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Charlie Jones (November 9, 1930–June 12, 2008)
was an American
sportscaster for NBC
Jones earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Southern
California and a law degree at the University of Arkansas.
Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Jones
started at ABC in 1960 broadcasting American Football League
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.
During his time at NBC, he also broadcast the 1988
Summer Olympics, 1986 FIFA World Cup, 1991 Ryder Cup,
Summer Olympics and 1996 Summer Olympics as well as golf, Wimbledon and the New
Year's Day Fiesta
Bowl football game.
He was also a play-by-play announcer for the Cincinnati Reds
in 1973, the California Angels in 1990, and the Colorado
Rockies from 1993-95.
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.
In 1997, Jones was awarded the Pro Football Hall of Fame's
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
Jones died at age 77 in La Jolla,
California of a massive heart attack.