Andy Barrie announces his retirement
Since 1995, CBC Radio's Andy Barrie has been waking up Torontonians with his warm, friendly voice and thoughtful interviews. As Barrie retires as host of CBC Radio's Toronto morning show, Metro Morning, CBC Digital Archives celebrates his career. We've got excerpts from his first day on the job at Metro Morning and the day he announced his retirement, as well as select interviews. Just for fun, we even have a 1982 CBC-TV clip in which Barrie performs card tricks.
• In 2007, Barrie revealed that he had Parkinson's disease. This is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that can impair one's motor skills and speech. • In a February 2010 interview with the Globe and Mail, Barrie told reporter Sarah Hampson, "There has been a lot of stress these last three years." In the previous three years, his brother had been killed in a car accident in Russia, his wife of almost 40 years had battled lung cancer and passed away, and he had to deal with his own worsening health. He told Hampson that poor sleep can make Parkinson's symptoms worse, and his job at Metro Morning meant he wasn't getting as much sleep as he should. "I have a hunch that when I start living a normal life again, the effects of Parkinson's will lift a little bit," he said.
Program: Metro Morning
Broadcast Date: Feb. 1, 2010
Host: Andy Barrie, Jill Dempsey
Last updated: June 12, 2013
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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