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Staff

  • Karen Lee

    General Manager

    Email: klee@rtrfm.com.au

    I joined the station as General Manager in 2019 after many years as an avid listener and faithful subscriber.

    I have a professional background in creative industries working in the private sector, for not-for-profits, and for state government, with experience across music touring and events; arts and community projects; organisational development; and business management. I like making sure things are done right, building community, and working with humans.

  • Will Backler

    Music & Program Director

    Email: wbackler@rtrfm.com.au

    I have been presenting at the station since late 2014 which greatly enhanced my pre-existing passion for sharing diverse new music I discover with anyone and everyone around me – taking up my role as Music Coordinator has pushed this obsession into hyper-drive!

    If I’m not in the RTRFM office or studio, you’ll probably find me working on my own music, recording and mixing bands, DJing all over the city or doing some “industry research” (aka enjoying myself at a gig).

    Will is the person to talk to if you want to show us your new music or come in for a chat.

  • Chris Wheeldon

    Chris Wheeldon

    Operations, Events & Volunteer Manager

    Email: cwheeldon@rtrfm.com.au

    Chris has been hanging around the halls of RTRFM for sometime. A once Office Volunteer, Chris is now the stations Operations and Volunteer Manager. He makes sure things get done while maintaining a sense of calm. When the pens run out, Chris is on it. When the studio stops working, Chris gives it a go and when Pete’s ego needs massaging Chris tells him to toughen up. Chris presents Homegrown on the station and is Jonny on the spot when someone doesn’t arrive for a show.

    Chris looks after all the Volunteers that come through the station, produces the Youth News Project. If you want to be involved in any of these drop him a line.

  • Danae Gibson

    Talks Producer

    Email: dgibson@rtrfm.com.au

    Danae takes care of The Mag and Artbeat. She loves a good game of footy and a political conversation.

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    Taylah Strano

    Breakfast Presenter/ Producer

    Email: tstrano@rtrfm.com.au

    Taylah is up at the crack of dawn, driving you to work or school or as you hit snooze just one more time, every weekday between 6 and 9am on Breakfast!

    Living off green tea and good yarns, she hosts a slew of regular segments with rotating guests in every morning.

    Taylah comes to the station as a longtime volunteer, having presented a number of shows across the station – most notably Wednesday Drivetime. She was also instrumental in creating our current Saturday Breakfast program, Get Up Morning.

    She’s also worked in news and current affair for West Coast Radio in Mandurah, and has also been a news reader at both 92.9, 94.5 and Curtin FM.

    Taylah started as a volunteer at RTRFM as both a presenter, news reader, news director and volunteer at the station’s numerous events.

  • Eddie Curtis

    Production Manager

    Email: production@rtrfm.com.au

    I joined the station as a presenter in 2013 and took over the role of production manager in early 2018.

    I’m a big synth nerd and outside of the station I spend my time DJing around town and producing my own music.

  • Liana Kelly

    Development Manager

    Email: lkelly@rtrfm.com.au

    I was lucky enough to join the RTR family in 2017 when I answered the call for a Development Manager with a keen interest in local music, arts and culture.

    The sheer volume of incredible talent that walks through these halls everyday is mind blowing – the presenters, producers, staff, volunteers, and artists, are all such passionate and hardworking people. Perth is very lucky indeed to have such a dedicated community station run and supported by some of the greatest people you will ever meet.

    Plus, Out to Lunch with Sandy on Friday is something to be treasured always! Legend

  • Sarah Tout

    Trainer

    Email: admin@rtrfm.com.au

    I’ve learnt so much volunteering at RTRFM that it’s my turn to pass it on. When i’m not hunting around for new music, or on the air myself, I’m running training sessions for would-be RTR presenters and people who want to learn more about radio, as well as skill sessions for our existing members to continue to develop and improve.

    I organise and deliver the training, along with some very fine help from RTRFM staff and volunteers.

    RTRFM is proud to work alongside organisations like the CMTO and YACWA to deliver workshops for our volunteers and the wider community. It’s a pretty great job!

  • Stan Fotinos

    Broadcast Technician

    Email: sfotinos@rtrfm.com.au

    Stan Fotinos has a passion for sound and making things work which is what made him get into radio broadcasting.

    He started work in commercial radio and landed on the doorstep of RTRFM some years ago. Stan’s job is to fix things when they go wrong, and loves nothing more than being called by presenters at 1am to change the studio light globe!