Rose Bowl Announces It will Host A Celebration of Life Honoring Legendary Broadcaster Keith Jackson

Published : Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 7:54 PM


The Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena will host A Celebration of Life honoring legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson on April 15, starting at 4 p.m.

The Celebration of Life event will be open to the public and will include guest speakers, musical performances, and video tributes. Speakers will include Jackson’s former college football broadcasting colleagues Dan Fouts, Bob Griese, Todd Harris, and Lynn Swann.

Other speakers include Harvey Hyde, former collegiate coach and radio personality, and Jason Gesser, former quarterback at Washington State University, Jackson’s alma mater. Tim Brant, who worked with Jackson as a college football analyst at ABC, will serve as master of ceremonies.

“Please join us at America’s Stadium, the place where Keith Jackson made so many memories that we all share,” Darryl Dunn, CEO and General Manager of the Rose Bowl Stadium, said. “We encourage everyone who loves college football and remembers the iconic voice and words of Keith Jackson to come to the Stadium to help us celebrate this great man and his extraordinary life and career.”

Gerald Freeney, Tournament of Roses President, said the Rose Bowl Game owes much of its popularity to the legendary broadcaster.

“The Rose Bowl Game has been an annual tradition for over a century,” Freeney said. “That tradition is stronger because of Keith Jackson nicknaming it the Granddaddy of Them All. We owe a key part of our brand to Keith’s Legacy.”

For more than 50 years, Jackson covered some of the world’s largest sporting events, including 10 Olympics, the World Series, the NBA Finals, the Indianapolis 500, and ABC’s Wide World of Sports. He came to be known as the voice of college football’s biggest games.

Jackson passed away on January 12 in Sherman Oaks, California.

In 2015, the Rose Bowl Stadium’s Broadcast Center was renamed in his honor, and he was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame for his contributions to the New Year’s Day game, which he called a record 15 times.

In lieu of flowers, Jackson’s wife Turi Ann and family suggest donations to organizations that have been important to the Jackson family and to their community, including the Rose Bowl’s Keith Jackson Statue project, and the Keith and Turi Jackson Excellence Fund at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.

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