Saint Augustine's University has announced the passing of radio personality Maurice "Big Mo" Stanfield. Stanfield, who had been in declining health, died on Monday, Dec. 18.
Stanfield was the voice of Falcons’ football and basketball at WAUG as play-by-play announcer from 2009 to 2013. He returned to the station in the same role during the 2017 football season. In addition to working at WAUG, Stanfield was a sports announcer at Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN).
A 31-year veteran in the radio industry, Stanfield was well known in the Southeast region for his unique blend of quick wit, insightful commentary and humor. He hosted two nationally syndicated sports talk shows and also worked at ESPN 1590 in Greensboro, N.C., WCCB in Clemson, S.C., Sports Radio 1400 in Columbia, S.C., and ESPN 730 in Charlotte, N.C. Stanfield was once the football and basketball play-by-play announcer at Winston-Salem State University.
“Big Mo was one of a kind,” said Tony Middleton, WAUG General Manager. “He simply lit up a press box with his jovial personality. Listeners were entertained and captivated while being informed at the same time. Somehow, Big Mo could talk about Ric Flair during a football telecast and make it work. There will never be another broadcaster like Big Mo.”
A Chicago, Ill., native, Stanfield received acclaim for his distinct style when he was named CIAA Sportscaster of the Year in 2010. That year, Stanfield called some of the biggest sports moments in SAU history including the CIAA Basketball Tournament, the CIAA Baseball Championship Game and the Pioneer Bowl. The Falcons won titles in all three events.
“He was one of the most generous and kind human beings I’ve ever met,” Athletic Director George Williams said. “I am saddened and heartbroken but God knows best. His voice was golden. I know he is in heaven now announcing for God.”
Funeral arrangements will be announced later in the week.