Local radio stalwart Stuart Cranney passes away at 65

Macarthur has lost one of its most familiar voices with the passing of C91.3's Stuart Cranney.

The radio station released a statement on the 65-year-old presenter's passing on Tuesday.

Mr Cranney was well-known for his almost two decades on the air in Campbelltown and a 17 year stint at Triple M.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Stuart Cranney, who has lost his battle with cancer, aged 65," the statement read.

"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."

Mr Cranney's time in radio saw him rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in music.

"Over 45 years of reaching out through the airwaves, Stuart became a true legend of the industry as much fr his impeccable professionalism on and behind the mic as for his interviews and associaitons with local and international music luminaries," the statement continued.

"Led Zeppelin, Billy Idol, Bob Hawke, Cyndi Lauper, The Angels, The Radiators, Mental As Anything, Elton John - virtually everyone who had a record out in the 80s and 90s 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 of his resilience."

The radio station said Mr Cranney's impact on C91.3 and the broadcasting community could not be understated and would linger on for all time.

"Stuart loved radio but even more than that, he loved his listeners," the statement finished.

"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 out 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."