CCFC ambassador celebrates launch of unique new radio gig
Sharon Caddy, media personality and CCFC ambassador, begins co-hosting a radio program on Accessible Media Inc.
By Brianne Binelli, online content manager
Sharon Caddy, media personality and Christian Children’s Fund of Canada volunteer ambassador, is embarking on a new journey as the co-host of Accessible Media Inc.’s (AMI) Kelly and Company, an inclusive radio program in Toronto. The former co-host of SiriusXM’s What She Said and former CTV and CTS (now Yes TV) personality is excited about the show, which kicks off today, Oct. 31, live from 3 to 5 p.m. ET. We caught up with Sharon before going live, and she shared some thoughts about her new gig:
Tell us about the new position?
I’m very excited to co-host the new Kelly & Company show on AMI-audio. Kelly MacDonald (pictured, below right) and I will be chatting with guests and regular contributors about health, fashion, tech, sexuality, family issues, finances — you name it. Kelly brings his amazing spirit and sense of humour, and we are proud to share that he is Canada’s first blind host of a live national afternoon show. We really enjoy working together; we love to laugh, and we learn from each other every day. We hope our listeners will enjoy coming along for the ride.
How is this job different than what you’ve done before?
Accessible Media Inc. is a special place. We are a not-for-profit multimedia organization serving more than five-million Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility- or print-restricted, through AMI-T.V. and AMI-audio. Our mission is simple: to make accessible media for all Canadians. I’ve been in broadcasting — radio and T.V. — for years, and while, as broadcasters we are always aware of the audience, the fact is people with disabilities are largely overlooked. Kelly & Company will be entertaining and informative for everyone.
In your first week, you’ll talk to Sean Madsen, a visually impaired CCFC sponsor who recently visited his sponsored child in Paraguay. Can you tell us about that?
I first heard about Sean Madsen's visit to Paraguay when I accepted the position at AMI. The timing was perfect. As a CCFC ambassador, I am always excited to talk about the great work happening in the countries CCFC serves. Earlier this year, I visited Ethiopia to see how CCFC donations have impacted communities through projects like IMPACT and Learning Through Play. Sean will be sharing his experiences travelling to Paraguay, meeting his sponsored child and also how his visit jumpstarted a conversation about accessibility in the South American country. We’re looking forward to talking to him Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. ET.
How will this new role impact your work with CCFC?
Kelly & Company is a daily afternoon show, so I look forward to sharing my experiences with our audience. And, in the future, whether attending CCFC functions here in Canada or travelling [abroad] to visit our partners, I will go with a focus on accessibility. I look forward to delving even deeper into truly describing my experiences so the blind and low-vision community can be made more fully aware of CCFC’s work around the world.
Where can we learn more about the Kelly and Company?
You can learn more by visiting ami.ca/category/kelly-and-company or live-streaming AMI-audio through ami.ca/listenlive. You can listen through your T.V., too (see AMI-audio channel guide online). AMI-audio is also broadcast in basic cable on the Secondary Audio Programming of CBC News Network.
About Christian Children's Fund of Canada:
Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world.