History of Radio Stoke
"On The Cut"
For canal enthusiasts, there is nothing better than hearing about the colourful history of the waterways. Thanks to the work of one North Staffordshire radio producer, Arthur Wood, they can listen to the authentic voices
Back in 1985, work was finally completed in the Radio Stoke studios on a huge project.
It is a staggering achievement - and even more when you consider that Arthur also wrote the narrative script (and voiced it himself) and even wrote the music! Arthur was of course a distinguished jazz piano-player.
Arthur, who died in 2005, was a canals-man.
However it was those who worked on the canals that fascinated him the most; and he decided to record memories of a disappearing way of life before they were finally lost for ever - and so began the "On The Cut" project. "Cut" is of course the local dialect word for a canal.
For his 'On the Cut' series, Arthur received a number of awards and accolades. In the photo above, he picks up another award, from celebrity Michael Aspel
At one point, it was feared that the tapes were lost - until it was realised that the series had been so popular that Radio Stoke decided to sell copies of the series in cassette form.
Now, in the internet age, it is easier to let everyone hear these marvellous recordings again, and on this page all you have to do is click on the relevant link below and you can hear again those programmes from over twenty years ago.
Our grateful thanks to Arthur's wife Moira who helped in making this page possible.
last updated: 10/11/2009 at 10:29
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