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Meet and Greet

9th February 2012

A big part of my job here at Sun Fm is getting out of the studio and meeting some of the great people we have on Wearside, and this week I met some lovely people. Early in the week I met Olwyn and the team from the ford pallion and millfield community project. I don't want to tell you too much at the minute about them as they will be featured as my Spotlight On Sunderland group next week. They are a fantastic group who are providing a brilliant service to the local area, and most importantly they made me tea and biscuits, I'm easily pleased.

I also met Big Kev this week. Kev is a regular texter to Sun Fm and is always good fun, and provides us with plenty of jokes, most of which we can't say on air! His work colleague was the winner of the Midweek Treat so I went down to see them. I've spoken to him a number of times on the phone but never seen what he looks like. It was great to finally meet him and he was exactly how I thought he would be. He is a big fan of what we do here at Sun Fm which is great to hear and is nice to know we have people like Kev making sure the radios are tuned to us!

In both these meetings I have been told that I am quite handsome *blushes a little* this is great to hear, instead of the usual "you've got a face for radio"! It was balanced out though with the comment that I look like Ralph Little, bloke form the Royal family and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

This is me

Mark black


Now click on this link and see if you think I look like this fella, Ralph Little.

What do you reckon then do I? Please drop me an e-mail and let me know, e-mail me here.

Posted by Mark Black at 3:55pm

In the Spotlight

3rd February 2012

Another busy week at Sun Fm (I'm not just saying that to impress the boss).

It wasn't all work though, we had a  bit of a night out at the Sunderland Empire to see Blood Brothers. I've seen some great shows over the years but this was amazing. I vaguely remembered the story from doing the book at school, but had never seen the stage show. Marti Pellow is playing the narrator and of course gets a lot of publicity for this but the whole cast are fabulous. In particular Sean Jones who plays Mickey is brilliant. It's a role which provides humour, drama and so much emotion and he manages to do this to great effect. Not forgetting he plays the character from a young 7 year old up to around the age of 26 and manages to portray each stage inbetween was very impressive. They say that the mark of a good production is when you forget that you are watching actors on a stage and are just taken along with the story and this is excatly what happens, people around me were quite literally on the edge of their seat leaning forward. I know I have singled out Sean, but there is not a weak link in the cast and do feel that a special mention should go to Kelly Anne Gower, not only for a great portrayal of Linda but for also for having a cracking pair of legs!! You can catch Blood Brothers at the Sunderland Empire until 11th February and I strongly urge you to go and see it even if you've seen it before, you will not be disapointed.

When we weren't at the Theatre we were working hard and I was continuing to highlight community groups through our Spotlight On Sunderland. This week we had St Aidans Drama Group. This is a group set up by and completley run by the students, which impressed me as I know what I was like at 17 and wouldn't have had a clue where to start. There is some real talent in the group and their production of Buggsy Malone will be a massive success I'm sure. If you'd like to go along to see it they are performing from 25th to 27th April at St Aidans school. I must also mention, as lots of people have pointed this out , yes the group of 17 year olds are all taller than me!! Check out the picture for yourself.

So it's the weekend anyway which is good. I'm going to a 1st birthday party on Sunday as my friends daughter turns 1. I remember when my weekends involved getting in late and nursing a hangover, how things change!!

Speak to you next week.




Posted by Mark Black at 3:35pm

New Ideas

24th January 2012

Firstly can I apologise for my lack of Blogging over the last two weeks. If I say I've been really, really busy will you believe me? Surprisingly I really have been. We have launched 'Spotlight On Sunderland' which is paying tribute to some of the brilliant community groups we have on Wearside, as well as the great work they do. North East Sport were the first group I visited who really are everything a good community group should be. It is completely run by volunteers providing a full programme of sporting activities for children. The staff are so passionate about what they do and it's great to see the support from the parents as well. I've also been to see the work being done by Premier Kindergarten in Plains Farm. This is a vital resource which sadly could be closed due to lack of funding. Again everyone involved is so dedicated and provides something which is vital to the local community, and it would be a real shame if it closed. You can find out more about these groups by clicking on the link Spotlight On Sunderland and also if you are part of a community group and would like to be featured just fill in the form.

Elsewhere we have been getting ready for our very first style awards, and obviously need your help as 'we' are not that stylish. There are lots of categories this year from the best smile award to Wear rear (so we have everything covered) there is still time to nominate, you have until Friday, and if you do nominate you could bag yourself £200 to spend at Debenhams. Nominate someone you know for a Style award here. We have also got some of the Desperate Scousewives off the telly coming so it should be a fun night at the Grand Ballroom of the Tavistock Roker Hotel.

Next week I could be meeting a Dalek! I'll let you know how that goes.

Posted by Mark Black at 4:23pm

Blown Away By New Year.

6th January 2012

Happy New Year! I think I can still say that, can't I? It can get a little odd, I did once have someone say Happy New Year to me in March. Granted I hadn't seen them, and it was the first time that year that we had spoken, but it still seemed a little odd.

So how how was the first week of 2012 for you? I was asking this on the air and most people said it was rubbish. I think this was caused by it being the end of the week and everyone being back at work, as earlier in the week people were buzzing, with the football results Sunderland have had. Although in saying that we have had ridiculous winds this week, this was my back garden one morning!


As you can see the wind causing a little problem!

So the football and the wind dominating this week, apart from that it's been quite quiet around the office, I'm sure it's just a coincidence that the quiet is at the same time that Simon and Marie are on holiday! January always takes a week or so to really get going, with a bit of a hangover from christmas (metaphorically speaking of course). So I'll Blog again next week when things really get back to normal.

Posted by Mark Black at 3:03pm

Taking Back Control

20th December 2011

So while I was off last week our Christmas tree hijacked my Blog. Thinking it was clever with it's different colours and observations around the office and it's perfect spelling, well I'm back now and I've had the last laugh because it's looking a little worse for wear and shabby. I'm still not sure how it managed to Blog though, must have had a bit of Christmas magic!    

           xmas tree alive   christmas tree dead

                                    Before                                                     After

While I was away plenty happened, with Little Mix winning X-Factor (although their single sales haven't been too good) Harry Judd winning strictly and we had a bit of snow. Forecasters have been telling us for a while that we could see snow but it hasn't quite happened, well not on the scale of last year. Remember last year, it was a nightmare. Even seeing that tiny bit of snow made me go out and buy some wellies. I'm slowly accepting that I'm getting older and am choosing comfort over style. I don't mind snow, and would love to see a white Christmas, but just a nice dusting nothing that is going to make me get stuck in traffic or ditch the car and walk places.

Have you done your Secret Santa at work yet? I arrived back to my desk to a small piece of paper with the name of who I was to buy for on it. Now of course I can't say who it is (it's a secret) but I am going out tonight to buy the gift. It's a toss up of who is more tricky to buy for, my dad or a co-worker! You'd think it was easy, because it doesn't really matter what you buy because in theory they should never find out it is you, BUT everyone of course finds out. The easy option is to buy a nice bottle of wine, but that's a bit of a cop out isn't? That doesn't mean if you recieve a bottle of wine it was me in the secret santa...honest.

I think we are pretty set for Christmas, it's quite good as we are going to other people this year, which is great because we don't have to stress about what food to get in, but of course we've got a few things 'just in case'. I know very fine well all of this 'just in case food' will still be there come January, and I'm not allowed to touch any of it, with Laura telling me "don't open that, it's for Christmas", I guarantee it'll all still be there in January. Atleast I'll be able to be smug.

Merry Christmas, have a good one and I'll probably Blog again in the new year, 2012 can you believe that?

Posted by Mark Black at 3:37pm

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