KEITH JACKSON worked his first Big Game on Saturday and will call Saturday's Notre Dame-Stanford tilt.

The two assignments are mere appetizers before Jackson will cap his 39th season of college football with the BCS title game at the Rose Bowl on Jan.4. But will he be around for Year 40, or will the 77-year-old Jackson, as he likes to say, retire to the front porch?

"I can see the end of the road," Jackson said. "This might be my last year. It's nice to hear people tell me they want me to keep doing this. It's better than hearing, 'Hey, you old goat! Why don't you retire?'"

Jackson tried it once before, tired of the travel and grind. It wasn't long before he was back, doing mostly West Coast games.

For a man whose career highlights include 10 Winter and Summer Olympics, the NBA, Monday Night Football and the World Series, nothing beats college football.

Best defender he's seen? Hugh Green with Pittsburgh in 1980. Best team? USC in 1972. Best offensive team? USC now.

-According to Bay Area Radio Digest (an online blog), KNTS-1220 AM has been granted FCC approval to boost its power to 50,000 watts day and night. That raises speculation that KNTS — home of San Jose State football and basketball, Santa Clara basketball and the San Jose Giants — could land the Oakland A's, although the blog author is betting the A's wind up on KYCY-1550 AM.

-There are only eight more days to vote for nominees for the Baseball Hall of Fame's broadcasting award at http://www.baseballhalloffame.org. The 10 finalists for next year's Ford C. Frick Award (which will include the top three online vote-getters) will be announced in mid-December. The winner will be announced in February.

-Want to let the other Halls know about Bill King? For the Basketball Hall of Fame, send testimonials to Dean O'Keefe (dokeefe@hoophall.com), or to KNBR

(holytoledo@knbr.com) by Monday. For the Pro Football Hall of Fame, send support to Joe Horrigan (joe.horrigan@profootballhof.com). Tributes will get passed along to voters.

-The winter edition of "Inside Baseball" will be heard before some Cal basketball pregame shows, starting this Friday at 6 p.m. Shooty Babitt and Ken Korach will be regular guests of host Marty Lurie. There will be 14 shows.

-ABC's Brent Musburger, 66, has paid a $144 fine after being charged with drinking a beer as a passenger in a moving vehicle Sept.17 outside the stadium in Lincoln, Neb., after calling a Cornhuskers' game vs. Pittsburgh. According to records, he paid the fine rather than show up in court.