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This week’s aircheck is undated (I *think* it might be 1979 but I’m not sure). In any case, here’s an hour worth of John Laws on the day he returned to Sydney’s 2UE!


2UE: John Laws returns to 2UE
Dur: 59’59”, 54.9 MB

..and some more of Ken Sparkes’s audio:

Stereo FM demo tape
Dur: 7’39”, 7.3 MB

Apple/Marchants
Starts with a quick ‘apple’ sweep, followed by a few versions of a soft drink ad, “Marchants”
Dur: 3’36”, 3.0 MB

3UZ phoner pre-records tape
Dur: 6’24”, 6.2 MB

5KA partial aircheck (1978)
Dur: 28’56”, 13.9 MB

Top Spots update 17/09/2016

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Top Spots Agency Master 78
Production dates: September 1987
192 kbps 44 kHz Stereo

Wilsons Warilla – 10/09/1987
Key: 6415
Dur: 0’30”, 723 KB

Canberra Times – 10/09/1987 and 11/09/1987
Key: 6397, 6398
Key: 6406 TVC audio track
Key: 6407 radio track
Dur: 2’02”, 2.8 MB

Working Gear – 14/09/1987
Key: 0030 TV audio track
Key: 0031 and 0032 radio tracks
Dur: 1’31”, 2.0 MB

Triffets – 14/09/1987
Key: TV audio tracks 6372, 6373, 6374 – 3x 60″
Dur: 3’03”, 4.2 MB

Triffets – 14/09/1987
Key: 6375, 6376, 6377
Dur: 1’41”, 2.3 MB

Wilsons Warilla – 14/09/1987
Key: 6415 (same key number as previous cut, strange?)
Dur: 0’30”, 716 KB

Kent Hi Fi – 15/09/1987
TV audio tracks: 0022, 0023, 0024
Radio tracks: 0025, 0026, 0027, 0028, 0029
Dur: 4’18”, 5.9 MB

Flair Furniture – 21/09/1987
Ticking bed, then tracks 0034, 0035, 0037 and 0038
Dur: 2’59”, 4.1 MB

Civic Advance Bank – 22/09/1987
6 sec TV tag, then tracks 6423 and 6424
Dur: 1’06”, 1.5 MB

Amalgamated Business Machines
Key: 0033 TV audio track, 2-track mix (FX left, vocals right)
Dur: 0’29”, 692 KB

Precious Jewellers – 22/09/1987
Key: “black pearl” TV audio track
Dur: 0’30”, 711 KB

Stockland Corporate – 23/09/1987
Key: HAP-130, HAP-130-GOS
Dur: 1’00”, 1.3 MB

Paul’s Discount Store – 23/09/1987
TV audio track: 0039
Radio tracks: 0041, 0042, 0043
Dur: 2’39”, 3.6 MB

Magnet Mart – 24/09/1987
Radio tracks: 6403, 6342, 6343, 6344, 6345, 6347
TV audio tracks: 6349 (30 sec), 6348 (60 sec)
Dur: 4’36”, 6.3 MB

Radio Spots update 17/09/2016

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Radio Commercials

Lotto – March 2005
Key: SCL0103-0S, 70, HO, MO, SA, TR, 0119-30
Dur: 3’49”, 4.5 MB, 192 kbps 44 kHz Stereo

Lotto – April 2005 (includes track ID’s)
Key: SCL0113-ANN, JOCK
Dur: 1’20”, 1.2 MB, 128 kbps 44 kHz Stereo

Lotto – September 2004
Key: SCO0298_ME
Dur: 0’30”, 941 KB, 256 kbps 48 kHz Stereo

Lotto Strike/Lotto Standard – November 2004
Key: SCL0062_BASEBALL, 0070_LASTCHANCE, RUNOUT
Dur: 1’30”, 2.8 MB, 256 kbps 48 kHz Stereo

Lotto Strike – November 2004
Key: R-SCL0062
Dur: 0’31”, 492 KB, 128 kbps 48 kHz Stereo

Lotto Strike – October 2004
Key: SCL0048_TENPIN
Dur: 0’31”, 975 KB, 256 kbps 48 kHz Stereo

