The Wyoming Association of Broadcasters are adding two long-time sportscasters to its Hall of Fame: Gene “Gabby” Barrus of Cody, Wyo., and Tim Ray of Grand Junction, Colo. The pair will be inducted into the WAB Hall of Fame at WAB’s annual convention on June 11, 2022, in Cody.
Barrus began his play-by-play career at KODI(AM) in Cody in 1947 and later served as the station’s sports director. Curt Gowdy, 2003 WAB Hall of Fame inductee, once referred to Barrus as “the voice of high school sports in Wyoming.” He spend more than 20 years on air, mostly at KODI, and was a mentor to many future sports broadcasters in the state. Barrus passed away Nov. 20, 1998.
Tim Ray stared on air as a play-by-play announcer at KWYO(AM) in Sheridan, Wyo., in 1980. In 1984, he launched the first sports program on sister station KROE(AM) with play-by-play commentary and weekly live sports-talk shows from a variety of businesses in Sheridan.
In 1987, Ray joined KTWO Radio/Wyoming Radio Network where he did various radio and television assignments for the station and the University of Wyoming, including sideline reporting, play-by-play and studio broadcasting. He hosted a statewide radio talk show with 2005 WAB Hall of Famer George Kay on KTWO(AM) in Caspter, Wyo., radio for nine seasons.
Ray was named Wyoming Sportscaster of the Year in 1986, 1988 and 2003 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in Salisbury, N.C.
The Wyoming Association of Broadcasters has inducted 41 Wyoming broadcast legends into the WAB Hall of Fame since it was founded in 2003.