Bob's wife, Gina, accepting his induction plaque at the 2016 Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony from President, Eddie Griffin and Mayor Mick Cornett
Bob Barry Jr. was Oklahoma’s NewsChannel 4’s Sports Director and weeknight sports anchor at the time of his death in June of 2015. Bob always knew he wanted to be a sports broadcaster and follow in the footsteps of his father, Bob Barry Sr. He started his radio career as a sophomore at Norman High School, but had no idea he would continue down that path for another 40 years.
After graduating from Norman High School, Bob decided to stay in town and attended the University of Oklahoma. In 1980, he graduated from OU with a bachelor’s degree in radio/ television/ film journalism. After leaving OU, Bob became the sports director for KAUT in Oklahoma City. Just two years later, he joined KFOR as a weekend sports anchor in 1982. While Bob Barry Sr. was known to be a constant presence on the sports scene, his son became a sportscaster that most everyone could relate to. He never hid his opinions, was always quick with a joke and was a wealth of knowledge. After his father’s retirement, Bob Barry Jr. took over the title of sports director for KFOR.
In addition to Bob’s duties at NewsChannel 4, he hosted a talk radio show “Sports Morning” on Oklahoma City’s popular WWLS-AM/FM “The Sports Animal” since 1993. He also hosted several coaches’ shows for both the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. Since joining the KFOR family, he was awarded “Oklahoma Sportscaster of the Year” six times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He was also honored as “Oklahoma’s Sportscaster of the Year” by the American Women in Radio and TV organization. However, Bob never tried to win awards for his work. Instead, he got the greatest enjoyment out of doing something he loved and bringing information to sports fans. Even though he loved sports, he loved his family even more. He always said the happiest moments of his life included marrying the love of his life and the birth of his children. He is survived by his wife, Gina, his four children; Matt, Tanner, Evan and Gracie, and his brother, Frank.