Longtime Voice Of The Sooners Bob Barry Sr. Dies At Age 80
This weekend Oklahoma, the sports world and the world in general lost a true treasure when Bob Barry Sr died. Bob was best know as the “Voice of the Sooners” from 1961-1972, then from 1991-2010, retired as OU’s football and basketball play-by-play man in the spring.
But many people don’t realize that Bob Barry also called Oklahoma State and Tulsa between 1973 and 1990 Barry retired last spring at the end of the basketball season, having spent 50 years calling Division I college games in the state.
Barry’s broadcasting career began in 1956 at a Norman radio station, as a salesman, disc jockey and sportscaster calling Norman High School football games. Because Wilkinson’s sons had played at Norman High, Barry was asked to try out along with 13 others for the OU play-by-play job in 1961. Barry, turned out, got the job.
Along with being the voice of Sooner sports Bob Barry was also the sports director at Oklahoma City’s KFOR until 1998, when he was succeeded by his son, Bob Barry Jr. Barry Sr. continued providing reports for the television station until retiring in 2008.
Here are some videos of Bob Barry Sr. in action