The Norman resident was found at home Sunday morning by son Frank Barry. Neighbors noticed Barry Sr. had not picked up his newspaper or mail.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Norman.
Barry Sr. ended a 50-year broadcasting career in March, when the OU men’s basketball team played Texas at the Big 12 Championships. The Classen High and OU graduate and Air Force veteran started his broadcasting career in 1955. He called Norman High School football games for KNOR before he was chosen out of 14 candidates to do OU football.
“I do think to this day that I had an advantage because Bud used to listen to me at Norman High where his two sons, Jay and Pat, played when he could go to the games,” Barry Sr. told The Oklahoman in September 2010.
Barry Sr. was radio voice of the Sooners from 1961-72. He switched to Oklahoma State, covering the Cowboys from 1973-90. Known in Oklahoma as “The Legend,” Barry Sr. returned to OU in 1991. In between his duties at either OU or OSU — and a 1973-74 stint as the University of Tulsa basketball play-by-play man — he worked for KFOR-TV from 1966-2008. Barry Sr. was the television station’s sports director from 1970-97.
He was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
Bob Dotson, an NBC news correspondent who hosts American Story, worked at WKY-TV (now KFOR) from 1969-75. He told The Oklahoman on Sunday that Barry Sr.’s advice “set me on a path I follow to this day.”
“Broadcasting is a lot like writing on smoke,” Dotson said. “What is said soon blows away. But many of us will remember Bob Barry Sr. for all the thrilling sports moments he etched in our minds. We recall them like favorite old songs.”
Dotson said Barry Sr. told him to be one of a kind.
“That will give you a distinctive voice others will want to hear,” Dotson said. “You might not get every job you want, but someday, someone will say: ‘We need a Bob Dotson story.’ It’s tough to say goodbye to a guy like that, the man whose barefoot voice led us to so many happy memories.”
Barry Sr. worked 25 years side-by-side with son Bob Barry Jr. at KFOR. Barry Jr. is now its sports director.
“For 50 years, he made extraordinary contributions to help build our wonderful Oklahoma tradition and did so while maintaining a positive outlook that always saw the best in others,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement. “He was our eyes when we couldn’t see, our voice when unable to speak and our passion when we needed it expressed. We have lost a true legend in Bob Barry.”