107 Spark FM has received the silver award for ‘Best Student Radio Station’ at the New York International Radio awards, fighting with competition from American Station, Radio DePaul. The awards form part of the New York Festivals and celebrate Radio Programs and Promotions.


Spark got nominated for Best Student based radio station in the world last month and won silver at the event in the Big Apple last night, where three representatives from Spark were attending.

Ivan Lehane (Programme Controller), Richie Lee (Head of Station Sound) and former Station Manager Sarah Harrison were all there. It means Spark has been recognised internationally for its achievements in broadcasting over the past year.

Station Director Fred Marden said: “When we launched in October 2009 and we set a target to win in New York within three years.”

“We did it! But to win in the category of Best Station was more than we dared to dream. Our students, volunteers, staff and Sunderland have reason to be immensely proud today.”

Elsewhere Sarah Harrison won Bronze in the student category for Best Documentary for ‘A Tale of Procrastination’.

Meanwhile Phil Dean won a finalist certificate in the documentary category for ‘The Zombie and You’ – a documentary Phil won an SRA Award last year with.

Yesterday (Monday) the station broadcast its drive time programme live from New York.