Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 82: THE EMOTION SPECIAL! Special Guests: Psychologist Anne Pickering and Councillor Tanja Vasev. Presented by Lauren Salt.


What are emotions? How can we begin to understand and predict our own emotions? Why does it matter? Buckle up for an emotional roller coaster with The Emotion Special! Your host Lauren Jane Salt will be asking these questions and more in discussion with Special Guests, Psychologist Anne Pickering and Councillor Tanja Vasev.

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday October 25 - Friday October 26, 2018. For our show page on the RTR station, please go here: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ For the full episode with music uncut, go to our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-82-the-emotion-special-special-guests-anne-pickering-and-tanja-vasev/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 81: Special Guest Sam Winfield (Wines Of While). Presented by Ai-Ling Truong

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On this episode of Midnight Special On RTRFM, your host Ai-Ling Truong chats to Sam Winfield, owner and operator of Wines of While. Sam studied medicine and was a practising assistant medical surgeon for a number of years, and with very little hospitality experience but a big passion for and interest in natural wine. He decided to open up a little natural wine bar nine weeks ago that has become an overnight success. Listen to find out how this all came about.

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday October 18 - Friday October 19, 2018. For our show page, go here: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ For the full uncut episode with all of the music included, go to our Mixcloud page here: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-81-special-guest-sam-winfield-wine-of-whiles-presented-by-ai-ling-truong/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 80: Special Guest Chris Cobilis on scoring the film, 1%. Presented by Tristan Fidler.


For tonight's episode of the Midnight Special On RTRFM, we will be interviewing musician and artist Chris Cobilis about composing the score for the new Australian film, 1%, written by Matt Nable and directed by Stephen McCallum.

Chris Cobilis is known in the Perth music scene for many different things. A member of The Tigers and their rock off-shoot Sabre Tooth Tigers, Cobilis has also played drums in SMRTS and Zerodent, played extensively solo, and recently released an album that Funniest Home Videos into an experimental score played by Spektral Quartet and narrated by Kenneth Goldsmith. That album, This Is You, you can find on Chris Cobilis bandcamp.

1% is a new Australian film that focuses on a bikie gang, the Copperheads. While their leader, Knock (Matt Nable) has been in prison, Paddo (Ryan Corr) has kept the club active and earning. When Knock is released and resumes being President, various things conspire to force Paddo into a confrontation with Knock including Paddo's Lady Macbeth styled girlfriend played by Abbey Lee. 1% was released into Australian cinemas this week, and for the Midnight Special, as well as my own interest in movie soundtracks, we were fortunate to get the chance to talk to Chris about scoring a film as well as hear his own personal favourite movie scores that have inspired and influenced him.

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday October 11th - Friday October 12th, 2018. Show page on http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ Full episode with music intact available on the VHS Tracking Radio Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/TFid/vhs-tracking-radio-special-guest-chris-cobilis-1/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 78: MUSICIANS IN KITCHENS! Special Guest: Adam Trainer. Presented by Ai-Ling Truong.


On this episode of The Midnight Special, your host Ai-Ling debuts her new series ‘Musicians in Kitchens’ where she visits the home of a local musician and chats to them about food and music while they cook their favourite dish.

Her first guest is Adam Trainer.

Adam Trainer has been making music in Perth in various indie and experimental rock bands since the early to mid 2000s, including Radarmaker, Polaroid Ghost and The Ghost of 29 Megacycles. In 2010 he began a collaboration with Matt Rösner, which brought about the duo Gilded. In 2012, Adam began collaborating with former Radarmaker bandmate Warwick Hall and percussionist Michael Caratti under the name Original Past Life.

Adam Trainer is also a writer and researcher, and has contributed research to a Curtin University project investigating the history of popular music in Western Australia, as well as the development of a Western Australian new music archive at the State Library.

Adam was RTRFM's music director between 2010 and early 2014, and presents on Posted on Wednesday night’s from 7 to 9pm.

Adam cooks up his Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese and shares his cooking tips.

Ai-Ling and Adam discuss childhood memories growing up on the Kimberley and what he ate as a kid of the 80s. Adam talks about how he discovered music, playing music and forming bands as well as looking at what makes the Perth music scene unique and much more.

