GOOD LUCK BARRY: Celebrating Bernson's semi-retirement
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Friday, WDRB staff members and friends came together to celebrate the 30-year career of Barry Bernson.
Bernson, who has been co-host of WDRB in the Morning for more than seven years, is entering into semi-retirement -- a time for him to kick back and enjoy his golden years. (While making the occasional on-air appearance here and there.
Barry began his journalism career in radio and newspapers in 1964 in his home town of Pompton Lakes, NJ.
He is a 1969 journalism graduate of the University of Iowa. In 1969, he moved to Louisville as a radio news anchor for the old WAVE-970. From there he moved to WAVE-3 television, in 1971 developing his "on-the-road" human interest feature, "WAVE Country."
Barry moved to Chicago in 1976, as feature reporter and movie critic for WMAQ, the NBC-owned station. He also became a leading correspondent for "NBC News Overnight" with Linda Ellerbe and Lloyd Dobyns.
He returned to Louisville in 1985, continuing on the features beat for WHAS-11 with his series "Bernson's Corner." In 1992, Barry and Rachel Platt premiered Louisville's top-rated morning news program, "Good Morning Kentuckiana."
Barry joined WDRB News in October 2003.
He has been awarded six Ohio Valley Region EMMY awards, and was voted "Best Morning Host" in 2004, 2006 and 2007 in the readers' poll of Louisville Magazine. He is also a multiple winner in the features category of the Metro Louisville Journalism Awards, and has won "Best Feature" honors from the Associated Press in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.
In 2003, Barry was named the nation's best narrator of Talking Books (non-fiction) by the American Foundation for the Blind, for work he has done for the Library of Congress through Louisville's American Printing House for the Blind. Barry has narrated nearly 400 audio books since 1971.
He also sings bass with the Louisville Choral Arts Society. Barry is the father of two daughters, Mara White and Robbyn Bernson.
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