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Ben Yaxley

Ben Yaxley

Presenting: Rockin’ The Roots

Enjoyer of folk, jokes, a good yarn, outsider music, bad art, koalas, telling fibs, drawing, writing and discovering weird, surprising music.

How did you become involved in the station?

At eighteen years old I started volunteering at the station once a week, which I think was one of the best decisions I ever made. Jumped when I got the opportunity to take the presenter course. Couldn’t even sleep for a few nights, being real excited bout all the dope songs I could play.

If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?

  • Billy Bragg and Wilco – Mermaid Avenue
  • Silver Jews – The Natural Bridge / Bright Flight (superglue albums together)
  • Microphones – The Glow Pt. 2
  • Scharpling and Wurster – Best of the Best Show
  • Yo La Tengo – I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One

What is the best thing about being involved with the station?

I like the driving around at 4am in the morning. The lights and sky are pretty.

What is the strangest thing that has happened to you at RTRFM?

The Snooze Button presenter after me was nursing a baby bird at the time because its dad had abandoned it and its mum was got by poachers. It was all nestled in a tiny small box with a big heat lamp over it, right down at mic-left. It was cool because every time she got halfway through her sentence the bird would chirp real loud causing the mic intense feedback and she’d have to lean over and say “hush, baby bird” and start her sentence again. I guess some might say this was bad radio, but I would say it was good radio and if I were to really speak my mind, I would say it was beaut radio.

What do you do in real life?

Make zines, comics, websites and animated short films. Try to be fulfilled.

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