Longtime Denver sports media personality and current morning show co-host on 92.5 Altitude Sports, Vic Lombardi was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. In a detailed interview with Nick Kosmider of The Athletic, Lombardi spoke about his career and fighting the disease.
The diagnosis came as a surprise to Lombardi who told Kosmider, “I’ve never felt better. I’m almost 50 years old and feel like I’m 22.”
“When something like this happens you just don’t believe it,” Lombardi added. “You wake up in the middle of the night and say, ‘Oh my God, I have cancer.’ It’s a crazy thing.”
Lombardi will undergo surgery to have his prostate removed on February 28th, the recovery time is expected to be at least one month.
Even amid the shock of his diagnosis, Lombardi quickly turned his attention to raising awareness, sharing his story and emphasizing the importance of getting tested even when you feel decades younger than you are.
“With Vic it’s never about Vic. It’s how can I take something that’s happening to somebody else and make it better?” Lombardi’s friend and agent, Peter Schaffer told Kosmider. “My 18-year-old daughter got diagnosed with cancer 14 months ago. He was the first person at our house, he and (Lombardi’s wife) Terri. They were there all the time. It’s sort of the ironic twist of it.”
Lombardi joined Altitude Sports in 2016 after departing Denver’s 104.3 The Fan. With nearly three decades of experience in the sports industry, Lombardi’s impact has been heard on both radio and television, winning 32 Emmys, 16 for best sports anchor. Denver sports fans are used to the sound of Vic’s voice, now Lombardi will continue to use that voice to share his story and raise awareness for prostate cancer.
“I can’t just go invisible,” he said. “And talking about it, I’m not embarrassed. That’s who I am.”
Lombardi co-hosts the 92.5 morning show with Marc Moser and Brett Kane weekdays from 7 – 10am.