ONE of the biggest names in radio has been appointed a professor at the University of Sunderland.
John Myers who built up a commercial radio empire worth millions will join the media team, based at the city’s Riverside campus, as a visiting professor.
John is chief executive of GMG Radio and Myers Media, chairman of Sony Radio Academy Awards, a fellow of the Radio Academy and has received The Radio Centre’s highest honour for an outstanding contribution to the radio industry.
He has also worked as a special adviser to the Government, writing the Myers Report on the future of radio in the UK, the recommendations of which were included in the Digital Economy Bill of 2010.
John’s best-selling book about the radio industry – Team; It’s Only Radio – was published in October to glowing reviews and Sunderland’s broadcast journalism and media students have each been presented with a copy of the book to mark the author’s links with the university.
Dean of the faculty of arts, design and media, Graeme Thompson, said: “John Myers is one of the most successful radio executives in the UK.
“He has spent 30 years in the business – starting out as a technical operator, quickly moving on to be a presenter and station boss before ending up as one of the most powerful and influential executives in British media.
“Our students will learn a great deal from John about the rapidly changing broadcast industry and also about how best to make a career in this most competitive of sectors.”
John will also work with the student team running the award-winning Spark radio service.
He said: “I am thrilled to be asked to be a part of the University of Sunderland’s media department.
“It is already recognised as being one of the best providers of media and journalism degrees in the country.
“It will be a pleasure to enthuse students about all that is great about radio.”
John has launched more than a dozen radio stations across the UK, including founding Sun FM in Sunderland.