Much loved KLFM announcer Barry Washington passed away last Tuesday, December 22, at the age of 71.
Barry began his radio career at 3BO Bendigo when he was 18 years of age, 6 months later he was invited to join the staff at BCV-8 Bendigo.
After five and a half years Barry and his wife went into private a business operating a Golden Fleece Roadhouse on the corner of High and Oak street in Golden Square and then built and operated the Homestead Motor Inn further along High Street.
During that time Barry was still reading late news at BCV.
He was then asked to do “Talk Back” on 3BO with a program called “Sound-a-bout” which dominated Bendigo Radio for two years.
After a short time in sales at AWA Sydney he moved to a Manager’s role at 5AU Whyalla in South Australia. Two years later he returned to Victoria as Manager on 3HA Hamilton
Barry then headed a Company which bought 3HA which remained a family Company until sold to 3UZ in 1979.
From there, he moved into Television at BTV6 Ballarat, firstly as an announcer, news reader, producer, director then manager of STV8 Mildura.
KLFM General manager Brad Geier said Barry joined KLFM last year hosting the afternoon show, “He had golden tonsils, just a beautiful voice and was just one hell of a nice guy.
“We are just so fortunate to have had Barry with us, sharing his wealth of knowledge,” Mr Geier Said.
Barry leaves behind his wife Helen of 47 years, two children, Peter and Sarah and five grandchildren.