DJ duo hope to spark radio careers

EARLY BIRDS ... Alex Burgess and Thomas Hannett.

EARLY BIRDS ... Alex Burgess and Thomas Hannett.

A STUDENT from South Tyneside is setting her alarm clock to give North-East radio listeners an early-morning wake-up call.

Alex Burgess, 20, from Beacon Glade, Marsden, South Shields, and Thomas Hannett, 21, from Gateshead, have landed a week each presenting the early breakfast show on 105-106 Capital FM.

The aspiring young DJs are both studying broadcast media production at the University of Sunderland.

Alex started volunteering at the university’s student-run community radio station, 107 Spark FM, last year.

Earlier this year, she became Spark’s first-ever female Drive Time presenter, and recently landed a silver award at the national Student Radio Awards (SRAs).

She said: “These past few months have been amazing, after winning the award for Best Female at the SRAs, and being given the chance to do a week of early-morning breakfast on Capital.

“It’s such a great opportunity for me, and I cannot wait to start!”

Giles Tanner, programme controller at Capital FM, said: “Both Thomas and Alex are exciting prospects for the future, and I’m delighted to be able to give them a run out on 105-106 Capital FM.

“It’s really important for me to be able to give local talent an opportunity, and hopefully help them launch their career.

“Spark FM has a great track record in providing students of an extremely high calibre with a great work ethic, and I look forward to that relationship continuing.”

Spark broadcasts from the David Puttnam Media Centre to Sunderland on 107FM and further afield at www.sparksunderland.com.

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