Stan Brooks was an original voice of 1010 WINS. He was a reporter, for many years at City Hall, decades on all-news 1010 WINS. Brooks, who predated the station’s format change on April 19, 1965, died today likely from complications due to lung cancer. He would have been 87 next month.
News director Ben Mevorach tells Tuned In that Brooks died at his Manhattan home surrounded by family.
“While we grieve for the loss of this great man, please bear in mind that Stan was ready for this,” Mevorach says. “He left with no regrets, he left knowing he was beloved and he left with the comfort of knowing that his children and their children knew how much he loved them.”
But, one special love of Brooks’ life belonged to his late wife Lynn.
“No man ever loved a woman more than Stan loved Lynn. He saw his own death not as an end but as a time when he would be able to rejoin Lynn and simply continue on with the sixty year love affair that they had shared on earth, ” Mevorach adds.
Earlier this month, the City Hall radio room was renamed in Brooks’ honor.
As news director at WINS in the early 1960s, Brooks was summoned in secret to hire talent for the nation’s first all-news station.
“We’d go into a town, we’d go into a hotel room, turn on the radio and listen to the morning newscasters,” Brooks told FishbowlNY in April about the clandestine operation.
John Montone shared his thoughts of Brooks on Facebook.
“I have never met a finer man than my fellow 1010 WINS reporter, Stan Brooks, who passed away peacefully today at the age of 86 with his big loving family at his side. Back in ’09 I covered the Yankee parade with Stan and Juliet Papa. After eight hours up on the riser in the cold my back was screaming and my legs were numb. Stan? He looked disappointed that our day was done. But, hey, he was just a kid of 82. Stan, the pleasure has been all mine. Give Lynn my love.”
When Brooks was still able to work for WINS, Mevorach drove him to and from City Hall each day.
“When he could no longer work we went to lunch every Friday. We talked about his incredible career in print and broadcasting, about his family, and about how he helped build the most storied brand in local radio news history. But what struck me most after each goodbye was his humility. He would shake his head in disbelief at the number of invitations to take him to lunch or dinner or the movies or to just hang out.”
WINS and News 12 Long Island reporter Eileen Lehpamer echoes the same sentiment, but on a more personalized level. While attending Fordham University and on air at WFUV, Lehpamer covered one of Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s press conferences. Nervous, she met the acclaimed Brooks.
“There are some reporters that wouldn’t give the new kid on the block the time of day,” Lehpamer recalls. “But not Stan. He was humble and kind.”
A few months later, the legendary reporter approached Lehpamer with a question about a story.
“I have never been so honored. A man with all his years of experience cared what I thought.”
Former WINS anchor Cheryl Simone posted on her Facebook page, “Think you’re good at this radio news thing? None of us will ever compare with Brooksie. You will be missed! You are a legend!”
Mevorach says, “When we would talk about his illness and where it would ultimately lead, he said to tell everyone that he was blessed with a wonderful life; a life that was more than he could have ever asked for, or have ever expected. He always ended those talks with a smile and a confident, ‘Don’t worry. I’ll be OK.'”