Neal graduated from Columbia University.
He broadcast the Cleveland Indians on radio 1957–1961 and 1965–1972, and on television 1952–1953 and 1962–1964. He was also the original broadcaster for Cleveland Browns football games on radio and television starting in 1946 and continuing through 1951. He handled the 1954 Orange Bowl game for CBS television, 1955 and 1956 World Series for Mutual radio and the 1957 World Series for NBC radio.
In 1955, Neal began his own World of Sports program Monday - Thursday nights on Mutual.
- "Neal Inaugurates Own MBS Series Of Sportscasts". The Times. Louisiana, Shreveport. October 9, 1955. p. 7 - F. Retrieved March 31, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
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- Gordon, Roger (2002). Cleveland Browns A-Z. Sports Publishing LLC. pp. 15–16. ISBN 1-58261-240-4. Retrieved 2009-06-07.
- Feran, Tom; Heldenfels, R.D. (1999). Cleveland TV Memories. Cleveland, Ohio: Gray & Co. p. 89. ISBN 978-1-886228-32-0.
198. News Flash: In 1958 on TV-3, Jim Graner substituted for Bob Neal as sportscaster, joining anchor Pete French and weatherman Joe Finan.