Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Clearo's Fringe Binge Day 5

By Daniel Cleary

Perth’s premier festival of freaky fun is underway with our town awash with all sorts of creative souls.

It’s Fringeworld and Daniel Cleary’s binging on about it with Graeme Watson on Breakfast.

Describing the semantics of burlesque with The Birdcage and be careful what you wish for with Alan Sharp.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Clearo's Fringe Binge Day 4

By Daniel Cleary

Perth’s premier festival of freaky fun is underway with our town awash with all sorts of creative souls.

It’s Fringeworld and Daniel Cleary’s binging on about it with Peter Barr on Breakfast.

Daniel Cleary explains the title behind Lords of Luxury and gets deep and meaningful with solo drag cabaret act, Le Gateau Chocolat.

“We’re all born naked, the rest is drag” – RuPaul

Friday, 11 January 2013

Science is the Future

By Sarah Motherwell

In the science fiction comedy Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly travels forward in time to 2015 – a time with hoverboards, fusion cars and powerlacing shoes.

Two years out from Marty’s destination and we are no closer to having any of this technology, but it has been the creative minds of science fiction writer’s that has inspired many scientific developments.

Today we may not have phasers or sonic screwdrivers or replicants - but we’re getting there, and you can find out how close we are at SciTech’s latest exhibit Science Fiction, Science Future.

Our in-house geek and youth news reporter SARAH MOTHERWELL transported to SciTech and explored the exhibit with SciTech exhibit experience coordinator Rachel Hughes…

Thursday, 20 December 2012


By Andy Snelling

At any given time there around 6000 homeless young people in the Perth Metropolitan area alone. Finding them a roof is one challenge; making sure they’re around to sleep under it is another.

Bonnie Davies is the coordinator of the Homeless Youth Suicide Prevention Project at the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia.

Part of the state-wide OneLife strategy, the project aims to better understand and prevent suicide among young homeless people in WA.

Andy Snelling spoke to Bonnie about the program.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Big Help Mob

By Jude Rezcek

Everybody needs some help sometimes but there are those that need it more then others. 

Big Help Mob are here to help. They are social enterprise that head out and help those who need it. 

They are helping Perth one mission at a time, from planting ten thousand trees,  cleaning someones house or helping clean up cultural events. 

They are not for profit organisations who are real life super heroes. Youth Reporter Jude Rezcek caught up with the Mobs Ben O'Neill.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Pinball Wizard

By Daniel Cleary

The stakes are high – with the largest pinball national championship ever to be in Australia.

The winners of the State Finals will be flown to Sydney, airfare and accommodation paid, to compete in the National Grand Final.

The winner wins a brand new AC/DC Pinball Machine, Indeed a “Pinball Tsunami”, is capturing a new generation of players and bringing pinball into the spotlight of general public.

We sent Youth Reporter Daniel Cleary to the WA State Finals.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The Best of the Best

By Jess Allen

This morning we’re celebrating the lives of young people who have done great things.

Finalists in the Western Australia’s Australian of the Year Awards have been announced – they include community welfare leaders, meningococcal campaigners, a social change leader, a children’s champion, writer and a women’s advocate.

- and from them a young West Australian. Akram Azimi is a Afghan refugee and has lived in Australia for 13 years. He is currently studying a triple major at UWA as well as mentoring young indigenous youth. 

Jess Allen caught up with him as him nomination was announced. 

Austin The Great

By Jess Allen

Some people lead extraordinary lives and too many of them are cut way too short.

Many musicians shine brightly and burn out fast, leaving behind strong bodies of work and a lasting legacy.

We’ve lost one such prodigy.

22 year old Jazz Pianist and Composer Austin Peralta left this mortal coil last week and we remember him with one of RTRFM’s most knowledgeable music enthusiasts, Chris Wright.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Save The Pelican

By Jess Allen

Editorial independence is a sacred power in the media, one that many people have fought their entire lives to defend.

Well this fight has been brought to the University of Western Australia – a group of people are trying to stop the UWA guild from changing the editor selection process for the student publication Pelican.

On Tuesday the guild will vote on a motion to change the normal staff-based process to select Pelican editor and instead give a guild council sub-committee the power to appoint their own candidate.

One of the people behind the movement to oppose this change is former Pelican editor Patrick Malborough.


By Sarah Motherwell

Have you ever seen in the description of someone’s Twitter feed the disclaimer “Views are my own”? Or perhaps your Facebook friends have posted a disclaimer to prevent public use of their page’s content.

 “You are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, whinging or taking any other action against me with regard to this profile and the terrible trolling within, including, but not limited to my insults and/or the comments made about your cats…”

Has been appearing on a number of feeds over the last few days... but is it real. 

Youth News Reporter Sarah Motherwell spoke with University of Western Australia Communications Associate Professor Tauel Harper to find out whether this is all legal mumbo jumbo or an actual way of safeguarding yourself online.

Graduate With Style

By Daniel Cleary

Is bigger better?

Well the graduates from UWA have taken their Communications & Media Studies Showcase Screening - and supersized it.

Collecting several films from the past few years and putting it up on the big screen at the Astor Theatre.

Guests have been invited to spend the night watching short movies that have been produced, directed, filmed and edited by the students.

Youth Reporter Daniel Cleary caught up with student organizer Lauren Bourke and asked her where the idea to supersize the final screening for the graduates came from.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

The Never Ending Gaza Conflict

By Sarah Motherwell

The conflict in the Gaza Strip has again made headlines as the territory is on the brink of a full-blown war.

Reasons behind the recent spate of attacks from both sides date back centuries and have biblical origins, yet modern day consequences.

Youth News Reporter Sarah Motherwell did a bit of reading and has compiled a “guide to the conflict in Gaza” to help us understand why and what’s going on.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Award Winning

By The Youth News Team

At the 2012 Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) Annual Conference, The RTRFM Youth  News Project won a nationally recognised award, Best New Talks Program.

This is due to the hard work and dedication of all those involved in the program. Fourty young Journalist have been involved in the project, producing, presenting and recording their stories in their voice.

This is a small snippet of some of their work.

Wheres' Your Beard?

By Daniel Cleary

Some people have them, some people don't and some people want them but just can't. 

There is a beard revolution going on. Well it's being going on forever but one Adelaide based band is making it their mission to spread the beard love. 

Youth Reporter Daniel Cleary caught up with The Beards to get the whiskery gossip. 


by Sarah Motherwell

What were you doing when you were 15-years-old? I was ... and I'm guessing a lot of teenagers that age are like that too.

But for one 15-year-old, life’s about getting up on stage each week to make an audience laugh and preparing for a comedy tour in Melbourne.

Ciaran Lyons is Perth's youngest professional stand-up comedian and after being in the industry for only a year he’s performed at every major comedy venue in Perth and won the 2012 Rottofest Comedy Compeition, as well as the "Artist's Choice Award" at the Wild West Comedy Fest.

Youth Reporter Sarah Motherwell spoke to him about his art.