Hall of fame sportscaster Keith Jackson, who died Jan, 12 at 89, was a legend in sports broadcasting best known for his work in college football, but he also was one of the earliest to cover NHRA drag racing.
Jackson began his career as a broadcaster in 1952, became a radio news correspondent for ABC News Radio and sports director of ABC Radio West in 1964 before joining ABC Sports in 1966. He covered many NHRA events for the network’s Wide World of Sports program, including the Winternationals, a hometown race for the longtime Southern California resident.
NHRA salutes Jackson, whose golden voice and homespun charm helped introduce NHRA to the masses in those formative years in the 1960s, and offers its condolences to his families and former colleagues.
Below is a fine example of his work, in which his passion for and knowledge of the sport is obvious. Thanks, Keith.