Roberts grew up in White Plains, New York, and graduated from White Plains High School in 1975. In high school, he played varsity lacrosse, was the school's morning announcer (originating the morning joke of the day), and occasionally wrote columns for his high-school newspaper, The Orange.
His journalism career began in 1975 when he started as a newspaper reporter. Roberts also worked under Howard Cosell as a writer and producer at ABC. His writing is regarded as some of the best in all of broadcast journalism.
He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. During his time at Maryland, Roberts worked at the popular campus hangout R.J. Bentley's Filling Station; one of his sports Emmys is on display there.
Roberts is the interviewer for NBC's golf coverage, in addition to hosting the halftime show for Notre Dame football, being one of the main anchors for NBC's weekend sports updates, anchoring the network's coverage of the French Open, and worked as a field reporter for NBC's coverage of the 2000 American League Championship Series. He also reported on horse racing. Roberts has won two Emmys since joining NBC.
Roberts has worked 10 Olympic Games in his broadcasting career. At the Olympics for NBC, he has hosted a nightly feature called the Chevy Olympic Moments, which talk about a different athlete or the history of a certain place at an Olympics. Roberts served as a correspondent for NBC Sports coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics.
In April 2009, Roberts published his first book, Breaking the Slump (HarperCollins), which detailed the struggles of many famous golfers, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, George Herbert Walker Bush, and others and how they found their way through the inevitable challenges that plague anyone who plays the game. Roberts also did field reporting for ABC's coverage of the Little League World Series.
Roberts and his wife, Sandra Mayer, have three sons and they all live in Westchester County, New York.
Roberts' sister-in-law, Debbie Mayer, worked in the south tower on the 56th floor at New York City's World Trade Center. Immediately after American Airlines Flight 11 (the first aircraft of the September 11, 2001, attacks) struck the north tower, Mayer began going downstairs to leave the building. She had gotten to the 29th floor when the second aircraft struck, hitting the building she worked in. However, Mayer escaped safely before the towers collapsed.
Roberts told of the ordeal to USA Today:
We had a couple of very anxious hours. My wife couldn't get through to Debbie. Finally, she went to her Manhattan apartment to wait for her. And she found her there. Turns out when the first explosion occurred in Building 1, Debbie started down the stairs. She had made it to the 29th floor when the building was shaken when the second plane hit. She was terrified but made it out.
The 1967–68 NHL season was the 51st season of the National Hockey League. The league expanded to 12 teams, putting the new six in the newly created West Division, while the original six were all placed in the newly created East Division. The regular season schedule was expanded to 74 games per team. The Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup against the new St. Louis Blues, in four games.1968 Stanley Cup playoffs
The 1968 Stanley Cup playoffs, to decide the 1968 championship of the National Hockey League (NHL) was the first after the expansion from six to twelve teams. The playoff system was thus expanded from a four-team to a eight-team tournament, and was designed so that four of the new expansion teams would qualify for the postseason.
The defending champion Toronto Maple Leafs did not qualify and a new champion would be crowned. The Montreal Canadiens would defeat the St. Louis Blues in four straight to win the Stanley Cup.1976–77 NHL season
The 1976–77 NHL season was the 60th season of the National Hockey League. The Kansas City Scouts moved to Denver, Colorado, and became the Colorado Rockies and the California Golden Seals moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and became the Cleveland Barons. The Montreal Canadiens once again dominated the playoffs as, for the second straight year, they swept their opponent four games to none in the final series for the Stanley Cup.A Day in the Dirt Motocross Grand Prix
A Day in the Dirt Motocross Grand Prix is an annual motocross event held on Thanksgiving weekend, in California, United States. The races are notable for their participants, ranging from Hollywood film and stunt industry professionals like Mike "Mouse" McCoy and Alisa Hensley-Lane, to racing legends such as Ricky Johnson, Jeff Ward, Ron Lechein, Jeremy McGrath, J.N. Roberts, Eric Kehoe, Eddie Mulder, Mike Kiedrrowski, Ryan Hughes, Jeff Emig, Broc Glover, Mike Bell, Micky Dymond, and John DeSoto. The races also attract extreme sports celebrities such as Ronnie Renner, Henry Wiles, Robie and Bret Peterson, Shaun Palmer, Dave Mirra, Mike Metzler, and Alexander Smith."A Day in the Dirt" was created by Kenny Alexander, and fellow stuntman Jimmy Roberts. The race was inspired by actor and motorcycle racer Steve McQueen, and the proceeds from practice sessions go to the Steve McQueen Memorial fund for Boys Republic.Roberts' and Alexander's fathers were members of the Viewfinders, an off-road motorcycle club formed in the early days of desert racing by stuntmen in the motion picture industry. Jimmy Roberts is a Hollywood stuntman who has worked on notable films such as M:I-2, The Fast and the Furious and Paycheck. A documentary about "A Day in the Dirt" was produced by Kenny Alexander. Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar, narrated the film, which is shot at the 2002 "A Day in the Dirt Motocross Grand Prix." Stuntman Mike "Mouse" McCoy is featured in the film, "joining forces and competing with top athletes for bragging rights at the finish line."Dominic Janes
Dominic Janes (born February 11, 1994) is an American actor.
