Charlie Jones, who is in his 45th year as a professional broadcaster, enters his second season providing regional play-by-play for ABC's college football.
Jones, who spent an unprecedented 38 years as an AFL and NFL play-by-play announcer, was one of ABC's original AFL voices in 1960. In his first assignment, Jones called the play-by-play for the first AFL game ever broadcast, which was also the first for young producer Roone Arledge. Jones also contributed to "ABC's Wide World of Sports" during his stint with ABC. After five seasons with the network, Jones followed the AFL to NBC in 1965, where he worked through 1997. During his football broadcasting career, Jones teamed with nearly 60 different analyst partners.
While at NBC, Jones described 28 different sports, including golf, Wimbledon tennis, figure skating, and numerous events for NBC's "SportsWorld." In addition, Jones called track-and-field action at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and swimming, diving, and water polo at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Jones served as the lead voice for the rowing and flatwater-canoeing/kayak competitions at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
During his illustrious career, Jones has described more than 25 college football bowl games, including the 1987 Sunkist Fiesta Bowl national championship game, 1986 World Cup soccer from Mexico City, and the 1987 World Championships of Track and Field in Rome. Jones also worked the first AFL Championship game and Super Bowl I for NBC.
Jones began his broadcasting career full time in 1956 as sports director at KNAC-TV in Fort Smith, Arizona. From 1957 to 1959, he held the same post with KFPW Radio in Fort Smith. Jones then became the director of television and radio for the AFL Dallas Texans in 1960. Jones provided play-by-play on Cincinnati Reds baseball telecasts in 1973 and 1974, and for Colorado Rockies games from 1993 to 1995. He has also done play-by-play for preseason Oakland Radiers football.
In 1997, Jones was honored with the Pro Football Hall of Fame's distinguished Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. Jones won a 1973 Emmy Award for his work as writer, producer and host of the documentary, "Is Winning the Name of the Game?"
An accomplished author, Jones penned "What Makes Winners Win," published in 1997. He later co-wrote, co-produced and co-hosted the award-winning PBS series, "The American Frontier," with Merlin Olsen.
Jones earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California, where he was a member of the Trojans' NCAA champion tennis team. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas Law School.