After a couple years bumming around between Perth, Melbourne and New York doing odd jobs — flipping burgers, pushing hospital beds, writing freelance, working for former RTRFM Music Director / Out to Lunch presenter Dave Cutbush at Life is Noise — I took a chance and applied for a job here at the station. A week and a half after a Skype interview I was on a plane back to Perth and found myself in this weird and wonderful world.
It changes all the time, but right now:
I know everyone says this, but it’s such an immense privilege to be surrounded by all the wonderfully talented people that frequent the station. From people like Stu MacLeod, Chris Wheeldon, Sarah Tout and Rhian Todhunter who work their absolute ass off to make sure the lights stay in, the signal goes out and the events run smoothly, to supremely talented broadcasters like Peter Barr, Caitlin Nienaber and Will Backler. The loveable, grumpy old men behind the scenes like Stan & Sardi are great fun despite their stoic demeanours.
And it’s always a thrill to be privy to the music selection of people with fingers on all kinds of pulses and zeitgeists — from Ronan Lane’s bizarro noise rock & doom jazz out of Eastern Europe, to Ross Chisholm’s infinite knowledge of local music history, to Andrew Ryan’s impeccable pick of contemporary indie rock or Sandy’s jarring, brilliant eclecticism. I feel so damn lucky.
Spending 40+ hours a week around RTRFM means I’m privy to a lot of odd happenings. It’s hard to pick one, but I can guarantee the vast majority of them involve Peter Barr.
Most of my music leans towards the atmospheric, so I love presenting the odd Posted. I’ve got a stack of local tunes that I reckon deserve more airplay so I’d love to take over Homegrown once in a while. I spent a bit of time in the US and found myself surrounded by some stellar punk rock & hardcore oddities which are well due a wider audience so Burn the Airwaves is an exciting prospect, and there’s always a stack of new music on the horizon so I love the opportunity to spend 3 hours burning through new tunes on Out to Lunch.
I hang out here at the station five days a week working as the Marketing Coordinator, updating this website, maintaining RTRFM’s social media profiles and telling people what’s going on at the station. I also do some publicity for local bands and a bit of freelance writing when I can.