By JON RETIER
He’s a spectator now, but Charlie Jenkins still enjoys his nights in the gymnasiums of Southern Indiana watching Indiana high school basketball.
“I still miss it,” said Jenkins, whose 50-year radio broadcasting career netted him a spot in the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame. “When I used to broadcast, I was the first person in the gym and the last one to leave. Now, it’s an odd feeling, but I can come and go whenever I want.”
Jenkins — a Providence High School graduate who most recently was broadcasting New Albany games for WXVW — retired last season. Just this week, he attended Tuesday night’s contest between Crawford County and Providence at the Robert I. Larkin Center and was at last night’s tilt between Jeffersonville and Columbus East.
At Wednesday’s Jeff-East game, Jenkins was honored at halftime by former broadcast partners Paul Faulkenstein and fellow Hall of Famer Teddy Throckmorton, who sat beside him in the broadcast booth for 35 years.
Throckmorton said he was pleased to pay homage to Jenkins, who was presented with a Jeffersonviille High School varsity jacket.
“This was really done to thank Charlie for all he’s done for basketball around this area,” Throckmorton said with a smile. “Of course, we’re giving him a jacket he’ll probably never wear.”
When asked about who he likes in upcoming sectional play, Jenkins said he likes Clarksville in the Class 2A Paoli Sectional and, of course, New Albany in the 4A Seymour Sectional.
“There ought to be some very interesting games next week,” Jenkins said.