Student Radio Association members 107 Spark FM have won a prestigious Radio Academy award for the second year running.

107 Spark FM last night won a Sony Radio Academy Nations and Regions Awards 2011, which recognises outstanding stations with a potential audience under 300,000.

Spark recently scooped a hat-trick of awards last month at the National Student Radio Awards when presenter Phil Dean picked up Gold in the Best Speech category, while breakfast presenter Scott McGerty scooped two awards, Silver in the Best Interview and Bronze in the Best Specialist Programme for Dance Revolution.

The Radio Academy judges said: “We were impressed with 107 Spark FM’s original and passionate content. High production values and impressive presentation combine with local speech content you might not hear elsewhere, demonstrating breadth of content and creativity.”

Spark will now go forward and compete against the other winning regional stations for the overall title of Station of the Year (under 300,000) Award category at the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2012.

Fred Marden, University of Sunderland Head of Radio, Television and New Media, said: “What a platform on which to take Spark forward in 2012. We’re adding television and online to the 107 Spark FM mix, and renewing our pledge to be the station that is ‘exclusively Sunderland’.”

The Radio Academy Awards recognise the best of the best in the UK Radio Industry and celebrates outstanding achievement.
 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of these Awards and the 30th year of Sony’s support.

The Radio Academy is a registered charity dedicated to the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in UK radio broadcasting and audio production.
Through an extensive programme of conferences, debates, masterclasses and other networking events, they offer opportunities for everyone from the national networks to individual podcasters to discuss the broadcasting, production, marketing and promotion of radio and audio.