Dr. Arthur (Art) Donald Stamler, a pioneer in broadcasting, went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, January 31, following a brief illness. He was 81.
Dr. Stamler began his career in broadcasting in 1952 when he joined the staff of WBUR, Boston University's FM station, as a student. He then joined WXKS in Boston as News Director.
In 1955, Dr. Stamler first entered management as General Manager of WGUY in Bangor, ME. He served two years with the United States Army and several years in the Army Reserve as a Radio Broadcast Officer. He went back to management briefly with WFAX, a Washington, DC-area station, and then took ownership of another DC-area station, WOHN. From 1962 to 1985, he was President and Executive Producer of Ads Audiovisual Productions, the nation's largest producer of public service spots for radio and television.
Dr. Stamler was a pioneer in a new industry called Low Power TV, opening WAZT in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 1985. With his wife, Virginia (Ginny) Inez Stamler, he grew his new company to include WAZR FM in 1987, along with five additional television stations. These stations garnered several notable awards including the NRB Television Station of the Year Award in 1998, the Laurence E. Richardson Award for Excellence in Community Service, and the International Angel Award in 2005. In 2004, Dr. Stamler received the Milestone Award from NRB. As leader of the AZ TV Network, Dr. Stamler dedicated 21 years of his life to ensure that Christian and family television programming was available in the Shenandoah Valley.
In 2006, Dr. Stamler retired from full-time broadcast activities. He spent his later years as a consultant to others in the broadcasting profession, mentoring young Christians, playing in local bands, and writing a book of observational and spiritual poems called Master Peace – Poems from the Heart of the Father.
Dr. Stamler is survived by five children – Bert B. Stamler of Charlotte, NC; Frances S. Mills of Haymarket, VA; Blake B. Stamler of Burke, VA; Ardon D. Stamler of Manassas, VA; and Sara S. Horn of Stephens City, VA – 11 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. He is now reunited with Ginny, his wife of 43 years, who passed on December 27, 2003.
By NRB Staff
Published: March 26, 2015