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Audio Update 17/01/2021

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2WS Official Top 40 Countdown with Ken Sparkes – 1981
Dur: 1 hr 23 min, Mono, 38.9 MB

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


**Edited due to severe tape damage**
**At 33:21 is a mention of one-half of the Club Veg team, Malcolm Lees**

The World Of The Motor Car radio segment with Ken Sparkes – 1989
Dur: 3’31”, Stereo, 3.3 MB

Audio credit:Production Company Unknown
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

2WS Official Top 40 Countdown with Ken Sparkes – September 27th 1981
Dur: 1 hr 31 min, Mono, 43.0 MB

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

2WS Rock Around The World with Ken Sparkes – September 6th 1981
Dur: 55’39”, Mono, 26.0 MB

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

Ken Sparkes 1983 Demo Tape
Dur: 4’51”, Mono, 2.2 MB

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

2WS Rock Around The World with Ken Sparkes – August 16th 1981
Dur: 46’24”, Mono, 21.7 MB

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

2UW: “Funtastic 2UW” tape #6202 – Wayne Roberts aircheck July 22nd 1977
Dur: 49’46”, Mono, 23.3 MB

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

2WS Sparkes On Sunday/Rock Around The World “Week 11” tape
Dur: 30’44”, Mono, 14.4 MB

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

“Twinings Tea” ad jingle singing demo tape by Ken Sparkes
Dur: 0’36”, Mono, 286 KB

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

“Stereo-FM” demo tape – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 7’26”, Stereo, 7.1 MB

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

Greetings and welcome back to the archive for 2021!! Hope you all had an enjoyable break if you were able to, despite lockdowns and covid raging away. We’re ready for another year of archival goodness so I hope you are, and below is our first audio update of the year. Enjoy!

2SM Swinging In The 90’s special – Harry Connick Jnr (Ken Sparkes)
Dur: 30’29”, 28.5 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: Broadcast Operations Group
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

2WS Rock Around The World with Ken Sparkes – 1981
Dur: 13’40”, 6.4 MB, Mono

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

2UE aircheck tape August 22nd 1993
Dur: 14’58”, 14 MB, Mono

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

This aircheck contains some of 2UE’s continuous call show, a newsbreak, and then some of Suzy Yates
**My many thanks to SydneyCityTV for the update with this audio – it’s from Sunday August 22nd 1993. Cheers mate!

2SM Special 1992: Welcome home HMAS Sydney/Requests aircheck
Dur: 59’27”, 55.7 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: Broadcast Operations Group
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

3UZ aircheck with Ken Sparkes – 1971
Dur: 61’47”, 28.9 MB, Mono

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

2UW aircheck 1981: The Official Australian Top 40 Countdown/Cross Talk with Father Jim McLaren
Dur: 14’43”, 6.9 MB, Mono

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

2UW aircheck 1981: The Official Australian Top 40 Countdown with Ron E Sparx
Dur: 57’36”, 27 MB, Mono

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

5KA aircheck 1975: Ken Sparkes final show
Dur: 1 hr 57 min, 55.2 MB, Mono

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

3UZ aircheck undated – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 1 hr 32 min, 43.2 MB, Mono

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

3DB aircheck September 1st 1981 – Ernie Sigley/Dennis Scanlan
Dur: 1 hr 31 min, 42.6 MB, Mono

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

Well we’ve come to the end of another year, and for most of us, I think it’s “thank goodness for that!“. Frankster’s Archive will now close for the Christmas/New Year break but we will return on Monday January 11th for another year of archival goodies! Thanks so much for all your support this year, and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful new year.

Video Update 14/12/2020

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**PLEASE NOTE: These clips have come to me from a variety of sources, including from my own collection. As some send in clips for me to feature on this site, it’s entirely possible that if any of these clips are yours that you haven’t been credited for their use. If this has happened, leave us a comment below with which videos are yours and you’ll be credited next update.

Audio Update 14/12/2020

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Some random audio to round off the year!

2HD aircheck 1968
Dur: 1 hr 29 min, 41.8 MB, Mono

Audio credit: Broadcast Operations Group
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

2SM aircheck 1990 – Matt Ponsonby
Dur: 16’13”, 15.2 MB, Stereo

Audio credit:Super Radio Network/Broadcast Operations Group
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Terry Allan: The Musical Backpack – Intro and Segment
Dur: 1’41”, 1.5 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: Production Company Unknown
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

2UE aircheck with Alan Jones, traffic chopper reports by Helen Hayes
Dur: 1’18”, 610 KB, Mono

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

2SM Sponsor Info – 3 cuts
Dur: 2’02”, 1.9 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: Super Radio Network/Broadcast Operations Group
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

2UE John Laws highlights tape
Dur: 13’51”, 12.9 MB, Stereo

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

2UE John Laws theme
Dur: 2’40”, 2.5 MB, Stereo

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

**This tape is the full length John Laws show theme, quite possibly taken from the broadcast cart, as lots of production people when recording to cart would not find the splice point and record over it, resulting in a momentary drop in audio as the splice passed over the heads. At 1’15” is this drop in audio.

2UE news tape: Bulletin by Fenn Kemp
Dur: 4’02”, 3.7 MB, Mono

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

3UZ aircheck 1971 – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 61’47”, 28.9 MB, Mono

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

2UE jingle demos, raw tape “Welcome To The Real World” package
Dur: 8’15”, 7.7 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: Production Company Unknown
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Video Update 10/12/2020

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**PLEASE NOTE: These clips have come to me from a variety of sources, including from my own collection. As some send in clips for me to feature on this site, it’s entirely possible that if any of these clips are yours that you haven’t been credited for their use. If this has happened, leave us a comment below with which videos are yours and you’ll be credited next update, and my many thanks in the meantime.

