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Chris Wheeldon

I fell into the world of RTRFM back in the late nineties as a cardigan wearing grunge kid desperate to play some Ammonia on the radio. I did, and that was that. After completing a Communications degree and heading off around the world a few times, I found myself as an office volunteer at the station. Jokes with Peter Barr and Dave Cutbush got me a stint on Homegrown, then Drivetime, and now I work here in the office.

Outside the RTRFM world, although that is little. Chris enjoys hanging at bars, watching bands, riding his bike and pretending the world is ok.

How did you become involved?

Did a bit of work experience back in the old UWA days, then came back on board in 2005 for some volunteer work. Got myself a show, became entrenched and now I get paid to be there.

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

I set this question and I realise it is dumb. Today they would be:

  • Radiohead – In Rainbows
  • Portico Quartet – Portico Quartet
  • And You Will Know Us By The Trail of The Dead  – Source Tags and Codes
  • Blur – 13
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor – F#A#

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

We live in an increasingly mediocre world, where the stupid are applauded and mediocrity is the new brilliant. I love the fact that I am part of something that goes against that grain. The media world sets the narrative and RTRFM sets a narrative that challenges, teaches and engages our audience. Mainstream media is creating a nation and world of narcissistic morons, RTRFM and other community broadcasters are the bastions of hope amongst the shit.

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

Call me on a Monday morning… or borrow my phone over the weekend.

If you could present a show that is not your own, which show would it be? Why?

Most of them.. at the moment I would love to do a Golden Apples.

What do you do in real life?

I’m the Volunteer, Events & Operations Manager at RTRFM. I look after most things around the office, volunteers, members, website and lots of other things. If you want to volunteer, be trained, go for a studio tour, ask what Peter Barr is like in real life… drop me an email at cwheeldon@rtrfm.com.au.

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