Legendary Utah Sportscaster Paul James Dead at 87

Legendary Utah Sportscaster Paul James Dead at 87

SALT LAKE CITY-As confirmed by various outlets throughout the Salt Lake City media market, legendary Utah sportscaster Paul James passed away at 87 last Saturday.

James, who was born July 17, 1931 in Ogden and was a former student body president at Ogden High School, was a staple of sportscasting in Utah for 48 years.

After receiving a four-year full-tuition Rotary Club scholarship to the University of Utah, he married the former Annette Greenwell on February 2, 1951.

In 1951, James commenced his broadcasting career of KBUH Radio of Brigham City. His television career began in 1952 at KDYL (now KTVX) TV in Salt Lake City and became the television voice of the Utah Utes.

He broadcast the Utes’ football and men’s basketball games from 1959-1965.

In the spring of 1965, James moved to KSL-TV of Salt Lake City and teamed up with news anchor Dick Nourse and meteorologist Bob Welti.

This triumvirate’s tenure together lasted until 1989, making them the longest-tenured broadcast team in U.S. television hitory.

During this time, James also became the voice of the BYU Cougars, broadcasting roughly 450 football games, as well as men’s basketball.

He remained the voice of the Cougars through 2000, retiring at the same time as legendary BYU football coach LaVell Edwards.

James was a May 18, 2000 inductee into the Utah Broadcasters Hall of Fame, being enshrined alongside his contemporaries, Nourse and Welti.

James was a 2005 inductee into the BYU athletics Hall of Fame.

His funeral will be October 16 at the Memorial Mortuary of Salt Lake City.