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:
"He has such a great enthusiasm for what he does. He was always totally prepared. That's a great lesson for all of us to do something for a long time like he has and still have the desire, willingness and ability to do those things. ... One of Bob's great qualities is the ability to laugh at himself. Very few of us are good at that. He can poke fun at himself."
Bob Barry Jr., KFOR-4 sports director:
"He always said from day one not to be the story. He wanted the game or the event to be the story and he just wanted to report the story or call the action. He has meant the world to me. He's the reason I got into this business."
Dean Blevins, KWTV-9 sports director:
"His enthusiasm and longevity were simply remarkable. There was a reason they called him a legend."
Al Eschbach, The Sports Animal radio network talk show host:
"He was one of those guys who does play-by-play that you seem to like for some reason. Even though he did all those years at Oklahoma State, you just think of Bob Barry as OU football. The one thing I can say about Bob Barry, as good as announcer as he was, he was even a better person. I don't know of anyone who didn't like him."
Bob Davis, University of Kansas play-by-play voice:
"The first time I met Bob would've been in the 70s. I was a little bit in awe of him, but he was so friendly from the very start. ... I tell you, not many guys in the country could've pulled off what he did, doing the Sooners first, then the Cowboys, then back to the Sooners. And he pulled it off with aplomb."
Mike Treps, former OU football analyst who worked with Barry for eight seasons:
"His local knowledge made him special because he didn't come in here from another state. He grew up here and lived in Norman. Everything he knew was here already."