'He told us our story': Stuart McLean remembered by his longtime Vinyl Cafe producer
We're sad to report that our friend and colleague Stuart McLean, the host of The Vinyl Cafe, has died. He was 68. He was diagnosed with melanoma in late 2015.
Stuart McLean was born in Montreal, and was a fixture on CBC Radio since the 1970's.
He produced documentaries for CBC's Sunday Morning and was often heard alongside Peter Gzowski on Morningside.
"He took the mundane … and made it beautiful," Jess Milton tells As It Happens guest host Helen Mann.
Milton has been the producer of The Vinyl Cafe for many years and was a friend of Stuart McLean. She says McLean's stories united Canadians and brought listeners into the small towns and big cities across the country.
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"Every town that he stopped in. He swam in our oceans. He rode our railways. He skated our ice and he told us our story."
For more on this story, listen to our full interview with Jess Milton and if you have a memory of Stuart McLean you'd like to share — let us know. You can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Talkback line at 416-205-5687.