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Broadcast areaPerth, Western Australia,
Frequency92.1 MHz FM
FormatCommunity radio
OwnerCommunity radio
WebsiteRTRFM official website

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RTRFM (call sign: 6RTR) is a not-for-profit, community radio station based in Perth, the state capital of Western Australia. It is self-funded, largely through listener subscription and fund-raising events; however, it does carry some "advertising material" (called sponsorship with all community broadcasters in Australia) at a maximum of 5 mins per hour. It broadcasts 24 hours a day, on 92.1 in the FM band. The name RTRFM is a contraction of "aRTy Radio".

An estimated 103,000 listeners over the age of 15 regularly listen to RTRFM (approximately 8% of the 15+ population). The programming on RTRFM is diverse and broad, providing air time for local music, dance music, jazz, electronica, blues, classic rock, metal, indie, GLBTIQ news, current affairs and more.


The station that became RTRFM started off at the University of Western Australia. It was started on 1 April 1977, broadcasting with the callsign 6UWA. Shortly afterwards, Murdoch University got involved and the station's callsign was changed to 6UVS.

In November 1990, the UWA Senate decided to close down the radio station and transmission was terminated that night. 6UVS was off air for six months while negotiations between the University, volunteers at the station and the Australian Broadcasting Authority were carried out. A public hearing was held and it was determined that Universities Radio Ltd. (a joint company of UWA and Murdoch University) could become Arts Radio Ltd. with the callsign of 6RTR. The station remained based at UWA. Murdoch remained involved through the program Murdoch Magazine (later to become Morning Magazine and now The Mag).

In 2005, RTRFM moved from its old home in the Sanders Building at the University of Western Australia to its own premises on Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley, which is where it is located today. In 2017, RTRFM celebrated its fortieth anniversary with an exhibition at the State Library, a birthday celebration Neon Picnic, a donor drive and a concert at the Perth Concert Hall in November.


RTRFM has a diverse range of programs. Programming consists of 50 different programs which cover a host of issues and music genres including indie rock, indigenous music and current affairs, music of the 1960s and 70s, experimental music, punk and hardcore, dance and electronic music, chill wave and many more.

Daily programs include Breakfast with Taylah (hosted by Taylah Strano)[1], Out to Lunch, Full Frequency and Drivetime. The Sunday Morning Coming Down program has a weekly feature album which is given away on the shows to subscribers. A local independent feature album and RTRFM feature album are also chosen to feature across all relevant RTRFM programming.


RTRFM has many flagship annual events including In the Pines, the Fremantle Winter Music Festival, Radiothon and Seriously Sound System.[2]

In the Pines[edit]

RTRFM’s In the Pines event is hosted annually at the University of Western Australia's Somerville Auitorium, and celebrates local music talent from a variety of different genres.

2011 line-up[edit]

Abbe May, Atolah, The Brow Horn Orchestra, The Devil Rides Out, Fall Electric, The Growl, Hootenanny, Mental Powers, Red Jezebel, The Scotch of Saint James, Seams, The Silent World, Simone & Girlfunkle, 6s & 7s, Sons of Rico, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Timothy Nelson & the Infidels, Umpire, Usurper of Modern Medicine and Wolves At the Door.

Fremantle Winter Music Festival[edit]

RTRFM established the Fremantle Winter Music Festival in 2007, which has since been held annually in multiple venues throughout Fremantle. The event showcases both well-known and up-and-coming bands from Fremantle and Perth.

2007 line-up[edit]

Fly By Night (Main Stage): The Autumn Isles, Capital City, The Kill Devil Hills, Mink Mussel Creek, The Preytells, Red Jezebel. Fly By Night (Transit Lounge): Andrew Ewing, Josh Fontaine, Felicity Groom, Andrew Ryan, Jeff Strong. The Norfolk Basement: Black and Blue, Bourgoise Bogan DJs, Deep City, Paul Gamblin, DJ Greg Packer, Pocket Disco, Bens Taaffe.[3]

2008 line-up[edit]

Fly By Night (Main Stage): The Bloods, Day of the Dead, Eleventh He Reaches London, Schvendes, Sugar Army. Fly By Night (Transit Lounge): Eduardo Cossio, Craig Hallsworth, Brendon Humphries, Seven Weapons. The Norfolk Basement: DTM, Graceberg, Micah, Rok Riley, Sardi, Ben Taaffe.[4]

2009 line-up[edit]

