The Frankster Archives

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Audio Update 22/07/2022

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**All audio related to this project was dubbed and restored by Frankster at Digi Spells Media, Sydney in 2020 and 2021. This audio is provided for promotional and entertainment purposes only. Thankyou to James Sparkes for supplying all material for us to work on and restore.


2SM 7 O’Clock Special with Steve Murphy – The Doobie Bros – May 7th 1991
Dur: 27’52”, Mono, 19.5 MB
Audio credit: Super Radio Network/Broadcast Operations Group

**This tape was recorded at the same time the show was going to air


Ken Sparkes interviews John Farnham for his album “Johnny Sings The Movies” – Sep 1974
Dur: 29’30”, Mono, 13.7 MB
Audio credit: KJS Enterprises for 3UZ


Ken Sparkes interviews Barry Crocker – 1973
Dur: 31’54”, Mono, 14.8 MB
Audio credit: KJS Enterprises for 3UZ


3UZ Logging Tape/Aircheck #5 1969 (8pm-10pm a blank track for some reason)
Audio credit: RSV
Tape Track 4, 9/5/69 10pm-Midnight – 56.3 MB, 2 hr 00 min
Tape Track 3, 10/5/69 6am-8am – 55.9 MB, 2 hr 00 min
Tape Track 2, 10/5/69 8am-10am – 58.7 MB, 2 hr 05 min


3UZ Helen Reddy Special – Tape 2
Dur: 29’22”, Mono, 13.7 MB
Audio credit: RSV


Ken Sparkes interviews Glen Campbell/3UZ Special 1973 – Tape 2
Dur: 18’55”, Mono, 13.2 MB
Audio credit: RSV

RIP Jaan (John) Torv

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Word came through earlier this evening courtesy of Radioinfo that Jaan (John) Torv had passed away. I was absolutely saddened to hear this news, I’m a big fan of his work and what better way to tribute him than to compile this post.

This contains various pieces of his work I’ve collected over the years in both video and audio form. Unfortunately we’re a bit light on of John’s taped history but hope you enjoy the following pieces – he will be unbelievably missed. RIP Jaan and thankyou.

John Torv’s Music Video – 1985 edition – 30 MB, 1’15”
This is a great one, John reading an ad for Mode, in tandem with a fashion house, and appearing to look like he was having great fun doing it too.
Grab it from here

The National Olympic Telethon with John Torv – 1984 – 190 MB, 8’16”
Some bits and pieces from the Ten Network’s “National Olympic Telethon” from 1984 here with John hosting.
Grab it from here

2SM Nostradamus One – 1977 – Segment 1
John behind the mike here at 2SM presenting Nostradamus One from 1977.
Grab it from here

2SM Rocktober Presentation Tape
A presentation tape here for 2SM’s Rocktober promotions with John at the helm – 1975.
Grab it from here

Audio Update 15/07/2022

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**All audio related to this project was dubbed and restored by Frankster at Digi Spells Media, Sydney in 2020 and 2021. This audio is provided for promotional and entertainment purposes only. Thankyou to James Sparkes for supplying all material for us to work on and restore.


2SM 7 O’Clock Special with Ken Sparkes – Bernie Taupin
Dur: 13’27”, Stereo, 9.4 MB
Audio credit: Super Radio Network/Broadcast Operations Group

**This is actually a pre-edit segment tape for this special. We’re not sure of a final mix tape in existence, at least not yet.**


Ken Sparkes – 1994 Demo Tape
Dur: 8’53”, Stereo, 6.2 MB
Audio credit: KJS Enterprises

**Ken recorded many demo tapes in his broad media life – here’s one from 1994. There were two contact phone numbers at the end which are probably still valid bar the addition of the extra number. We have edited these out.


WWOS Cricket jingles August 1991
Dur: 8’13”, Stereo, 5.7 MB
Audio credit: Metropolis Audio/DDB Needham

**This is a jingles master recorded at Metropolis Audio for Channel 9 and the 1991 series of cricket jingles. Probably a stepdown reel as the track listing is photocopied onto the box with a notation it was recorded at 38cms (15 IPS) – this reel was 19cms (7.5 IPS). Seems to me it slows down initially too – it may have been dubbed from a tape which wasn’t in particularly good shape. There doesn’t seem to be any other tapes for this one so I’m afraid this is the best we’ve got.


