RTRFM looking for 1000 local radio lovers

Taylah Strano (Breakfast presenter) and volunteer Warwick Montgomery. It's Radio Love Month at RTRFM - they're calling on supporters and listeners to donate through May and show their love for the local station. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d493049
Taylah Strano (Breakfast presenter) and volunteer Warwick Montgomery. It's Radio Love Month at RTRFM - they're calling on supporters and listeners to donate through May and show their love for the local station. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d493049

MT LAWLEY-based RTRFM is calling on listeners to share their love for local radio this month.

The station is asking for 1000 donations in May of any size.

General manager Karen Lee said as a not-for-profit it was easy to get stuck in a “poverty mindset” and spend time focusing on what they were short on.

“I wanted us to find ways to talk instead about what we’re rich in – in our case, that’s participation, support and love,” she said.

“We have a community of around 300 volunteer presenters who put loads of love and effort into making their shows and who really love the music and ideas they’re exploring.

“It seemed a good time to remind all our people, and our listeners, that there is lots of love flowing around the station.”

Ms Lee said over a quarter of a million people listened to RTRFM live via FM and digital channels each month, and since taking over the reins she had loved hearing stories of how the station was “interwoven with people’s lives”.

Taylah Strano (Breakfast presenter) and volunteer Warwick Montgomery.It’s Radio Love Month at RTRFM – they’re calling on supporters and listeners to donate through May and show their love for the local station. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d493049

“The Friday presenter of the Full Frequency show, Rok Riley, talked on air recently about how hearing hip hop on the station for the first time when she moved to Perth from the country was a moment of revelation and shaped her creative life, and she played a clip from an old show which contained a shout out to a listener called Andrew,” she said.

“He promptly rang the studio because he’d heard it and said ‘that was me’.

“I couldn’t believe he was still listening to the same show, 20 years on.

“So many people I talk to have stories about how what they heard on RTRFM affected their lives for the better.”

To find out more about RTRFM’s Radio Love Month, visit rtrfm.com.au.

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