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.