2SM 7 O’Clock Special with Steve Murphy – Carly Simon special – April 19th 1991
Dur: 31’21”, Stereo, 22.0 MB
Audio credit: Super Radio Network/Broadcast Operations Group

**Steve Murphy’s turn at the 7 O’Clock Special – this tape recorded as the show was going to air live.

2SM Dubbed Off Cart master reel
Dur: 26’55”, Mono/Stereo, 18.9 MB
Audio credit: Super Radio Network/Broadcast Operations Group

**Another compile reel of 2SM’s broadcast carts and other material – the tape does not have a box but a cuesheet is available here.


2SM Station Profile – February 18th 1987
Dur: 8’25”, Stereo, 5.9 MB
Audio credit: Super Radio Network/Broadcast Operations Group

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**All audio related to this project was dubbed and restored by Frankster at Digi Spells Media, Sydney in 2020 and 2021. This audio is provided for promotional and entertainment purposes only. Thankyou to James Sparkes for supplying all material for us to work on and restore.


3UZ KJS Bits 1 – February 1973
Dur: 57’52”, Mono, 27 MB
Audio credit: KJS Enterprises

**Cuesheet page 1 here, page 2 here, and page 3 here


3UZ KJS Bits 2 – February 1973
Dur: 63’03”, Mono, 29.4 MB
Audio credit: KJS Enterprises

**This tape has cuesheets. Page 1 is here and page 2 is here


3UZ Ken Sparkes 1973 New Year’s Resolutions
Dur: 8’27”, Stereo, 5.9 MB
Audio credit: KJS Enterprises


Ken Sparkes – “Elton John roughs” tape
Dur: 22’40”, Mono, 10.5 MB
Audio credit: KJS Enterprises

**These are raw bits ‘n’ pieces for a 3UZ Elton John special recorded in 1973 – halfway through Ken chats to Molly Meldrum!


3UZ: Aircheck/Logging Tape #4 – Friday May 9th 1969
Dur: See below, all tracks mono
Audio credit: RSN
Tape Track 1: 12 Midday to 2pm – 2 hr 8 min, 60.4 MB Play/Download
Tape Track 4: 2pm to 4pm – 1 hr 45 min, 49.1 MB Play/Download
Tape Track 3: 4pm to 6pm – 1 hr 56 min, 54.3 MB Play/Download
Tape Track 2: 6pm to 8pm – 2 hr 8 min, 59.9 MB Play/Download


3UZ Special – The Hollies tape 2 – Ken Sparkes
Dur: 29’43”, Mono, 20.8 MB
Audio credit: KJS Enterprises/RSN

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**All audio related to this project was dubbed and restored by Frankster at Digi Spells Media, Sydney in 2020 and 2021. This audio is provided for promotional and entertainment purposes only. Thankyou to James Sparkes for supplying all material for us to work on and restore.


Ken Sparkes interviews Johnny Chester and Ross Wilson
Dur: 19’06”, Mono, 8.9 MB
Audio credit: KJS Enterprises


2SM Lite ‘n’ Easy/Sydney’s Music jingles
Dur: 12’11”, Stereo, 8.5 MB
Audio credit: SRN/BOG

**This tape has cuesheets. Page 1 is here and page 2 is here


2SM More Music jingle package – January 17th 1992
Dur: 5’05”, Stereo, 3.5 MB
Audio credit: SRN/BOG


2WS B’fast Tape – July 27th 1981
Dur: 14’25”, Mono, 10.1 MB
Audio credit: ARN

**Looking closer at this one it seems to be a tape of interviews recorded by Ken, presumably for use on his “Rock Around The World/Sparkes On Sunday” shows.


3UZ: The Ken Sparkes Show 1965-1967 bits ‘n’ pieces tape
Dur: 24’40”, Mono, 11.5 MB
Audio credit: RSN


EMI National Advertising: Gilbert O’ Sullivan – 4th LP Track By Track interview
Dur: 19’13”, Mono, 12.2 MB
Audio credit: EMI/Studios 301 Sydney

Audio Update 24/06/2022

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**All audio related to this project was dubbed and restored by Frankster at Digi Spells Media, Sydney in 2020 and 2021. This audio is provided for promotional and entertainment purposes only. Thankyou to James Sparkes for supplying all material for us to work on and restore.


