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"I'm a properly broken guy" Brian Carlton tells his fans

Tuesday 08 October, 2019

On Monday morning Brian Carlton opened his hugely successful, award winning Tasmania Talks show by bidding his listeners an emotion-charged farewell.
After four years, this is not how he wanted it to end. But end it did when management suddenly pulled the plug on him about seven minutes into his monologue and switched to music. 
"The show this year has been one of the most traumatic things I've ever had to do," Carlton told his listeners. "The number of days where I have not been in a position really to be functional and yet drag myself out of bed and in the show and tried to pretend that everything was okay. At no stage during this year has it been okay. So I made the decision to, in order to rebuild some kind of life for myself. To do that elsewhere." 
In the recording below which did not make it to the daily podcast (sound quality's not great), Carlton who is an intensely private person, also takes aim at management who he accuses of breaking an agreement to keep his departure secret until near the end of the month. Instead, says Carlton, they notified media prematurely, so that he first had to read about it in the local press.

But it seems that that's the least of his problems.
Near the end of the audio he says, "Hopefully, one day maybe I can be the kind of person I like again. Maybe on that basis, somebody might like me. Somebody might love me and it might be possible for somebody to be honest when I talk with them."

"I'm a properly broken guy. Don't worry about it. I'm not sure whether I'll be able to do the next three weeks of the show on that basis. I'll do my best. I really will do my best. But to say that this has not had an impact on my mental health, my psychological health, my perception of pretty much everything would be a nonsense. So, I'm sorry to do this to you. This is not how I wanted to ever have to talk to you on the radio. As you know I very rarely talk about my private life.

"I'm out there in the public domain every day taking calls from people answering questions about all sorts of things. It's not easy to do when you're not feeling good. It's not easy to do when you are not privileged to have the support of of family, partners et cetera."

I can tell you that Brian Carlton is a decent person and a valuable member of the radio community. He deserves our support at what's obviously a difficult time for him. How about we cheer him up with a message of support via Twitter @ twitter.com/Spoonyman

Peter Saxon


If you or someone you know needs help with mental or emotional issues call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or vist the Blackdog Institute website.
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