William Neal, 81, radio, TV broadcaster

October 04, 2006

William "Bill" Neal, who had a morning program on radio station WBAL-AM in the mid-1960s, died of Alzheimer's disease complications Sunday at Stella Maris Hospice. The Timonium resident was 81.

Born in Augusta, Ga., and raised in New York City and Lumberton, N.C., he served in the Army in India, Burma and China during World War II.

He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked at small radio stations before moving to New York and becoming a television announcer at NBC.

He moved to Washington and worked at Voice of America before holding jobs in Baltimore at WBAL and WCBM-AM in the 1960s. He retired from broadcasting in 1979 as a television staff announcer at then-WTOP Channel 9 in Washington. He moved to Florida, and returned to the Baltimore area in 2000.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church, 1912 Old Court Road, Riderwood, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Ellen Spivey; two sons, Daniel Neal of Pasadena and Robert Neal of Sebastopol, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

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