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Audio Update 16/04/2021

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2SM SM1947 Tape Copy: Robin Williams Radio Show march 1979 and network promos – Reel 2
Dur: 15’16”, Mono, 7.6 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Download the cuesheet for this tape here (PDF, 417 KB)

Ken Sparkes various audio tracks
Dur: 26’41”, Mono, 12.5 MB

Audio credit: KJS
1. The Story Behind The Hits – Colleen Hewitt
2. The Story Behind The Stars – Ian Anderson
3. Spot: Stewards Rings (takes 1-3)
4. Ellie Lucas Jetline Courses
5. Aywon Shirts (takes 1-3, then partial take recorded over)
6. Neil Diamond track
7. Interview bit with music
8. Music with samples at start (Joe Cocker)
9. Ken Sparkes imitation voiceovers

Ken Sparkes various audio tracks 1968
Dur: 37’21”, Mono, 17.5 MB

Audio credit: KJS
1. Ken Sparkes vocal jingles
2. Spot: Kent Cigarettes (takes 1-3)
3. Spot: Susan Johnston (take 1-2)
4. Spot: Formal Wear (take 1-2)
5. Ken Sparkes demo reel
6. Phone FX
7. Interview with The Music Explosion
8. Spot: Marchants (take 1-2, 3-edited, 4-5)
9. Spot: Formal Wear (take 3-4)
10. Spot: Kent Cigarettes (take 4-6)
11. Spot: Marchants (take 6-7)
12. Spot: Formal Wear (take 5-7)

Beach Boys: “Endless Summer” special, Reel 1 – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 25’09”, Mono, 11.7 MB

Audio credit: KJS

2SM Aircheck 1976 – Bob Rogers
Dur: 40’05”, Mono, 18.7 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

2SM Big Christmas Gig rock concert at Brookvale Oval, Sydney (1970’s)
Dur: 49’34”, Mono, 23.2 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Tape contains performances from Hush, the La De Das, Ted Mulry and others

5DN Aircheck 1976 – Paul Konik
Dur: 63’42”, Mono, 29.8 MB

Audio credit: ARN

2SM History File: Misc tape 4
Dur: 15’12”, Mono, 7.1 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
1. Radio 2SM received 1971 Bank of NSW award for community services following papal tour
2. Qantas bomb hoax
3. End of american rnr leave in australia 5/1/72
4. Reports from Ireland re fighting during early part of 1972.

2SM History File: Sport tape 1
Dur: 46’33”, Mono, 21.8 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Melbourne Cup 1960/1962/1963, Last few minutes of 1963 league grand final (St George/Wests), part of second half of 1963 test (aus/england), Melbourne Cup 1964, last few minutes of 1964 league grand final (St George/Balmain), Dawn Fraser 1964 winning gold medal, Melbourne Cup 1965, closing stages of 1965 league grand final (St George/Souths), First man to sail around the globe, Cassius Clay defeats Henry Cooper 1966, Melbourne Cup 1966, last six minutes of league grand final 1966 (St George/Balmain).

2SM Dubbed Off Cart master Group 2
Dur: 26’26”, Stereo,

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Download the cuesheet for this tape here (PDF, 608 KB)

Audio Update 09/04/2021

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3UZ Spot Reel – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 10’07”, Mono, 4.7 MB

Audio credit: KJS
1. Marchants (takes 1-3, bed, out)
2. Petite Sophisticates (take 1, 2, 2B, 3, 3B, car leasing)
3. Saibeu Reality (take 1)
4. Marchants with Tiny Tim
5. Marchants (take 1, 2, then remnants of previous recording on tape)

2SM SM1145 Tape Copy: ABBA Mini Special 1976
Dur: 27’28”, Mono, 12.8 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

2SM Dubbed Off Cart tape 6/group 6
Dur: 25’57”, Stereo, 24.3 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Download the cuesheet for this tape here (PDF, 1.2 MB)

2SM Dubbed Off Cart tape 1/group 7
Dur: 30’51”, Stereo, 28.9 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Download the cuesheet for this tape here (PDF, 538 KB)

2SM Mick Jagger interview 1985 – Paul Holmes
Dur: 23’35”, Mono, 11.0 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
No cuesheet for this one but there IS a tape box scan and someone’s gotta learn how to spell Mick. Grab it here (PDF, 698 KB)

2SM Dubbed Off Cart tape 4/group 8
Dur: 38’13”, Stereo, 35.8 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Download the cuesheet for this tape here (PDF, 562 KB)

