Hits the jackpot

RTRFM chair James Hall, Mt Lawley MP Simon Millman, station acting GM Chris Wheeldon, treasurer Catherine Pazvakavambwa, and Lotterywest’s grantsman Antony Feldhusen.

A COUPLE of Covid-19 grants have helped Beaufort Street radio station RTRFM fill the gap of cancelled fundraising events.

The pandemic’s impact on the economy meant RTR was facing down what could’ve been a tough Radiothon, its annual August subscription drive.

The station’s biggest fundraising event, In the Pines, was cancelled in April, along with the Many Styles dance party in Highgate and the Fremantle Music Winter Festival. 

RTR’s two Covid-19 grants through Lotterywest total 

$272,256 to keep the mics on. 

Acting general manager Chris Wheeldon said in a statement: “RTRFM was facing some incredibly difficult decisions as our normal sources were dramatically affected by Covid-19.

“This support from Lotterywest provides a measure of certainty to the station over the next few months.

“It means we can go into Radiothon – our crucial annual subscription drive – without panicking. 

“More importantly, we can be confident in supporting our local artists, musicians and performers as we all emerge from the shadow of the pandemic.”

Mt Lawley Labor MP Simon Millman presented the grant and says he’s a grateful RTRFM subscriber.

“The contribution the station makes to amplifying local stories and artists is priceless,” he says. 

Radiothon 2020, “There’s No Stopping Us,” runs August 14 to 23, peaking with a Northbridge takeover for the Radiothon Party on August 15 spread across Ezra Pound, the Bird and the Rechabite. 

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