Charlie Neal joined ESPN in 2005, primarily serving as play-by-play announcer for Historically Black College/University football and basketball (HBCU) telecasts on ESPNU. Neal started his broadcasting career over 30 years ago as a radio disc jockey before turning to television as a sportscaster working for several affiliates in the Detroit, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. markets. He has also worked for BET, MBC (now the Black Family Channel) and TNT.
Neal’s broadcast credits also include hosting NBA pre, halftime and post-game shows and play-by-announcing for gymnastics and track and field at the first-ever Goodwill Games in Moscow in 1986.
A native of Philadelphia, Neal is also a police motorcycle instructor for various departments in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and is the owner of a successful tour bus company. He attended Villanova University.