Wally SPARROW (2008)
Wally Sparrow has been a
tireless worker for country music in
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
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
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
On the steering committee of
the SA Council for Country Music. He then served as secretary
and CEO over a ten-year period.
on the Board for many years and wrote their newsletter –
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.
In January was asked to take over a country music program at
Radio Adelaide. I
2008 – Inducted into the Hands
2001 - Was presented with the
SACCM Industry Award for his efforts in helping to develop the
industry in this state.