It was a night to celebrate for the University of Sunderland’s Spark radio after presenter Emma Millen swept the board at a national award ceremony who picked up four awards! Find out more about her fab achievement below…

















The MA Radio student, who is due to graduate from University of Sunderland at the end of this month, picked up four awards for her outstanding work on Wearside’s popular station at this year’s Student Radio Awards (SRA).

While fellow student Ellie Marsh was the icing on the cake of the event after winning honours for her Honest Politics show and podcast series.

Speaking after the ceremony, Emma said: “To win gold for best presenter was the absolute dream come true.”


Emma’s tally included:

  • Gold – Best Presenter


  • Silver – Best Interview


  • Best Entertainment Show (Drivetime with Emma Millen)


  • Bronze – Best Event (International Women’s Week)


Emma added: I have been a member of the Spark team for over four years and have loved every minute of it.

“Spark has allowed me to grow as a presenter and truly find where I want to be in the radio industry as well as a person.

“This year, Best Presenter was a brand new award. Previous years have been split to Best Male and Best Female but this year they combined the award.

“I always thought that I would maybe have a chance of bagging the Best Female but never best person, but look what I have only gone and done.

“The most important thing I have taken from this whole experience is to always be yourself.

“I have always thought that I would have had to change the way I am to be what the radio industry is looking for…basically a Geordie lass that speaks funny, but how wrong I have been.

“To be recognised at this moment is an absolutely amazing feeling. With the added bonus of my idol MistaJam presenting the award. Dreams really do come true.

I want to say the biggest thank you to Spark for being the amazing platform that allows me to be just that lass.”

Congratulations to Emma and the rest of the Spark team. You can listen to Spark here:



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