Bob Lamey

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Bob Lamey (born December 23, 1938) is an American sportscaster, formerly the radio play-by-play announcer for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. Lamey had been "The Voice of the Colts" since the team moved to Indianapolis in 1984, except for the 1992, 1993, and 1994 seasons, until his retirement in 2018.[1]

Lamey has previously served as radio voice of the NBA's Indiana Pacers (1977–84) and two defunct hockey teams, the Indianapolis Racers of the WHA and the Indianapolis Checkers of the IHL. Lamey was affectionately known as "Hockey Bob" upon first arriving on the Indianapolis sports scene in the 1970s. Lamey is also a previous Sports Director of Indianapolis radio station WIBC and, from 1988 to 2000, worked as a turn reporter on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network. He also provided play-by-play for the national telecast of the 100th Monon Bell Classic.

Prior to coming to Indianapolis, Lamey served for five years as the voice of the ABA's Carolina Cougars. He served as sports director of WSOC-TV in Charlotte, NC, after the departure of Bill "Mouth of the South" Currie. Lamey also broadcast Charlotte Checkers (Eastern Hockey League) games from 1964 to 1968 on WSOC 930AM.[2]

Retirement and racial slur controversy[edit]

In August 2018, Lamey suddenly announced his retirement. A report revealed he had used an uncensored racial slur while telling a story to a black colleague.[3] Lamey claimed that he was repeating a story told to him by racing driver Derek Daly, who was promptly fired from his job with WISH-TV and his son Conor Daly lost a sponsorship from Eli Lilly and Company, although the attribution of the story to Daly was later found to be false, leading Daly to file suit against WISH-TV.

Personal life[edit]

Lamy was born in Chester, Pennsylvania but grew up in Victoria, Texas.[4] He graduated from Texas Christian University and later earned a Masters Degree from Ohio University. He grew up in Victoria, Texas. Lamey lives with his second wife, Kim, in Indianapolis. He has three daughters, two stepdaughters, and one stepson. He has seven grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.

Lamey is a "die-hard" New York Yankees fan.


  1. ^ "'Voice Of The Colts' Bob Lamey Retires". Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Indianapolis Colts broadcaster Bob Lamey apologizes for on-air profanity". ESPN. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  3. ^ AP Newswire (2018-08-22). "Colts longtime announcer Bob Lamey retired after using racial slur in off-the-air conversation". Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  4. ^ Ryan, Chris. "Bob Lamey: Voice of the Indianapolis Colts". Retrieved 19 May 2020.