Jay Randolph, Jr.
(1934 – )
Age is meaningless while experience is everything. Since the late 1980’s Jay Randolph spent 22 years broadcasting St. Louis Cardinal Baseball games to hundreds of thousands of fans. Randolph returned to the Cardinal broadcast booth for KSDK-TV to call 22 games for the 2011 season. He also worked for FOX doing features on the Cardinals.
In the late 1950’s, all indications were that Randolph would become a professional golfer. Having won the Egyptian Amateur Championship in Cairo in ’56, the Collegiate Southern Golf Conference Championship in ’57, and the Washington D.C. Amateur in ’58 and played in four U.S., two British and two Canadian Amateur Championships. Taking the job of sports and promotion director at WHAR-Radio in Clarksburg, WV in 1958 altered that course, forever.
After five years of building his play-by-play skills with West Virginia University, and two years in Dallas with the Cowboys and Southern Methodist University, 1966 brought Randolph to KMOX (CBS Radio) in Saint Louis to call the football Cardinals and be the original television voice of the St. Louis Blues. Within two years, Randolph made the jump from radio to television becoming Sports Director and Sports Anchor for KSDK (NBC-TV).
Jay’s relationship with the NBC television network has lasted over 28 years with Randolph providing play-by-play of the NFL, College Football, PGA Tour, PGA Champions Tour, LPGA, Major League Baseball’s Game of the Week, Pro Bowler’s Tour, three Olympic Games and the NCAA Basketball Tournament. The late 80’s and early 90’s found Randolph hosting the nationally syndicated “The Golf Show”. For 22 years, Randolph was lead announcer for the Big 8 Basketball Network. In 1993, the Florida Marlins played their first season of MLB and Randolph was their first TV, play-by-play voice and the host of the Marlin Weekly magazine show. He remained with the Marlins for nine seasons.
More than four decades later, Randolph is one of the most respected sports reporters and knowledgeable play-by-play announcers in the country. Randolph’s diverse wealth of sports knowledge has garnered him top play-by-play jobs with the PGA, MLB, Olympics, NFL and NCAA. He has three Emmy Awards to his credit. Randolph was seen on CNBC broadcasting the PGA Champions Tour tournaments from 2000 through 2003. In August 2006, Randolph received Delta Tau Delta Alumni Achievement award. One of Randolph’s most gratifying accomplishments was in 1960 when he set the bar higher than it had ever been set for the broadcasting rights for the West Virginia University football and basketball radio network coverage.
In January 2005 Randolph was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. More accolades were brought to the respected Randolph when he was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield in February 2007.
As the spokesman for Golf Star Media’s PGA Tour 2007 DVD, Randolph took viewers on tour of the PGA that was featured for the first time the FedEx Cup.
Jay is delighted to be entering the Missouri Broadcasters Hall of Fame with his life-long friend, Jack Buck.