About Us

We are Spark – Where Sunderland Lives


Spark is one of the UK’s most successful community media projects.


Who are we?

Spark is a full-time community radio station, licensed by Ofcom. We are on 107 FM, online at sparksunderland.com and on mobile via the major radio apps. We broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We also run the Spark website which is home to our excellent news, culture and sports writing. You can find us on all the major social media sites and platforms which are linked at the bottom of our site.


Where are we based?

We’re based at the University of Sunderland’s Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St. Peter’s, in the David Puttnam Media Centre. Our offices are based within the MediaHUB on the fourth floor and our main broadcast studio (Studio 5) is located at the entrance to the building.


Who runs Spark?

Spark is run by volunteers from both the student and local communities who work tirelessly to ensure we are the best we can be. We have a station manager and a compliance manager provided by the University of Sunderland. We also have a management team – who look after the day to day running of Spark – who are also volunteers.


What do we do?

Spark is Sunderland’s local radio station. We provide a platform for local people to inform the community of news and events which are of interest to our listeners. We pride ourselves on being in a position to offer an accessible medium where people can talk to others; from their neighbourhood, about issues that concern them.

So if you’ve got something we should be covering email us community@sparksunderland.com


Where do you cover?

Our licence covers Sunderland, so on-air Spark is all about Sunderland. It even inspired our tagline, “Where Sunderland Lives”. We may talk about things outside of Sunderland, in other areas of the region, but we broadcast on 107 FM to everywhere from Ryhope to Whitburn and across West to the A19.


Are all your shows local?

Spark’s only studios are based in Sunderland which means almost every show we broadcast is made in Sunderland, for the community of Sunderland. Having the ability to focus on Sunderland allows us to provide localised programming with focuses on local music, events and developing issues in Sunderland.

To view our key Ofcom commitments click here.


View our sister sites

Spark is part of the mediaHUB which includes Fashion North, Sportsbyte Sunderland and our very own News, Entertainment and Sports sections.

(We are not responsible for any content of Sportsbyte Sunderland or Fashion North)

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