Spark

Student radio station, Spark FM, takes matters into their own hands to make sure their station continues running throughout the awful winter weather.

Spark FM once again showed their dedication and commitment to broadcasting to their local community when student DJ Jordan North launched his very own bedroom broadcast when the torrential winter weather threatened to put the freeze on his radio show this week.

After the 20 year old experienced a nightmare trek through blizzards into the studio earlier in the week, the 107 Spark FM team decided that the show must go on, and the all-important drive time show would be better aired from his home than not at all. They’ve been broadcasting live from Jordan’s home since 1st of December to ensure that their listeners still received their regular music, news, travel and weather bulletins, with festive twists of turning on Christmas lights in his student house, and the official opening of his Advent calendar.

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Jordan, a third year media student, said: “Monday was a nightmare getting to the station, the weather was terrible and we had no transport. I walked almost three miles across the city from home and got absolutely soaked. I was freezing and miserable. After a chat with my colleagues on the drive time show, we thought, ‘Why not broadcast the programme from my bedroom?’ We checked all the technical equipment would work ok and just went for it. It was absolutely brilliant and so much fun!” 

The live show was such a success that there has now been a suggestion of a garden party being broadcast from the house in the summer. 

The show was broadcast via wireless internet with the help of Spark FM producer Stuart Birch, Technical Operator, Lee Sevenoaks, and Entertainment Reporter, Tom Waite. 

Station Manager and University of Sunderland Head of Radio, Fred Marden, said: “Running a 24-hour-a-day radio station is a massive undertaking and our students have risen to the challenge in the difficult circumstances of the recent weather. Jordan’s initiative in doing his programme from home, demonstrates how much he understands that the show must go on.”

The Student Radio Association wishes to congratulate Jordan, his team, and Spark FM, on an innovative way of getting around the recent inclement weather to continue broadcasting. It’s this type of dedication and commitment that student radio is all about.