BRADNAM’S GOD-GIVEN TAL­ENT STILL UP IN AIR

Ra­dio sta­tions have been reach­ing out to axed host Luke Bradnam as he goes moun­taineer­ing

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE clam­our is on for the broad­cast­ing abil­ity of dumped ra­dio star Luke Bradnam – but in the mean­time he’s plan­ning to work on an­other god-given tal­ent. Bradnam, whose Triple M drive-time show has been axed and ends in De­cem­ber, has been field­ing calls from Gold Coast and Bris­bane ra­dio sta­tions sound­ing him out. It’s un­der­stood the Chan­nel 9 pre­sen­ter also met with Gold FM big­wigs this week – it’s his goal to be back on lo­cal air­waves next year. In the mean­time he’s ex­cited about hav­ing time for moun­taineer­ing. He knocked off Ever­est Base Camp – at 5380 me­tres – in a 48hour trekking epic this week.

It is not for the faint-hearted. Ex-NRL star Matty Johns who at­tempted it with mates re­cently has spo­ken vividly about his crew fall­ing apart and most not mak­ing it. Most peo­ple take a week so to do it in two days with no ac­cli­ma­ti­sa­tion is im­pres­sive bor­der­ing on fool­hardy.

But not if you are Bradnam. He re­veals to ATG he has al­ways pos­sessed an in­cred­i­bly-high nat­u­ral ap­ti­tude for ex­er­cise at al­ti­tude, far above your gar­den-va­ri­ety hu­man. The 45-year-old says he was tested at a Mi­ami al­ti­tude train­ing cen­tre and was told he had the high­est ca­pac­ity for per­form­ing at al­ti­tude than just about any­one they had come across. “They said you have re­ally in­cred­i­ble white cell blood-oxy­gen lev­els once you get into a high range. I’m nat­u­rally lucky – it’s the only good thing I have been born with.

“It’s not an in­di­ca­tion I’m fit.”

He has used it to his ad­van­tage to climb Mt Kil­i­man­jaro in Tan­za­nia and plans an Ever­est at­tempt.

is set to miss her first big Gold Coast 600 race day since she took on the Tourism port­fo­lio in 2015. Ms Jones will at­tend the GC600 on Fri­day be­fore she heads north for the Whit­sun­day Tourism Awards on Oc­to­ber 20. ATG hears Ms Jones, al­ways in­vited but yet to at­tend the awards, thought it was vi­tal she show sup­port for op­er­a­tors in the north in the wake of ex­treme weather events and shark at­tacks.

I’m lucky, it’s the only good thing I’ve been born with

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