Former Sooners announcer Bob Barry Sr. dies



OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Bob Barry Sr., the longtime play-by-play voice of Oklahoma football and men’s basketball games and a local sports anchor, died Sunday. He was 80.

KFOR-TV news director Mary Ann Eckstein said Barry was found dead in his Norman home. She had no other details and said a cause of death had not been determined.

Barry became the radio play-by-play voice of the University of Oklahoma in 1961, when he was chosen by OU football coach Bud Wilkinson. Barry held the job until the team’s radio rights changed in 1972.

He returned as the voice of the Sooners in 1991 after providing basketball and football play-by-play for Oklahoma State and basketball play-by-play for Tulsa in between his OU stints.

Barry retired last spring at the end of the OU basketball season.