Saturday, June 14, 2008

Death of a Legendary TV Icon

Category: Obituary

No, not Tim Russert.

With all the nonstop coverage of Russert's sudden death on June 13, lost in the shuffle was the announcement of the passing of legendary sportscaster Charlie Jones.

Much like Jim McKay, who died last week, Jones was an icon of the "three channel days" (as comedian Tim Wilson named them). Jones worked on ABC's Wide World of Sports with McKay. He also covered the American Football League football games before the merger, and even after the merger was a commentator on NBC Sports. He was also a noted regional sportscaster, having covered during his career the Dallas Texans (now the Cowboys) during their inaugural season and the Cincinnati Reds for two seasons in 1973-74.

Jones won an Emmy for his documentary Is Winning the Name of the Game? in 1973.

Charlie Jones was 77 and suffered a heart attack at his home in La Jolla, California.

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