Born Dominic Roque Janes Centorbi in Tucson, Arizona, Janes has had recurring roles in ER, as Alex Taggart, the son of Linda Cardellini's character R.N. Samantha Taggart, and in Dexter, as the younger version of the title character. He also appeared in Crossing Jordan. He starred in the Cartoon Network original film Re-Animated and its spin-off series Out of Jimmy's Head. He also portrayed Billy Madsen in the 2007 movie Wild Hogs. He voiced Squidboy in television series Wolverine and the X-Men.
Janes has performed improvisation comedy at the L.A. Connection in Sherman Oaks, California. His mother is an attorney and his father is a poet, and he has a brother Ian. His relative is Joe Preston.I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is a musical comedy with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts. It is the second-longest running Off Broadway musical. The musical was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award as Outstanding Off-Broadway musical in 1997.J. O. M. Roberts
Lieutenant Colonel James Owen Merion Roberts MVO MBE MC (1916–1997) was one of the greatest Himalayan mountaineer-explorers of the twentieth century; a highly decorated British Army officer who achieved his greatest renown as "the father of trekking" in Nepal. His exploratory activities are comparable to those of Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman.
Born in Gujarat, India on 21st September 1916 to Henry and Helen Roberts, Roberts spent his early life in India, where his father was a headmaster. After attending King's School, Canterbury and then the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, he was commissioned onto the Unattached List for the Indian Army in August 1936 as a 19-year-old subaltern to satisfy his ardent craving for mountaineering. After a probationary year attached to the 1st Battalion, the East Yorkshire Regiment in India, he was posted to the 1st battalion, 1st (King George V's Own) Gurkha Rifles in November 1937.His first major expedition was the J. Waller-led attempt in 1938 on Masherbrum, 7890 metres, in the Karakorams: the weather was bad, the attempt was unsuccessful and J.B. Harrison and R.A. Hodgkin got severely frostbitten. Roberts himself suffered at high altitude and suffered mild frostbite.He tried to join the post-monsoon 1939 Everest expedition led by Bill Tilman, but the attempt was called off. That year, he recorded the first of his many first ascents, that of Guan Nelda, 6303 metres (now called Chau Chau Kang Nilda) in the Spiti Himalaya. The ascent was remarkable for something which became a Roberts hallmark: he climbed without any other "sahib" for company, accompanied only by his Gurkhas. In this he was the true successor of the legendary Dr. A. M. Kellas who had climbed in the same fashion in Sikkim before 1914.
He was selected for the abortive 1940 Everest expedition.
The second major first ascent by Roberts was the 1941 climb of the 6431 metres/21,100 peak locally called Dharmsura in the Tos Glacier of Kullu Himalaya. He named it White Sail.Jim Roberts (ice hockey, born 1940)
James Wilfred Roberts (April 9, 1940 – October 23, 2015), known as Jim Roberts or Jimmy Roberts, was a Canadian ice hockey defenceman and forward. He went by both nicknames of Jimmy and Jim.
After playing for future Montreal Canadiens coach Scotty Bowman with the OHA junior Peterborough Petes, Roberts was signed by the Canadiens and turned pro with the Montreal Royals minor league team in 1959. In the 1964 season, he saw his first NHL action with Montreal and remained the next several seasons, winning two Stanley Cups before becoming the first selection of the St. Louis Blues in 1967 NHL Expansion Draft. He played solidly for the Blues for five seasons, being named the team captain in 1971 before his trade back to Montreal, where he played for three more Cup winners. Roberts rejoined the Blues for one final season in 1978 before his retirement. He was renowned for his defensive skills and often used as a "shadow" against high scoring enemy forwards.
After his retirement as a player, Roberts was an interim coach of the Buffalo Sabres under his old mentor Bowman before coaching the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League to back-to-back Calder Cup championships in 1990 and 1991, after which he was named the head coach of the Hartford Whalers. He went on to be the coach and general manager of the Worcester IceCats of the AHL for two seasons before moving on to be an assistant coach with the St. Louis parent club between 1996–2000, including a short stint as the interim head coach in 1997.