Audio Update 10/12/2020

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More release dubs this week!

St George Building Society 4x 30″
Dur: 2’36”, 2.4 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: George Patterson Advertising
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

St George Building Society 1x 30″ – 1990
Dur: 1’00”, 943 KB, Stereo

Audio credit:GP Audio and Video
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Stanley Wines 2x 30″ – 1978
Dur: 1’37”, 658 KB, Stereo

Audio credit: AAV Australia
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Telegraph Mirror 1x 30″ – April 2nd 1991
Dur: 0’47”, 749 KB, Stereo

Audio credit: GP Audio and Video
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

**Some tape damage appears on this cut

News Ltd: The Australian 1x 30″ – October 22nd 1976
Dur: 0’43”, 686 KB, Stereo

Audio credit: Production Company Unknown
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

News Ltd: The Weekend Australian 1x 30″ – March 8th 1978
Dur: 0’43”, 689 KB, Stereo

Audio credit: Production Company Unknown
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Victa Mowers 1x 30″ – November 24th 1978
Dur: 0’44”, 659 KB, Stereo

Audio credit: Production Company Unknown
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

**Halfway through this cut, the audio reintroduces to barely a whisper – whether it had being accidentally erased or there was a duplicating issue before it got to me, who
knows…

White Wings Ltd summer promotion tracks 36-40
Dur: 2’54”, 2.7 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: Natec Sound Studios Sydney
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Woman’s Day Magazine 1x 30″
Dur: 0’40”, 638 KB, Stereo

Audio credit: AWA Custom Recording Sydney
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Wrigleys Doublemint 2x 60″ – 1978
Dur: 2’48”, MB, Stereo

Audio credit: Production Company Unknown
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney
**That’s definitely Dragon providing the band tracks, but the tags? Well, we’re not sure. One school of thought says Richard Wilkins but I don’t know.

Audio Update 02/12/2020

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More release dubs this week!

The Imperial Arcade 5x 30″ – 1990
Dur: 3’20”, 3.1 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: Production Company Unknown
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

**NB: This tape wasn’t in the best shape as you’ll hear throughout the cut**

Knox City Gifts 1x 30″ – 1978
Dur: 0’50”, 794 KB, Stereo

Audio credit:AAV Australia
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

News Ltd: Telegraph Mirror 1x 30″ – September 27th 1991
Dur: 0’42”, 658 KB, Stereo

Audio credit: GP Audio and Video
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Paddy’s Markets 1x 30″ – 1992
Dur: 0’33”, 524 KB, Stereo

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

Rodcoe Motors 3x 30″ – September 2nd 1976
Dur: 2’21”, 2.1 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: Production Company Unknown
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

**These cuts voiced by Issi Dye who is Bianca Dye’s dad!

Scott Towels 11x 30″ – 1976
Dur: 8’23”, 7.8 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: Production Company Unknown
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Selsun Blue 1x 30″ – 1978
Dur: 0’42”, 659 KB, Stereo

Audio credit: Production Company Unknown
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Simpsons Minimax Dryers 3x 30″ – 1978
Dur: 2’11”, 2.0 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: Street Remley Studios
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Sires Suits 1x 30″ – 1978
Dur: 0’59”, 929 KB, Stereo

Audio credit: General Advertising Company of Australia
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Southern Comfort 1x 90″ and 1x 60″ – October 29th 1978
Dur: 3’20”, 3.1 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: AAV Australia
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

…and that’s it, the following is the final in the series of Les Cook airchecks!


5KA aircheck February 28th 1977 – Tony Gordon
Dur: 48’43”, 22.8 MB, Stereo

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

Now the rest of the update, and some more release dubs!

Allan Coffee Motors 4x 30″ 1975
Dur: 2’47”, 2.1 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: Production Company Unknown
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Avis radio spots 5x 45″ – April 20th 1978
Dur: 4’43”, 2.1 MB, Stereo

Audio credit:Young & Rubicam
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Big M Egg Flip 1x 30″ – November 9th 1978
Dur: 0’53”, 844 KB, Stereo

Audio credit: AAV Australia
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Blues Cigarettes 6x 30″ – May 24th 1976
Dur: 4’31”, 3.1 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: George Patterson Advertising
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Carpet City 6x 30″ – 1976
Dur: 4’53”, 3.4 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: Radio 3KZ Melbourne
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Centacare 5x 30″ – November 16th 1993
Dur: 4’05”, 2.8 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: Catholic Communications
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Catholic Communications general spots 15x 30″ – April 20th 1999
Dur: 11’56”, 8.3 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: Catholic Communications
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

CES: Commonwealth Employment Service 2x 30″ – August 28th 1985
Dur: 1’51”, 1.3 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: Labsonics Melbourne
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Cuckoo Restaurant 2x 30″ – 1976
Dur: 1’50”, 1.2 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: Production Company Unknown
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Myer Melbourne ‘Pantyhose’ 2x 30″ – 1977
Dur: 1’35”, 1.1 MB, Stereo

Audio credit: AAV Australia
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Airchecks Update 20/11/2020

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…and more from the Les Cook collection this week, this week we feature Cookie himself!



6PM aircheck April 4th 1986 – Les Cook
Dur: 93’45”, 65.9 MB, Stereo

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


6PM aircheck January 15th 1990 – Les Cook
Dur: 47’12”, 22.1 MB, Mono

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



6PM aircheck June 20th 1985 (includes Triple M Sydney march 1985) – Les Cook
Dur: 93’48”, 43.9 MB, Mono

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

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