POSITION: Music Director, Perth (WA)

Danny Chifley, 6th July 2021
Here's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a tastemaker and support local artists at ‘The Sound Alternative’, RTRFM 92.1.
  • Join a fun, dynamic and flexible environment where no two days are the same.
  • Be part of a community organisation that expands the horizons of listeners, performers and members alike.
  • Work at an iconic, independent and always-evolving WA radio station.

RTRFM are looking for a new Music Director to help define the ‘sound’ of ‘The Sound Alternative’. The successful applicant will be responsible for the addition of new music to our library, as well as championing local artists and releases, and guiding volunteer presenters as they seek to program their shows.

This is a part-time position (30 hours or 4 days a week). However, there is capacity for it to become a full-time role based on the successful applicant's interest and ability to contribute to Programming duties, which can be discussed with the General Manager during the interview process.

RTRFM is an independent community-owned media company presenting a diverse range of music and talks programs with a heavy emphasis on supporting Western Australian cultural creativity. The company has a strong focus on local arts and music, and offers an alternative to mainstream media organisations. RTRFM have 50 different programs focusing on different issues and music styles. With its heritage stemming from Perth’s first FM radio station, 6UWA, RTRFM has been a crucial part of Australia’s media landscape for more than 40 years.

All applicants must address the selection criteria, available below, in a one-page cover letter, when also submitting their resume. 

They must also provide the following  - applications that do not include the following will not be considered:

  • Pitch a theoretical ‘Sound Selection’ of 10 tracks not previously featured (comprised of new music at the time of your application);
  • Pitch five prospective RTRFM Feature Albums (new releases).

For further information on the above means, please refer to the Programming section of the RTRFM FAQs.

Primary Purpose: 

The Music Director at RTRFM is responsible for sourcing music across all genres for the station, keeping all presenters informed about what is happening within the local/national/international music scenes, and coordinating local music interviews and studio performances. They are responsible for the quality and diversity of RTRFM’s specialist & peak music collectives.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Liaise with record distribution companies, management and artists to ensure RTRFM is receiving the latest music across all genres relevant to RTRFM programming; develop relationships to keep RTRFM top of mind for releases.
  • Ensure 25% local content and a further 10% Australian content is aired on RTRFM, and 100 hours of local & Australian content for use and distribution by RTRFM per year.
  • Liaise and support Breakfast & Talks team in coordination of music-based interviews and live-performances on Breakfast and other shows as required.
  • Coordinate transfer of relevant new music into the physical music library and the digital music database, and ensure digital music listings are up to date.
  • Work with volunteers to ensure digital music database and listings are up to date.
  • Make weekly music recommendations to all Peak music programs (Breakfast – Drivetime) and overnight specialist music programs.
  • Select and coordinate all feature albums and The Sound Selection across the station, including giveaways.
  • Support the music programming of RTRFM’s morning talks program and other talks programs as required.
  • Report to the General Manager with any member issues that occur either on-air or off-air.
  • Ensure security, integrity and confidentiality of data.
  • Participate in administrative tasks shared by all RTRFM staff (answering phones, welcoming guests, processing at POS).
Selection Criteria:


  • Vast awareness and appreciation of all kinds of music, with an ability to articulate and recognise music and artists that ‘fit’ RTRFM’s sound.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills; ability to meet deadlines in fast-paced working environment.
  • Excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Google Suite.
  • Ability to work in a team and independently.


  • Extensive knowledge of community radio, and in particular RTRFM.
  • Experience working in a volunteer or community organisation, managing a team or related activities.

Applications are to be emailed as Word or PDF documents to manager@rtrfm.com.au or submitted via Seek.

RTRFM are hoping to fill this role by 27 July 2021. As such, interviews will be held concurrently with this job ad running. We recommend sending in applications ASAP, ideally by 16 July 2021.


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