At NGU, Sparks teaches media ethics, broadcast programming, broadcast journalism, broadcast writing, announcing, audio production, and a survey course in the music recording industry. Before his teaching career, Sparks worked as an announcer, program director, news director and general manager for seven radio stations in Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas. He currently programs a leading online quiet-music station, The Cove, on Live365.com.
Since 2014, Sparks has recorded 3 piano-based albums of quiet-music, which may be heard on new-age stations worldwide, including the Spa and Escape channels on SiriusXM Radio. His current album, Nightfall London, has been nominated for the 2017 Album of the Year in the category, “Piano With Instrumentation,” by both Zone Music Reporter and One World Music Awards.
As a teacher, Sparks takes to heart the old adage, “A good teacher explains – a great teacher inspires.” By necessity, his students learn how to use the most current tools of digital communication technology, but always with the hope and intention of fostering positive values inherent in their Christian faith.