2SM SM0781 Tape Copy: The Bee Gees “From The Beginning” special – Reel 1 (v/o John Torv)
Dur: 34’09”, Mono, 16.0 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

2SM SM0782 Tape Copy: The Bee Gees “From The Beginning” special – Reel 2 (v/o John Torv)
Dur: 41’25”, Mono, 19.4 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Download the cuesheet for this tape here (PDF, 273 KB)

3UZ Sam Anglesey aircheck – October 14th 1969
Dur: 32’25”, Mono, 15.2 MB

Audio credit: HRV

2SM SM4669 Tape Copy: John Lennon Special – Reel 4
Dur: 24’51”, Mono, 11.6 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

Greetings to you and happy easter! This update should’ve gone live a couple of days ago but just like a cart that didn’t fire, so was this update. All fixed now and all audio should be working. Enjoy!

2SM SM4390 Tape Copy: “Twang” segments master mix tape 1
Dur: 37’50”, Mono, 17.7 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
**This tape has a cuesheet and you can get it from here (PDF, 539 KB)

3UZ News (Clive Waters) and The Ken Sparkes Show
Dur: 34’36”, Mono, 16.2 MB

Audio credit: HRV

2SM SM1573 Tape Copy: Ray Stevens and Macca brekky dropin’s – June 2nd 1976
Dur: 31’02”, Mono, 14.5 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

3UZ: 1974 Fosters spot (takes 1-4), followed by Happy New Year compile
Dur: 6’26”, Mono, 3.0 MB

Audio credit: HRV

Ken Sparkes commercials master reel
Dur: 9’14”, Mono, 4.3 MB

Audio credit: KJS Enterprises
**Tape contains various takes for Solarbar Sunguard (version 1 – take 1, 2, 3-out, 4 vers.1, take 1, 2-out, 3 vers. 2, SB Track 1 take 1-2, SB Track 1 take 1, SB final track take 1, SB2 take 1-out, 2)

2SM SM2127 Tape Copy: ABBA interview bits Reel 1
Dur: 13’42”, Mono, 6.4 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

7HO Tape Reel #174: Rod Muir radio audition tape 1967
Dur: 18’03”, Mono, 8.4 MB

Audio credit: Not known

2SM History File Tape #58 – February to May 1978 inclusive
Dur: 47’45”, Mono, 22.3 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Feb: Hilton bombing/Ali loses boxing crown to Spinks
Mar: Sir John Kerr signs UNESCO position, South Moluccan seige
Apr: Royal Commission NSW prisions, Jockey Smith charged with Tidmarsh murder
May: Sir Robert Menzies dies, Italian premier Moro’s body found

2SM SM2128 Tape Copy: ABBA interview bits Reel 2
Dur: 6’38”, Mono, 3.1 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

3UZ Ken Sparkes: “Elvis The Pelvis” special
Dur: 26’59”, Mono, 12.6 MB

Audio credit: HRV

Nova 96.9 FM Sydney turns 20 today!
..and I’ve been digging and came up with these two tracks. The test transmission audio that played as a loop for a couple of weeks in the first track, and then some more test audio and the launch on the second track. Left-click to play or right-click to grab a dub for your own collection!

Nova 96.9 FM Sydney test transmission audio – Part 1
Part 1
Dur: 70 mins, 101 MB

Nova 96.9 FM Sydney test transmission audio and launch – Part 2, March 24th 2001 up to and including April 1st 2001
Part 2
Dur: 69 mins, 95 MB

Audio credit: DMG

Audio Update 26/03/2021

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2SM SM1946 Tape Copy: Robin Williams Radio Show tape 1 – March 1979
Dur: 29’32”, Mono, 13.8 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
**This tape has a cuesheet and you can get it from here (PDF, 485 KB)

2SM SM4806 Tape Copy: ARL Grand Final manly v parramatta tape 2 – Frank Hyde
Dur: 48’16”, Mono, 22.6 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

2SM Dubbed Off Cart master tape, Group 5
Dur: 3’22”, Stereo, 3.1 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
**This tape has a cuesheet and you can get it from here (PDF, 469 KB)

2SM Dubbed Off Cart master tape, Tape 5/Group 9
Dur: 27’32”, Stereo, 25.8 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

2SM Dubbed Off Cart master tape, Tape 3/Group 10
Dur: 26’19”, Stereo, 24.6 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
**This tape has a cuesheet and you can get it from here (PDF, 588 KB)

