Nantz was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana; Colts Neck Township, New Jersey; and Marlboro Township, New Jersey, where he attended Marlboro High School. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina.
He co-captained the basketball team in high school, and he also served as the team’s top golfer and co-captain. The Bamm Hollow Country Club was one of his clubs.
After that, Nantz enrolled at the University of Houston, where he participated in the men’s golf team while sharing a dorm with future pros Blaine McCallister and Fred Couples.
In 1981, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in radio and television broadcasting.
Nantz gained his first experience in sports broadcasting during this time with the CBS Radio Network, sending Win Elliot taped interviews for the latter’s Sports Central USA weekend reports.
Jim Nantz’s broadcasting career
He began his career as an anchor and sportscaster for KHOU in Houston, Texas, in the early 1980s. He then moved on to serve as a weekend sports anchor for KSL-TV in Salt Lake City (1982–1985).
Later, in 1985, he joined CBS Sports, where he worked as an on-course reporter for the PGA Tour and NFL games on Westwood One, as well as a studio host for the network’s coverage of college sports and basketball.
He has appeared on episodes of The Price Is Right to present Showcase prizes involving CBS Sports properties, including one to attend the 2009 Final Four in Detroit and another in 2010 for Super Bowl XLIV, as part of changes to the long-running game show that use product placement models and CBS crossovers, including sports packages (with Phil Simms).