Pat Barry, long-time Cincinnati DJ, weather anchor dies at 69

Pat Barry, who worked four decades at an array of Cincinnati area TV and radio stations, died of complications from COVID-19 Saturday. He was 69.

Born Barry Tingley, Barry was a popular DJ at WKRQ-FM when WLWT-TV (Channel 5) hired him to replace meteorologist Tony Sands as the main weatherman at 6 and 11 p.m. in 1984.

Barry, who was tapped for the job even though he had no experience or training in meteorology, told the Cincy Shirts podcast in 2019 that WLWT executives wanted somebody who knew Cincinnati and who they could teach about the weather. He learned about the job opening from then WLWT anchorman (and former Cincinnati mayor) Jerry Springer, because the two of them frequented the Precinct restaurant.

WLWT-TV's top-rated early 1990s news team members (from left) Pat Barry, Lauren Chesley, Jerry Springer and Norma Rashid at a past reunion to benefit the Jim Knippenberg Society of Professional Journalists Scholarship fund.

Springer had just been promoted to anchor and "that summer, I used to see him out" at the Precinct restaurant, when Barry would emcee promotional events on Monday and Tuesdays, Barry said in a 1989 interview on Waycross Community Media's "Midnight Hour" show. Springer told Barry "we're going to make a change in the way we do the weather." Soon Barry came in for an audition and two weeks later, he had signed a three-year contract.

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