Ron Barr, the son of an Air Force senior noncommissioned officer, has been hosting the "Sports Byline USA" radio show for more than three decades. STEVEN HOOVER
Ron Barr, the son of an Air Force senior noncommissioned officer, has been hosting the "Sports Byline USA" radio show for more than three decades. STEVEN HOOVER

After three decades of ‘Sports Byline,’ radio host still strives ‘to connect with athletes in a human way’

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — As he sat in front of a microphone, about to debut a talk radio program on WRTL 1260-AM in central Illinois, Ron Barr fought off a major case of nerves before his first time on the air in 1961.

Then a 16-year-old high school junior at Chanute Air Force Base, Barr said he recalled thinking a couple of things over and over as his nearly six-decade career was set to begin: “Ask questions that I thought people would want asked. And listen. There’s a lot more value in listening.”

From such humble beginnings, a career and a worldwide sports radio platform would come to be.

Fifty-eight years later, Barr says he applies the same philosophy every time he hits the air at 7 p.m. Pacific Monday through Friday with his daily program “Sports Byline USA,” which is now in its 31st year.

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