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Graham Hawkes

Presenting: Plucked Strings

My lasting affair with the guitar began by discovering classical guitar, then I tried learning to play but it soon became clear that I should focus on collecting records and CDs, promoting a few concerts, serving as an office bearer in the Classic Guitar Society, maintaining a diary of guitar events on my web site , learning to build guitars and learning to present the Plucked Strings programme. The nut is a part of the guitar.

How did you become involved in the station?

Persistent persuasion by Naomi Millett, the long term presenter of the show which preceded Plucked Strings, The Guitar Show, led me to enrol in the 2007 RTRFM course for presenters.  But, in 1977 I remember buying an FM radio tuner so that we could listen to the first FM station broadcast by the University of WA, the predecessor of RTRFM 92.1.

From when this programme started so long ago, every Sunday evening in a quasi-religious way we listen/record the show.

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

  • Manuel de Falla – Rafaël Andia,
  • Los 70 de Gardel – Acompaña Juanjo Dominguez su conjunto
  • Juanjo Dominguez – Mis Tangos Preferidos
  • Four Elements – Melbourne Guitar Quartet
  • Tango Argentino Victor Vilandangos

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

It is a privilege and a pleasure to be a member among the volunteers who make this radio station possible and to work with the generous and talented people who run the office.  Basically it gives me a wonderful excuse to play lots of music. Although it seems to take a long time, there is enjoyment in dreaming up themes for a programme and selecting the tracks.  With experience I find growing satisfaction from sharing the music and news.

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

Straight after nervously introducing my first solo show, to receive phone calls from caring listeners to tell me I hadn’t turned up the microphone!

If you could present a show other than your own, which would it be and why?

Global Rhythym Pot because it would be a buzz to get to know music from so many different cultures.

What do you do in real life?

Once I had ‘real’ jobs but since 1994 I have made classical guitars. It’s more like a pre-occupation than a way to earn money.

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