The Railway Hotel: Adam Said Galore, Apricot Rail, Gosia Basinska, Hayley Beth, Felicity Groom and the Black Black Smoke, Harlequin League, Benedict Moleta, Steve Parkin, Scotch of St James, Stereoflower, Andrew Weir. Mojos: Diger Rokwell, Massiv Trav, Shock One, Sibilance, Ylem. Beer Garden: Claude Mono, Lorraine Clifford, Paul Gamblin, Graceberg, Mama Cass, Jade Nobbs.[5]

2010 line-up[edit]

The Railway Hotel: Blackmilk, Boom! Bap! Pow!, Davey Craddock, The Joe Kings, Umpire. Mojos: Camry, Claude Mono, Nick Elliott, Paul Gamblin, Graceburg, Microgroove, Minaxi May, Jade Nobbs, Pex, Rok Riley, Simba, Taku, Underground Solution, Wrighteous. The Swan Basement: Brash & Sassy, Carl Fox, Massiv Trav, Micah, The Transients.[6]

2011 line-up[edit]

The Railway Hotel: The Chemist, Injured Ninja, Little Ships, The Morning Night, San Cisco. Mojos: Bastian's Happy Flight, Craig Hollywood, Philly Blunt, Rekab, Sam Perry, Sun City. Beer Garden: Calvinist Paul, Claude Mono, Adam Fox, Mama Cass, Wrighteous. The Swan Basement: Charlie Bucket, General Justice, Nic K, Odette Mercy and Her Soul Atomics, Sneaky Weasel Gang, Special Brew. Swan Lounge: Justin Walshe Folk Machine, Lucy Peach, Selk and the Bone Singers, Stoney Joe, Grace Woodroofe.[7]

2015 line-up[edit]

The 2015 Fremantle Winter Music Festival line-up will be revealed on RTRFM's Breakfast with Caitlin program on Monday, 25 May 2015.


RTRFM's major fundraiser is known as Radiothon. The event is hosted over a ten-day period in August and encourages listeners to subscribe to the station. Radiothon is kicked off each year with an Opening Party event (and in some years, also features a Closing Party event).

2005 line-up[edit]

Amdlist Bar: Schvendes, The Volcanics, One Horse Town, The Silents, The Wednesday, SOCIETY, DJ Anita Walker, Peter Barr, Sarah Tout, Dave Cutbush, Special Brew, Ragga Beats, The Funk Club, House Band, Mechanism, The Sambanistas, Microgrove, Claude Mono, Loko Ren, Drummie, Sime T, Nathan J, Aporosa, Francesco, Dan Stinton, Ben Taaffe, Dr. Gonzo, Travis, and Thermal Echo.

2009 line-up[edit]

The Leederville Hotel: Randa & The Soul Kingdom, Diggy Bones & The Tokens of Love, Funk Club House Band, DJ Charlie Bucket, MC Diggy Bones, Boom Bap Pow, Day of the Dead, Johnny Nandez Hammond Explosion, Jumpin Josh, Rockin Rhys, Greg Packer, Assembly Line, DTM, The Brothers Elliot, Special Lucas, Eleventh He Reaches London, Schvendes, The Preytells, Blackmilk, City Watch, SMRTS, Nat Carson, Chris Cobilis, Sean Pollard, Andrew Ewing, Lil Leonie Lion Heart & Amber Fres, Jamie McDonald, Sarah Tout, Gemma Pike, and Shannon Fox.

2010 line-up[edit]

Rosemount Hotel: Fall Electric, Hayley Beth, Adem K, Ghostdrums, James Teague, Harlequalleague, The Tigers, Will Stoker & The Embers, Young Revelry, Wolvs at the Door, Gemma Pike, Sarah Tout, Jack Midalia, and Sarah Delfante.

2011 line-up[edit]

Rosemount Hotel: Emperors, The Leap Year, SMRTS, The Autumn Isles, Hang On St Christopher, Minute 36, Goodnight Tiger, Gulls, Louis Inglis, and Steven Weapons.

2012 line-up[edit]

The Bakery: Umpire, The Long Lost Brothers, The Chemist, Simon and Girlfunkle, Husband, and DJ Chris Wheeldon. The Bird: Cow Parade Cow, Diger Rokwell, Kucka, Kit Pop, and Leure. Ya Yas: The Novacaines, The Morning Night, The Spitfires, The Painkillers, Rainy Day Women, and DJ Shannon Fox. PICA Bar: Rok Riley, Ben Taaffe, Craig Hollywood, Mama Cass, Andrew Sinclair, Nick Ridiculous, and Wrighteous.

