Man with terminal illness achieves lifelong commercial radio dream

«I figured the most logical thing to do was to have a day job and play with radio after hours at a community level,» he said.


Logan, from Victoria, originally contacted O’Connell not with his resume, but with a request to speak on-air about his condition to encourage other people his age to use a bowel cancer screening kit.

When O’Connell called to say he wanted Logan to host what would be called The Peter Logan Breakfast Show with Christian O’Connell on Wednesday, the aviation worker was gobsmacked. The GOLD team even had branded mugs and T-shirts printed for the occasion.

«I didn’t know what to say,» Logan said. «I didn’t expect to be on air. For once in my life, I was a little lost for words.»

The aspiring broadcaster used his one-off timeslot to talk about bucket lists (which he prefers to call «life lists») and to discuss his diagnosis. One caller even phoned in to offer to take Logan skydiving.

«I didn’t want to be a shrinking violet in the corner,» Logan said of his star turn on the radio. «We had a bit of a laugh and we talked about some of the things I’d still like to do. So it was still lighthearted, but we were dealing with a really serious issue.

Victorian man Peter Logan guest-presenting GOLD 104.3's breakfast show.

Victorian man Peter Logan guest-presenting GOLD 104.3’s breakfast show.

«I’m at what they describe as the palliative stage. The thing is, the medication – as with all chemotherapy medication – breaks down my entire body, not just the cancer cells. So it’ll get to a point where my body can’t take the medicine anymore and I’ll have to stop taking it.

«The best thing I can do is stop other people finding themselves in that situation. If we could have saved one person, then it’s all worth it.»

Logan dedicated the last few minutes of the show to talk about bowel cancer screening, a topic he is particularly passionate about. He said almost all forms of cancer are treatable as long as they’re detected at an early stage.

«With bowel cancer, we’re all sent testing kits from the government at the age of 50,» he said. «Sadly, only 40 per cent of kits that are sent out ever get returned. And if you don’t respond the first time, you don’t get a second test [after two years].

Speaking of his stint as a radio host, Logan said it was an experience he’ll never forget.

«They really allowed me to do what I wanted to do, obviously within the boundaries of the format,» he said.

Broede Carmody is an entertainment reporter at The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald

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