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Bob Barrickman

Broadcasting ∙ Beaver

 

 

 

 

Bob Barrickman has become the voice, if not the pulse, of Beaver County Sports. His unique delivery has been broadcasting games for nearly three full decades, and the fairness in his reporting has made him highly popular with coaches, players, and fans alike. A graduate of Beaver High School, Bob attended Lock Haven and Slippery Rock Universities. He completed his degree at SRU, majoring in communications. He began his announcing career in 1980 at WMBA radio station in Ambridge. Seven years later, he moved to WBVP in Beaver Falls, where he served for five years as color commentator with fellow Hall of Famer, Chris Shovlin. In 1992, Bob assumed the lead play-by-play duties at WBVP. Since then, he has broadcast over 40 state championship games, and even more WPIAL finals. In addition to his game broadcasts, Bob has stayed on top of the scene by hosting talk shows and weekly coach’s interview shows. Presently, besides his duties as an on-air personality, Bob is an account sales executive at the now sister stations of WBVP and WMBA, where he also does voice over commercials. For the past 20 years, Bob has been the radio voice for Geneva College football and basketball. His game broadcasts has been recognized by Achievement in Radio (AIR), an award he shares with the crew he leads, including Van Zanic, Jeff Hatthorn, and Chris Matthews. Being affiliated with the MSA Sports Network, Bob’s broadcasts at both the high school and college levels can be heard worldwide via the internet. But it is just not local sports that Bob has been involved with. He has covered the last two Steelers Super Bowls and the major league baseball All Star game held in 2006 in Pittsburgh. His media interests have branched out to the newsprint field. For the past ten years, Bob has written a popular column for the Beaver County Times entitled “Another Look”, featuring past sports personalities and games. Highly sought as an emcee at various sports banquets, Bob has served as the Master of Ceremonies for the past 26 years for the Beaver County Outstanding Young Woman Program, formerly known as Junior Miss. He is a longtime member of the Beaver Area Jaycees, and assists the Jaycees in its charitable projects. In addition, Bob helps the YMCA of Beaver County in its fundraising efforts, and he serves on the Penn State-Beaver Communications Advisory Board. Bob is single and resides in Rochester.