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Legend nearly gone - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Fri, 06 Jul 2007 00:54:00 GMT
It is with great sadness that Global Rugby League has to report that Radio legend Stan Zemanek is only days away from death.

Zemanek, who celebrated his 60th birthday recently, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in May last year and has been battling the illness ever since.

The announcer’s wife Marcella revealed to a Sydney newspaper yesterday the news no one wanted to hear.

“Unfortunately, there is no recovery from this . This is the end for Stan,” Mrs Zemanek told News Limited newspapers.

Family and friends said they expected Zemanek to die peacefully.

Zemanek kicked off his broadcasting career at 2UE in 1987 but also had stints at 2GB (2000) and 3AW (2002).

Stan hanged up his headset for the final time in December 2006 to spend more time with his family and friends.

GRL editor Josh King paid tribute to the ‘man’ many in the radio industry have considered a mentor and an inspiration.

“ When I first listened to Stan I was only 15.

“I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life. But seeing all the fun Stan was having on-air, that did push me in the direction of radio.

“Who wouldn’t want to enter the radio industry when you faced the prospect of dealing with people like Bruce the Goose every night of the week?

“Stan over the last few years always answered my emails whether it was career advice, a friendly catch-up or doing the footy tips.

“The man’s generosity knew no boundaries. I will miss Stan, especially when driving home after watching his Sea Eagles play at Brookvale Oval.”
GRL would like to send out it’s thoughts and prayers to Stan, wife Marchella and daughters Gaby and Melissa at this time. - Read More, Here