State Govt on the dial with RTRFM funding


WA Premier Mark Mcgowan (front) with RTRFM board members and presenters James Hall and John Vojkovich, station general manager Stuart MacLeod and Mt Lawley MLA Simon Millman.
WA Premier Mark Mcgowan (front) with RTRFM board members and presenters James Hall and John Vojkovich, station general manager Stuart MacLeod and Mt Lawley MLA Simon Millman.

WA PREMIER Mark McGowan this week visited RTRFM staff and volunteers as part of a funding handover.

WA Labor budgeted $120,000 for the community radio station, which this year celebrates 40 years on the air, which it received this week.

Mr McGowan toured the station and chatted with staff about the future of community radio.

Station general manager Stuart MacLeod told Guardian Express in March RTR was hit hard by a “massive hike” in licensing fees.

“We have not relied on direct government support before because we never received any,” he said.

“It is difficult for us to get government funding because we are not technically an arts organisation, but we are undoubtedly one of the most loyal and dedicated supports of the arts.”

The local station took to the air in 1977 at UWA and moved to its current Beaufort Street location in 2005.

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