Bob Barry

barryA legendary rock-n-roll disc jockey, Barry enjoyed a near 30-year career on Milwaukee’s radio dial at WOKY-AM, WEMP-AM, WISN-AM and WZTR-FM. During the mid-1960’s when the Beatles dominated rock-n-roll and he was the dominant rock-n-roll DJ in Milwaukee at WOKY, he became known as “Beatle Bob” after he was featured prominently with the Beatles during their only appearance in Milwaukee and he introduced them to a star crazed crowd. He began his career at WTKM radio in Hartford in 1957, moved to the Milwaukee radio scene in the 1960’s, enjoying such popularity that at one time he competed against himself, hosing his rock-n-roll show on WOKY and the WITI-TV Evening Movie in the same time periods. He retired from broadcasting in 1992. During his career he received numerous industry awards, chief among them designations from Billboard magazine as Top 40 Air Personality of the Year and International Personality of the Year in 1975.




  1. Jeff B says:

    Bob kept me rockin as a teen! Never missed his show. Always had a tiny AM transistor radio with me. Great show and a great personality.

  2. Ernie Swanson says:

    I had the privilege of working with Bob at WZTR in Milwaukee. He was a real professional and was great person to work with. Both Bob and Skip Tayler always treated their co-workers with respect. They had the best morning show in Milwaukee. They were very creative with spontaneous travel giveaways. Bob had a contest which a caller would give a song title and artist to Joel Whitburn. If the song was not played in 1 minute the caller would win $100. These required complicated remotes. I enjoyed setting these remote broadcasts up. He made being in the broadcast engineering business fun. I will never forget him.

  3. Gail Koester says:

    I worked with (for) Bob at WOKY, he was the best Dj on top 40 radio, a real professional. Jim Brown acted like he was hung over while doing his morning show…explained the liquid lunches at the Ennex bar kiddy corner from the station. Bob would join in occasionally, but when he did, he usually didn’t stay too long. There were appearance to book!
    He was respectful, a rare thing at a radio station in the early seventies. He took time with me one morning to help me write an ad with the ad guy then record my voice to read copy, I wasn’t good so he was very patient with me. Gave me a great gift, the feeling of self worth. God bless him.

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