Sunday, September 5, 2010

OU's Bob Barry, Senior Retiring After This Season

((HT: KFOR-TV Oklahoma City))

Long time KFOR-TV/Oklahoma play-by-play maestro Bob Barry announced this will be his final season as the radio play-by-play voice of OU football and basketball. He has called University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State games every season since 1961. OU head coach Bud Wilkinson hand-picked Barry to call the Sooners games after hearing Bob broadcast games for Bud's sons when they played at Norman High School.

Bob served as the "Voice of the Sooners" from 1961-1972 until taking over at OSU from 1973-90. He returned to OU for the 1991 season and has been in the Sooners booth ever since.

He even served as the radio voice of Tulsa University basketball in the 1973-1974 season to complete the "Oklahoma Trifecta" of calling games for each of our state's "big three" Universities.

Simply, he felt it was time to step down.

He's won the Oklahoma "Sportscaster of the Year" award a record 15 times, he's been inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.

The HQ hopes this class act enjoys both seasons one more time...

Here's Linda Cavanaugh with the details...

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