When Keith Jackson
was created, they threw the mold away. Imitations abound, but there is
only one Keith Jackson.
Highly respected and admired
by his colleagues in both the broadcast and sports press, Keith Jackson
is a product of his roots and early experiences. Born in Georgia, Keith
grew up picking cotton and plowing fields, and studying by kerosene lamp.
Determined and focused on his goals, Keith entered Washington State University
on the G.I. Bill of Rights. From KOMO-TV, Seattle, where he found a job
upon graduation doing the evening news and doubling as a sportscaster,
Keith Jackson went on to become one of the greats in the field. He made
history in 1958 with the first live broadcast of a sporting event(crew)
from the Soviet Union to the U.S.
Jackson served as play-by-play
announcer for ABC's coverage of college football for over 30 years before
retiring after the 1998-1999 season. His partnership with college sports,
connecting the broadcasting booth to the campus, is a near perfect match.
Keith's long and illustrious
career, marked by numerous awards, covers a variety of sports such as
NCAA Basketball championships, major league baseball, boxing and championship
auto racing. Throughout his sportscasting career, spanning 31 different
countries, his simple broadcast philosophy prevails--"Amplify, Clarify
and Punctuate and let the viewer draw his or her own conclusion."