In the final episode of this season, Matty and Cat introduce Aizaz to the Sunderland Empire Theatre. An icon of the City’s skyline since 1907, the Empire is home to West End productions, comedy, and the annual Sunderland Pantomime. We also welcome Aizaz to the UK and hear his experiences of how the media world […]

Other clubs can’t believe or understand why Sunderland and Newcastle as footy clubs mean so much to the fans and the cities. They spur each other on as clubs and fans; a massive derby, a massive rivalry. Middlesborough fans are also passionate and loyal, but they’re on a level below the Sunderland/Newcastle derby – which […]

Is men’s mental health in crisis? We explore the unspoken topics and discover why men won’t talk about their mental health. We are joined by Michael Chapplow, who provides expert advice and opinion on the topic from his experience as a worker at mental health charity Andy’s Man Club. Trigger Warning: Please be aware that […]


14th December 2023

With the 2024 January transfer window creeping ever closer, join Callum, Dom, Liam, and local journalist Daniel Wills, as we discuss what’s ahead for the upcoming season. The team behind this episode: Callum Close Dom Frank Liam Rafferty Word on Wearside is a Spark Sunderland podcast, produced by journalism students at the University of Sunderland.

Today, join us as we discuss January transfer targets for Newcastle United. In light of the ten month ban for former midfielder Sandro Tonali, who admitted to allegations of illegal gambling, this position is a priority for Newcastle to fill. But who could replace him, and how will this shift affect the lineup? The team […]

As the use of A.I. rises, young designers are becoming more and more nervous about their jobs and their futures. Could this be even tougher for us northerners? We have spoken to two people in the industry to help us find out if A.I. really impacts emerging designers in the North East, and how we […]

A multi-national episode, as representatives from England (Jack), Germany (Annika), and Albania (Marlind) discuss their countries’ chances at the summer’s Euro tournament. With analysis from BBC’s Guy Mowbray, and The Athletic’s Seb Stafford-Bloor. The team behind this episode: Jack Austwicke Annika Böttcher Marlind Ymeri Word on Wearside is a Spark Sunderland podcast, produced by journalism students at […]


12th December 2023

Whether it’s a gory slasher, or a suspenseful thriller, the world of horror is as varied as it is terrifying.  And, with a constant stream of films produced, it can be difficult to find the choicest cuts. There are podcasts out there showcasing the highest quality horror, as well as new releases; they’re well-made, well-informed […]

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