Stuart McLean Ends 'The Vinyl Cafe' to Focus on Cancer Battle

Stuart McLean Ends 'The Vinyl Cafe' to Focus on Cancer Battle
A year after being diagnosed with melanoma, Stuart McLean of beloved CBC Radio program The Vinyl Cafe has announced he'll be suspending the show to focus on his cancer treatment. 

In a statement posted to his website, McLean revealed that initial skin cancer treatment hadn't been as "swift" as he expected following diagnosis. "What can I say…things don't always go exactly as planned," he wrote before revealing he'll undergo another round in January.

McLean continued in revealing that CBC Radio won't be airing repeats in his absence, leaving the floor for others to share their work.

"There are lots of people creating great work, and it deserves to be heard and enjoyed," he wrote. "So, for the time being, I'm going to step aside and make room for others to share their work on the radio."

Come January, The Vinyl Cafe will stop airing on CBC Radio, Sirius XM satellite radio and podcasts. Public radio stations in the U.S. will air Vinyl Cafe Stories episodes until the end of February.

Featuring stories, essays and music, the program primarily centres on McLean's tales of used record store owner Dave, his wife Morely, their two children Sam and Stephanie, and their home life.

"I don't want you to worry about me. A year ago I told you that I expected this to be just a bump in the road, not the end of the road. I still believe that to be true," McLean wrote.

"I hope we will meet up again — on the radio or in theatres. We'll make sure to tell you before that happens... In the meantime, look after yourselves and each other. And know that this isn't goodbye. It's just … so long for now."