Jim Hill
Born (1946-10-21) October 21, 1946 (age 77)
OccupationSportscaster
Years active1976-present

American football career
No. 39, 49
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Highlands (TX)
College:Texas A&I
NFL draft:1968 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

James Webster Hill (born October 21, 1946) is an American sportscaster and currently lead sports anchor and sports director at KCBS-TV. He is a former American football defensive back who played in the National Football League.

Football career

Hill played college football at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University–Kingsville). Prior to becoming a sportscaster, Hill played professionally in the National Football League for the San Diego Chargers, Green Bay Packers, and Cleveland Browns.

Broadcasting career

Hill started his broadcasting career in college, after a professor referred him to the general manager at KINE in Kingsville, Texas following a prank to get out of biology class. There, he was a disc jockey and talk show host. When he was drafted by the Chargers, the station which carried them, KCST (now KNSD), wanted to be closer to Hill. Thus, his football number with the Chargers was 39, a reference to the channel number, and he hosted the music show Mr. 39's Talent Night, a program similar to American Bandstand, as well as sports reporting. He later moved on to KGTV, before moving to Green Bay.[1]

During his first season as a Green Bay Packers player in 1972, Hill contributed to the Monday and Tuesday evening newscasts of Green Bay station WBAY-TV;[2] as the primary affiliate of the CBS-TV Network in Green Bay at the time, WBAY-TV carried most Packers games during the 1970s.

After retiring from the NFL, Hill started in 1976 at KCBS-TV (then KNXT) in Los Angeles, where he was a sports anchor for 11 years. Hill began on the NFL on CBS in 1980 as an analyst. But in 1984, 1985, and 1992–93, he was the play-by-play announcer on selected games. He also served as Sideline Reporter for CBS Sports's coverage of Super Bowl XVIII (1984). He left KCBS in 1987, and spent a near five-year stint at rival KABC-TV, where he anchored the sports segments on its 5, 6, and 11 p.m. editions of Eyewitness News. He also worked for ABC Sports's coverage of the 1988 Winter Olympics as a Correspondent in Calgary and as Sideline Reporter for the Super Bowl XXII (1988). He returned to KCBS in March 1992, and has remained there since. In addition to KCBS-TV duties, Hill files sports reports for sister station KCAL-TV. Hill is also one of the hosts for pay-per-view boxing telecasts produced by the Showtime cable network.

A popular broadcast personality in Southern California for years, Hill has been active in community activities. He is a member of the Los Angeles Urban League's board of directors, as well as serving on the board of directors of the Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, California. He is a spokesman for the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and is involved in developing youth outreach and fitness programs.

Honors

Hill has been honored by the Associated Press, Los Angeles Press Club, United Press International, the California Press Television and Radio Association, and USA Today for his outstanding work in sports reporting.

Hill was honored on May 9, 2006, with the 2,311th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Colleagues, friends, family and dignitaries such as Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa were in attendance to honor the popular sportscaster. Mayor Villaraigosa declared May 9, 2006, in Los Angeles as "Jim Hill Day."

Personal life

Hill is an avid golfer who often plays at Wilson & Harding Golf Courses at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. He also plays golf with Ernie Camacho.

He was formerly married to Erma White (1965–1973). Hill has one son, Walter J. Hill, San Antonio, Texas. He is divorced from actress Denise Nicholas.[3]

His younger brother is former Los Angeles Rams tight end David Hill.

He has appeared as himself in movies and television shows such as Rocky III and Arli$$.

Hill says his favorite food is fried chicken. He also enjoys watermelon and grape soda.[4]

Partial filmography

References

  1. ^ Hammond, Rich. "Q&A: Jim Hill and the exploding frog that launched a legendary TV career". The Athletic. Retrieved 2023-05-11.
  2. ^ TV Guide magazine, Wisconsin Edition dated September 23–29, 1972, WBAY-TV ad on page A-40
  3. ^ Park, Jeannie; Armstrong, Lois (May 7, 1990). "In the Heat of the Night's Eerie Parallels to Her Sister's Murder Allow Actress Denise Nicholas to Finally Conquer Her Grief". People. Vol. 33, no. 18. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  4. ^ https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hr-2-need-continuity/id207526159?i=1000653729582