A native of West Terre Haute, Ind., Barry began his radio career at WWVR in 1969 working for WPFR before moving to WBOW AM/FM the following year where he became known as "Rockin' Barry Kent." In 1975, he became the station's program director, and in 1980 WBOW-FM changed call letters to WBOQ and flipped to country. Kent moved to WTHI in 1982, where he served as program director and afternoon DJ. In the late '80s, he switched to the morning show and has remained there ever since. In 1989, the station bought WWVR, and Kent currently serves as operations manager of WTHI and WWVR, the first station he ever worked at. WTHI has been a St. Jude station since 1990, raising more than $1 million for the hospital. Kent hosts all 30 hours of the station's St. Jude Radiothon.