‘Much love’: Dylan Willows announces last show at The Zone amid cancer diagnosis

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Dylan Willows at the Phillips Backyard Festival Series.

A beloved Victoria radio host signed off on his last show Thursday following a difficult journey with cancer.

The Zone’s Dylan Willows said goodbye after more than 20 years on the airwaves.

“As we’ve shared on the show over the past handful of months, I’ve sadly become quite sick with cancer,” he said.

“The cancer I thought that I beat 20 years ago has come back and, not without a lack of trying and hard effort from myself, and my family and the staff at BC Cancer,” he said.

Willows shared the emotional goodbye alongside his longtime co-host, Jason Lamb.

“We didn’t do radio the regular way, and I’m never going to have that again,” said Lamb as the pair reflected on their roots.

Willows said he was grateful for the entire team at The Zone, and described the job in Victoria as his dream job.

“I’ve dedicated my entire life to being on the radio and I don’t regret one millisecond of it,” he said.

“To see the day come where I have to walk away from not only this radio show but from my partner in crime, Jason, and from my extended family here at the Zone and my even greater extended family of all the Zoners, unfortunately, today is the day.”

His last sign off can be listened to below:

Throughout his 22 year career, Willows helped shine a spotlight on local musicians through Band of the Month.

He was also involved in community events like VIC Fest and has served as a juror to music grant programs like the JUNOs, Peak Performance, Western Canadian Music Awards, and FACTOR.

With files from CHEK’s Laura Brougham

Adam Chan

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