It’s the end of an era for Mt Lawley’s RTRFM radio station

RTRFM general manager Stu MacLeod with previous breakfast presenter Caitlin Nienaber celebrating the station's 40th anniversary in 2017. Mr MacLeod has just announced his move to the Fairbridge Festival and FolkWorld.
RTRFM general manager Stu MacLeod with previous breakfast presenter Caitlin Nienaber celebrating the station's 40th anniversary in 2017. Mr MacLeod has just announced his move to the Fairbridge Festival and FolkWorld.

RTRFM’s general manager Stu MacLeod has stood down to join the Fairbridge Festival.

Mr MacLeod has spent three years at the helm of the Mt Lawley-based community radio station and is a long-term fixture of the Perth music scene with his band Eskimo Joe.

The White Gum Valley resident will finish up on November 16 to become general manager of FolkWorld, the non-profit organisation behind Fairbridge.

“It’s bittersweet – I put a lot of my life into this place, and we’ve seen some real challenges which we’ve overcome with the help of an amazing team of dedicated people,” he said.

Mr MacLeod said RTRFM’s annual Radiothon fundraiser, which garners over a third of the community station’s operating income, had been one of his favourite moments.

“One of my proudest moments of Radiothon was shifting the message to come and join us, become one of the family,” he said.

“It became more of a time to come together and share stories, and that really resonated.”

Mr MacLeod said the future of RTRFM involved the station going into the community beyond its studio walls.

“We need to get young people interested in the radio again, we need to make it clear what community radio has to offer, it’s an unlimited source of knowledge and inspiration,” he said.

RTRFM chair Rewi Lyall acknowledged Mr McLeod’s hard work during his time at the station, including working on the station’s 40th anniversary celebrations last year.

“RTRFM has been fortunate that Stu has dedicated himself to working for the station that gave his band, indeed gives virtually all WA original bands, their first airplay,” he said.

“Fairbridge Festival, like RTRFM, is a treasured community organisation and we couldn’t be happier to see Stu take the leadership skills he has honed with us to leading the Festival to greater heights.”

RTRFM is now beginning the process of finding its next general manager, with further details and expressions of interest expected soon.

“It’s going to be someone who can multi-task and spin a lot of plates at once,” Mr MacLeod said.

“Whoever takes over must be dedicated and understand why we’re here.”