Stan Brooks In Memoriam
UPDATE: Stan passed away on December 23, 2013 at 86 years of age.
Stan Brooks is a 1010 WINS original…literally. In late 1964, when Stan was News Director of then “top-40” 1010 WINS, he was approached by Westinghouse management and trusted with an enormous secret. 1010 WINS was going all news, and he would be in charge of the news department. Working in secrecy, Stan assembled the air and editorial staffs, worked out the format, and on April 19, 1965 launched 1010 WINS as America’s first successful all-news station.
Born in New York, Stan graduated from Syracuse University and worked as a reporter and editor at Newsday for 11 years before joining WINS in 1962. After several years of heading the news department, Stan decided to return to the work he loves best – reporting.
While some consider Stan Brooks to be the City Hall reporter at 1010 WINS, the fact is Stan goes wherever the news is. From the jailing of Jimmy Hoffa, to Attica, to the Crash of TWA Flight 800, Stan has covered it all for 1010 WINS. Luckily for us, Stan’s still out there combining his 5 decades of reporting experience with an enthusiasm hard to find in a cub reporter these days.
By the way, Stan is the dad of renowned jazz musician George Brooks, who has his own website at http://www.georgebrooks.com.
The company announced Tuesday that its flagship store in Herald Square will undergo a four-year, $400 million renovation beginning next spring.
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The group said the policy unfairly targets black and Hispanic men as they lined up near City Hall Park and marched across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Councilman Lewis Fidler is concerned and argues that spending cuts or raising taxes are not sufficient answers to the problem.
The drivers shouted “Fix the bill!” and hoisted signs that said “This bill kills jobs!” Working cabbies honked in solidarity as they cruised up Third Avenue.
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Education Department inspectors found bedbugs at P.S. 70 last winter, but never notified anyone, 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reported.
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“I disagree with him on the way he views the State of Israel and what I perceive to be his hostility,” Koch said, referring to the President.
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Spokesman Marc LaVorgna said the mayor plans to preside over the wedding of John Feinblatt, Bloomberg’s chief policy adviser, and Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz.
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Quinn will be joined by a dozen other Council members as they take their fight to the state capital.
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After months of flirting with running for office, Trump said Monday he won’t run for president, choosing to stick with hosting “The Celebrity Apprentice” over a bid for the Republican nomination.
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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn insisted that the banks must take responsibility for the buildings, saying that officials will “hold the banks accountable.”
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Oddo called the decision to keep only one cash lane open at the bridge on busy Easter Sunday “galactically stupid.”
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District Attorney Charles Hynes said a new indictment charges Samuel Kellner with perjury in addition to extortion and conspiracy in an abuse case involving Rabbi Baruch Lebovits
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I do not believe [President Obama] has the constitutional authority to commit this nation to war in the absence of an immediate threat,” Congressman Jerrold Nadler said.
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Some transgender people say New York City is making it too difficult for them to change their birth certificates to reflect the people they have become.
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Protesters rallied outside City Hall Tuesday calling New York City the marijuana arrest capital of the world.
Investigators said State Sen. Carl Kruger helped businesses overcome bureaucratic hurdles in exchange for help with raising campaign money from the private sector.
Women from across the Tri-State area and from around the world marched across the Brooklyn Bridge before holding a rally in City Hall Park.
With its low-cost nutritious meals and exercise classes the local senior center is a lifeline for cancer-survivor Richard Graham who said the city should be opening centers, not closing them.
Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 21, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, accepted a plea deal, admitting they wanted to try to join an Al Qaeda-affiliated group.
Community members declared victory Tuesday and vowed to do everything in their power to make sure the public school on Remsen Ave. in Canarsie stayed open.
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling for steeper penalties for taxicab drivers who refuse rides based on the passenger’s destination.
As Wisconsin’s governor is embroiled in a fight over fundamental guarantees for organized labor, the struggle between New York’s governor and the unions appears to feature more hype than bite so far.
Twenty-four workers will be splitting over $2 million in settlement money won by Comptroller John Liu.
A homeless woman, known only as Grace, was found dead Sunday in the bitter cold on the sidewalk under scaffolding outside St. Brigid’s Church on the Lower East Side.
Since January, the DOT has filled about 85,000 potholes – about 30,000 more than the same period last year.
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There’s a new tug of war between Michael Bloomberg and a New York City councilman over whether the mayor should notify the city clerk whenever he leaves the city.
The Uniformed Firefighters Association released a statement Friday pointing out the fire death came “in the wake of FDNY staff reductions mandated by the mayor.”
A task force appointed by Mayor Bloomberg concluded that civil service examinations should not be required in the hiring of senior managers and IT specialists.
In the wake of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s revelation that reports on signal inspections were falsified over the past decade, Transit officials are now testifying about the workflow and council members are still angry.
With the New Year comes new leadership in the Department of Education. Cathie Black will take over for outgoing Chancellor Black, starting her new position on Monday.
As nearly a million revelers cram into the streets to mark the event, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is promising a safe celebration with no threats, but lots of security.
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that the police force is remaining vigilant and on alert after two bombs exploded at embassies in Rome on Thursday.