ANDREW Campbell’s daily routine includes listening to the radio, and now he has the chance to be that voice in people’s living rooms.
Mr Campbell, who has down syndrome, is a client at Vivability, an organisation that helps people with disabilities to live enriched lives through its programs.
The staff at Vivability understood Mr Campbell’s love of radio and got in contact with 2MCE station president Mark Ryan, who they asked to mentor him in radio announcing.
It was a no-brainer for the seasoned announcer to take him on.
“[Vivability’s] Blake Aubin contacted me and asked me about it and it hit a good note straight away because it is all about inclusivity and radio is for all people,” Mr Ryan said.
Mr Campbell will join Mr Ryan’s country music show as a co-host once a fortnight on Wednesday afternoons, the show getting under way at 2pm.
He is excited to be part of the station for his work placement, made possible through Vivability’s Community Access and Life Skills program.
“I love listening to all the songs they play and I love listening to all the various presenters,” Mr Campbell said.
“I love the old type music because my mum and late dad used to listen to it all the time.”
After undergoing some training last week, he will do his first show with Mr Ryan live to air on March 28.
Vivability staff said they were very thankful to Mr Ryan and 2MCE for allowing their client to be on the other side of the radio.
“It is awesome to see Andrew [in the studio] and surreal a bit for for him to be up here because he and his mum listen to it every day,” Mr Aubin said.