May 5th, 2010
Journalism and Media students at the University of Sunderland, and volunteers at the university’s community station 107 Spark FM, will be joining forces with the community radio sector across the North East on Thursday evening. It promises to be a huge night for the region’s community media outlets, with an eight hour election spectacular that will be simulcast on six stations from Middlesbrough to Alnwick.
The programme will begin just before ten in the evening as the polls close, and be heard on 107 Spark FM in Sunderland, Spice FM and NE1 FM on Tyneside, Bishop FM in Bishop Auckland, Lionheart Radio in Northumberland and CVFM on Teesside. Reporters will be stationed at and reporting live from multiple counts, plus three outside broadcast locations across the region. The broadcast will come from 107 Spark FM’s state-of-the-art studios at the David Puttnam Media Centre at the university’s St Peter’s Campus.
Richard Berry and Katy McDonald from Sunderland media department’s lecturing staff will lead the team on the night, along with 107 Spark FM’s Deputy Station Manager Lee Sevenoaks. Tune in and hear the most exciting election night for thirty-six years unfold. You can hear the show on any of the participating station’s FM frequencies, and streaming at www.sparksunderland.com
Information supplied by Fred Marden, Head of Radio – University of Sunderland, Station Director – 107 Spark FM and
Branch Chair – Radio Academy in the North East