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Old 06-14-2008, 11:52 AM   #1
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RIP Charlie Jones

Sportscaster Jones worked the first Super Bowl ~ Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Charlie Jones, the deep-voiced sportscaster whose career as a play-by-play announcer spanned 38 years for ABC and NBC, has died. He was 77.

Jones died of a heart attack Thursday at his home in the La Jolla district of San Diego, his longtime agent, Martin Mandel, told The Associated Press.

"Charlie is one of the legends of sports broadcasting starting with covering the first Super Bowl," Mandel said. "He had a wonderful kettledrum voice. He was known for that and his versatility."

NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol called Jones "one of the great pioneers of NBC Sports. His work in particular on the NFL, golf and the Olympics left a lasting legacy."
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A very small bio...






In brief :
Charlie Jones. Sports Broadcasters. Author.

Charlie Jones is in his 45th year as a professional broadcaster.

Jones, who spent 38 years as an AFL and NFL play-by-play announcer. He was one of ABC's original AFL voices in 1960. After five seasons with ABC, Jones went to NBC in 1965, where he worked through 1997. During his broadcasting career, Jones teamed with nearly 60 different analyst partners.

While at NBC, Jones described 28 different sports, including golf, tennis, skating, and numerous events for NBC's "SportsWorld."

In 1997, Jones was honored with the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. An accomplished author, Jones penned "What Makes Winners Win," published in 1997.
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Another pro. No frills, no histrionics and very versatile. Sad.
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