A student from the University of Sunderland is set to join the new and emerging talent taking over BBC Radio 1 this festive period.

From Boxing Day until New Year’s Day, 29 new DJs and presenters will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity to broadcast on the UK’s biggest youth radio station as part of BBC Radio 1’s Christmas Takeover 2022 – and BA Media Production student Chrissy Cameron from Hebburn, North East England is one of them.

The 21-year-old, who hosts a hip hop show on the University’s community station Spark, won Gold for Best Presenter at this year’s Student Radio Awards with the Radio 1 Christmas presenting gig being part of the prize. Chrissy said: “When I started my degree in 2020, I went into it knowing I wanted to present but I didn’t know how to get there. Thanks to the amazing support I’ve had from Spark, I’m now in a position I never thought I’d be in, preparing to present my favourite show on Radio 1 over Christmas!”

North East England Graduates Shine On BBC Radio 1 Christmas Takeover
Chrissy Cameron at this year’s Student Radio Awards

Chrissy and fellow North East England graduate Emma Millen, who presented on the Christmas Takeover last year, are following in the footsteps of fellow University of Sunderland graduate and Spark presenter Jordan North, who now presents BBC Radio 1’s drivetime show.

Richard Berry, Senior Lecturer in Radio at the University of Sunderland and Manager of Spark, said:

“There’s something of a Christmas wish here. I’m sure this time last year Chrissy would not have thought he’d be on national radio this year.

Chrissy puts heart and soul into what he does and I know he’s going to learn so much from this experience. He’s a natural communicator and I’m sure the Radio 1 audience will love his passion for radio and the music he’s going to be playing.”

Chrissy Cameron and Jordan North at the University of Sunderland

Chrissy is set to present Radio 1’s Future Sounds over the Christmas period and said:

“To be given the opportunity to present Future Sounds is a dream come true and a real honour. I’m really looking forward to sharing my passion for radio and music to a national audience.”

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