The Frankster Archives

Saving audiovisual history one tape at a time

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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

First of all, let me apologise for last week. I was beset by computer breakdowns which despite trying to fix, necessitated a completely new system. Things are now back to normal and our weekly update schedule will continue as before. Thanks for bearing with me!

COPYRIGHT DISCLAIMER

**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.


Audiobrien: Mobil V/O Inserts – April 28th 1989
Dur: 2’35”, Mono, 1.2 MB
Audio credit: Audiobrien


Flagstaff Studios: Mobil Top & Tail and TV Mixes – June 6th 1988
Dur: 2’09”, Mono, 1.5 MB
Audio credit: Flagstaff Studios

**These jingles will be familiar to many of you I’d say!


Casslynne Labs: Used Car Company jingle
Dur: 0’32”, Mono, 638 KB
Audio credit: Casslynne Labs North Sydney


2WS Rock Around the World aircheck tape 2 – October 18th 1981
Dur: 8’45”, Mono, 14.8 MB
Audio credit: ARN


Channel 9: “Phone your husband and tell him to be home early tonight”
Dur: 2’14”, Mono, 7.7 MB
Audio credit: Nine Network Australia


4BC aircheck 1969 “The Big BC” scoped
Dur: 16’26”, Mono, 12.3 MB
Audio credit: Nine Radio

COPYRIGHT DISCLAIMER

**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.


2WS: “This is your station 2WS” liners, many takes
Dur: 2’30”, Mono, 1.1 MB
Audio credit: KJS Enterprises


Release Dub: Canberra Tourism 4x 30” – February 8th 1982
Dur: 4’25”, Mono, 2.0 MB
Audio credit: Sound On Film Pty Ltd


EMISound: Ken Sparkes Voiceovers
Dur: 1’32”, Mono, 721 KB
Audio credit: EMI


MediaSound: RAAF Recruiting 2x 60″ sec release dub – 1981
Dur: 2’58”, Mono, 1.3 MB
Audio credit: MediaSound


AGAS: Army Reserve 60 sec – March 13th 1981
Dur: 1’25”, Mono, 666 KB
Audio credit: David & John Recordings


AGAS: Dept Of Industry and Commerce, 45 sec – April 7th 1981
Dur: 1’15”, Mono, 588 KB
Audio credit: David & John Recordings

COPYRIGHT DISCLAIMER

**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 Voice Profile 1978 (demo tape)
Dur: 6’50”, Mono, 3.2 MB
Audio credit: KJS Enterprises

**Interesting to note that the National Film & Sound Archive holds a copy of this tape in their collection. This audio also contains a phone contact at the end. This is old information and is no longer valid.


2WS Rock Around The World with Ken Sparkes, Tape 3 – October 18th 1981
Dur: 6’24”, Mono, 3.0 MB
Audio credit: ARN


2WS Rock Around The World/New Music Forum ID’s – Karen Knowles
Dur: 0’22”, Mono, 179 KB
Audio credit: ARN

**Although these are ID’s for 2WS’s use this tape was actually recorded at 3FOX-FM


“C’mon Aussie C’mon” re-recordings – Cut 1 Vocals, Cut 2 Full Mix
Dur: 1’16”, Mono, 601 KB
Audio credit: KJS Enterprises/Mojo


4IP Jingles Reel
Dur: 4’56”, Mono, 2.3 MB
Audio credit: Tabcorp/RadioTAB

**This sounds like a dub tape to me with audio taken from cart – I can hear the pulses between cuts.


“Bollinger Picnic” for Rob Lynch Bollinger
Dur: 2’25”, Stereo, 1.7 MB
Audio credit: KJS Enterprises

**Ken Sparkes takes us through this jingle, although it sounds also like a previous guide track creeping in on the right channel! Phone number on the tape box is old information and is no longer valid.

COPYRIGHT DISCLAIMER

**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.


David & John Recordings: Army Reserve 30 second radio spot release dub – November 23rd 1981
Dur: 1’03”, Mono, 494 KB
Audio credit: D&J Recordings

**Another in the series of Army Reserve radio spots here recorded by David & John Recordings.


Ken Sparkes: July 1975 demo tape
Dur: 7’01”, Mono, 3.2 MB
Audio credit: W&G Sound Studios/KJS Enterprises

**This is one of many of Ken’s demo tapes, this particular one recorded in July 1975 and produced by W&G.
1. GMH ‘Makes sense to me’ (football, meat pies, kangaroos and holden cars)
2. TV Week
3. MJB Coffee
4. KFC
5. Peter’s Shazam
6. W&G “Play That Again” album
7. Gloweave AV presentation audio


Ken’s Year Intros
Dur: 4’06”, Stereo, 2.8 MB
Audio credit: KJS Enterprises

**A tape for Ken’s use involving year intro’s – the end seems to be a sponsor testimonial leftover from a previous recording


Ken Sparkes: Netcom Motor Racing & Equipment track for AV presentation
Dur: 4’05”, Mono, 1.9 MB
Audio credit: KJS Enterprises


Bill Armstrong Pty Ltd: Travellers Slacks release dub – June 2nd 1972
Dur: 1’40”, Mono, 783 KB
Audio credit: Bill Armstrong/KJS Enterprises

1. Full jingle no voiceover
2. Mix version A
3. Mix version B


2SM Sport Cuts
Dur: 10’26”, Mono, 4.8 MB
Audio credit: SRN/BOG/Steve Murphy Productions

**From 6:02 to the end is a raw recording session which was leftover from a previous recording

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