Roberts played in 1006 NHL games, scoring 126 goals and 194 assists for 320 points, and playing in three All-Star Games in 1965, 1969 and 1970. Jimmy Roberts name was engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1965, 1966, 1973, 1976, 1977 (all with Montreal).
Roberts died October 23, 2015 of cancer, which had been diagnosed weeks prior.On October 27, 2015 the St. Louis Blues announced they were going to wear helmet decals for the home stand that read "JR" in the lower left corner of the helmet.Jimmy Roberts (Australian footballer)
Jimmy Roberts (16 April 1883 – 16 September 1961) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Geelong in the Victorian Football League (VFL).Jimmy Roberts (composer)
Jimmy Roberts is a composer for the musical theater as well as a pianist and entertainer. His musical scores include: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (1996) and The Thing About Men (2003), both with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro.
He is a 1977 graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with the noted pianist, Constance Keene.Jimmy Roberts (singer)
Jimmy Roberts (April 6, 1923 – February 6, 1999) was an American tenor singer. He was a featured performer on the TV variety program The Lawrence Welk Show during its entire broadcast run from 1955 to 1982.
Born in Madisonville, Kentucky, he was serving in the United States Army after World War II when he was hit with the "show business" bug. He first sang in public during a military play while the sets were being changed and, upon his discharge from the Army, set out for Hollywood to learn his craft at the Herbert Wall Music School. In 1954 he was hired by Lawrence Welk as a soloist when Welk's orchestra performed on local television station KTLA and at the Aragon Ballroom in Santa Monica, California. A year later, when the Lawrence Welk orchestra made the move to national television on ABC, Roberts' natural singing talents made him nationally famous.
During his tenure on the show, his signature numbers such as "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" and "My Old Kentucky Home" made him an audience favorite, especially among the show's female fans. He also sang duets with the show's Champagne Lady Norma Zimmer.
Although he receded from the national spotlight by the late 1970s, Roberts continued to perform and tour until the early 1990s. From 1983 to 1987 he worked with a talent outfit entitled "Young American Stars of Tomorrow." His piano accompanist was well-known recording artist and educator Steve Whipkey (who was in his teens). Promoter/percussionist Jay Van Hall was the host of the program, and the outfit achieved modest financial and commercial success in the Tampa Bay area, where Roberts lived.
Roberts was the father of two sons, Gary and Steven, from his first marriage with Jane. He and his second wife, Vi, were married from 1985 until his death in Clearwater, Florida from bone cancer in 1999.Joe DiPietro
Joe DiPietro (born 1961) is an American playwright, lyricist and author.Born in Teaneck, New Jersey, DiPietro grew up in nearby Oradell, the son of Lou and Jean DiPietro. He attended Oradell Public School and River Dell Regional High School, before graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in English.DiPietro is best known for the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis, as well as for writing the book and lyrics for the long-running off-Broadway show I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.He is openly gay.List of NBC Sports golf commentators
The following is a list of television personalities for NBC Sports Group's telecasts of golf, which are carried by NBC and Golf Channel.Olympics on NBC commentators
This article includes a list of hosts and commentators of the Olympic Games on NBC.Out of Jimmy's Head
Out of Jimmy's Head (abbreviated as OOJH), is an American live-action/animated television series. It was advertised as the first Cartoon Network series in this genre. Based on the first live-action/animated original channel movie Re-Animated, that was aired on December 8, 2006, it is produced by Cartoon Network Studios and Brookwell McNamara Entertainment (the latter known for shows such as Even Stevens and That's So Raven). It was created by Tim McKeon and Adam Pava, who were originally the writers for Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, but also the creators of Weighty Decisions short on Cartoon Network's Sunday Pants anthology series.
The series premiered on Cartoon Network on September 14, 2007, to coincide with the release of the Re-Animated movie on DVD, and was the only network show to be affected by the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike. Then made its Canadian premiere on Teletoon on Saturday, September 6, 2008. It also aired on Boomerang in Australia. The U.S. run of the show ended with the airing of the show's final episode on May 29, 2008.Tennis on USA
Tennis on USA is a television program produced by the USA Network that broadcasts the main professional tennis tournaments in the United States.The Thing About Men
The Thing About Men is a musical with music by Jimmy Roberts and lyrics and book by Joe DiPietro. It is based on the 1985 German film Men by Doris Dörrie. The plot revolves around a love triangle and shows what men will do to keep their pride and love affairs intact.
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