Andy Wilson to replace “Cousin” Vinny Barrucco on The Beat Montreal mornings

“Cousin” Vinny Barrucco has announced he’s leaving Cogeco’s The Beat 92.5 (CKBE-FM) Montreal.

Barrucco, who has been with the station for the last seven years, announced on-air this morning that he’s moving on to pursue a new opportunity. His last show will be Friday, Feb. 1.

“It’s very bittersweet for me as I’m leaving a place I called home since 2012 where I met great people and developed many strong relationships,” Barrucco wrote in a Facebook post. “At the same time, I’m taking a leap of faith and I’m extremely excited to start the next chapter!”

“I’m gonna be taking a break from radio for a little while. I’ve been on the air for almost 15 years so I’m looking forward to taking a step back and enjoying quality time with my wife and newborn daughter…I will announce my next move in the coming months.”

Andy Wilson, will join the morning show as co-host with Nikki Balch and Sam Lupovich, starting Monday.

Wilson arrives in Montreal with over 15 years of morning show experience in Toronto, from interning with Humble and Fred, to producing for Mad Dog and Billie and most recently Tucker in the Morning on Virgin Radio 99.9 (CKFM-FM) Toronto. Wilson has been freelancing since November when the morning show fell under cuts that hit multiple Bell Media stations.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Andy among our ranks here are The Beat 92,5. His infectious personality and extensive radio experience will be the perfect ingredient to add to Nikki and Sam during Montrealers morning commute. His addition to the team will bring a new, fun and interesting dynamic” said Paul Awad, program director, in a press release.

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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