Voice-over presenter Ken Sparkes, best known for Radio and “The Voice of Channel Nine”, has died aged 76.
He was hosting a river cruise in France on Saturday when he had a heart attack.
He began work as a junior radio announcer at 2MG Mudgee in 1956 ahead of a career that would include 2GB, 3UZ, 5KA and KGBS Los Angeles.
Sparkes also worked on music television in the 70s on Bandstand, hosting ATV0’s Kommotion and as an occasional actor on Homicide and Division 4. He was also at one time a journalist for A Current Affair and Sixty Minutes.
For many years he was considered “The Voice of Channel Nine.”
Most recently he had been hosting Jukebox Saturday Night for Foxtel’s Aurora Channel.