Geoff Morris, Australian radio host and bluegrass evangelist down under, has announced that he will be taking a hiatus of undetermined length from his weekly program, Wall-To-Wall Bluegrass, on WorldWideBluegrass.com.
Morris has recently received the unwelcome diagnosis of a virulent form of cancer in his neck and head, and will be required to undergo high-dose radiation therapy for the next six weeks. This will necessitate him staying in Melbourne for treatment, and away from his radio studio for the duration of therapy. Not to mention that he is unlikely to feel up to a weekly commitment to put together a show.
His program last week would have been his 500th on WWB had health concerns not precluded the broadcast. There will be an episode of Wall-To-Wall Bluegrass tonight (12/31, 8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), his last at least until this course of therapy is completed. Geoff invites all of his listeners and friends to join him this evening to ring in the new year.
“I am very saddened to have to discontinue my regular shows after this one, as for me it has always been and remains a lifeline to so many wonderful people and the regular opportunity to share the loveliest music in the world. May I wish you a happy and richly blessed New Year and look forward to our meeting, regularly, in the not too distant future.
The outcome of all of this together with its impact short- and long-term on my health remains to be determined, but be very assured I will tackle it with all the positivity and resourcefulness I can muster.”
We certainly wish Geoff a full and speedy recovery.
WorldWideBluegrass.com is an online radio service that operates 24/7. There is no fee to listen, though donations are welcome. The service also allows listeners to chat by text with the hosts during their programs, so everyone will have a chance to wish Morris well as he steps down for this period of treatment.