Baton Rouge broadcaster, musician Bob Neese dies _lowres

Advocate file photo by James Chance -- After donning his hat, Promotions Director of La. Public Broadcasting, Bob Neese, leads a rousing rendition of Monty Python's 'LumberJack Song' at the LPB's annual Britcom Club event on Feb. 12, 2006.

Bob Neese, a longtime communications and promotions manager at Louisiana Public Broadcasting and a local musician, died Wednesday after a five-year battle with cancer.

He was 62.

Neese worked at LBP for more than 20 years, held jobs at WJBO news radio, WBRZ-TV, WVLA-TV, freelanced for The Advocate and the Baton Rouge Business Report, and was involved with the annual Gridiron show.

“He did a variety of things. He was multitalented,” said Beth Courtney, president and CEO of LPB. “He was a great writer. He also sang. He was a musician.”

Although Neese has worked for broadcast outlets, he was never on-air, Courtney said. Instead, he was focused on behind-the-scenes work.

Margaret Schlaudecker, the assistant promotions director who worked under Neese at LPB for 16 years, said he was unlike any boss she ever had.

“Bob was a unique individual,” she said. “He was kind of a Renaissance man.”

At any time, it seemed, Neese had at least three jobs, Schlaudecker said. He worked in radio and television, he was a freelance writer, and he played the keyboard and sang. … And Bob knew everybody.”

When he became too sick to work about six months ago, Neese retired, and the LPB staff held party for him at the hospital, Courtney said.

The Baker native is survived by his sister, Alice Barnette, brother-in-law, Don Barnette, a nephew and two godchildren.

Visitation is scheduled at Baker Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, followed by the memorial service.