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Radio legend Stan Brooks dies

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The legendary New York City radio reporter Stan Brooks has died, according to his station, 1010 WINS. He was 86.

Brooks had worked at 1010 WINS for more than 50 years and had retired just last month as a senior correspondent. Prior to that, he was a reporter at Newsday. He joined 1010 WINS in 1962, first as a news reader, then as news director when the station changed to an all-news format. After several years of heading the news department, Brooks returned to his first love: reporting.

Just last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg renamed the radio room at City Hall in honor of Brooks.

"Stan was loved by his colleagues and friends inside and outside the business," Bloomberg said in a statement. "And maybe the most telling measure about him: He was even liked and respected by his most cranky listeners, the many mayors he covered."

Brooks was born in the Bronx in 1927, attended City College and was drafted into the Infantry during World War II, becoming a trombonist in a band that entertained the troops in the war's Pacific Theater, according to the AP.

"Most days, Stan started his shift at City Hall. Everyone knew him. Everyone respected him," Ben Mevorach, 1010 WINS news director, wrote in an obituary posted online. "NYPD security officers assigned to the hall took pictures with him, newspaper reporters did stories on him, and decades of mayoral news conferences often started with the mayor asking, "Is Stan here yet?'"

Brooks's wife of 60 years, Lynn, died this past May on their wedding anniversary, according to the obituary. Brooks, his health failing, retired six months later and then passed away peacefully at his home Monday afternoon.

"Stan Brooks was an institution in New York journalism," NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said in a statement. "As police commissioner I've had the pleasure to be on the other end of many of Stan's questions and, first and foremost, he was fair and accurate. Stan was a true gentleman and will be missed by all those fortunate to have crossed paths with him, both personally and professionally."

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