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 has also delivered lectures, seminars and workshops on journalism, 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 podcast New York radio awards community radio awards best podcast of the year winner bronze nominee Betty Ball Stevie B

Jay produces ‘Speak Up Sunderland‘, a bold and ambitious podcast proudly made in Sunderland.  Recorded in front of a live audience at venues around Sunderland, hosts Betty Ball and Stevie B 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


Podcast of the Year
Rich Seams (New Writing North) 
– Gold winner, Community Radio Awards 2019

Podcast of the Year
Speak Up Sunderland – Bronze winner, Community Radio Awards 2019

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