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday September 27th and Friday September 28th, 2018. For the full episode complete with music uncut, you can listen to our Mixcloud version of the episode here: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-78-musicians-in-kitchens-special-guest-adam-trainer-presented-by-ai-ling-truong/ Show page on RTR website here: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 76: THE KARAOKE SPECIAL! Special Guests: Consensual Connie and the House Of Bok!


Your host Tristan Fidler welcomes special guests Consensual Connie and Elijah and Nell from the House of BOK into the studio to discuss the special magic that is karaoke. In this episode, we discuss Karaoke Facts and Karaoke rules of engagement as well as the community spirit that is Groove Karaoke, and we also participate in on-air karaoke - over the phone lines with special guest singers Matt Roberts, Lana and Loren Kronemyer performing their favourite karaoke songs as well as some in-studio karaoke including a sensational rendition of 'Cruising' (in the style of Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow). A fun, chaotic, magical night of karaoke radio in podcast form!

Originally broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday September 13th - Friday September 14th 2018. Our show page on the RTRFM website is here: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ The full episode uncut complete with all the music played is available to stream on our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-76-the-karaoke-special-special-guests-consensual-connie-and-the-house-of-bok/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 75: THE CHOCOLATE SPECIAL! Special Guest: Sue Lewis. Presented by Ai-Ling Truong.



This episode is a real treat as your host Ai-Ling Truong chats with Sue Lewis Chocolatier about how she got into chocolate making, learn a lot of interesting things about chocolate and get an insight into DIY 3D printing made possible by Garry. Sue also shares her sandwich tales, celebrity name dropping, wack jobs, repeat rentals and steaming recommendations.

Originally broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday September 6th - Friday September 7th, 2018. Our show page on the station website is here: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ The full uncut episode with a playlist of chocolate-themed tunes is available on our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-75-the-chocolate-special-special-guest-sue-lewis-presented-by-ai-ling-truong/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 74: THE BALINGUP MEDIEVAL CARNIVAL SPECIAL! Presented by Lauren Salt


Good-Morrow to thee! Prithee join us as we taketh thee into depths of The Balingup Medieval carnival. Meet The bloodied Knights or an illusive wicked witch of Western Australia and Learn how to spin wool as the Vikings did. This special montage of interviews is presented by Lauren Salt. Images by Pubert Addams. Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday August 30th - Friday August 31st, 2018. Show page on the RTR website:  http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ Full episode complete with a medieval-themed playlist of music selected by Lauren Salt is available here: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-74-the-balingup-medieval-carnival-special-presented-by-lauren-salt/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 72: RADIOTHON 2018 SPECIAL!


Adventures - Music - MIDIs - Comedy - Sound Collages - Eulogies - Roasts - Yarns, and More!

It's a crowded studio spectacular with regular presenters Ai-Ling Truong, Emiko Watanabe, Lauren Salt and Ben Yaxley, as WELL as some very special guests --- musician Axel Carrington, improv comedian Gabrielle Beasley, MIDI theologian Tim Gates, and karaoke enthusiasts Nadina and Matt Aitken. Welcome to the RADIOTHON 2018 SPECIAL! Thank you to everyone who subscribed and donated during the broadcast. If you would like to subscribe/donate to RTRFM 92.1 and help them continue to air great radio, please go here: http://rtrfm.com.au/subscribe/ 

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday August 16th - Friday August 17th, 2018. Show page on the station website is here: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ Full uncut episode complete with songs intact is available on our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-72-radiothon-2018-special/


Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 70: THE SENSORY DEPRIVATION TANK SPECIAL! Presented by Erin Puccinelli!


In this episode of the Midnight Special, presenter Erin Puccinelli unlocks the weird and wonderful world of Sensory Deprivation Tanks, and why they have become so popular in recent times. She will interview those who swear by it and those with outlandish stories from their time in the tank.

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday August 2nd - Friday August 3rd, 2018. Show page on RTRFM website is here: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/  Full episode complete with flotation-themed tunes is available on our Mixcloud page here: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-70-the-sensory-deprivation-tank-special-presented-by-erin-puccinelli/

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Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 69: THE DREAM SPECIAL! Presented by Lauren Salt!


