"The Guitar in Perth" and its successors


Link to RTRFM history page

1/4/1977 On April 1, 1977, a switch was flicked and so was born a radio station, Perth's first ever FM radio station.
THEREFORE this is the 40th Anniversary of the Station. This will be commemorated with an exhibition at the State Library of Western Australia in November 2017.

It also means Plucked Strings and its predecessors will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the first broadcast [6th April 1987].
Celebration on Sunday show of 2nd April
See 2017 entry below

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6UVS FM Broadcast from University of WA
Date Programme name Presenter(s) 6UVS FM Time Stories about this time
First broadcast 6/4/1987 The Guitar in Perth

Robin Thomson

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Studio at University of WA
Played music from my personal record collection and that of Stephan Bulmer's also. Broadcast interviews made with John Williams, Vladimir Mikulka and Carlos Barbosa-Lima from memory. May have been others. Left Perth in January to move to Denmark and founded the South Coast School of Guitar in 1989. That is when Stephan took over the show.
1988 The Guitar in Perth stephan.bulmer (18K)
Stephan Bulmer
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Studio at University of WA
1989 The Guitar in Perth Stephan Bulmer and Naomi Millettstephan.bulmer (18K)
Stephan Bulmer
Naomi Millet
Naomi Millett
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Naomi Millett commenced with uncertainty but went on to present the show for over 20 years - has to be a record. She has said, "When Stephan Bulmer decided to go back to England for a while - he selected me - I have no idea why - to be the takeover person. Not much training back then, comparatively - I had to learn on the job, and I was terrible - and terrified!"
1990 The Guitar Show Naomi Millett
Naomi Millet

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Late November 1990 a decision was made by the UWA Senate to close the station and the transmitter was turned off that same night. 6UVS remained off air for six months while negotiations took place between the University, the 6UVS volunteers and the Australian Broadcasting Authority (now the Australian Communications and Media Authority).
The ABA held a public hearing in Perth, which was the point at which it was legally determined that Universities Radio Ltd (a joint company of UWA and Murdoch) could become Arts Radio Ltd with the call sign RTRFM.
Naomi Millett was there.
? The Guitar Show Naomi Millet
Naomi Millett and
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Gavin Libotte of Urban Gypsies
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? The Guitar Show Naomi Millet
Naomi Millett and
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actor James Wearing-Smith
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1990 The Guitar Show Naomi Millet
Naomi Millett and
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Craig Lake
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We interviewed Craig Ogden early on when he went to Manchester.
Jan 2005 The Guitar Show Naomi Millet
Naomi Millett

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Studio move from Sanders Building at Univ. of WA to:-
1st Floor
642 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley
2006 Plucked Strings Naomi Millet
Naomi Millett and
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Neil Francis and
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Natalie Ong
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Natalie Ong and Neil Francis began broadcasting with Curtin Radio. When Naomi Millett decided that 20 years of presenting the show was probably enough she recruited Natalie and Neil. This was also the occasion to change the name of the show from The Guitar Show to Plucked Strings indicating a broader musical focus.
2007 Plucked Strings Natalie Ong, Neil Francis and
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Graham Hawkes
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In 2008, RTRFM received a grant from Lotterywest to upgrade all three studios. RTRFM now boasts one of the finest studio set ups of any radio station in Australia.
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Rebecca Burgess
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Programme brought forward to 6pm. Programmes for Sunday becoming music all day.
2015 Plucked Strings Natalie Ong, Graham Hawkes and
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Jason Marais
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2016 Plucked Strings Natalie Ong, Graham Hawkes, Jason Marais and
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Darryn Santana
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Plucked Strings
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From Plucked Strings broadcast of 2nd April 2017 Robin Thomson 2017
Robin Thomson
First presenter 1987



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Interview with first presenter in 1987, Robin Thomson to celebrate 30th anniversary of first broadcast
Call to Plucked Strings Listeners
We have a project to create a history of this wonderful radio programme.
This table is the information we have so far.
The show and its predecessors are among the longest running on this station which was also the first FM station in WA.
PLEASE get in touch with additions and/or corrections.
Email Graham Hawkes.


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