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RIP Chris Stanley, US radio news icon

Some sad news from the US today in that Chris Stanley, an icon of the radio news industry, has passed away at the age of 64 from a heart attack.

Chris Stanley of Fox News Radio and CBS Radio NewsChris most recently worked for Fox News Radio, often reading night time news bulletins which aired during the daylight hours over here in Australia. Chris’ work at Fox was the first time I had heard his work, and I was immediately drawn to his natural radio voice, and his crisp and clear delivery. I heard many an international story explained in concise but thorough detail by Chris.

Chris worked for Fox News Radio for four years prior to his retirement at the end of April. Before that Chris worked in a few places, including CBS Radio News for an impressive twenty years which included work for their national service based in New York and their Los Angeles station KNX 1070. Chris’ other work included stints as the news director at stations WPIX New York, KPFT Houston and WBAY Green Bay.

I’ve had a look through my archives as I did have some recordings of Fox News Radio’s hourly newscasts going back in April, but it looks like I didn’t have them going on Chris’ final day. The last of Chris’ work I have is the last bulletin he presented on his second-last day on the air. As a tribute to Chris, here is that newscast, his 11pm Eastern Time newscast from Friday the 27th of April, 2012.

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I extend my condolences to Chris’ family and his former colleagues at Fox, CBS and across the radio industry. Rest In Peace Chris, another great voice on the great radio in the sky.

Samuel

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