Guy Starkey memorial symposium

Guy Starkey

Published on 14 January 2019

The memory of a Sunderland University professor will be honoured at an event debating radio’s current and future role in society.

Guy Starkey, former Professor of Radio and Journalism, died last August aged 59.

On Monday, February 18, former friends and colleagues of Guy will gather for a one day symposium to pay tribute and discuss some of the key themes of his work.

The event will feature presentations from leading academics and practitioners including Emeritus Professor Andrew Crisell and Kevin Maguire, Sunderland’s Visiting Professor of Journalism and Associate Editor of the Daily Mirror.

Dr Caroline Mitchell, Senior Lecturer in Radio at the University of Sunderland, said: “Professor Guy Starkey was a well-respected and popular radio scholar who played an important part in the development of Radio and Journalism Studies at the University of Sunderland and internationally.

“This event will celebrate and explore contemporary research in the field of Guy's beloved “resilient medium".

“We hope that anyone interested in new developments in radio research and current issues in radio, media and journalism will come to listen, debate and contribute to a lively discussion throughout the day.’

Professor Clarissa Smith, Director of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies at Sunderland, said: “For more than two decades, we’ve achieved notable successes in radio including the award winning Spark FM, the Sounding Out conference and cutting edge work on podcasting. Guy Starkey was a key part of these developments.”

Between 2000 and 2017, Guy Starkey produced a number of internationally renowned books and articles on radio. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Radio Studies Network within MeCCSA and, in 2008, was appointed chair of the ECREA Radio Research Section.

In 2016 he left Sunderland to become Associate Dean (Global Engagement) for the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University.

The event, Radio Studies, Practices and Futures – Guy Starkey memorial symposium, will take place on Monday, February 18 at the MediaCentre of Sunderland University’s St Peter’s Campus.

It is free to staff, students and alumni from the University of Sunderland and students from other institutions, with a £10 charge for others (to include refreshments).

The event is organised by Sunderland’s Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies and part-sponsored by MeCCSA Radio Studies Network.

For more details, please contact either clarissa.smith@sunderland.ac.uk or john.price@sunderland.ac.uk

If you’d like to attend, please register via the event space on Sunderland University’s online store by clicking here


Event Timetable

1300 - 1330   Registration

1330-1345     Welcome

1345 -1430    Emeritus Professor Andrew Crisell: Broadcasting and New Media: The tyranny of liveness versus the autonomy of the audience

1430-1445     Appreciations of Guy Starkey

1445-1515     Dr Evi Karathanasopoulou, Senior Lecturer in Audio Production, University of Bournemouth: Never Static

1515-1530     Refreshments

1530-1600     Kevin Maguire, Associate Editor of the Daily Mirror and Visiting Professor of Journalism, University of Sunderland: Covering politics and challenging power on radio1600-1630  

Dr Caroline Mitchell, Senior Lecturer in Radio, University of Sunderland: "This is so cool - radio at my fingertips!" Young people's responses to radio.garden and potential benefits for the radio industry

1630-1700     Richard Berry, Senior Lecturer in Radio, University of Sunderland: Podcasting: New aural cultures

1700-1745     Panel discussion on Future of Podcasting

1745               Wine reception - Media Centre foyer