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What they're saying about Bob Barry Sr.

Compiled by Mel Bracht, Staff Writer, mbracht@opubco.com Modified: September 1, 2010 at 9:33 am •  Published: August 31, 2010

David Boren, OU president:

"He generates more enthusiasm and excitement for the game better than anyone I know about. When my wife and I are unable to go to an away game, I have to confess that we turn off the sound on the television and turn on the radio to listen to Bob and Merv. It has two advantages. We like the fact we don't get any slanted broadcasting, no leaning toward the Oklahoma Sooners. The other advantage is there's a one-second delay so you already know what you're going to see on the screen before you see it. No one represents the Sooner spirit better than Bob Barry."

Joe Castiglione, OU athletic director:

"He has so many great traits. Certainly one them is his humility. He never considers himself above anyone else. He considers himself a proud Oklahoman. And he also considers himself a fan. Maybe that inspired his style across the globe. I say across the globe, because more than ever, with technology, people that love the University of Oklahoma hang on words people write and words people say. ... Bob Barry has brought that to people consistently."

Dave Goren, National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association & Hall of Fame executive director:

"Bob Barry Sr. is one of those icons. No matter where you live in this country, if you're a sports fan, you know his name. Fifty years of play-by-play puts him shoulder-to shoulder with NSSA Hall of Famers such as Vin Scully, Larry Munson and Ernie Harwell. Not only did they spend decades working at their crafts, but they also served their audiences well. Add in the 27 years years that Bob spent as a TV sports anchor, and you have a pretty special career."

Dave Hunziker, OSU play-by-play announcer:

"We will not have another one like him in Oklahoma, ever. Not someone who did both schools who appealed to fans regardless of their allegiance because he was a television guy and a play-by-play guy and he did OSU and he did OU. His personality and his presence on the air are tremendous. For those people who really enjoy radio play-by-play, one of the great legends in the business has one year left."

Merv Johnson, OU football radio analyst:

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