Ken Sparkes, for many years the “voice” of the Nine Network, has died at the age of 76.
It is reported that Sparkes died overnight (Australian time) of a heart attack while hosting a river cruise in France.
His career began in radio as a sixteen-year-old in country radio, but it was only a few years before he made it to Sydney station 2GB.
He then moved to Melbourne to top-rating radio station 3UZ. It was also at this time that he hosted the national pop music TV show, Kommotion.
Other TV credits included Homicide, Division 4, Bandstand and Wide World Of Sports, but he most prominent role was as an announcer for many years for the Nine Network and for radio station 2UE. His voice became one of the most widely heard in Australia.
For a brief time he was also a voice-over announcer for TEN10 in Sydney.
More recently Sparkes hosted the music program Jukebox Saturday Night for Foxtel channel Aurora.