2SM News Highlights 1972 tape 3
Dur: 18’00”, Mono, 8.4 MB
Audio credit: SRN/BOG


2SM with Sam Kronja “Big Sam’s Music Shop” aircheck mid 60’s
Dur: 31’31”, Mono, 14.7 MB
Audio credit: SRN/BOG


2SM Tape SM-1273: Network Jingles
Dur: 11’39”, Mono, 8.1 MB
Audio credit: SRN/BOG


2SM Ken Sparkes Bathurst Crosses tape – Easter 1992
Dur: 28’48”, Mono, 13.4 MB
Audio credit: SRN/BOG


3UZ Aircheck
Dur: 5’57”, Mono, 2.7 MB
Audio credit: RSN


Ken Sparkes: Country Special ‘cartoon radio’
Dur: 26’25”, Mono, 12.2 MB
Audio credit: KJS Enterprises

Audio Update 17/06/2022

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**All audio related to this project was dubbed and restored by Frankster at Digi Spells Media, Sydney in 2020 and 2021. This audio is provided for promotional and entertainment purposes only. Thankyou to James Sparkes for supplying all material for us to work on and restore.


Platinum Recording: Melford Motors jingles – February 18th 1983
Dur: 2’20”, Mono, 1.0 MB
Audio credit: Platinum Recording Productions Pty Ltd


3UZ: Neil Diamond interview with Ken Sparkes calls at end
Dur: 26’31”, Stereo, 24.2 MB
Audio credit: RSN


3UZ: Aircheck Tape #7 4 track mono tape – May 10th 1969
Audio credit: RSN
Track 1: 10/5/69 6pm-8pm – Dur: 2 hr 9 min, 158 MB
Track 4: 10/5/69 8pm-10pm – Dur: 1 hr 58 min, 146 MB
Track 3: 10/5/69 10pm-midnight – Dur: 2 hr 1 min, 149 MB
Track 2: 11/5/69 6am-8am – Dur: 8’27”, 20.8 MB
**Initially there was some confusion with the track playback order but we got there in the end


2SM: TV Soundtrack version 2
Dur: 0’18”, Stereo, 213 KB
Audio credit: The Works Studio (2SM)

**This tape is the audio track to the “Grown Up With You” series of 2SM TV Spots


2SM: Dubbed Off Cart master reel, unknown number
Dur: 27’20”, Mono, 18.7 MB
Audio credit: SRN/BOG


2SM 7 O’Clock Special with Ken Sparkes, 1992 – James Blundell
Dur: 30’35”, Stereo, 27.9 MB
Audio credit: SRN/BOG

After 90 years, Radio 2CH Sydney, once on AM 1170 and then onto the DAB+ band, will be ceasing transmission tonight at 6.00pm AEST. Here’s a look back at some airchecks of 2CH.


Rev Roger Bush – 64 min


Bob Rogers, 1998 – 64 min


Chris Kearns, 1997 – 91 min


First AM Stereo, 1984 – 29 min


9 O’Clock Special with Bruce Rogerson – May 1992 – 50 min


Barry Spicer, 1984 – 41 min

Audio Update 10/06/2022

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**All audio related to this project was dubbed and restored by Frankster at Digi Spells Media, Sydney in 2020 and 2021. This audio is provided for promotional and entertainment purposes only. Thankyou to James Sparkes for supplying all material for us to work on and restore.


2SM Tape SM-1660
Dur: 39’39”, Mono, 18.5 MB
Audio credit: SRN/BOG

**Another one from 2SM here, the track order follows the tape box listing


2WS Rock Around The World with Ken Sparkes tape 1 – October 4th 1981
Dur: 31’17”, Mono, 14.6 MB
Audio credit: ARN


2WS Rock Around The World with Ken Sparkes – Rick Springfield ID tape
Dur: 0’08”, Mono, 5.7 MB
Audio credit: ARN


GTV-9 Station Promos various takes, Ken Sparkes – August 15th 1980
Dur: 3’36”, Mono, 6.6 MB
Audio credit: Casslynne Labs


2SM 7 O’Clock Special with Ken Sparkes 1992 – The 70’s
Dur: 31’34”, Stereo, 29.5 MB
Audio credit: SRN/BOG


2SM 7 O’Clock Special with Ken Sparkes, April 1992 – 1976
Dur: 28’36”, Stereo, 26.7 MB
Audio credit: SRN/BOG

I normally don’t have a midweek update but here’s one I received this morning that couldn’t wait.

This is a release dub containing 8 spots for Coca-Cola (Coke) from 1976. Credit here goes to Gregg Sinclair for supplying the tape these cuts came off. Thankyou so much Gregg, I appreciate it!


Truth Well Told Sydney: Coca-Cola 1976 radio spots
Dur: 8’32”, Mono, 5.42 MB
Audio credit: Truth Well Told Sydney