WESTPORT, Conn. -- Happy birthday To Westport’s James William "Jim" Nantz III!
Jim Nantz, who has owned a home in Westport, turns 55 on Saturday. The sportscaster was born May 17, 1959, in Charlotte, N.C..
Nantz went to the University of Houston in Texas, where he majored in broadcasting and played on the Houston Cougars men's golf team.
He got his first experience in sports broadcasting with the CBS Radio Network, transmitting taped interviews to Win Elliot for the latter's Sports Central USA weekend reports. He also worked as an anchor and sportscaster for KSL TV in Salt Lake City.
He joined CBS in 1985, initially working as a studio host for the network's college football and basketball coverage. He has anchored CBS' coverage of the Masters tournament since 1989.
Nantz has worked on telecasts of the National Football League, National Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball and the PGA Tour for CBS Sports since the 1990s. He has been the NFL on CBS's top play-by-play announcer since 2004.
On Feb. 4, 2007, Nantz called the play-by-play of Super Bowl XLI.
In 2009, Nantz partnered with wine producer Peter Deutsch to launch a private wine label The Calling, with its first vintage released in 2012.
He won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-by-Play in both 2008 and 2009. He has also been honored with the NSSA’s National Sportscaster of the Year award five times in 1998, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
In 2011, he was named as a recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Nantz received an honorary doctor of humane letters from the University of Houston in 2001. He also is one of the youngest recipients of the Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy award for broadcasting.
He was awarded the Ambassador Award of Excellence by the LA Sports & Entertainment Commission in 2012 for his involvement in the community.