Bob Barry Jr.
Bob Barry Jr. is Oklahoma's NewsChannel 4's Sports Director and weeknight sports anchor. He joined the station as a weekend sports anchor in August of 1982. Prior to that he worked as sports anchor at KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls, Texas. He began his career in Oklahoma City in 1980 as the Sports Director for KAUT-TV, Channel 43.

In addition to Bob's duties at NewsChannel 4, he has hosted a talk radio show "Sports Morning" on Oklahoma City's popular WWLS-AM/FM "The Sports Animal" since 1993. He has hosted several coaches shows for both the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University since his radio career started when he was a Norman High School sophomore in 1973.

Bob is very active in sports charity. He created the NewsChannel 4 basketball team, "The Foul Shots" back in the early 80's. After serving as the team's head coach and general manager, Bob also holds the Foul Shots career record for most 3-point shots attempted...and missed...in a long, storied career.

Since 1982, "The Foul Shots" have helped raise more than $1 million for various charities and school systems across the state of Oklahoma.

Bob's work as a sportscaster is widely recognized. The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association voted him "Oklahoma Sportscaster of the Year" in 2003 and 2004 and then again in 2008. The Jim Thorpe Association awarded Bob the "Executive Council Service Award" for his positive contribution to the Association. And the NewsChannel 4 sportscaster was honored as "Oklahoma's Sportscaster of the Year" by the American Women in Radio and TV organization.

A native of Norman, Bob is a 1980 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Radio/TV/Film-Journalism. He and his wife Gina have four children and live in Edmond.

Hometown: Norman, OK

Life Goal: to take care of all I'm responsible for...then retire to a remote island and tend bar on the beach

Play any Sports: I played 'em all as a kid. I like basketball better than the rest

Favorite TV show: Friday Night Lights

Favorite car: My 1st...1973 Chevrolet Vega; white with snot green stripe all the way around, killer 8-track tape player

Most embarrassing moment: My first year at KFOR, when I announced on the air that Barry Switzer had resigned as OU's football coach...as an April Fools joke in 1983. One problem...I forgot to say "April Fools" on-air. So many believers! Thought I would be fired.

Happiest moment in my life was: of course, marrying the lovely Gina and the birth of all my kids...great times!

4 notable persons you'd invite to dinner: Larry Bird, Neil Armstrong, the late great Jim McKay, Big Bob Barry

Favorite food: either a burger from Sooner Dairy Lunch in Norman...or Gina & Shirley's fried chicken

I have a pet: Mia, the most adorable Yorkie EVER. I wish I had a cat. I grew up with them all over the house but Gina isn't on-board just yet

Knew I wanted to be a reporter when: I started hangin' out with my Dad at a VERY early age. Went to games with him, kept stats, visited him at WKY-TV all the time.

Best movie(s) of all time: Animal House, The Right Stuff, Apollo 13

Hardest part of my job: The hours - I've missed A LOT of fun times with my kids & family and missed many holidays

Best part of my job: The games! I'm a HUGE sports fan...and I get paid to watch games! What a cool deal...

Favorite holiday: NCAA Basketball Tournament...isn't that a holiday?!

School fight song: Norman High School's lame replica of OU's "Boomer Sooner" replacing the words "Boomer Sooner" with "Norman High School". I mean c'mon, where's the creativity?!

My favorite story: Anything Galen Culver puts out. "Is This A Great State Or What?" Fabulous...

People are surprised when I tell them: I wanted to be an astronaut more than anything. Grew up GLUED to all of the Gemini and Apollo coverage. Made it through one round of cuts in NASA's "Journalist in Space" project before the Challenger disaster in 1986 scrubbed the mission.

Biggest life achievement (made Mom & Dad proud when): I was hired at KFOR in 1982. Working with my legendary father. My first "Sportscaster of the Year" award in 2003 was special too, since my Dad won the same award 15 times.

I like to listen to: LOUD hard rock music. Yes, the head-bangin' stuff...and alternative rock too. Led Zepplin was "it" for me as a kid and I still love the Beatles

Favorite book: Walter Cronkite's autobiography, Jim McKay's autobiography and "Touchdown Oklahoma" by Bob Barry and Jack Ogle

Best part of the day: Quittin' time, to catch up on DVR'd shows and get some zzzzz's

Favorite place to be other than home or work: Any sporting event - especially Thunder games

Anything else you want viewers to know about you: We TV people are compassionate just like you. Don't blame the media for the world's troubles. We have to report, that's our job. But we like the feel-good stories too.