Howard Stanley Dead At 90
March 30, 2007 at 5:45 AM (PT)
HOWARD STANLEY, former CBS radio executive and "Lonesome Guy" radio personality, died MARCH 20 at his home in PORTSMOUTH, VA. He was 90.
STANLEY spent 22 years in the radio-broadcasting and TV industries, with an early stint at CBS's flagship station, WTOP/WASHINGTON. In 1944, at age 26, he took over as the broadcaster's Director/Sales & Public Relations in NEW YORK.
He left CBS in and returned to WASHINGTON as VP/GM of WEAM radio. Here he assumed a popular on-air personality dubbed "Lonesome Guy," a masked crooner who serenaded woeful female listeners in post-war WASHINGTON. "STAN," as friends knew him, left WEAM in 1953 to join WAVY/NORFOLK, where he led a successful FCC bid to create WAVY-TV, the current NBC affiliate serving the NORFOLK-NEWPORT NEWS market.