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Damian Smith

Presenting: Rockin’ The Roots

I’ve bounced around WA a fair bit over the past few years, chasing work, so I haven’t been on air as much as I used to be.
But I’m happy to report that Geraldton and Bunbury are both lovely places to live – although I much prefer driving to the studio from the latter than the former.

Either way, I’ll always find time for RTR. It’s worth it. (I’m not sure my car would agree, but what would a car know anyway? It doesn’t even have opposable thumbs.)

How did you become involved?

I loved the station’s sound and its ethos, so I started volunteering around the office. I had just started a radio course at university when a friend asked me to fill in on Rockin’ the Roots. And that was that. It became home.

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

  •  Gomez – Liquid Skin
  • Quantic and His Combo Barbaro – Tradition in Transition
  • Bonobo – Black Sands
  • Fourplay String Quartet – Now to the Future
  • Jamie Lidell – Jim

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

 The chance to meet so many people from so many different walks of life – both fellow presenters, and listeners – with equally impressive but wildly varying talents. And to do my little bit to support brilliant but largely ignored music.

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

 Having Puppetry of the Penis drop their trousers and ‘perform’ in front of me and a hastily enlisted live audience (read: office staff). Utter pandemonium. I’m not sure it worked for radio – but it was damn good fun.

 If you could present a show that is not your own, which show would it be? Why?

 Morning Magazine, because I miss it and I wish I could still do it; and Sunday Morning Coming Down, because if I made it there, I could make it anywhere. Plus it would mean finally mastering the art of rising early at the weekend.

 What do you do in real life?

 I report the news for a commercial TV network. A job that foolishly rewards my love of puns and finicky grammar.

 

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