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Richard Maganga


I was born in Huddersfield in the UK, grew up in Malawi and Botswana, moved to Perth, Australia, lived in Canada and then came back to Perth. So I have a really habit of not staying in one place. My interest in radio happened because my sister had been on the radio herself when I was a kid, and I was fascinated by the process.

How did you become involved?

Catpaz who does Global Rhythm told me all about how much she enjoyed it, and I thought, well why not? I was curious so I took the leap. I had been looking for a radio station that was less mainstream and really stood up for the lesser known artists and I loved that about RTRFM.

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

  • London Grammar – If You Wait
  • Tears for Fears – Shout: The Very Best of Tears for Fears
  • Massive Attack – Collected
  • Raury – Indigo Child
  • Young Fathers – Tape Two

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

My favourite thing about RTRFM is how much the station is there for artists looking for a voice, and just how supportive the station is. But I love the multiple genres that are represented. There really isn’t much like it out there.

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

I once got the flu and I was doing Up Late. And as the show went on my voice started to vanish on the air and it was completely gone by the end of the the show. You can hear me gradually going from normal to mouse.

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

Soulsides. RTRFM made me fall back in love with soul music. There’s just something about the energy of that music.

What do you do in real life?

I fix medical robots for a living. And yes they are sentient. By the way, Judgment Day is coming.