|Born||November 9, 1930|
Fort Smith, Arkansas
|Died||June 12, 2008 (aged 77)|
La Jolla, California
|Education||University of Southern California undergraduate |
University of Arkansas Law
|Spouse(s)||Ann Jones (1954–2008), His Death|
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 wildcard game, in which the Bills rallied from a 35-3 second half deficit to defeat the Oilers in overtime.
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 broadcasting duties and appearances
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 play-by-play announcer for the 1986 college football national championship, where Penn State defeated Miami 14-10 in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl. He also was the announcer for auto races including the 1988 Meadowlands Grand Prix.
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 in La Jolla, California of a massive heart attack.
- Charlie Jones at the Internet Movie Database
- Charlie Jones on Sports (Charlie's own blog)
- NBC's Charlie Jones, 1930 - 2008
- Dick Ebersol's Statement on the Passing of Charlie Jones
- Charlie Jones: 1930-2008
- FindaGrave Memorial
- NBC sportscaster Charlie Jones dies
- 1988 Meadowlands Grand Prix with Charlie Jones