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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!!

  • 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 Camp)
  • Truck off Sider hand loading and unloading Besser Blocks
  •  Auto Electrician Apprentice!
  • Storeman at Wilsons Music Marrickville
    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 Nickless

  •  Assistant Race 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 Hawksbury.
  •  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 Capacity.  

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


  • On 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. 
  • Donnie has survived 3 major car crashes. Each vehicle was written off totally.
  • Donnie works tirelessly for charities and has done so for 3 decades.
  • Donnie loves Australian poetry.
  • Donnie has been a guest on many TV shows including Bert Newton's Show and 60 minutes.
  • Donnie 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 has won:

  • A celebrity donkey race  
  • a celebrity demolition derby  
  • a celebrity camel race (beating Fatty Vautin and Terry Hill)