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Coach Harold Jones

Former T.L. Hanna High School Football Coach; Portrayed by Ed Harris in 2003 Film “Radio”

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Coach Harold Jones Biography

Coach Harold Jones is a retired South Carolina high school football coach best known for embracing a developmentally challenged African American boy named James Robert "Radio" Kennedy back in 1964. His role as Radio's mentor was immortalized in the Sony Pictures film, "Radio."

In 1964, Jones noticed a young man who would hold a transistor radio to his ear and come to football practice every day. The 18-year-old James Robert Kennedy, nicknamed “Radio” because of his obsession with radios, had a developmental handicap and wasn't able to read or write. Harold Jones noticed that he would sort of mimick the coaches and players on the sidelines. Jones bought Radio a hamburger and a coke and the two really hit off. Radio started attending all of the practices and practically became a team mascot. Jones promised the boy's mother that he would help keep him out of trouble, so he arranged to have Radio attend Hanna High School as a junior.

In 1996, a writer for Sports Illustrated named Gary Smith penned an article about Jones's friendship with Radio. Not much later, director Michael Tollin helped bring the story to life in the movie "Radio" starring Ed Harris as Coach Jones and Cuba Gooding Jr. as Radio. By 1999, Jones was set to retire and Radio was still running strong with the team. His successors have taken good care of Radio and considered him an integral part of the team. Jones and Radio were friends for over 50 years until Radio passed away at 73 on 15 December 2019. His funeral service was held a few days later, and in lieu of flowers, Jones wrote that memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club or the Outdoor Dream Foundation, both charities that Jones and Radio supported during their time together.

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  • What are the speaker fees for Coach Harold Jones

    Speaking fees for Coach Harold Jones, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Coach Harold Jones are under $10,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Coach Harold Jones, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Coach Harold Jones speak about?

    Coach Harold Jones is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Motivation, Sports.
  • Where does Coach Harold Jones travel from?

    Coach Harold Jones generally travels from South Carolina, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Coach Harold Jones’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Coach Harold Jones for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Coach Harold Jones for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Coach Harold Jones or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Former T.L. Hanna High School Football Coach; Portrayed by Ed Harris in 2003 Film “Radio”

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Coach Harold Jones Biography

Coach Harold Jones is a retired South Carolina high school football coach best known for embracing a developmentally challenged African American boy named James Robert "Radio" Kennedy back in 1964. His role as Radio's mentor was immortalized in the Sony Pictures film, "Radio."

In 1964, Jones noticed a young man who would hold a transistor radio to his ear and come to football practice every day. The 18-year-old James Robert Kennedy, nicknamed “Radio” because of his obsession with radios, had a developmental handicap and wasn't able to read or write. Harold Jones noticed that he would sort of mimick the coaches and players on the sidelines. Jones bought Radio a hamburger and a coke and the two really hit off. Radio started attending all of the practices and practically became a team mascot. Jones promised the boy's mother that he would help keep him out of trouble, so he arranged to have Radio attend Hanna High School as a junior.

In 1996, a writer for Sports Illustrated named Gary Smith penned an article about Jones's friendship with Radio. Not much later, director Michael Tollin helped bring the story to life in the movie "Radio" starring Ed Harris as Coach Jones and Cuba Gooding Jr. as Radio. By 1999, Jones was set to retire and Radio was still running strong with the team. His successors have taken good care of Radio and considered him an integral part of the team. Jones and Radio were friends for over 50 years until Radio passed away at 73 on 15 December 2019. His funeral service was held a few days later, and in lieu of flowers, Jones wrote that memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club or the Outdoor Dream Foundation, both charities that Jones and Radio supported during their time together.

Coach Harold Jones Videos

  • "He taught us all how to love" Harold Jones remembers James "Radio" Kennedy
    Former TL Hanna High football coach, inspiration world-wide, and best friend Harold Jones spoke at James "Radio" Kennedy's funeral - saying his...
  • Remembering Radio - Coach Harold Jones and others
    Remembering the life of James "Radio" Kennedy. (Dec. 16, 2019)
  • Radio & Coach Jones Interview.wmv

FAQs on booking Coach Harold Jones

  • How do I book Coach Harold Jones to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Coach Harold Jones for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Coach Harold Jones, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Coach Harold Jones or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Coach Harold Jones

    Speaking fees for Coach Harold Jones, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Coach Harold Jones are under $10,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Coach Harold Jones, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Coach Harold Jones speak about?

    Coach Harold Jones is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Motivation, Sports.
  • Where does Coach Harold Jones travel from?

    Coach Harold Jones generally travels from South Carolina, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Coach Harold Jones’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Coach Harold Jones for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Coach Harold Jones for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Coach Harold Jones or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Coach Harold Jones is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Coach Harold Jones for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Coach Harold Jones generally travels from SC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are JP Pawliw-Fry, Blaise Winter, Brian Kenny, Pat Williams and Steve Sax. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Coach Harold Jones for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Coach Harold Jones Speaker Videos

  • "He taught us all how to love" Harold Jones remembers James "Radio" Kennedy
    Former TL Hanna High football coach, inspiration world-wide, and best friend Harold Jones spoke at James "Radio" Kennedy's funeral - saying his friend taught us all how to love, and he never met a...
    Remembering Radio - Coach Harold Jones and others
    Remembering the life of James "Radio" Kennedy. (Dec. 16, 2019)
  • Radio & Coach Jones Interview.wmv

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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