IT was pleasing to see Alistair Cooke ranked fifth in a list of all-time great radio presenters in a BBC poll (Echo, Sept 26).

Cooke’s superb Letter from America (1946-2004) ran for over 900 editions. As a boy I listened avidly to his masterly exposition of American life, history and politics.

His talks were always superbly crafted and delivered at a pace that would be considered slow today but which filled my boyish imagination with interest and excitement.

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And you could hear every word clearly!

Chris Foote-Wood, Darlington