Three-times Golden WAMi nominee, two-times Media Award Individual winner, PDMA Outstanding Contribution nominee, an Editor of Drum Media Perth for six years, previous Murdoch University Broadcast Journalism lecturer, unit coordinator and tutor, qualified high school teacher, WAMi-nominated DJ, freelance writer, Cut & Paste presenter, radio announcer since 2000 and currently the Marketing & Communications Officer at WAM, Aarom Wilson is generally just way too obsessed with two things: communicating and music (preferably both, with a beer in hand).
How did you become involved?
I’d been on Murdoch Radio then Radio Fremantle for a few years, plus a few spots on triple j, but I’d really been passionate about RTRFM during those years. Awkward. One day I had a random conversation with Rok Riley – basically I think it involved me having too many beers and Rok being way too nice to not have a chat with the right people. Somehow from that hangover I ended up on Morning Magazine from 2003 for a couple of years til I took up Drivetime, then had a bit of a sabbatical and have been back in action since early 2012.
If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?
Firstly I’d take a bigger spaceship to pack more music in…or an iPod… But, if I have to restrict myself from lame attempts at smartass answers, let’s go with a cheater’s response… Home-made ‘best of’ compilations of Radiohead, David Bowie, Portishead, Dirty Three and Lou Reed.
What is the best thing about being involved with the station?
Being able to share great music and information to like-mind people – can’t get a better buzz than sharing the love!
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you in the RTRFM studio?
Harvey Rae and I once presented our Drivetime program without a single off-air argument about music.
If you could present a show that is not your own, which show would it be? Why?
Underground Solution because a) It’s just before Trainwreck so it would mean I’d get to TW early for a change b) They average having about 5 people in the studio so you’d never feel unpopular and c) Their show rules.
What do you do in real life?
Try to balance living as unrealistically as possible with reality.