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Justin ‘Jazzy B’ Beal


How did you become involved in the station?

I’ve been listening since the station was called 6UVS and was based at UWA. I’ve been an on-and-off subscriber (when $ allowed) and a long time listener. Back in the mid-’90s I did a radio show at Curtin FM (then 927AM, based at Curtin Uni) and recently found myself wanting to get back into sharing my enjoyment of music. I contacted RTR, got some training with them and here I am.

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

Like most presenters might say – no fair, I’m not sure how to choose these! Can I update them later if anything changes? How about I just take a radio receiver that can pick up RTRFM?

OK, I’ll have a go.

  • Something by INXS. Either The Swing or Listen Like Thieves (better yet, the INXS compilation tape that my folks once acquired from someone who’d been to Bali that had selections from all their early albums up to and including The Swing).
  • Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime: The Best Of
  • Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights
  • Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
  • Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works, Vol. II

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

Listening to the various presenters and shows, being exposed to new musics I like, being able to turn RTR on at most hours of the day and really dig the tunes. Hearing/meeting the other presenters and feeling part of a caring, groovy club.

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

One morning in the wee hours I was driving in to the studio to present the Snooze Button program and was listening to RTRFM. A song came on that sounded rather dark and had some maleficent-sounding whispering in it too. It was so off-putting scary that I changed station to listen to some AM talkback. Once I got to the station I headed upstairs to the studios and went to stick my head in and say hello to whoever was presenting. There was nobody in the first studio… and nobody in the second! The station was on auto-pilot (which is turned on by a presenter when they finish a show and the next presenter is a no-show). I was alone in the station at 4am and it was running by itself and it seemed a rather devilish ghost in the machine that had freaked me with its track choices.

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

Underground Solution – I love the tracks the dudes play on that show, selecting beats for a Saturday night, being the soundtrack to punters getting ready for, and heading off on, a night out.

Golden Apples or Ambient Zone – for folky, mind-expanding, ambient, spacious and thoughtful selections

The Mag – to discuss current affairs and raise awareness about various topics across art, music, environment and living in Perth.

What do you do in real life?

I’m a landscaper with an Honours degree in Anthropology. I dream about paid writing and radio gigs, working at a magazine or radio station (or both) as well as doing outdoor research and conservation projects. I like pottering in the garden and keeping houseplants and thinking about what tracks to play on my next show.