At the moment, Meri is co-ordinator and sometime presenter of Drastic on Plastic, RTRFM’s women in music program, but loves interviewing as she’s always curious about the whys and wherefores of life, current affairs and big ideas. Winner of the Best Radio category of the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Awards in 2006, and a finalist in the same category in 2007, Meri Fatin has been mooching around community radio stations in Perth and Sydney since 1999.
How did you become involved?
I did a bit of community radio stuff in Sydney, training at 2RRR and then practising at Bondi FM for many hours a week. I arrived at RTRFM in 2000 with that impressive CV and was lucky enough to get a gig. I’ve improved my skills since then.
If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?
OH NO. There’s a real life project in Holland to get people on Mars by 2020. The drawback IS that you can’t come back!
So, I’d take Leftfield’s “Leftism”, Gil Scott Heron and Jamie XX “We’re new Here”. Brian Jonestown Massacre “Who Killed Sgt Pepper”, Jacques Loussier –“Play Bach Aux Champs-Élysées ( 1965)” and a great recording of JS Bach Violin concertos/ Double Violin concertos. I was raised on a diet of Bach – with the Moog synthesizer feeding my eventual love of doof.
What is the best thing about being involved with the station?
It’s the vibe.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you in the RTRFM studio?
I wish I could link you to my interview with John Barich of the Australian Family Association, but next time you see Peter Barr, feel free to ask him about it. ;)
If you could present a show that is not your own, which show would it be? Why?
Its no secret that I love electronica and dance music, so if I were much more hip, smart and creative I would be a guest DJ/producer on Full Frequency and you would be mesmerized by my beats.
What do you do in real life?
Like a true radio nerd, I work in radio (at the ABC) as well as play at radio at RTR and when I’m not making radio I’m usually reading about making radio or dreaming up my next radio idea.