Step in to The DREAM SPECIAL with our presenter Lauren Jane Salt as she opens the door on why we dream, what’s happening when we dream, and whether it's important to understand our dreams. There to help us understand will be Neuroscientist and Dream Interpreter Jane Teresa Anderson along with a few interesting dream accounts and perspectives from the streets of Perth. Try to stay awake for this one !

This episode was broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday July 26 - Friday July 27, 2018. Our show page on RTRFM is here: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ The full episode with all of the dream-themed songs that Lauren picked included is available on our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-69-the-dream-special-presented-by-lauren-salt/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 68: Ben Yaxley, Erin Puccinelli, Tim Gates, Lauren Salt


Your host Ben Yaxley welcomes an all-star collection of Midnight Special presenters including Erin Puccinelli and Lauren Salt along with MIDI enthusiast Tim Gates to sit in the studio for a loose, fun, conversational jamboree. This episode features wild sound music from around the world, stories about magic, MIDI magic and science magic! It's a hoot!

If you want more MIDI-night Special, Ben Yaxley's podcast (with frequent co-host Tim Gates) is now all on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/midinightspecial

Broadcast on Thursday 19 July - Friday 20 July, 2018 on RTRFM 92.1. Our show webpage is: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ For the uncut episode with all of the music, visit our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-68-ben-yaxley-erin-puccinelli-tim-gates-lauren-salt/


Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 67: MAGNOLIA'S REVELATION SPECIAL (Live at Rhubarb Records Vinyl Cafe!). Presented by Tristan Fidler


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On this special episode of the Midnight Special On RTRFM, your host Tristan "T-Fid" Fidler broadcasts the live recording of Magnolia's Revelation Special 2018 - the sixth live talk show under the Magnolia's name for the annual Perth film festival - which was performed and recorded this year at Rhubarb Records - Vinyl Cafe and featured special guests from Revelation Film Festival including:

- film critic Travis Johnson (from FilmInk)
- artist/director Greg Ferris
- director Nicole Wegner (Parallel Planes)
- producer Brooke Tia Silcox (RocKabul)
- director Robert Clem (How They Got Over)
- director Daniel Stine (Virginia Minnesota: The Movie)

Co-hosted by Tristan Fidler and Matt Aitken with help from Amber Fresh (Rabbit Island). Special thanks to Suzie and Lauren from Revelation, Dylan and Karen from Rhubarb Records Vinyl Cafe, and all our excellent guests for participating! Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday July 12th - Friday July 13th, 2018. Full episode with music uncut is available on Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-67-magnolias-revelation-special-2018-live-at-rhubarb-records-vinyl-cafe/  Show page on RTRFM: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ 

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Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 66: Ai-Ling Truong, Hadleigh Troy (Amuse restaurant)


On this Episode of The Midnight Special, your host Ai-Ling chats to chef Hadleigh Troy who with his wife Caroline owned and ran Western Australia’s best restaurant for a decade - Amuse - a fine dining, degustation, destination restaurant that had its final service last year. Now they have a new more casual eatery with Hampton and Maley. We are going to get into the past, present and future, and find out about how Hadleigh got into cooking, and his experiences and learning as a chef. 

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 Thursday July 5th - Friday July 6th, 2018. Show page on station website:  http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/

Full episode with music uncut is available on Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-66-ai-ling-truong-hadleigh-troy-amuse-restaurant/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 62: Mont Lloyd, Tom Joyner and Kam Bin Salleh (ICEA Foundation)


New host Mont Lloyd presents two hours of music and chat with wonderful guests Tom Joyner and Kam Bin Salleh from ICEA Foundation, a non-for-profit, youth-focused organisation. Mont talks to Tom and Kam about the overarching purpose of ICEA - to achieve reconciliation through mutual respect for all Australians - and how it can work on the level of local communities, how it might be faced on social media, what young people bring to the table at ICEA, and how listening is so important to moving forward. A great, positive conversation!

For further information on ICEA Foundation, visit their website: http://www.iceafoundation.com.au/

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday June 7th - Friday June 8th, 2018. For the full uncut episode complete with all of the songs Mont played, you can listen on our Midnight Special RTRFM Mixcloud account here: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-62-mont-lloyd-tom-joyner-and-kam-bin-salleh-icea-foundation/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 61: THE POSTAL SPECIAL! Presented by Lauren Salt!

