27th September 1999




A lecturer from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside is celebrating 18 years’ involvement in a popular northern radio station.


Academic Alex Lewczuk was one of the founders of the university’s own radio station Siren FM, but since 1981 he has nurtured a close relationship with the Middlesbrough-based hospital radio station Southside FM.


Since Alex joined ULH in 1993 he has got more than 100 media and communications students involved in Southside, giving a significant boost to their practical radio experience.


“I have a real passion for radio and it’s great that our students at ULH can benefit from this involvement,” said Alex. “As one student said: ‘It looks great on my CV!’”


Between 15 and 20 students join Southside every year. They do occasionally travel the 130 miles to Teesside but most of their broadcasting is done over the telephone.


A second ULH academic currently involved is Media Production lecturer Bryan Rudd - he presents the 70s music show Tank-Top which has broadcast on both Southside and Siren. Bryan is the technical/professional music liaison for Southside. 


First class honours Communications graduate Ross Bowring was a member of the Southside team from 1995 and is now using his skills in America following his recent migration.


Southside marketing officer Gayle Lofthouse is a Communications graduate from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside. Fellow marketing officer Kate Oldridge is currently on a world tour but was also a ULH graduate in 1996.


Commuting between Middlesbrough, Hull and Lincoln, Alex Lewczuk produces programme schedules and helps new trainees joining Southside, which broadcasts live to patients recovering in hospitals in the South Tees area.




Sam Hendley

Press Officer

Tel: 01522 886042