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Family of Michael Stanley says 'serious' health issues are the reason for his on-air absence

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Posted at 1:35 PM, Mar 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-03 17:28:38-05

CLEVELAND — Michael Stanley, the legendary local rocker and voice of 98.5 WNCX in the afternoons, is dealing with serious health issues, according to his family. He has not been on the air since February 19.

Stanley's family issued a statement on his behalf to let fans know why is not appearing in his usual 3-7 p.m. slot.

"It has been important to him to be on air up until recently, because you, his fans, mean that much to him. As of right now, he is unable to continue doing that. We will share updates on this situation with you as become available. We ask that you respect his family's request for privacy at this time. Please keep Michael in your thoughts and prayers, and if you wish to send positive vibes out to Michael please use the WNCX Facebook page."

Stanley has been a fixture on WNCX for 30 years.

Stanley has recorded a number of memorable hits, such as "My Town," over the course of several decades. He has worked with a number of musical greats, such as Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren and David Sanborn. The corner of Euclid Avenue and Huron Road was renamed Michael Stanley Way in his honor.

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