Unfortunately I can't find many photos of John Collard, but there are more than enough pictures on the BBC Radio Stoke archive website to enable me to write a tribute to him. This picture is taken from the Radio Stoke magazine in 1989, three years before I left to move to Australia. There are at least three other people in the photo who are no longer with us.
The programme was called WTKS, an acronym for When The Knocking Stops, a reference to rebuilding work going on at the time. I loved presenting the programme, but my interest in radio soon turned to things other than music.
I became more interested in news and current affairs; I'm happy to say that this was encouraged.
If there was a good cause we'd be there, sometimes with a reporter feeding pieces back to the studio, but where feasible there would be an OB, or outside broadcast.
No event was too large or small, and everyone got a go. This was part of John's innate sense of community, an audience that was completely loyal to the station, where anyone could phone in and get on the air.