Bob Lamey: Voice of the Indianapolis Colts

Bob Lamey was born December 23, 1938 in Chester, Pennsylvania, but he grew up in Victoria, Texas.  Lamey graduated from Texas Christian University, and earned his masters degree from Ohio University.  He’s currently the play-by-play announcer for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.

After spending five years as the voice of the ABA’s Carolina Cougars, Lamey arrived in Indianapolis in 1974 as the play-by-play guy for the Indianapolis Racers hockey team.  The Racers were a member of the short-lived World Hockey Association who played their games at Market Square Arena.  Lamey proved extremely popular in his role, earning the nickname “Hockey Bob,” a moniker he’s still known by today.  When the team folded in 1977, Lamey was asked by Bobby “Slick” Leonard, then the General Manager and Head Coach of the Indiana Pacers, to take over the same job with the Pacers.  Lamey accepted, and worked for the team between 1977 and 1984.

When Jim Irsay‘s father Bob moved the Colts from Baltimore to Indianapolis, Lamey was pegged to be the “Voice of the Indianapolis Colts.”  And other than a three-year stint in the mid-nineties (1992-1994) when WIBC lost the contract to broadcast Colts games, Lamey has covered every game for the team since.

In addition to broadcasting close to 400 Colts games, Lamey has held many different broadcasting jobs in Indy.  Before becoming a full-time Colts employee, Lamey was the Sports Director for WIBC.  He also worked for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network as a turn reporter for the Indianapolis 500 and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.  In 2008, after nearly 50 years in broadcasting — 34 of which were in Indianapolis — Lamey was inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame.  2010 will be his 23rd season with the Colts.

Interview with Colts play-by-play announcer Bob Lamey