Paul James, voice of the BYU Cougars and longtime KSL-TV anchor and radio sportscaster, died at his home Saturday, Oct. 6, after a long illness. He was 87.
“He was always known as ‘The Voice,’ in our office,” said former BYU sports information director Ralph Zobell. “Whenever we referenced him, he was The Voice. He was universally known everywhere he went. He was always very kind and talented. He did incalculable research before a game and was a wealth of knowledge statistically. Yet, those who traveled with him got to see a tender Paul, who loved to entertain and visit with people.”
James had a unique, deep, booming voice and his emotion and performance behind a microphone became a household sound in many homes throughout the state. He used a technique taught to him by his high school speech teacher, according to Zobell.
James witnessed some 1,300 games during his 50-year career, calling 450 football games. He was an outgoing, popular speaker and personality who frequently was the center of attraction on cruise ships and gatherings throughout the state.
Located in the Memorial Holladay Cemetery.