Richard Berry

Richard Berry is a Senior Lecturer in Radio and a Programme Leader at the University of Sunderland and has been working in and teaching radio for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the University of Lincoln and the MA Radio course at Goldsmiths College, London.

He currently delivers radio production, broadcasting and employability  modules to undergraduate and postgraduate students, alongside the management of the internationally award-winning on-campus community radio station, Spark FM. The station is one of only a handful of licences held by Universities in the UK and is an active participant in the community and student radio sectors.

His research interests focus around how new technologies impact upon the radio and audio industries and the opportunities they generate for content creators and listeners.  Published in 2006 by the journal Convergence, the article “Will iPod kill the radio star?” helped to secure his place within the growing field of podcast studies. He has also published on digital radio (in ‘More Than a Music Box’: 2004), visualization (in The Radio Journal: 2013), and the opportunities offered by the Internet for radio broadcasters (In the published proceedings of the ECREA Radio Research Conference on London 2013). He was also one of the first academics to publish on the subject of the much-debated podcast ‘Serial’.

Richard is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a committee member of the North East branch of the Radio Academy.

You can find him on Twitter as @richardberryuk and online at

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