Longtime Oklahoma sportscaster Bob Barry Sr. dies

Bob Barry Sr., the man Bud Wilkinson picked to announce Oklahoma Sooners football games, has died.
Staff Reports Modified: October 30, 2011 at 11:59 am •  Published: October 30, 2011

“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.”

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