By CBSBoston.com Staff

BOSTON (CBS) – Bob Neumeier, a veteran Boston sportscaster and talk show host who worked at WBZ-TV for years as an anchor and reporter, died Saturday, his family confirmed. He was 70 years old.

“Neumy,” as he was known, graduated from Syracuse University and worked at WBZ-TV for 20 years before moving on to become a sports talk radio host at WEEI and covering horse racing for NBC Sports.

He was fondly remembered Sunday by his colleague and friend, former WBZ-TV sports director Bob Lobel.

“This truthfully has been one of the saddest days of my life, to have lost a friend, someone I would consider a brother, certainly a member of our family,” Lobel said.

Bob Lobel with Bobby Orr, Ted Williams, Larry Bird and Bob Neumeier (Photo credit: Joe Giza-WBZ-TV)

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Boston and New England Chapter honored Neumeier with its Silver Circle Award in 2017.

Neumeier had recent health troubles and was hospitalized in 2014 after suffering a stroke. He died Sunday from heart failure.

Bob Neumeier. (WBZ-TV)

WBZ-TV sports anchor Dan Roche said he “loved everything” about Neumeier.

“He was an ‘old school’ reporter who knew how to tell a story as well as any reporter I’ve ever met. He was great at television, because he would use the best video he had and match it with amazing writing. He was the best TV writer I’ve ever known. So good,” Roche said. “I also loved that he didn’t care what people thought about him. Just lived his life, doing what he wanted to do.”

CBSBoston.com Staff