Spark - University of Sunderland
Where is Spark?
Spark - Where Sunderland Lives - is an Ofcom licensed FM radio station based at the University of Sunderland broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Studio Email
- Studio Phone
- 0191 515 2200
- Office Phone
- 0191 515 3875
- Office Email
David Puttnam Media Centre
St Peters Campus
Spark - Where Sunderland Lives - is an Ofcom licensed FM radio station based at the University of Sunderland broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The station is primarily for Students and Young People aged 15-25. During the day our daytime music policy plays mix of genres, including chart hits, new music and a strong focus on local artists with a guarantee to play at least one local track per hour from Midnight til 7pm daily, with a mix of dedicated specialist shows during the evenings.
Spark's history can trace radio broadcasting at the University back to the launch of Wear FM in 1990.The then holder of then local radio licence for Sunderland was based in Forster Building and students had regular programmes on the station, as well as the chance to work alongside the paid presenters. Wear FM was sold in 1995 and they moved out but left the studios behind. Utopia FM went on the air in November 1997 as 'Radio Utopia' a university based radio station operated as part of the regional arts festival 'Visions of Utopia'. Hence the name. The name stuck but the sound changed a year later, as Utopia FM took to the air. The sound was more music driven but there were still community programmes, specialist music, comedy and other programmes not normally found on local radio. We were Sunderland's 'alternative'. The following years saw presenters come and go, awards were won, sessions were played and Utopia Live was born. Broadcasts increased from once to twice a year and a regular pattern of being on the air in September and May was established. We then won a community radio licence and started broadcasting full time on the 26th October 2009.
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