Messenger-Inquirer: Well-Known Owensboro Radio Personality Dies

Oct 15, 2012

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirier is reporting the death of a local radio personality who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Joe Lowe spent the final months of his life advocating for more Kentuckians to get cancer screenings.

From today's published report by the paper:

Joe Lowe, 60, one of Owensboro's most-popular radio personalities, has lost his battle with cancer.

Owensboro radio station WOMI-AM announced just before 8 a.m. Monday that Lowe had died earlier that morning. Lowe was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer a in August. He was diagnosed with cancer in his esophagus, stomach and liver. He immediately began receiving chemotherapy treatments.

In September Lowe began urging people to be screened for cancer.

"People need to get screened, because it's easier to treat cancer in Stage 1 than like me in Stage 4," he said. "And the other thing is, I've had a lot of support from my wife, Kathy; my brother, Mike (Lowe); and my best friend, Jim Goode; and hundreds of other people who have said prayers for me and wishing me well, but not everybody has a support group like that. I think we need to organize something so that Mr. or Mrs. Smith doesn't have to go through chemo alone."

Lowe had a career in radio for 45 years, going back to his days on WVJS as an intern. He's worked at WBKR/WOMI for 15 years, and his "Joe Lowe Morning Show" was a staple for fans of current affairs.