2SM: American Cameo with John Laws – August 14th 1958
Dur: 29’44”, Mono, 13.9 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

2SM Dubbed Off Cart master, Tape 2/Group 11
Dur: 26’55”, Stereo, 25.2 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
**This tape has a cuesheet and you can get it from here (PDF, 644 KB)

2SM SM3046 Tape Copy: Jon English “English History” segments/capsules, July 1979 – Reel 2
Dur: 40’52”, Mono, 19.1 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
**This tape has a cuesheet and you can get it from here (PDF, 376 KB)

2SM SM1827 Tape Copy: John Lennon “Walls & Bridges” special, January 1979 – Reel 1
Dur: 33’09”, Mono, 15.5 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
**This tape has a cuesheet and you can get it from here (PDF, 956 KB)

2SM SM3695 Tape Copy: The 1270’s – News Segments 5, Rocktober 1979
Dur: 35’15”, Mono, 16.5 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
**This tape has a cuesheet and you can get it from here (PDF, 516 KB)

Audio Update 19/03/2021

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2SM 7 O’Clock Special 1992: Boz Scaggs – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 24’33”, Stereo, 23.0 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

2SM Star Enterprise promos master (9 promos) – January 17th 1992 – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 7’57”, Stereo, 7.4 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

2SM Tape SM4467 Copy: John Lennon Special “A Portrait Of John” -Reel 2
Dur: 40’52”, Mono, 19.1 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

2SM: Those Were The Days archives reel, July 1991
Dur: 30’53”, Stereo, 28.9 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
**This tape has a cuesheet and you can get it from here (PDF, 844 KB)

2SM: “Alien” promo reel
Dur: 0’36”, Mono, 284 KB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

2SM Promos Master 1991 – 17 tracks
Dur: 8’31”, Stereo, 7.9 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Tracks 1 to 13: Barry McCaffery and Nicky Clement
Tracks 14 to 17: Phil O’Neill/Georgia Brown

2SM SM4384 Tape Copy: “Beatles” Reel 3
Dur: 43’34”, Mono, 20.4 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

2SM SM5027 Tape Copy: Battle Of The Sounds jingles master, June 1980
Dur: 3’21”, Mono, 1.5 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
1. 2SM version 2. 4IP version 3. 3XY version 4. 2CC version

2SM SM4529 Tape Copy: Nostradamus Special 1977 – Reel 1
Dur: 37’58”, Mono, 17.8 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

2SM Aircheck: HMAS Sydney back from the gulf – February 28th 1992
Dur: 29’27”, Stereo, 27.6 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Hosted by Phil O’Neill and Georgia Brown

2SM 7 O’Clock Special 1992: 1979 Jumbo Under The Bridge – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 29’56”, Stereo, 28.0 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

2SM Those Were The Days archive reel July 1991
Dur: 30’47”, Stereo, 28.8 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
**NOTE: This tape has a cuesheet with track information. Download it here. (709 KB, PDF)

Ken Sparkes TCN-9 tape, May 1981
Dur: 16’48”, Mono, 7.8 MB

Audio credit: KJS
**NOTE: This tape was recorded at TCN Channel 9 Sydney in May 1981 and contains audio tracks for use during Ken’s 2WS show at the time, “Rock Around The World”. Cuesheets for this tape can be downloaded here. (1.3 MB, PDF)

2SM: Ken Sparkes interviews Robie Porter – “Life Story” Reel 1 – September 26th 1991
Dur: 26’05”, Mono, 12.2 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

2SM: 60th Anniversary Celebration intro to midnight mass December 24/25th 1991
Dur: 25’53”, Stereo, 24.2 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

2SM: Ken Sparkes interviews Chris Lloyds and Lauren James, Reel 2 – September 26th 1991
Dur: 3’47”, Mono, 1.7 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
**NOTE: We’re not quite sure where reel 1 of this interview ended up. Here’s what’s left.

