Jim Kelly brings 37 years of award-winning sports broadcasting experience to CNBC's coverage of the Senior PGA Tour, and is widely identified as the voice of the Senior PGA Tour.
Before joining CNBC for its sophomore year of Senior PGA Tour coverage, Kelly served as a host/commentator for ESPN, where he specialized in golf, covering over 30 PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour and LPGA events each year since 1985. At ESPN, he also covered horseracing, college football, college basketball, tennis, hockey, bowling and five America's Cups winning a CableAce Award for his coverage of the 1986-87 America's Cup in Australia.
From 1974-85 Kelly worked for CBS Radio Sports, hosting SportsWorld Roundup, a program he wrote and produced, and reporting on two Olympic Games and 12 Masters golf tournaments. Kelly was sports anchor for WCAU-TV (now NBC-10) in Philadelphia (1978-82), where he won a 1980 Eclipse Award for local horseracing coverage. From 1979-85, Kelly did NFL and NBA play-by-play for CBS-TV, where he also covered golf, track and field, and bowling in addition to hosting Sports Saturday and Sports Sunday and anchoring CBS' coverage of the 1983 Belmont Stakes and 1985 Travers Stakes.
In 1965 Kelly worked for WMHE-FM in Toledo, Ohio, doing ice hockey play-by-play after being named Rookie of the Year for the University of Toledo's hockey team. After extensive local radio work throughout Ohio, Kelly covered golf tournaments for Golf Network, Inc. (heard on the Mutual and NBC Radio networks) from 1970-74.
A resident of Park City, Utah, Kelly is an avid golfer with a 14 handicap. He has two daughters.