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Case Study

Jay Sykes

MA Radio, Audio and Podcasting

Jay Sykes received international recognition for his work less than a year after graduating from MA Radio at the University of Sunderland. His radio drama SeaBurn won Best Student Drama Program at the New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs.

The first thing that attracted me to come to Sunderland was definitely the facilities. They’re outstanding and have been for a number of years. They’re ahead of most commercial radio stations in the industry and I know that the BBC and other groups come in to use our facilities all the time. They really are quite standout.

I don’t think I’d have achieved anything without having Spark FM. I feel like Spark made the experience tenfold better. Having a student radio station on your doorstep where you can go in to volunteer and make your own shows is just the best experience. Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to win my Gold in New York."

Seaburn - an original radio drama and final year submission for MA Radio by Jay Sykes:


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