College football broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at 89, cause of death
Keith Jackson, the legendary sportscaster who used to be called the voice of college football. Is no more. The 89 year old Keith Jackson died Friday night.
There is no denying that Jackson will be remembered by sports fans in general and college football fans in particular for his voice that dominated the stadia over the last more than half a century.
The renowned sports broadcaster’s family, according to the ESPN, the sister Disney company to ABC where Jackson spent much of his career, has confirmed his death.
While condoling the death of the renowned broadcaster, Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO for The Walt Disney Company “For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football…When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game. Keith was a true gentleman and a memorable presence. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Turi Ann, and his family.”
Keith Jackson was born in Roopville, Georgia. He belonged to a rather poor family and was the only surviving child of his parents. Sports naturally attracted him from a very early age and he told his fans on many occasions that he grew up listening to sports on the radio. After enlisting and serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, he attended Washington State University in Pullman under the G.I. Bill. Jackson began as a political science major, but he became interested in broadcasting. He graduated in 1954 with a degree in speech communications. There is no denying that his degree helped him immensely in later years, but his fetish of the broadcast journalism and his knowledge of the game supported his cause.
While he will always be remembered for his services to the college football, he also broadcasted many other tournaments including Major League Baseball, NBA basketball besides boxing and auto racing. Nonetheless, given the fact that he dominated the college football, his fans associate him exclusively with the game. Not many can believe that he also broadcasted PGA Tour golf and the Olympic Games. Keith Jackson was married to Turi Ann. Keith Jackson had three grown children, Melanie, Lindsey, and Christopher, and three grandchildren, Ian, Holly, and Spencer. At the time of his death, he resided in the Los Angeles area.