Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home

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Barton Eckert

April 6, 1945May 14, 2020

Barton Eckert was born on April 6, 1945 in Philadelphia, PA and passed away on May 14, 2020 and is under the care of Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home.

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Newell Hargett

May 25, 2020

Donna. So,So sorry to hear about Barton. So sudden,so sad. Peggy and I remember all the good times at O’Donnell’s. Hope you can find peace. See you soon.

Jim Bohannon

May 23, 2020

I'm shocked to learn of Barton's passing. We spent decades working together at Westwood One. He was an esteemed colleague and good friend to all.

Carolyn Gilson

May 23, 2020

I worked with Barton at WTTG in the mid-70's. It was my first job out of college, and he went out of his way to be nice to the "new kid". He was talented and funny and great to work with. I'm so sorry to hear that he's gone. My condolences to his wife and family.

Bob Costantini

May 21, 2020

Barton was starting at Conus-TV's Washington bureau as I was leaving. I'd heard of him from his years of working at Channel 5 and local radio.

Over the ensuing years, we would be together at some event.

Even when he came to Westwood One, since I am rarely at the bureau, it was only occasionally that we would converse. However, he always had a GREAT story and a GREAT attitude and a GREAT sense of humor from GREAT experience in the business.

The point is, you can cross someone's path only once- or twice-a-year but know he is a gem!

That was Barton to me.

Evan Haning

May 21, 2020

Barton and I met when I broke him in as First Light fill-in, a job I'd been doing when I left to go to WTOP. Within a couple of years, he was ALSO at WTOP where we spent many early (3:00 a.m.s!) talking and laughing. Soon enough, we were both working together at Westwood One again. Barton was a good guy and I will certainly miss him. All my sympathies to his family.

Bruce Leshan

May 19, 2020

So sorry Dr. Rinis. You often shared stories about Barton during our appointments and he sounded like a great guy. I hope you’re doing ok. Tia Queta will miss you two.

James Adams

May 19, 2020

Bud was a standard bearer. A warm heart, a gentle soul an honest and trusted friend. Barton led and guided. He was a legendary journalist who touched and shaped the lives of countless admirers.

Thomas-Kevin Bahler

May 19, 2020

Although I never had the pleasure of working with Barton, as a fellow longtime SAG-AFTRA member, it was ALWAYS a pleasure to tune in his broadcasts over these many decades (MetroMedia, First Business, WTOP, etc.) Please accept my deepest condolences during this most difficult time, and know that we will hold your family in prayer. We will certainly miss his voice and professionalism. The airwaves will be a bit lonelier going forward. May he continue to live on in blessed memories.
-- Tom Bahler & Doug Rosson

Jeff Hertrick

May 18, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Barton as a producer on First Business at the Chamber of Commerce in the mid-90s. He was a true professional, and his bubbly, always positive personality was a bright spot to cap off a very busy overnight (midnight-7am) shift. I'm very sad to hear of his passing. But glad that he was working at something he enjoyed, right up until the end.

Ed Alwood

May 18, 2020

I knew Barton to be kind and gracious from the time that I first walked through the door of WTTG in the late-1970s. I owe him a huge debt of gratitude for making me feel at ease in the chaos of TV news. He would always encourage enthusiastically and critique gently. He was a rare gem. He'll be missed.

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