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Wally SPARROW (2008)

Wally Sparrow

Wally Sparrow has been a tireless worker for country music in Australia, and particularly South Australia, for almost 50 years. During this time, he has worked as a songwriter, singer, recording artist, promoter, broadcaster and with the industry organisation SACCM (South Australian Council for Country Music). Concentrating more on broadcasting in recent years, last year, Wally was presented with the Favourite Presenter for 2007 award at the recent Radio Adelaide Awards from his "Country Brekky" program on Radio Adelaide."

Forty-five years in the industry as an entertainer, singer, musician, comedian, songwriter, compere, producer, journalist, adjudicator and trainer. I have over that time performed all around Australia, the USA, Canada, Fiji, Japan and on cruise ships.

Wally has recorded three albums.

He has been writing on country music for fifteen years and also reporting to radio for fourteen years. He reported on the latest industry news weekly to Dave Prior’s Coast to Coast program for twelve years. This program was broadcast out of 2UE and at one stage was picked up by 30 stations around Australia. Also presented a program of country music once a fortnight on the ABC for a period of time and has been a regular guest on ABC, Coast FM, Hot FM Mildura, 4TTT in Townsville and 101.5 FM in Brisbane.

On the steering committee of the SA Council for Country Music. He then served as secretary and CEO over a ten-year period.  served on the Board for many years and wrote their newsletter – Prelude.

The minister for the Arts in SA appointed Wally to the steering committee and then the Board of Music House in Adelaide. The minister also appointed him to a selection group to administer the Cindy Shelton Memorial Camerata Scholarship, which the SA Government sponsored for four years.

An ARIA judge for five years and CMT for 1 year, also a Golden Guitar judge for ten years.

1999 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.

2005 - In January was asked to take over a country music program at Radio Adelaide. I

2008 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.

2001 - Was presented with the SACCM Industry Award for his efforts in helping to develop the industry in this state.