Keith Jackson: One of history’s best reporters

Tuesday, January 19, 1999
Topeka Capital-Journal

This is another name-dropping column, another chapter in the story of my life among the bigshots. The big name in this one is Keith Jackson, who retired earlier this month from ABC after a 47-year career that established him firmly as the top college football announcer in the land, and one of the best reporters in sports history.

Keith also was involved, at about the mid-point in his career, with producing and directing sports shows for television, and that’s when I got to know him pretty well.

In 1970 I was running NCAA Films, and as part of the college football package on ABC we produced a Sunday morning highlight show of top games played the day before, plus an annual prime-time special to open the season. Continue reading