Jones earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California and a law degree at the University of Arkansas.
American Football League/National Football League
Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Jones started at ABC in 1960 broadcasting American Football League games.
In 1965, he moved to NBC, continuing to broadcast the AFL and later the National Football League. He would work NFL games until 1997, when NBC lost their NFL (AFC) broadcasting rights to CBS.
Other broadcasting duties
During his time at NBC, he also broadcast the 1988 Summer Olympics, 1986 FIFA World Cup, 1991 Ryder Cup, 1992 Summer Olympics and 1996 Summer Olympics as well as golf, Wimbledon and the New Year's Day Fiesta Bowl football game.
He was also a play-by-play announcer for the Cincinnati Reds in 1973, the California Angels in 1990, and the Colorado Rockies from 1993-95.
In the mid-1970s, he hosted Almost Anything Goes, The American Frontier, and Pro-Fan.
Jones, along with Frank Shorter, provided the voices of the TV announcers for a fictionalized staging of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials in the 1982 film Personal Best.
In 1997, Jones was awarded the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. He also received an Emmy Award in 1973 for his part as writer, producer and host of the documentary Is Winning the Name of the Game? ABC Sports - Jones, Charlie
Jones died at age 77 in La Jolla, California of a massive heart attack.