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Andrew Powell


Father of two, singer-songwriter in and around the Perth area for 20 years  – currently fronting country rock band the Jayco Brothers, was front man in 90s band Bucket. An avid collector of records and music biographies. I was always the music nazi at parties so I guess programming a music show on the radio was always on the cards!

 How did you become involved in the station?

I’ve been involved with RTR FM on and off for over 20 years, can remember my earliest stints on air with folks like Mark Genge doing Live at the Cornflakes, playing In The Pines when it first started. Eventually I started coming in to ‘guest program’ shows like Big Star and Woodstock Rock. I think I might be the only person who has been on both Woodstock Rock and Siamese Dream!

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

Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco, #1 Record by Big Star, London Calling by the Clash, LA Turnaround by Bert Jansch

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

Well apart from being able to help a great station like RTR provide a service to the community, the fact that I am able to play songs on the air that might not have been played before, or perhaps turn a listener onto an artist they might not have come across before – I know growing up it was listening to RTR FM that helped me form the music that I love today!

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

Well the strangest thing that has happened to me on the air wasn’t as a presenter but as a performer. I went in early one morning with a member of my band to perform a song on Barr’s show … anyways, I was singing and he was playing guitar. We were halfway through a song and he just got up and left both Barr and I sitting there  – that was a pretty strange moment!

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

I’d love to still get an occasional guernsey on  Woodstock rock, any chance I can get to dig out some Laurel Canyon Folk! Also, I’d really love to do Sunday Morning Coming Down. And I wish Big Star was still around!

What do you do in real life?

I’ve spent almost my entire working life working for a resource company in logistics