Another Voice Lost As Keith Jackson Passes At 89


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Another voice of our generation is lost as Keith Jackson passed away last night at the age of 89...

We all remember the his expressions of enthusiasm brought from his Roopville, Georgia upbringing... thanks to our friends at ABC Sports...

And, no it was never the same hearing his voice discussing football in the Arroyo Seco on a yearly basis. UGA broadcasting legend Loran Smith said as much leading up to this year's Rose Bowl in his OnlineAthens column as the Bulldogs prepared to come and play in a CFP semi-final and went into Jackson's Georgia background...

He helped harvest row crops, he mended and fixed things. The outside world came to him via a battery powered Philco radio. He was an aficionado of WSB whose call letters meant, “Welcome South Brother.” In the Seventies he came to Athens to call a Georgia game, and I asked him to be a guest on the Georgia pre-game show which then took place on the hillside behind the stadium on Field Street. As we came back from a commercial break, before I could ask him a question, he, with the widest of grins, leaned into the microphone and said, “Welcome South Brother.” Then he added, “I have always wanted to do that.”

When Georgia played UCLA in the Rose Bowl in 1942, he listened to the game on that old radio, not once thinking that he would become an iconic Rose Bowl announcer for a national broadcast network.

Smith said in his column that Jackson was recovering from foot surgery at the end of the year andwouldn't be involved in any of the Rose Bowl week's activities...

His alma mater, Washington State University, took alook at his life and career...

And the LA Times' Mike Kupper had this look at Jackson- from his own perspective in his column Saturday morning:

His broadcasting philosophy was a simple one: “Amplify, clarify and punctuate, and let the viewer draw his or her own conclusion.”

“If I’ve helped people enjoy the telecast, that’s fine,” he insisted. “That’s my purpose.”

A purpose well-served and a presence forever missed in every aspect of broadcastng he touched and brought our way...

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