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This feed features podcasts produced by MA Radio, Audio and Podcasting students at the University of Sunderland. Each series responds to a different brief but our work is grounded in the North East. Lend your ears for a bit and come meet the team. Our series include Getting to Know you (2021-2023) and Talking Tunes (Spring 2023).

To find out more about more about the course visit and join us next year, visit https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/study/media/postgraduate-radio/ 
This podcast is produced in partnership with Spark, our community radio station, which is where you'll find all of our episodes: https://www.sparksunderland.com/podcasts

Getting To Know You Spark

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This feed features podcasts produced by MA Radio, Audio and Podcasting students at the University of Sunderland. Each series responds to a different brief but our work is grounded in the North East. Lend your ears for a bit and come meet the team. Our series include Getting to Know you (2021-2023) and Talking Tunes (Spring 2023).

To find out more about more about the course visit and join us next year, visit https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/study/media/postgraduate-radio/ 
This podcast is produced in partnership with Spark, our community radio station, which is where you'll find all of our episodes: https://www.sparksunderland.com/podcasts

    A walk to the Empire

    A walk to the Empire

    In the final episode of this season, Matty and Cat introduce Aizaz to the Sunderland Empire Theatre. An icon of the City's skyline since 1907, the Empire is home to West End productions, comedy, and the annual Sunderland Pantomime.
    We also welcome Aizaz to the UK and hear his experiences of how the media world is different in his home country of Pakistan.

    • 10 min
    Sundershine on Leeds

    Sundershine on Leeds

    In this episode of Getting To Know You, Hamish & Jake talk "All Things Football" as they take a Trip to the Beacon Of Light. Can they manage to Squeeze into a game of 5 a side, or will the rain wash that dream away?
    Who won the FA Cup FIFA rematch, the FIFA Juggernaut that is Hamish Smith playing as Sunderland or Will Leeds take their Revenge in the hands of FIFA Noob Jake Chappell?
    Listen now to find out!

    • 15 min
    Chrissy and Joe go AFK!

    Chrissy and Joe go AFK!

    Join Joe and Chrissy for a trip to AFK. A gaming bar based in Sunderland where we talk our common interests, our goals, and most importantly, play the 1991 masterpiece Sonic The Hedgehog.

    • 15 min
    A Scot and a Scouser gan for scran

    A Scot and a Scouser gan for scran

    In this episode, Megan and Rollie head to the beach to discuss everyone's favourite topic... food.
    What are the food differences between Liverpool and Fife, and just how different is a Sunderland chippy from the rest of the UK? Also, as Getting to Know You is about finding your feet in a new city, our hosts talk about the experience of moving to a new place.

    • 14 min
    Episode 3 - Changes in Listening Habits

    Episode 3 - Changes in Listening Habits

    Talking Tunes
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    In this episode of Talking Tunes, Kristiana, Adam, Jack, and Nathaniel discuss how their listening habits have changed and dive deep into why they listen and the effect listening has on them.
    Prompting their discussion, Alison Barton from Opera Sunderland discusses how she listens and how that has changed over the years. She also discusses the impact listening has had on her and how it makes her feel.
    “Changes In Listening Habits” was produced by: Kristiana Zunde, Nathaniel Jackson, Adam Jackson, and Jack Murphy.
    The music for Talking Tunes is composed by
    SHAVN. You can find his music here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1IBOiJXjIw2VHko3BRwbFa
    You can listen to “Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version
    of The War of The Worlds” here: https://open.spotify.com/album/7ligZljXfUtcKPCotWul5g
    You can check out Opera Sunderland here: https://operasunderland.co.uk/

    • 18 min
    Episode 2 -Music is Universal

    Episode 2 -Music is Universal

    Episode Summary:
    In this episode, we delve into the concept of the universality of music. Although different music genres may sound distinct, there is a level of relativism that connects them, as people tend to share similar realities when it comes to musical influences. Additionally, we explore our earliest memories of music and how they have influenced our preferences over time.
    These episode producers Shaun Boyle, Dom Brown, Endurance Idowu, and Maryam Almhaeed, come from diverse backgrounds, but music serves as a connecting factor between them. We also have a special guest, Tolani Banks, an Afrobeat music enthusiast, who shares his experience and exposure to music and how it has shaped his musical preference.
    Key Takeaway:
    Music is universal
    No genre of music can stand alone
    Music outlive musicians
    Musician references and links to their works:
    King Sunny Ade:  https://www.tracklib.com/music/artists/king-sunny-ade?gclid=Cj0KCQiApKagBhC1ARIsAFc7Mc6-66XFGu9WcAjkAvxOJEmWW92t6cCUXAaRy5glPuf9jOaIyagmc4
    2baba: https: //www.youtube.com/@Official2Baba
    Kulthum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wBvuZVE7FI
    The Beatles: https://www.thebeatles.com/
    This is a production of the University of Sunderland MA student in Radio Audio and Podcasting.
    The music on this episode was written and produced by Shaun Boyle.

    • 15 min

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