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History of Radio Stoke
Remember the Bruno Bus?
Radio Stoke – the Forgotten Facts!
Like any organisation with as long a life as Radio Stoke’s there are bound to be those half-forgotten facts and memories. We went into the archives and rescued some of them...
Do you have any Radio Stoke 'Forgotten Facts' to add to the ones below.? If you do, please add your memories in the Comments Box at the bottom of this page. Thanks!!
The oddest programme title? That must go to 'John Fox's Fegg Hayes Clarion & Steam Bicycle Review' which was a Saturday programme on air in the eighties. Quite what it was about We have no idea. Do you?
The famous Royal Doulton Band owed its existence partly to Radio Stoke. Programme-makers, concerned that brass-bands were dying out in the area, organised an on-air competition to support the art in the 1970s. A ‘North Staffs Concert Band’ was formed to take part – and the Royal Doulton had its beginnings...
The first journalists on the station used typewriters, with chalky 'tippex' papers to help them erase any mistakes in their typing!
The Radio Stoke painting
Across the years, Radio Stoke has featured items that would surprise people nowadays - for example: a five minute section each day which was just a list of the day's livestock prices; a weekly programme in the Esperanto language; and even an Obituaries slot.
The 'Marmalade Club' was for early-bird listeners. When presenter Dave West opened up the Radio Stoke airwaves in the moring in the 1990s (overnight, at this time, Radio Stoke's frequency was used by the BBC World Service) at 6am, he would play records and chat with night-shift workers and early-risers.
Norman Ivision was the station’s religious producer in the late eighties and early nineties.
Radio Stoke was able to broadcast in stereo fairly quickly – which it proceeded to do one fateful Saturday in late 1968.
last updated: 09/11/2009 at 10:33
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