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Author and radio host Alan Stang, a longstanding champion for conservativism and outspoken opponent of communism in the U.S., died yesterday. He was 77 years old.
Stang began his career in communications as an editor for Prentice-Hall before moving on to radio at NBC in New York City. The award-winning journalist also worked as one of Mike Wallace’s first writers before Wallace became a fixture of “60 Minutes” and went toe-to-toe in the ratings against Larry King, when the two hosted competing radio shows in Los Angeles. Stang boasted that despite broadcasting on a station of significantly less power, his program drew twice as many listeners as King’s.
“My dad spent his whole life fighting for this country,” Stang’s son Jay told WND. “He saw something to fight for, just like every one of us. He never gave up, even when he had to fight for his own life instead. His treasure was truly in heaven. He loved Jesus Christ with all his heart, and he loved his family. He was able to hold his first two grandchildren in his arms and look them in the eye. He is happy now and has no more pain or sorrow. He is with his savior.”
Over his long career, Stang also served as a foreign correspondent and wrote hundreds of feature articles for national and online magazines. A regular contributor to NewsWithViews.com, Stang also authored 17 books, for which he won several awards, including a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for journalistic excellence.
Among his books is the popular “It’s Very Simple,” the acclaimed novel “The Highest Virtue” and “Scumbags I Have Known,” which features Mike Wallace on the cover.
According to his RBN bio page, one of Stang’s exposés stopped a criminal power grab in New Mexico when a gang seized a court house, held a judge hostage and killed a deputy. The scheme was close to success before Stang intervened. Another Stang exposé inspired major reforms in federal labor legislation.
The family reports that Stang passed away from a fast-moving form of cancer. A private ceremony will be held to honor his memory this week, though the family is planning a more public memorial service some time within the next several weeks.
Stang himself wrote a fitting eulogy summarizing both his political and worldview battles, as well as his hope for the future in a column titled “Why We Shall Win: How I Know”:
“God erupts at the most unlikely times in the most unlikely places,” Stang writes. “Scripture tells of many times he temporarily suspended his own rules, the laws of physics. I believe that however bad it gets, he will do so again. However much dictatorship we suffer, he will confound it for his pleasure. Why? Because he can, because he is a God of endless, overwhelming, inexhaustible power.”
Stang continues, “But always, despite the horror satanic men have made of things, the Spirit hovers, waiting, watching; God, total power, serene, inexhaustible, overwhelming power, preparing to confound them for his pleasure. Rejoice! He rises!”