Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Keith Jackson, Legendary 'Whoa, Nelly!' Sportscaster, Dies at 89

Keith Jackson, Legendary 'Whoa, Nelly!' Sportscaster, Dies at 89

Jackson flew to that big broadcast booth in the sky on Friday. He graduated in 1954. Among the first was his decision, upon serving four years in the Marine Corps, to pursue a broadcast journalism degree at Washington State.

After graduation, he landed with KOMO in Seattle and it was there that he became the first to broadcast a sports event from the Soviet Union - a University of Washington crew race.

Jackson spent the vast majority of his television career with ABC Sports.

The sport he is most identified with by far was college football and for years his voice on a telecast meant it was the day's biggest matchup. National League batting champion Charlie Blackmon and the Rockies avoided salary arbitration, but agreed to only a one-year, $14 million deal.

Jackson returned to broadcasting college football and teamed with Bill Russell on National Basketball Association games. Jackson was also a man of the people. Jackson is also believed to have nicknamed Michigan Stadium "The Big House". After covering college football for more than 50 years - 40 with ABC Sports - Jackson retired in May 2006.

Ryan Says Entitlement Reform Not Likely This Year
He was not on the same page, however, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who rejected the idea just before Christmas. The president said overhauling social safety net programs is "going to have to be bipartisan".

It was college football, though, that set him apart.

Jackson, who lived in Southern California, had planned to retire after the 1998 season, but changed his mind when ABC suggested that he concentrate on Pacific 10 games so he could remain close to home.

Jackson was part of the coverage of the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics, and he covered the 1980, 1984, and 1988 Winter Olympics.

Kirk Herbstreit was among the college football broadcasters paying tribute to Jackson on social media.

Jackson was interviewed by Bill Plaschke for The Los Angeles Times recently, on the ten year anniversary of his retirement.

Snow and cold will continue, then warmer for weekend
A cold front will bring lower temperatures across Central Florida into this weekend, according to the National Weather Service . The heavy rain that is expected Friday afternoon, coupled with melting snow, prompted a flood watch for southern New England.

Jackson joined the ABC radio network in 1965, freelancing TV assignments before settling in permanently at ABC when Roone Arledge needed someone to call a parachute-jumping segment for "Wide World of Sports" in 1968.

When Broyles stepped down as Arkansas' coach after the 1976 season, he began doing ABC games on a regular basis, sometimes with Jackson and sometimes with Schenkel. From 1969 to 2006 he was the soundtrack for college football with his distinctive baritone voice.

"If it's the end, then it's the end", Jackson said after that game in the ABC broadcast compound outside the Rose Bowl. He enjoyed a minor career as an actor, often playing himself or a sportscaster.

Jackson, who was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1999, was also honored by both the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame (1994) and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame (1995).

Keith Jackson (center) receiving a Touchdown Club award in 1978. In it, he writes, "The Rose Bowl...what ambience!"

Pornographic malware found in Android apps for kids
Although Google actively scans the Play store for malicious code, policing its vast, ever-evolving catalog of apps is a challenge. In December, YouTube said that Google was planning to increase the number of staff reviewing videos to more than 10,000.

With his wife, the former Turi Ann Johnsen, Jackson had three children, Melanie Ann, Lindsey and Christopher.

Like this: