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Larnie Moles graduated with her Masters degree – and walked straight into a job with one of the most prestigious names in broadcasting. Larnie, 26, graduated with MA Radio from the University of Sunderland in November and immediately landed a post at the BBC Creative Agency in London. BBC Creative is the BBC’s in-house creative agency.  They […]

Praise has been given to local children’s charity Rainbow Trust as nine-year-old Sophie from Durham rings her ‘end of treatment bill’ this month, marking the end of two years of gruelling chemotherapy. Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity supports families with a seriously ill child and enables them to make the most of their time together by […]

Words by Ann-Christin Korsing Snow Patrol are on their UK/Ireland Tour with their album Wildness, which was published in May. First stop: Newcastle. The crowd slowly filled the Metro Radio Arena while entertained by two pre-acts: Roe and Foy Vance, both Irish singers like Snow Patrol. Roe was clearly touched: “I try not to cry” […]

Josh Wilkinson from Sunderland has today been revealed as the local co-presenter of a new online campaign showing how lottery funding impacts and benefits real people in their hometown. The National Lottery has today announced the winner of a talent search throughout the city of Sunderland, to find an ambitious young budding TV presenter to […]

The truth about sex was laid bare at the University of Sunderland after a panel of experts hosted a special radio broadcast.   Students and staff from the University joined BBC Radio 5 Live’s panel as part of the UK’s biggest conversation about sex.   Hosted by the station’s Anna Foster; Embarrassing Bodies presenter Dr. […]

Cash 4 Calendars, a charity initiative set up by Spark FM, is aiming to provide advent calendars for every child reliant on Sunderland’s foodbanks this Christmas. The fundraising drive, in partnership with Sunderland Foodbank and Trussell Trust, hopes to raise upwards of £500 to achieve its goal. The initiative was conceived by Spark FM presenter, […]

Local talent will be put at the heart of a new online campaign showing how lottery funding impacts and benefits real people in their hometown. The National Lottery has today launched a talent search across the City of Sunderland to find an ambitious young budding TV presenter to star in a brand-new mini-series that will […]

Spark FM and Sunderland University enjoyed a successful night at this year’s Student Radio Awards in London. Spark, with seven nominations in 16 categories, won gold awards for Best Interview and Best Speech Programming and took silver for Best Specialist Show. Emma Casson, an MA Radio graduate at the University of Sunderland, collected her awards […]


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