Charlie Jones (sportscaster)
|Born||November 9, 1930
Fort Smith, Arkansas
|Died||June 12, 2008
La Jolla, California
|Education||University of Southern California undergraduate
University of Arkansas Law
|Spouse(s)||Ann Jones (1954–2008), his death|
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.
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?
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.
In 1999, he returned to ABC Sports to call college football until the 2001 season.
In the mid-1970s, he hosted Almost Anything Goes, The American Frontier, and Pro-Fan.
In 2008, Jones died at the age of 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, and three grandchildren. He is a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.