Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio Milwaukee: Stories from the Fifth Beatle

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Bob Barry ruled Milwaukee's airwaves in the '60s and '70s. The only time the Beatles performed here, Barry introduced them to the audience, and he was the only local personality who spent time in private with the Fab Four. If a band or musician came to town, he met them with a microphone. Chuck Berry, the Animals, Wings, the Rolling Stones—the list goes on. His popular "Bob Barry Calls the World" segment entertained thousands with cold calls to famous personalities, including Bob Hope, Sophia Loren, Elton John and Cher. Through it all, Barry maintained a calm and fun-loving demeanor, even when mocked by the WOKY Chicken or nearly eaten by wolves on the air. Packed with never-before-seen photos, this revealing memoir recalls the iconic DJ's many celebrity encounters, his career highlights and setbacks and the hijinks that made Milwaukee radio rock.
ISBN: 9781467139335
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Wisconsin
Images: 98
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Bob Barry is best remembered as a legendary Milwaukee disc jockey. He introduced the Beatles during their only Milwaukee appearance and was the only local personality to spend time privately with them. Through his successful “Bob Barry Calls the World” format, he interviewed famous and infamous celebrities, including Bob Hope, Sophia Loren, Ron Howard, Elton John, Cher and more. During his career, he received numerous industry awards, chief among them Billboard magazine’s Top 40 Air Personality of the Year in 1975. In 2001, Barry was inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
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