Bob Barry, Sr.
He painted pictures with his voice. For more than 50 years Bob Barry was a radio play-by-play announcer and television sports anchor. He was the voice of more major college sporting events on radio than anyone else in Oklahoma history. He was truly the “voice of bedlam” having called every bedlam football game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University for a half century representing both the Sooners or Cowboys. It is a feat that will never happen again. Due to an accident in his early youth, Bob was put on a path to follow his passion for play- by-play. Later, Bob was chosen by iconic OU football Coach Bud Wilkinson for his first college announcing assignment. This oral history interview was conducted March 31, 2011 in Bob’s home in Norman. He died seven months later on October 29, 2011. He was 80 years old.
Bob Barry was named Oklahoma’s Sportscaster of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, a record 15 times. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. In 2008, he was recognized as a distinguished alumni by the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. OU recognized Bob Barry as a distinguished alumni in 2010.
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Interview with Bob Barry, Sr.
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: March 31, 2011
Date Published: November 8, 2011
Photo Credits: Bob Barry in golf cart at OU stadium by David Scroggins (18acrewood on Flickr.com)
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.