2SM 7 O’Clock Special with Ken Sparkes 1992 – The Temptations
Dur: 33’20”, Stereo, 31.2 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

2SM 7 O’Clock Special with Ken Sparkes 1992 – Stevie Wonder
Dur: 28’53”, Stereo, 27.0 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

2SM 7 O’Clock Special with Ken Sparkes 1992 – Hair: The Musical
Dur: 25’16”, Stereo, 23.6 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

2SM 7 O’Clock Special with Ken Sparkes 1992 – The Fifth Dimension
Dur: 27’29”, Stereo, 25.7 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG

Audio Update 05/03/2021

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2SM 7 O’Clock Special 1992: 1972 – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 26’14”, Stereo, 24.6 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

2SM 7 O’Clock Special 1992: 70’s Aussie Rock – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 31’24”, Stereo, 29.4 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Ken Sparkes interviews John Lennon, 1974
Dur: 10’25”, Mono, 4.8 MB

Audio credit: KJS
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

3UZ News “new format” with Peter Horton, 1969
Dur: 2’56”, Mono, 1.3 MB

Audio credit: HRV
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

3UZ Aircheck 1969 including news breaks by Peter Tate
Dur: 4’32”, Mono, 2.1 MB

Audio credit: HRV
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

3UZ News Tape – Clive Waters
Dur: 2’07”, Mono, 993 KB

Audio credit: HRV
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

3UZ News with John Ford – 2 segments, approx 3’40” each
Dur: 7’29”, Mono, 3.5 MB

Audio credit: HRV
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

6KY Aircheck with John Kerr, 1972 **Severe tape damage first 23 seconds**
Dur: 38’18”, Mono, 17.9 MB

Audio credit: SCA
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

5KA Aircheck 1976 – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 33’02”, Mono, 15.4 MB

Audio credit: SCA
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

2SM Brian White tribute for Father Jim – May 22nd 1990
Dur: 4’27”, Mono, 2.0 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Audio Update 25/02/2021

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Ken Sparkes promos tape
Dur: 3’35”, Mono, 1.6 MB

Audio credit: KJS
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney


1. Apple
2-6. Marchants

3UZ Spot Reel: Elton John Classics – V/O Ken Sparkes
Dur: 0’51”, Mono, 404 KB

Audio credit: HRV
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

3UZ Special: The Best Of Bread featuring David Gates – Reel 2
Dur: 25’20”, Mono, 11.7 MB

Audio credit: HRV
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

3UZ Football Call: Essendon v Hawthorn with Don Hyde
Dur: 59’20”, Mono, 27.8 MB

Audio credit: HRV
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

2SM Johnny O’Keefe interview master – January 16th 1975
Dur: 42’16”, Mono, 19.8 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

2SM 7 O’Clock Special 1992: Roy Orbison – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 23’56”, Stereo, 22.4 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

2SM 1980: News bits of John Lennon being shot (Charlie Fox/Steve Blanda)
Dur: 9’55”, Mono, 4.6 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

(tape also contains other bits previously recorded and then some of the 1980 budget report)

2SM History Of Radio 1971-1983 – John Torv
Dur: 8’39”, Mono, 4.0 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

2SM 7 O’Clock Special 1992: The 70’s – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 28’38”, Stereo, 26.8 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

2SM 7 O’Clock Special 1992: The Airport Interview – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 27’18”, Stereo, 25.6 MB

Audio credit: SRN/BOG
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Audio Update 21/02/2021

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Various Spots and ID’s tape
Dur: 6’05”, Mono, 2.7 MB

Audio credit: KJS/Top Spots
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney


1. Western Toyota
2. Micrografix Seminars
3. 2UW ID Rock Whispers
4. Rocky 3
5. Cugi Menswear
6. Westons Cracker Bread
7. Saddlers Wells Royal Ballet
8. Kruger Carpets
9. Lady Chatterley’s Lover
10. Suzuki Hatchbacks

4BC: “Welcome To The Real World” jingle package, various mixes – July 10th 1995
Dur: 22’00”, Stereo, 20.6 MB

Audio credit: Nine Radio
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

2UE Radioactive: Stan Zemanek aircheck – January 25th 1999
Dur: 3’21”, Mono, 1.5 MB

Audio credit: Nine Radio
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

2WS Aircheck – playout crash live to air (undated)
Dur: 3’57”, Mono, 1.8 MB

Audio credit: ARN
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

3XY demo tape – David Gibney
Dur: 4’57”, Stereo, 4.6 MB

Audio credit: Nine Radio
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Hoadley’s Battle Of The Sounds various audio 1971
Dur: 69’38”, Mono, 65.2 MB

Audio credit: BOG/HRV
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Channel 9 “Friends” radio promo – Hitz-FM version (v/o Ken Sparkes)
Dur: 0’31”, Stereo, 500 KB

Audio credit: KJS
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Bruce Clarke’s Jingle Workshop demo tape – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 14’59”, Mono, 14.0 MB

Audio credit: KJS
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

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