About Barry Tompkins biography
Barry was born and raised in San Francisco and began his career in local television there at KPIX-TV in 1968. Since then he has spent five years at NBC, ten years at HBO, eight years at ESPN, and the past fourteen years at Fox Sports.
His credits include play-by-play commentary of The Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl, the NCAA Final Four, eight Olympic Games, The Tour de France, Wimbledon, the French Open and the U.S. Open Tennis, the World Gymnastics Championships, World Swimming and Diving Championships, World Figure Skating Championships, and horse racing’s Triple Crown, World Cup Skiing, San Francisco Giants baseball, and over 100 World Championship fights.
In addition he has covered the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, and PGA golf events, The Indy 500, Baseball World Series, hockey’s Stanley Cup, and the Soccer World Cup.
Barry is in his 30th year as the voice of Pac-10 Conference Football and Basketball for Fox Sports Net and continues to broadcast a wide variety of events on national television.
In addition to his broadcasting work, Barry writes a humor column for the Marin Independent Journal and is a contributing columnist for Comcast Sports News Bay Area.
Marin Independent Journal columns
- Capturing the moment of the selfie
- AND THE WINNER is…selfie.…more (Marin IJ)
- What's with the barge on the bay? Better Google it
- I REMEMBER AS a child reading science fiction novels and cowering under my Davy Crockett comforter, fully expecting to look out the window and find some sort of alien with a zapper ready to take me off to live on the planet Zircon. First there was one alien spacecraft, then two, then a closet full of them — all loaded with green Zirconians.…more (Marin IJ)
- Trick of Halloween is keeping few treats
- I JUST CAN'T seem to make up mind what I want to dress as for Halloween this year. The superhero thing hasn't been working for me the last couple of years — everybody kept giving me Krypton and it so diminished my powers that I was in bed by 9. I tossed the Richard Nixon mask about the time he left office, and both the Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers went the way of cowboys and hobos. …more (Marin IJ)
- Fashion has gone to the dogs
- SO THERE I WAS, standing in line at the Rafael theater just waiting to see the Mill Valley Film Festival's feature film that night — "12 Years a Slave." I was feeling pretty cutting-edge among the cinematic intelligentsia of our county, wearing the required sunglasses, long jacket, tight jeans, boots that buckle in the area of the calf and the film crowd necessity — the omnipresent scarf — when I looked across the street and saw a rather dashing figure that far out-dressed me.…more (Marin IJ)
- When expanding waistlines catch up with you
- UNCLE! I GIVE UP. I will repent. I have ingested my last chicken-fried steak and country gravy — at least for the next couple of weeks.…more (Marin IJ)
- Oh baby, the iPhone comes in colors now
- I ONCE HAD a longtime San Francisco bar guy offer me the sage advice I've lived my life by ever since. It was over coffee on one of those mornings that I felt it important to shave my tongue in addition to my face after a long night of sampling various concoctions that seemed oh-so-interesting to try, at the time.…more (Marin IJ)
- A month for chickens, weirdos and Scooby Doo
- I can't speak for you, but this month I am a celebratin' fool. Last week's big Labor Day hoopla just got me in a party mood, and the good times just kept on rollin' because I saw that September — all 30 days of it — is National Chicken Month.…more (Marin IJ)
- It takes talent to make twerking work
- I WAS INTERVIEWED the other day by someone writing a book on the Kardashians. Not that I have any familiarity with the Kardashian family beyond their ability to get their pictures on the cover of every supermarket tabloid, and hold forth on their own TV show without any discernable iota of talent. …more (Marin IJ)
- It's harder growing up now than it used to be
- IT'S THAT WONDERFUL time of year again, when the little nubbins are off to the classroom cramming their little heads with knowledge that will serve them for a lifetime. Like how to text while seemingly paying attention to a lecture on beginning quantum physics, or using geometry to locate a spot to hookup. Things that will serve them for their entire adult life. …more (Marin IJ)
- My next life as a dog
- 'AFTER YEARS OF deliberation with myself I have decided that I want to come back as a dog. …more (Marin IJ)