Media broker Stan Raymond has died in Florida.
His son-in-law Gene Ferry, who is also a media broker, said the 96-year-old Raymond recently died at his home in Longboat Key, off Florida’s west coast.
Raymond began his broadcasting career with NBC in Chicago in 1942 and then had stints in Hannibal, Mo. and Charleston, S.C. He then returned to Atlanta when he and partners bought WATL and changed the calls to WAOK — the first urban format station in the area in 1956, according to Ferry.
Raymond sold WAOK to Philadelphia-based Regan Henry’s “Broadcast Enterprise Network” in 1974 and continued with the station as general manager of the station. He opened media brokerage firm Stan Raymond & Associates in the 1980’s and kept operating it until this year.
Raymond was a member of the National Association of Media Brokers and was inducted into the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2005.