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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Marla Caplon

May 15, 2021

Cannot believe it's been a year. We think about Barton every day...

Michael Burke

September 24, 2020

I worked at WTOP from 2005-2013. I had the distinct honor and pleasure of working with Barton when he worked weekends/overnights.

Tho we had very different up bringings the one thing we had in common was an immeasurable passion for radio broadcasting . Barton was a perfectionist and I have always had great admiration for his knowledge, skill and ability as a Broadcast Journalist. Rest In Heaven.

We offer prayers 🙏🏽 and our our deepest condolences.

Andy Fisher

August 25, 2020

Bud and I met in 1968 at WIP in Philadelphia. His bright spirit invigorated the whole place. I had just finished my Army tour; he was about to begin his, in a whole lot more dangerous place than I served mine. He was fearless, and funny, and a talented broadcaster who never forgot his old friends. The photo is from Brooklyn, where he took the trouble to visit me and my wife Sharon (whom he had known before I did) while on leave from Vietnam.

Dave Preston

July 1, 2020

I had the opportunity to work with Barton at WTOP and Westwood One over the years. He was a kind spirit. We enjoyed each other's sense of humor, from when a traffic reporter misread the word "ejected" to my doing the "You can call them Rays, you can call them Jays" bit whenever Tampa Bay played Toronto (ya doesn't have to call it bad baseball). Knowing him was a gift. Fond memories and smiles.

Robert Hainey

June 10, 2020

I began working in WASH newsroom shortly after Barton transitioned to WTTG TV. There was a back door that connected the two newsrooms via a hallway. Barton used it frequently to bring the radio crew tips and guidance on stories.
Years later, I had the privilege of writing for Barton when he anchored First Business at the US Chamber of Commerce. He was pro and an all-around good person.

Mike Walter

May 27, 2020

I didn't know Barton well, like so many others who have posted here. He would fill in periodically doing business news while I was the morning anchor at WUSA. It wasn't all that often, but I just remember he always had a smile and was a true pro on the air. Usually when you are anchoring for two hours in the morning you get a two minute commercial break to have a conversation or two. He was always a great guy in those brief moments. My condolences to the family.

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 22, 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.