2013 line-up[edit]

The Bakery: Emperors, Sugar Army, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Race to your Face, Puck, Gulls + T-Fid. Ya Yas: Runner, Dianas, Shimmergloom, Starcleaner, Methyl Ethel. PICA Bar: Mezzanine, The Disappointed, Red Engine Caves, Pat Chow. The Bird: Naik, Savoir, Cosmo Gets, Mathas. The Beat: HW Sims, Jo Lettenmaier, Devo vs. PDS, Micah, Stu V vs. Nelli.

2014 line-up[edit]

The Bakery: The Weapon is Sound, Kucka, Rainy Day Women, Davey Craddock & The Spectacles, Savoir, DJ Tristan Fidler, and DJ Matt Acorn. Ya Yas: HAMJAM, Dream Rimmy, Loners, and Hideous Sun Demon/ The Bird: Coin Banks, Empty, Marksman Lloyd, and Kid Tsunami. Flyrite: Cloud Waves DJs, Sable, Slumberjack, and Lower Spectrum.

Seriously Sound System[edit]

Seriously Sound System is a former dance music and has been hosted at Hyde Park from 2008 until 2011, and at the Perth Cultural Centre Urban Orchard in 2012 and 2013.

2008 line-up[edit]

Rok Riley, Deruki, Declan & Gonzo, Signal Drivers, James & Matty P, Sardi & Muller, Earthlink Sound, Micah and Ben Mac, Charlie Bucket, Fdel, Special Brew, The Roast, Zarm, The Crux, Sunshine Brothers, and Sir Apple.

2009 line-up[edit]

Rex Monsoon, Mama Cass, Declan vs. Gonzo, Sardi, Diger Rockwell Micah vs. Ben Mac, DTM vs. Rok Riley, The Transients, Mathas, The Brown Horn Orchestra, Naik, Askari Afrobeat Orchestra, and The Typhoons.

2010 line-up[edit]

Mace Francis Orchestra, Stoop Fresh, Assembly Line, The Empressions, Zeke vs. Kit Pop. Rooster Police, Chri15m, Micah vs. Ben Mac, Shockone, Rok Riley vs. Ben M, Massiv Trav, Ben Taaffe, Nic Elliot, and El Ritmo DJs.

2011 line-up[edit]

Greg Packer, MC Assassin, Lo-Key Fu vs. Cosmo Gets, The Empty Cup, Taku vs. Scenic, Zarm vs. Diger Rockwell, Ylem vs. Yarhb, Canyons, The Bootleg Brothers, Sardi vs. Ben M, Devo vs. Vishnu, Tizer vs. Bok Choy, Arn One, and Haxorwang vs. Special

2012 line-up[edit]

Randa & The Soul Kingdom, The Brown Horn Orchestra, Pimps of Sound, Shy Panther, The Amani Consort, Lilt, Savoir, The Isolites, The Bosons, Mmmhmmm, Zeke, Rok Riley, Micah, Declan vs. Gonzo, Craig Hollywood, Aaron Wilson, General Justice vs. Simba, Calvinist Paul, Drastic Soul Sistas, and El Rimto DJs.

2013 line-up[edit]

Community Sound System, BOYS BOYS BOYS!, Boom! Bap! Pow!, Bastian's Happy Flight, Kucka, Omega is the Alpha, District, The Likes of You, Habitat, I.C.S.S.C, Deadweight!, Untitled Sound Alliance, Artificial Intelligence DJs, and Oliver Lang.


  1. "Popular Perth brekkie hosts lands Sydney gig". The West Australian. 2018-07-26. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  2. RTFM | Events, rtrfm.com.au. Retrieved on 23 December 2011.
  3. RTRFM's Fremantle Winter Music Festival, 2007, rtrfm.com.au. Retrieved on 31 May 2011.
  4. RTRFM's Fremantle Winter Music Festival, 2008, rtrfm.com.au. Retrieved on 31 May 2011.
  5. RTRFM's Fremantle Winter Music Festival, 2009, rtrfm.com.au. Retrieved on 31 May 2011.
  6. RTRFM's Fremantle Winter Music Festival, 2010, rtrfm.com.au. Retrieved on 31 May 2011.
  7. RTRFM's Fremantle Winter Music Festival, 2011, rtrfm.com.au. Retrieved on 31 May 2011.

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