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Voice of Bedlam: The Life of Bob Barry

Bob Burke; Michael Dean

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ISBN 10: 1885596863 / ISBN 13: 9781885596864
Published by Oklahoma Heritage Association, U.S.A., 2010
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Near-new condition. Autographed/Inscribed by Bob Barry, Bob Burke and Michael Dean in book front on blank page (To Michelle & Chais). No other writing inside book. Near-new condition. No remainder marks or price clippings. Tight spine, clean pages. 256 pages. Illustrated throughout. No tears. Foreword by David L. Boren. Bookseller Inventory # 057538

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Title: Voice of Bedlam: The Life of Bob Barry

Publisher: Oklahoma Heritage Association, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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When University of Oklahoma football coach Bud Wilkinson called young Norman sportscaster Bob Barry in 1961 with news that Barry had been chosen as the new radio voice of the Sooners, no one could have anticipated that nearly a half century later, Barry would still be broadcasting Sooner fortunes on the gridiron and basketball court. In more than 50 years as a radio sportscaster and 43 years as a television sports anchor, Barry has broadcast more major college sporting events on radio as the play-by-play announcer than anyone else in history. He is truly the Voice of Bedlam, having called every Bedlam football game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University for a half century, as either the voice of the Sooners or Cowboys. He has been play-by-play announcer for football and basketball at OU for 31 years, with 18 seasons as radio voice of OSU football and basketball from 1973 to 1990. Barry is a member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame and has been named Sportscaster of the Year in Oklahoma a record 15 times. He has seen and heard it all in press boxes and locker rooms, from inferior facilities at early Big Eight Conference schools to national championship games in America s finest stadiums. His insider s view of sports at Oklahoma s two largest universities is unique and refreshing.

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MICHAEL DEAN and BOB BURKE graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1966 after working together in radio their final two years of high school. They became fans of Bob Barry and Jack Ogle as the voices of the Sooners while manning the controls at KBEL Radio in Idabel during the broadcast of OU games. DEAN was born in Muskogee. After attending college at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and Oklahoma State Universityand graduating from Southern Nazarene University, he spent 30 years in broadcasting and the military. He won awards for news writing and reporting at radio stations in many regional markets, including Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Wichita, Kansas. On active duty, Dean served in the U.S. Marine Corps and then took his broadcasting skills to the U.S. Army Reserve. He served with the Armed Forces Desert Network in Operation Desert Storm. Since 1991, Dean has worked closely with Bob Barry as producer-engineer of OU football and basketball radio network broadcasts. After serving as Public Information Officer for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, he became Public Relations Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society in 2003, just in time to promote the opening of the new Oklahoma History Center and the Oklahoma Centennial in 2007. He and his wife, Phyllis, live in Edmond near their children and grandchildren. BURKE has written more historical non-fiction books than anyone else in history. His 101 books are all about Oklahomans whose lives are worth remembering. He earned a journalism degree at the University of Oklahoma and worked with Bob Barry at KNOR Radio and as the first color commentator on the OU Basketball Network. Later, Burke graduated with a law degree from Oklahoma City University. He managed David Boren's first campaign for the United States Senate in 1978. A member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, Burke is the fatherof Robert, Amy, and Cody; stepfather of Natalie, Lauren, and Calli; and grandfather of Nathan, Jon, Ridge, Fallon, and Greyson. He and his wife, Chimene, live in Oklahoma City where Burke practices law and writes books.

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