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Presented by Lauren Salt

In today's climate we are more and more accustomed to getting what we want - when we want it!

But who are the individuals running around at all hours on foot, on bicycles and driving in trucks delivering to you?

In this Postal Special of the Midnight Special, we're taking a walk through the streets to hear perspectives from the posties and couriers of Perth.

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on May 31st - June 1st, 2018. Midnight Special page on RTRFM: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ 

For the uncut episode with Lauren Salt's excellent playlist of postal themed tunes, listen to our Mixcloud version of the episode here: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-61-the-postal-special-presented-by-lauren-salt/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 60: THE SANDWICH SPECIAL! Special Guests: Duncan Wright and Albert Pritchard!

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Special Guests: Duncan Wright (Studio Hovea) and Albert Pritchard (New Nausea)

This episode is decided to THE SANDWICH.

Hosted by Ai-Ling Truong and Tristan Fidler, featuring Special Guests Duncan Wright and Albert Pritchard discussing enthusiastically the art of the sandwich as well as all the suggestions received for classic sandwich recipes. There is also an interview with Moreno from The Re Store Leederville about the Continental Roll, classic Sandwich Tales from previous guests, childhood Tuck Shop Tales and songs about sandwiches. Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday May 24th - Friday May 25th. Full episode with songs uncut available on the Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-60-the-sandwich-special-special-guests-albert-pritchard-and-duncan-wright/ 

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 59: Ben Yaxley, Matt Aitken, Magnolias Youth Radio, MIDInight Special Ep 3

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In this episode hosted by Ben Yaxley, the Midnight Special gets a visit from the Holiday Rambler himself, Matt Aitken, who helps organise the one-of-a-kind youth radio program, Magnolias Youth Radio. We play some of our favourite moments from the most recent shows at Disrupted Festival (2017) and last weekend's Scribblers Festival. Boisterous storytelling, interviews and music from youth aged 10-17 that you probably won't hear anything like again.

Then at 12.30 it's time for the MIDI Night Special, where Ben and Tim do some of their WAAPA homework, review the Brass Monkey's latest Fringe show 'Monkey Magic', and address the lack of music in No Country for Old Men. Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday July 17 - Friday July 18, 2018. Show page on station website: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ Full episode UNCUT with music available on our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/midnight-special-rtrfm-episode-59-ben-yaxley-matt-aitken-magnolias-youth-radio-midinight-special/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 58: WORST AND WEIRDEST COVER SONGS! Special Guests: Gabrielle Beasley and James Palm!


This very fun episode is devoted to the topic, 'The Worst (and The Weirdest) Cover Songs Of All Time', which is a celebration, discussion and enthusiastic debate about what cover versions of classic songs count as the worst and the weirdest. In the studio are very special guests to help judge all the suggestions we received: comedians James Palm (stand up and cast member of Monkey Collective) and Gabrielle Beasley (improviser and from Only The Human). Surprise LIVE ukele performance of Drake's 'Hotline Bling' by "Britney Spears" and "Bob Dylan"! Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday May 10th - Friday May 11th, 2018. Full uncut episode with all of the music is available on our Midnight Special RTRFM Mixcloud account: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/midnight-special-rtrfm-episode-58-the-worst-and-weirdest-cover-songs/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Bonus Episode: Video Store Special Bonus Features


Bonus Features from our Video Store Special which includes ten people discussing their experience working in video stores. In this Bonus Episode of out-takes, we hear answers to the questions "What were the most popular or most stolen titles?" and "What other video stores did you go to?"

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode #56: THE VIDEO STORE SPECIAL!

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Please join your host Tristan Fidler for THE VIDEO STORE SPECIAL, which will be an insight, an audio documentary if you will, into working in video stores, a once thriving now dwindling industry that had such a massive impact on a generation's viewing habits. We will hear stories about what the high and lows were of such a job, the consequences of video recommendations, best and worst customer interactions, and much more! Features interviews with:

  • Kirsten Robb
  • Jonathon Miller
  • David Vincent Smith
  • Libby Noble
  • James Beck
  • Yvette Coyne
  • Seychelle
  • Nathan 
  • John Lekias
  • Jeremy Holmes

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday April 26th - Friday April 27th, 2018. Show link on the station website: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/