The Norman Transcript

Headlines

October 31, 2011

Voice of the Sooners dies at 80

NORMAN — Legendary Sooner radio voice Bob Barry Sr., one of Norman and Oklahoma’s most well known broadcasting personalities, was found dead Sunday morning.

Barry’s Norman neighbors became concerned that he had not picked up his Sunday newspaper. He was found dead inside his home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Norman, under the direction of Primrose Funeral Service of Norman.

Barry, 80, retired from his OU broadcasting duties in spring 2011 and was active in the Norman community where he lived for more than 50 years. He had only recently rejoined the Norman Rotary Club and was scheduled to lead Norman’s Christmas Holiday Parade on Dec. 10.

“Bob Barry represented the best of the Sooner spirit,” OU President David L. Boren said Sunday. “With his contagious enthusiasm, he was one of the best sports broadcast journalists in the entire nation. He was loved by Oklahomans all across our entire state and will be missed by all of us.”

Barry, an Oklahoma City native, began his career in broadcasting in 1956 at Norman radio station KNOR as a salesman, disc jockey and sportscaster calling Norman High games.

When he was 7, in June 1938, he had fallen from an upstairs window and his injuries forced him to stay in bed for eight weeks. He had a radio to keep him company and he listened to dozens of baseball games. That led him to seek out a career in broadcasting, Barry was quoted as saying in the recently released book “Voice of Bedlam: The Life of Bob Barry.”

In 1961, OU football coach Bud Wilkinson selected Barry to call football and basketball games. Barry stopped calling games for OU when the radio rights changed in 1972. He called games for a season at Tulsa University and then for a several years at Oklahoma State University. He was also a sports anchor and sports director at KFOR until 1997.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Chamber Banquet During annual banquet, Chamber of Commerce promotes moving Norman forward

    Amidst the backdrop of music, dancing, dinner and fellowship, business leader Mike Fowler announced that the time for a quality-of-life initiative in Norman has come. As incoming Norman Chamber of Commerce board chairman, Fowler and ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Symposium speaker Paul Polik: Commerce can help and bring millions out of poverty

    How to harness the power of commerce to address social and environmental challenges in sustainable ways was the topic of discussion at the University of Oklahoma Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth’s fourth annual Social ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Amber waves turn gray as farms lose younger generation

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Jerry Pfeiffer was thrilled when his son, Kelsey, 25, announced plans to return to the family’s farm in Orlando....

    April 18, 2014

  • Postal retiree luncheon set

    A postal retiree luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at Golden Corral Buffet and Grill, 123 N. Interstate Drive in Norman. Diners will meet in the lobby. For more information, call Joyce Carle at 872-5157....

    April 18, 2014

  • Flapjack fundraiser set

    The Apple Gold Group, a franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, will partner with the Global Outreach Team at Go Church to host a Flapjack Fundraiser on April 26. Proceeds raised will be used by team members to purchase ...

    April 18, 2014

  • OU Hornsemble goes to the movies

    The OU Hornsemble will present a concert of music from the cinema at 6 p.m. April 27 in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall. Billed as “Movie-Time Music,” the ensemble will present a wide variety of cinematic music from the 1940s to the ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

    DENVER — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions....

    April 18, 2014

  • Fallin disappointed SBAdenied loans

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday she is disappointed that a federal agency denied a request for loans to businesses in two Oklahoma towns affected by an emergency bridge closure....

    April 18, 2014

  • Sudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base

    JUBA, South Sudan — An angry mob of South Sudanese youths attacked a U.N. base on Thursday to harm members of an ethnic minority sheltering inside. Peacekeepers were forced to open fire, amid rampaging violence that killed at least 12 ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Woman bound over for trial

    A Slaughterville woman facing a manslaughter charge after the death of an 8-year-old child was bound over for trial this week after a preliminary hearing in Cleveland County District Court. Kimberly Dawn Wenthold, 29, was charged in ...

    April 18, 2014

Video
Facebook