South Tyneside university student Alex Burgess has won awards, been one of the North East’s youngest professional radio presenters, and managed several local bands – all before the age of 22.
Now Alex is graduating from the University of Sunderland with a degree in media production – slotting in picking up her degree from the university’s chancellor Steve Cram in between running a local band night and broadcasting on Capital FM.
Alex, from South Shields, first discovered her love of broadcast in her first year of study when she joined the university’s student-run community radio station, Spark FM and she was the first-ever female DJ to broadcast on the station’s Drive Time show.
She said: “Working on Spark was most definitely a highlight for me, It enabled me to discover the kind of presenter that I could be.
“I think studying at Sunderland has certainly helped me realise my strengths, and given me opportunities in radio that I didn’t even know were possible for me.
“It’s given me a vocation which I’m excited to explore now that I’ve graduated.”
While working on Spark Alex won Best Female in the 2013 national Student Radio Awards, and was highly commended the following year.
Soon after this she was offered a professional stint on Capital FM – becoming their youngest ever presenter.
“I’m still in contact with Capital, and looking at doing more shows there once I graduate, which is exciting,” Alex said, adding: “I’m going to be doing a week of overnight shows on Capital per month.”