My lasting affair with the guitar began by discovering classical guitar, then I tried learning to play but it soon became clear that I should focus on collecting records and CDs, promoting a few concerts, serving as an office bearer in the Classic Guitar Society, maintaining a diary of guitar events on my web site , learning to build guitars and learning to present the Plucked Strings programme. The nut is a part of the guitar.
Persistent persuasion by Naomi Millett, the long term presenter of the show which preceded Plucked Strings, The Guitar Show, led me to enrol in the 2007 RTRFM course for presenters. But, in 1977 I remember buying an FM radio tuner so that we could listen to the first FM station broadcast by the University of WA, the predecessor of RTRFM 92.1.
From when this programme started so long ago, every Sunday evening in a quasi-religious way we listen/record the show.
It is a privilege and a pleasure to be a member among the volunteers who make this radio station possible and to work with the generous and talented people who run the office. Basically it gives me a wonderful excuse to play lots of music. Although it seems to take a long time, there is enjoyment in dreaming up themes for a programme and selecting the tracks. With experience I find growing satisfaction from sharing the music and news.
Straight after nervously introducing my first solo show, to receive phone calls from caring listeners to tell me I hadn’t turned up the microphone!
Global Rhythym Pot because it would be a buzz to get to know music from so many different cultures.
Once I had ‘real’ jobs but since 1994 I have made classical guitars. It’s more like a pre-occupation than a way to earn money.
3rd December 2018
Special guest Cameron Somodji joins RTRFM’s Graham Hawkes on Plunked strings about his graduation performance at […]
23rd July 2018
PLUCKED STRINGS with Kalamunda Senior High School Guitar Quartet; Annalise Stevens, Quinn Armenti, Phornchita Sullivan and Saskia Blake […]
31st March 2017
For many years, Plucked Strings on RTRFM has provided the perfect soundtrack to the end of […]