Lotto Strike – February 2005 (includes track ID’s)
Key: SCLO0089-TENPIN, BASEBALL, STRIKE
Dur: 2’23”, 2.2 MB, 128 kbps 48 kHz Stereo

Lotto Super Saturday – March 2005
Key: SCL0103-0SN, TRO, LC
Dur: 2’07”, 2.9 MB, 192 kbps 44 kHz Stereo

Love’s Brother novel – March 2004
Key: LB1_1SP_30, LB1_2OT_30, LB1_13NS_30, LB2_10T_30
Dur: 2’02”, 3.8 MB, 256 kbps 48 kHz Stereo

Motor Accidents Authority: Why Wouldn’t You Call – April 2005
Key: C439A, B
Dur: 1’00”, 2.3 MB, 320 kbps 44 kHz Stereo

RIP: Ken Sparkes, 1940-2016

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Well, we came into Sunday morning and at that point it was just like any other sunday – until word started coming through that we’d just lost a couple of media guys. First up, we learned of the passing of Ken Sparkes at 76 years old, then we learned of Norman May!

I’d been hanging onto some Ken Sparkes audio for a while now but could never put it up. Now we can actually let them loose, so in tribute to Ken, here’s a couple of audio bits to get you started, and over time we’ll progressively put more up. For now though, enjoy these.

First up, a 3UZ aircheck from 1971:

3UZ: Ken Sparkes, February 1971
Dur: 31’31”, 14.6 MB

..and now a spot reel featuring some audio for Marchants:

Ken Sparkes spot reel
Dur: 6’35”, 3.0 MB

More will be added over time so keep checking this site. RIP Ken.

This week’s aircheck is undated but it contains a mix of primarily 4BK and 3AK audio, however there may be some other audio creeping in somewhere along the way. Following that, some more compile tracks from some airchecks I can’t present unedited as yet (aside from the John Martin aircheck which has been up here before) – trust me, I’m working on it. Also this week, a 5AD compile tape of various promos recorded August 1978.


4BK/3AK combined aircheck cassette
Side A: Dur: 44’26”, 128 kbps 44 kHz, 41.6 MB

Side B: Dur: 44’37”, 128 kbps 44 kHz, 41.8 MB


5ADMusic: Promo Compile Cassette, August 1978
Dur: 14’56”, 128 kbps 44 kHz, 14.6 MB

2GB John Martin aircheck compile track – 1979
Dur: 3’06”, 128 kbps 44 kHz, 2.9 MB

This compile contains the following cuts:
2GB 1979 ident
2GB ID with Mike Carlton promo
CBC bank
Channel 7 promo ‘catch us if you can’ tagged with Lucky Seven
Pearson’s flowers
Philips Two-Way Radios
Vincents Powders – don’t share it with a headache

3UZ Bert Newton aircheck compile track – 1981
Dur: 10’24”, 128 kbps 44 kHz, 9.5 MB

This compile contains:
1. The Carpet Shed, voiceover possibly Tommy Dysart (0:58)
2. Lan Choo Teas (0:24)
3. Golden Crumpets (0:32)
4. Buckleys Women’s Fashion (0:29)
5. CGA Insurance Card (0:40)
6. Graham Hunt Mitsubishi (0:30)
7. 3UZ News with Paul Syme (either 1978 or 1981) (4:10)
8. Moonee Ponds Markets (0:29)
9. 3UZ ident (0:12)
10. Angus & Coote Jewellers (0:30)
11. Myer Melbourne sealy mattress sale (0:24)
12. Safeway Money Matchup (1:00)
13. 3UZ ‘the greater 3UZ’ ident (0:03)

3UZ Sam Anglesey and Stan Rofe aircheck compile track
Dur: 3’03”, 128 kbps 44 kHz, 2.7 MB

Meanwhile, this one has:
3UZ nicest listener promo
3UZ super lucky dollar promo
Albany trim size cigarettes – just 28 cents
AMP man
Aspro Soluble
Bob Jane
Election ad – John McKewon for the Country Party
Radox