Andy Barrie, the popular and respected host of CBC Radio One’s 99.1 Metro Morning announced on-air today that he is stepping down from Toronto’s top rated morning radio program.

The 65-year-old broadcaster, who revealed in 2007 that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, made the announcement at the end of his show Monday after informing friends and and colleagues in an email on Sunday night.

"After an amazing 15 years making great radio at Metro Morning, we're sad to see Andy give up the morning show microphone, and we're sure that's a view shared by his loyal audience," said Denise Donlon, executive director of CBC Radio.

Barrie was born in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to Canada in 1969 as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. In 1977, Barrie moved to Toronto and began hosting The Andy Barrie Show on CFRB making it the top-rated morning drive show in Toronto for years. He moved to the CBC in 1995 to host Metro Morning.

Barrie will step down from Metro Morning on March 1st. A replacement for the show has not announced.

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