Bob Lamey was perfectly fine being a behind-the-scenes kind of guy, a radio station gopher who aspired to one day slip on a headset and let Victoria County hear his voice.
Little did he know it would be this day.
“I’m a senior in high school, and Jim Traber, the play-by-play radio announcer in my hometown (Victoria, Texas), said, ‘And with the fourth quarter, here is Bob Lamey,’” recalled the longtime radio voice of the Indianapolis Colts, his memories of the local high school football game being played in the fall of 1955 as clear as yesterday.
“I had no idea it was coming. He looked at me and said, ‘Do it.’”
Which is what Lamey did. That night and for the 57 years that followed, Lamey’s concise, detailed and recognizably spirited broadcasting approach has been heard coming out of everything from transistor radios and boom boxes in North Carolina to laptop computer screens throughout Indiana.