Gary Stanley was a talented sportscaster. For nearly 20 years he was a top-flight sports anchor on WCBS 880. Most of that time he was based in the Shadow Traffic (now Total Traffic) studios in Rutherford, New Jersey.
As we reported earlier this week, Stanley left the company, and in turn the station.
Details are emerging about Stanley’s exit.
FishbowlNY has learned that Stanley was forced to take a leave of absence in the fall due to poor job performance.
We’re told that Stanley was warned to get his act together. He did return to the air, before his now less-than-mysterious departure. Although the specific reason for his firing is not known.
What is known, however, is Stanley was not the friendliest person in the business.
“Nobody at Shadow/Total Traffic liked him,” an insider tells FishbowlNY.
He could be acerbic or downright mean to fellow staffers.
“[He was] miserable to deal with, always complaining,” the source contends. “[He] always looked for shortcuts when it came to doing his job.”
On occasion, he would miss an early morning weekend sportscast while dozing in the studio.
‘I can’t see him getting another job in the market,” the source says. “I can’t believe he was at 880 for such a long time.”
Likely the reason for his job security was because Stanley was such a talent on air, complete with a strong voice, great delivery, and terrific writing.
Stanley started on WCBS in 1994, and remained one of the station’s lead sports voices upon the move to Shadow/Total Traffic in 1998. He has been a radio play-by-play announcer for Iona since the mid 1980s.
A terse email told Total Traffic staffers of Stanley’s firing.
“I regret to share with you that Gary Stanley is no longer with the company. We appreciate Gary’s years of service very much and wish him only the best.”
FishbowlNY attempted to reach Total Traffic for confirmation. WCBS also had no comment.
(Editor’s note: I worked with Stanley at Shadow for five years.)
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