About Jay

Jay Sykes - Promo Photo 2018Jay is a multi award-winning audio producer & writer.

Community Development Project of the Year
Mackem Craic – Gold winner, Community Radio Awards 2017

Arts & Creative Radio of the Year
ArtyParti – Gold winner, Community Radio Awards 2016

Best Student Drama Program
SeaBurn – Gold winner, New York Radio Awards 2015

Best Speech Programming
SeaBurn – Bronze winner, Student Radio Awards 2015

Best Drama Producer
SeaBurn – Nominee, Radio Production Awards 2015

Academic Tutor – Audio Drama & Radio Production

Jay has taught at the University of Sunderland since January 2015 – across undergrad and postgrad level.

Specialisms:  Audio documentary & feature production.  Audio drama writing & production.  Live radio production & presenting.

Jay also delivers classes on Social media, Visualisation and Employability Skills.

Current Projects

ArtyParti weekly radio show arts Spark Sunderland participatory

Jay produces & presents ‘ArtyParti‘, a weekly live radio programme which “celebrates participatory arts in the North East.  ArtyParti broadcasts every Monday at 11am on Spark, a community radio station in Sunderland.

“The best thing about ArtyParti is how inclusive it is. Whether you’re a struggling student or company director, I honestly believe that people are made to feel equally important in the drive to promote local arts and culture.” Kathryn Barnett, Fine Artist

Speak Up Sunderland - Logo for Apple Podcasts

Jay produces ‘Speak Up Sunderland‘, a bold and ambitious weekly podcast proudly made in Sunderland.  Always recorded in a different location, hosts Bethany and Stevie meet the people behind various projects, events and organisations in the city.

“Fantastic, informative and funny podcast.  I’m a local lad and even I’m learning more about my own city!”Ryan Booth, Photographer & Graphic Designer