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Longtime 'Voice of the Sooners' dies

October, 30, 2011
10/30/11
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Bob Barry Sr., the longtime radio voice of Oklahoma football who was handpicked by Bud Wilkinson, has died.

"Bob Barry represented the best of the Sooner spirit," OU president David Boren said in a statement. "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."

The "Voice of the Sooners" from 1961-1972, then from 1991-2010 retired as OU's football and basketball play-by-play man in the spring. Barry also called Oklahoma State games from 1973-1990 before being hired back to OU.

I crossed paths with Barry a few times a week during my time in Oklahoma, and you won't find anyone in this business with less ego, more kindness and a spirit that brightened your day everytime you came across it.

Bob will be missed dearly.

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