About Jay

Photo by Ryan Booth Photography

Jay is a multi award-winning audio producer, creating content for various companies & partners.

Alongside content creation, from conception to broadcast, Jay delivers workshops and 1-to-1 tutoring in audio production and writing.

Jay runs his company, Jay Sykes Media, from a sound resistant recording studio based in the city centre of Sunderland.  Available for hire, with optional technical support.


Academic Tutor – University of Sunderland

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


  • Audio documentary & feature production.
  • Audio drama writing & production.
  • Live radio production & presenting.

Jay also delivers classes on social media, visualisation, content marketing, and employability skills.

Jay’s Brands

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 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


Best Podcast: Arts and Culture
Speak Up Sunderland
– Finalist, New York Radio Awards 2019

Arts & Creative Radio of the Year
– Finalist, Community Radio Awards 2018

Community Show of the Year
– Finalist, Community Radio Awards 2018

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

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

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

Best Speech Programming
– Bronze winner, Student Radio Awards 2015

Best Drama Producer
– Nominee, Radio Production Awards 2015