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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

Audio Update 14/02/2021

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2WS Rock Around The World/New Music Forum, June 21st 1981 – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 1 hr 27 min, Mono, 41.0 MB

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

3KZ More Than Just Music: 1979 Music Profile cassette
Dur: 9’54”, Mono, 4.6 MB

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

3UZ Aircheck, June 27th 1971 – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 1 hr 28 min, Mono, 41.4 MB

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

3UZ Aircheck, November 29th 1971 – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 1 hr 29 min, Mono, 41.9 MB

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

2DAY-FM Aircheck, early 1980’s – Bob Hughes
Dur: 47’09”, Stereo, 44.2 MB

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

6KY Aircheck, April 12th 1972 – Sean Flannery
Dur: 26’47”, Mono, 12.5 MB

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

Funtastic 2UW tape 3068: Mike Jeffries aircheck June 2nd 1977
Dur: 10’14”, Mono, 4.7 MB

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

Funtastic 2UW tape 6412: John Laws Show excerpt with Bob Rogers, November 1977
Dur: 15’16”, Mono, 7.1 MB

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

6KY Aircheck, May 10th 1972 – Graham Cherry
Dur: 1 hr 32 min, Mono, 43.4 MB

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

Funtastic 2UW tape 6137: Wayne Roberts aircheck, April 27th 1977
Dur: 60’02”, Mono, 28.1 MB

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

Audio Update 07/02/2021

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2CA Aircheck 7.30am-9.00am May 5th 1997 – Shane McFarlane
Dur: 1 hr 28 min, Mono, 41.6 MB

Audio credit: Grant Broadcasters
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

2UE Music Moments presenter/demo tape
Dur: 9’50”, Stereo, 9.2 MB

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

2UE Aircheck 9.30pm-10.30pm October 24th 2002 – Jon Harker
Dur: 47’46”, Mono, 22.4 MB

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

2UE Alan Jones promos cassette dub August 24th 1994
Dur: 3’34”, Stereo, 3.3 MB

Audio credit: Nine Radio/MOK Productions/Studios 301
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

Whatever Happened To with Ken Sparkes: Roy Orbison
Dur: 26’20”, Stereo, 24.7 MB

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

Funtastic 2UW tape #6412: Keith McGowan aircheck November 1977
Dur: 9’03”, Mono, 4.5 MB

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

3UZ Aircheck, December 27th 1970 – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 1 hr 31 min, Mono, 43 MB

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

2BS/2MG Aircheck, Breakfast with Matt Ponsonby
Dur: 4’48”, Mono, 2.5 MB

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

2WS: Rock Around The World/Sparkes On Sunday aircheck July 12th 1981 – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 62’46”, Mono, 29.4 MB

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

3UZ Aircheck, Breakfast with Ken Sparkes – January 22nd 1971
Dur: 57’28”, Mono, 26.9 MB

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

Audio Update 31/01/2021

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2SM 7 O’Clock Special: “Jumbo Under The Bridge” with Ken Sparkes
Dur: 29’29”, Stereo, 26.9 MB

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

2UE Australia Remembers segment: ‘Dutch Man’ 60 sec – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 1’03”, Stereo, 999 KB

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

3UZ Jingles Cassette
Dur: 2’35”, Mono, 2.3 MB

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

2UE Australia Remembers segment: ‘Frank Cotterell’ 60 sec – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 1’04”, Stereo, 0.9 MB

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

2CA aircheck May 2nd 1997 – Jason Costa
Dur: 59’21”, Mono, 27.1 MB

Audio credit: Grant Broadcasters
Restored/Dubbed by Frankster @ DSM Sydney

3WM aircheck demo cassette March 8th 1995 – Jon Vertigan
Dur: 9’44”, Mono, 4.4 MB

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

4GR demo cassette – Max Healey
Dur: 4’34”, Stereo, 4.1 MB

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

2UE Australia Remembers segment: ‘Dutch Woman’ 60 sec – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 1’04”, Stereo, 0.9 MB

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

Radioactive Syndication: Ian Macrae’s Good Time Oldies Show sweepers, 30 tracks, June 1993, Ken Sparkes
Dur: 7’17”, Stereo, 6.6 MB

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

2SM Earth Rescue – Ross Symonds (Tr.1 vocal, Tr.2 full mix)
Dur: 1’19”, Stereo, 1.2 MB

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

Audio Update 24/01/2021

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Ken Sparkes aircheck and work parts tape
Dur: 15’06”, Mono, 6.9 MB

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

2SM Lite ‘n’ Easy 1269 breakfast aircheck – Grant Goldman/Karen Pini
Dur: 11’59”, Mono, 5.4 MB

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


**This cut includes news with Cameron Bond

2UW The Official Top 40 Countdown with Ron E Sparks – 1981
Dur: 57’28”, Mono, 26.3 MB

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

Sea-FM 90.9 sales demo cassette – Ray McGregor
Dur: 4’42”, Stereo, 4.3 MB

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

Gold 92.5 sales demo cassette – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 4’55”, Stereo, 4.5 MB

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

2SM 1269 Sydney’s Music jingle package recorded October 9th 1990
Dur: 1’36”, Stereo, 1.4 MB

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

2SM “Late Night Breakfast Show” pilot – May 27th 1990
Dur: 27’37”, Mono, 12.6 MB

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

2WS 8pm News bulletin May 30th 1990 – Read by Robin Bailey
Dur: 5’02”, Stereo, 4.6 MB

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

Funtastic 2UW tape 6331: Jingle demo
Dur: 2’46”, Mono, 1.2 MB

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

2SM Middawn aircheck 1990 – Mike Goldman
Dur: 13’37”, Stereo, 12.4 MB

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

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.

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