, California Angels in 1990, and Colorado Rockies from 199395.

In the mid-1970s, he hosted Almost Anything Goes, The American Frontier, and Pro-Fan.

Jones, along with Frank Shorter, provided the voices of the TV announcers for a fictionalized staging of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials in the 1982 film Personal Best.


Jones died at age 77 at his home in La Jolla, California of a heart attack. He was survived by his wife of 54 years, Ann, two children Chuck and Julie,[3] and three grandchildren.[4] He is a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.[5]


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