Popular sports journalist Bob Barry, Jr. died on Saturday afternoon in a car crash.
KFor confirmed that Barry died close to his home in the tragic incident, while News9 offered further details regarding his passing, stating that Barry was driving a motorcycle at the time of the collision with an automobile.
They added that Barry’s motorcycle was hit by a car that had just made a u-turn. Barry died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. The driver of the automobile was later arrested for driving without a license.
Carlton Houston, the KFOR News Director, released an emotional statement praising Bob Barry, Jr. for his work and personality.
“Bob loved his family, and he loved Oklahoma. We would just ask that everyone say a prayer for his wife Gina and his family at this difficult time.”
Bob Barry, Jr. is regarded as a sports journalist behemoth in Oklahoma. Barry began his television career in Oklahoma City in 1980 after he was appointed the sports director for KAUT-TV.
In August of 1982 he joined KTVY as the weekend sports editor, while he also worked as the sports anchor at CBA affiliate KAUZ-TV in Witchita Falls, Texas. Between 1998 and his death, Barry, Jr. was the sports director at KFOR-TV.
Barry, Jr. actually inherited the role of sports director from his own father Bob Barry, Sr. The father and son team worked alongside each other until 2008, when Bob Barry, Sr. retired. In fact, because he worked alongside his father, Bob Barry, Jr. was referred to as Junior around the station.
Because of his prolific work, Barry was voted Oklahoma Sportscaster Of The Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 2003, 2004, and 2008. The Jim Thorpe Association provided Barry with The Executive Council Service Award for his contribution to the press association.
Meanwhile, he also worked excessively with charities too, and he helped to raise over $1 million across Oklahoma though his charity The Foul Shots.
Bob Barry, Jr. leaves behind his wife, Gina, and their four children.
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