This is the first in a two-part series of stories with local radio personality Scott Mann. Part One talks about his involvement with the Relay For Life and fighting cancer and
is an interview with Mann about the state of radio, local music and more.
When Scott Mann says he wants to kick cancer’s ass it’s hard not to believe that he can back up his words.
After all, the 44-year-old DJ has already done it once. Mann, a radio veteran who holds down afternoons on Myrtle Beach’s Wave 104.1 and serves as assistant program director for the classic rock station, celebrated being one year free of the disease March 18.
But for this local music personality, just beating his own bout with colorectal cancer wasn’t enough. Since being diagnosed in 2009, Mann has done his best to prepare folks for the inevitable effect of the disease on everyone’s life — whether it be through being diagnosed or by having it hit someone you care about.
“About 50 percent of the population is going to have cancer. It’s that simple,” he says. “Every year the number of people who beat it gets higher, but unfortunately the number of people who get it in the first place gets higher too so everything’s relative.”
Myrtle Beach Music: DJ Scott Mann on air at the Wave 104 studios on Ocala Street.
Mann believes part of the reason for this increase in cancer cases come from a slew of outside sources, things such as artificial coloring and chemicals in food, which are being shown to cause the disease. However he admits that in today’s society many people aren’t willing to alter their habits to help prevent getting cancer.
“If people aren’t going to change to stop from getting the disease, then we have to attack the disease,” Mann says.
This spring, Mann and his Wave 104 colleagues will serve as sponsors for each of the area’s six Relay For Life events, walks organized by the American Cancer Socitey to raise money and awareness of the disease.
“It was something I’ve always been involved in to a certain extent — my mother died of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma,” he said. “But I’m a human being just like everyone else and it’s amazing how involved you can get in things when they effect you.”
Mann will lead the station’s relay team in the April 29 Myrtle Beach/South Strand event.
“Last year I participated in the relay on Ed Piotrowski’s team, but this year I wanted to take it one step further.”
For Mann, taking that extra step has meant not only speaking out about the event regularly on air, but also doing his part in raising more than $2,300 for the cause. He says he expects the team to reach its goal of $2,500, but with more than a month left until the event he hopes to go well beyond that.
But regardless of the good that’s being done through the Relay, Mann is still urging his team to take a stern approach to the continued fight against the disease.
“Enough is enough. I’m done losing people I love, I’m done losing musicians I love, It’s time to stop it."
- Coastal Carolina University: April 8, CCU track field
- North Myrtle Beach / Little River: April 9, Possum Trot Athletic Field
- Myrtle Beach / South Strand: April 29, Grand Park at The Market Common
- Loris: April 29, Loris High School
- Georgetown: May 13, Georgetown High School
- Conway/Aynor: May 20, Bay Village Mini Mall