Thursday, March 29, 2007

What about Bob???

Bob Jenkins (born September 4, 1947 in Liberty, Indiana) is a television and radio sports announcer best known for his work at ABC and ESPN calling NASCAR and IndyCar telecasts. He currently teaches announcing at Anderson University (Indiana). [citation needed]

Announcing career

Jenkins was one of the original cornerstone anchors on ESPN when it debuted in 1979, working there as one of the most senior members of the network until 2003. From 1979-1998, Jenkins worked on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network, holding various positions including the backstrech, turn four, and chief announcer from 1990-1998. Jenkins was the television announcer of the Brickyard 400 (now Allstate 400 at the Brickyard) from 1994-2000, and the television announcer of the Indianapolis 500 from 1999-2001.

After being released from ABC/ESPN in 2003, Jenkins joined the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in various roles (track announcer and host of many public relations events, including the Victory Banquet held after the race), had a short stint as an announcer on the Champ Car World Series before being fired by the production company. He then joined Speed Channel; he was one of the anchors of Speed News for a year. Jenkins has also been a contributor to WIBC, Indianapolis sports broadcasts.

In June 2006, Jenkins was released from his contract by Speed Channel; his future broadcasting plans are unknown. According to Jayski's Silly Season Site, in early 2006 Jenkins became the communications director for the Premier Racing Association [1].

In July 2006, he was head announcer of the IMS Radio Network for the United States Grand Prix.

Movie credits

Jenkins also has two movie credits, both from his positions. In order to be realistic, the race announcers in Days of Thunder were the actual ESPN crew, which meant Jenkins was the announcer, as in real-life, and while at Speed Channel in 2005, he was the Speed anchor in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (released August 4, 2006).

His voice was used in the EA Sports NASCAR video game series, from NASCAR 98 to NASCAR 2001.

Jenkins is a cancer survivor and lives in the Indianapolis area with his wife Pam.

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