Ra­dio chief changes fre­quency

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

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

The White Gum Val­ley res­i­dent has spent three years at the helm of the Mt Law­ley-based com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion and is a longterm fix­ture of the Perth mu­sic scene with his band Eskimo Joe.

He will fin­ish up on Novem­ber 16 to be­come gen­eral man­ager of FolkWorld, the not-for-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 raises more than 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.

“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 chair­man Rewi Lyall ac­knowl­edged Mr MacLeod’s hard work dur­ing

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