Longtime New York News radio icon Stan Brooks has died.
Brooks was the news director of 1010 WINS when it was still a top 40 station and helmed the station as it made its conversion to all-news radio in 1965.
After several years of heading up the news department, Brooks returned to his original love, reporting.
He was still reporting for the station up until a month ago.
NY1's Budd Mishkin profiled Brooks in 2005 as part of his One on 1 series.
"I get asked just about every day when I see somebody, 'Oh, you're still working. When are you going to give it up?'" Brooks said in the interview. "I don't golf. I don't want to live in Florida. I like living in New York, and as long as I'm living in New York, I want to be active, and I think the most active thing and the fun thing I can do is this."
A New York native, Brooks grew up in the Bronx and attended City University until being drafted.
He then finished up his college career at Syracuse University and spent 11 years reporting and editing for Newsday until he first joined WINS in 1962.
According to the WINS website, Brooks and his wife Lynn had a 60-year love affair.
She died suddenly on their wedding anniversary seven months ago.
In a statement issued Monday, 1010 WINS said, "His strength was his humility. His stature was his dignity."
Brooks was 86 years old.