Vale: Veteran radio host Stuart Cranney loses cancer battle

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C913 FM - Macarthur's Radio Station

Much-loved radio host Stuart Cranney has passed away.

The former Triple M host, 65, was most recently presenting mornings on Macarthur’s C91.3FM.

Radio Today understands he passed in the early hours of Tuesday morning (March 24).

Friends, family and colleagues are posting tributes to Cranney’s social media.

“Today the world lost a beautiful man and a real legend of the radio airways, Stuart Cranney we shall miss your wisdom, laughs and especially your cooking!” wrote Lenny Mulry.

“Much love and respect will miss our chats mate,” said musician Vincent Lamaro‎.

“Miss our daily segment already legend, mentor and great man, Luv ya mate,” shared Silvio Roldan.

His coworkers at C91.3 issued the following statement on Tuesday afternoon:

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Stuart Cranney, who has lost his battle with cancer, aged 65.
Stuart devoted much of his life to broadcasting having commenced his love affair with radio at Double J Sydney in 1975 before starting a 17-year stint with Triple M. In 2001 Stuart joined C91.3 and quickly became a local favourite with his laid back style, ample catalogue of Dad jokes and his sincere warmth. After a break from C91.3 from 2008, he was welcomed back to the Macarthur family in 2011.

Over 45 years of reaching out through the airwaves, Stuart became a true legend of the industry as much for his impeccable professionalism on and behind the mic’ as for his interviews and associations with local and international music luminaries.
Led Zeppelin, Billy Idol, Bob Hawke, Cindi Lauper, The Angels, The Radiators, Mental As Anything, Elton John – virtually everyone who had a record out in the 80’s and 90’s was either interviewed by Stuart or in many cases wined, dined or partied with him. His stories were always greeted with a mix of wide-eyed envy and a somewhat cautious appreciation for his resilience.

Stuart loved radio but even more than that, he loved his listeners. Stuart’s joy came from entertaining people and making them smile. He asked for nothing more. Although slowed down by illness in recent months, Stuart continued to come to work and do what he did best. He was a friend, a mentor and an inspiration.

Our deepest sympathy goes to Stuart’s family and friends, and his colleagues around the country.

His voice may have now fallen silent but his legacy shall remain with us forever.

Cranney has also previously worked at Double J, 4KZ, 4TO, 4BK and in the 4BC newsroom.

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Neil Docherty
24 Mar 2020 - 7:03 pm

I grew up listening to Mr Cranney on Double and Trippl J + Tripple M + C91
He was one of the best broadcasters in the business, gentle yet soulful in his presence.
Love to Mr Cranney’s family, friends and colleagues.

Felix Davies
24 Jul 2020 - 8:28 am

Stuart Cranny.. what a gentleman and a beautiful warm and generous character. A long time ago memory for me!
But I was a mere 16 yr old at school in Sydney, looking for my 1 x week, mandatory work experience, experience and Double J, ( being the only go too and brand new….only one in town…incredible radio station , was my first port of call for my application ! )
Low and behold….i received a letter of acceptance and a few months later, I was sitting opposite him at 6.00am in the studio in William street on a Monday morning, my first day…… just me and Stuart. He was this loving, incredibly positive gentle soul …with the biggest smile.
He treated me like a mate…..I’ll never forget that.
He threw his box of tobacco over to me in between tracks and politely asked if I wouldn’t mind rolling him one!
I asked if he would play a Dylan track for me ( can’t recall which one ) …and he obliged….took a little time, but he found it and threw it in his mix!

Then he showed me around and introduced me to all his friends….John Wayne..Rusty Nails….was pinching myself….
I was just having a ball!! My week there was so amazing….I lunched with Stuart and all his colleagues every day that week…and sat with him every morning for the drive time. After that, I would routinely go into Double J on a Saturday and visit him…. for a while…..I felt very privileged. What a memory. Rest in peace Stuart and love to his family and friends.
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