A legendary media personality who recently passed will soon have a permanent place among Cincinnati’s streets.
This week, the city will change a portion of Hatch Street to Pat Barry Way in honor of Pat Barry, the longtime local television and radio broadcaster who died from COVID-19 in February. Pat Barry Way will be marked between Louden and Wareham streets in Mt. Adams.
A Springfield native, Barry was a beloved fixture on screens and airwaves in Greater Cincinnati and beyond for five decades, spending time at WLWT-TV, WXIX-TV, WKRQ-FM and many others. He famously hosted a talk show in the Westin Hotel, during which he became close friends with former Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench.
Barry passed away Feb. 20 after battling COVID-19 for about a month. He was 69.
The city will unveil the new Pat Barry Way signs during a public outdoor event at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 1. Fittingly, the event will coincide with the Reds’ Opening Day, the celebrations for which Barry had routinely covered. A news release from the Cincinnati City Council indicates that Hall of Fame Marty Brennaman and WCPO-TV sports anchor Dennis Janson will be on hand for the unveiling.
After the event, the Blind Lemon, 936 Hatch Street, will open early with a Pat Barry cocktail on the menu. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Pat Barry Memorial Scholarship Fund, which offers aid to students from the Cincinnati or Springfield area who are studying media, the arts or music. Donations also may be made directly at cincinnatischolarshipfoundation.org.