He was a staple of sports broadcasting and, most prominently, as a play-by-play color commentator for college football on ABC. Jackson died Friday in Los Angeles. Robert Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company, which owns ABC, released a statement saying, “For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football.”
Jackson was born in 1928 in the small Georgia town of Roopville, and he grew up on a farm in the area. His five-decades long career in broadcasting followed his graduation from Washington State University in Pullman. There he majored in broadcast journalism. For a decade, Jackson worked at ABC affiliate KOMO in Seattle, and soon after, he became sports director for ABC Radio West. In 1966, he moved to ABC Sports where he began his lengthy span as one of the most enduring faces of its college football coverage.
Jackson retired from ABC sports after covering the Rose Bowl in 2006. He is survived by his wife, Turi Ann, three children and three grandchildren.
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