Andy Barrie is Ryerson’s new scholar in residence

Andy BarrieCBC radio personality Andy Barrie will join Ryerson University as
scholar in residence for the Faculty of Communication & Design (FCAD).

A press release says that Barrie, the former host of CBC Radio’s flagship Metro Morning program, “will develop a special interview series focusing on media and communications, act as an advisor to undergraduate and graduate students, and be a resource to students and faculty members in their innovative research initiatives. He will also have a hand in shaping curriculum content.”

“One of Canada’s most respected and popular radio journalists, Andy represents many of the qualities and ambitions we hold in high esteem at Ryerson: intellectual curiosity, social engagement, open exchange and critical reflection,” said Gerd Hauck, dean of FCAD. “We are privileged to welcome him to Ryerson and look forward to collaborating with him on projects that will straddle several of our schools within the Faculty of Communication & Design.”

“It’s almost impossible for me to imagine my thirty-plus years as a Toronto broadcaster without the support of so many Ryerson grads along the way – from Valerie Pringle producing my first program at CFRB to Jim Curran at my side for fifteen years at Metro Morning,” said Barrie. “As a Distinguished Scholar in Residence, I look forward to sharing my passion for radio, journalism and storytelling with this next generation of Canadian communicators.”

Barrie had worked for over three decades as a radio and television broadcaster. From 1970-77 he hosted the Andy Barrie Show for CJAD Radio. He then hosted CFRB’s morning show from 1977-81. He worked as a reporter, commentator and anchor on Global Television before returning to CFRB for 10 years. He moved to CBC Radio in 1995 to host Metro Morning. He stepped down in March 2010. This spring he delivered the 2010 Atkinson Lecture at Ryerson.