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Donnie Sutherland (O.A.M)
hosted the longest running hosted music show on Australian
television - "Sounds". This show ran for more on-air hours than
all other similar shows including Bandstand and Countdown.
His proudest achievement was being
an Australia Day Ambassador for 17 years all over Australia.
Those duties were unfortunately ended in 2014 when he lost his
voice box to throat cancer, but as he says "Hey but I'm still
alive and loving it!!
FOR TRIVIA BUFFS:
- Donnies 2 shows on telly
Sounds and After Dark combined, Aired for a total of 986
hours of Australian Television, and not one Umm or Arr? was
ever uttered! Of the 986 hours, 674 hours were Live!! Could
this be a Record.
- Since leaving school he has
worked as an Apprentice Jockey
- A Storeman(Holsworthy Army
- Truck off Sider hand loading
and unloading Besser Blocks
- Auto Electrician
- Storeman at Wilsons Music
A Chook catcher for Inghams (3 nights only)
A Soft Drink Delivery Driver, TV Delivery Rentals Driver,
Truck Driver for Red Express
Truck Driver for Mayne
Caller at Liverpool Speedway
- Disc Jockey for Johns and
Charlies in Kings Cross
Lead Singer for 2 bands The
Thunder Birds and The Titans Co Host with Dal Myles on the
Sydney Segment of Happening 71 for Channel 10.
- As a Competitor He won a
Celebrity Demolition Derby
- (Stock Cars) at
- He won a Camel Race and
a Donkey Race.
In the early 70's Donnie became only
the third person to begin a radio career "on air" in Sydney -
without spending the regulatory three to five years in country
radio! During this time with Radio 2UW he also worked as a
columnist for one of the original music magazines, Go Set.
He spent time as a disc jockey with 4BK in Brisbane, with 2GB
and 2UE in Sydney and, in 1982, was guest host on BBC Radio,
London. In the late 70's Donnie was voted Best Music Show Host
on numerous occasions and in 1984 a "Sounds" show recorded on
Great Keppel Island earned Don and his Sounds team a bronze at
that year's New York Film and Video Awards in the Best Music
Show in the World Category. During the 1970's and 1980's Donnie
also worked as a journalist with regular columns in the Sun
Herald, TV Soap and Video Hits Following the record run on
Channel 7, his next TV appearances were as Executive Producer
and Host of a weekly 24 hours of entertainment on Sky Channel.
Donnie also worked as an On Course Presenter at major
Cups Carnivals around Australia for Sky Channel sharing the
duties with Graham McNiece. He spent 2 years at Sky Channel.
Donnie has worked in radio at 2KY. The radio station with the
TAB launched a travelling road show concept that attracts full
houses where ever it operates. Donnie hosts a special afternoon
for the punters of all ages and sexes, giving them competitions
and stacks of prizes, adding interest to their visit to a Club
TAB, Pub TAB or suburban TAB!
These road shows also
featured Donnie broadcasting live throughout his visits and they
proved tremendously successful. In December 1997 Donnie released
his first book on Australian
Horse Racing "Donnie
Sutherland's Horse Racing" which sold extremely well. While
Donnie continued to work for radio station 2KY, at the start of
1999 Donnie linked up with the RG Capitol radio network to do a
6 hour once a week syndicated programme. "Donnie's Sounds of the
70's and 80's" doubled its audience after only 6 months and was
heard Sunday night on 13 different stations across 4 states of
Australia or all that year ! In 1997, Donnie began as an
Australia Day Ambassador to Camden, And on Australia day each
year he visits different regional areas in N.S.W in this
Donnie has over the last two decades
become an International Singer Songwriter. A song he co-wrote
with "TITANS" band member Bobby Sheehan in 1964 is these days
Featured on albums in the USA and UK. The song "NO CHEATIN" was
recorded in a Hurstville Studio owned by "AUSSIE BYRNE". On the
same day the BEE GEES recorded "SPICKS N SPECKS" in an a joining
studio. "NO CHEATIN" can be found on DEVILS CHILDREN VOL 1 HOPES
AND DREAMS AND TOMBSTONES PRETTY UGLY No3 BEFORE BIRDMEN FLEW
Reviews have described it as Classic 60's Punk
leaving school his first career was as an apprentice jockey. After 4 years
increasing weight forced Donnie out of the racing.
- Donnie has
starred in many television
commercials, including the Norman Ross, Wonderland, and Joyce Mayne .
He is also owns the voice on radio for the last 11 years for Erina Retravision
Erina on the Central Coast. The store is now known as "World Wide
Appliances" In 1995 the Erina Retravision store became
the Retravision store (there are over 600 of them) with the biggest sales
in NSW, due in no small way to Donnie's highly recognisable voice and style.
has survived 3 major car crashes. Each vehicle was written off totally.
works tirelessly for charities and has done so for 3 decades.
loves Australian poetry.
has been a guest on many TV shows including Bert Newton's Show and 60 minutes.
recorded a song in the mid 70's that was produced by Jackie Trent and Toni
Hatch who also wrote the song, produced it and sang backing vocals. The
song was called "Dancing Man"
Over the years Donnie
A celebrity donkey race
a celebrity demolition derby
- a celebrity camel race (beating
Fatty Vautin and Terry Hill)