Veteran Broadcaster Hosts Sunday Matinee

Sundays at 4pm is the time to take off your gardening gloves, put the kettle on and spend an hour immersed in the best of musical theatre from across the decades.

Veteran broadcaster Donald Saville-Cook has joined the Otago Access Radio team of volunteers as host of Musical Matinees For You, a programme of music from Broadway and West End productions, film, operas and operettas.

Mr Saville-Cook is no stranger to the mic, having spent 13 years at the helm of a nostalgia-themed music programme with Radio Dunedin. He once considered a professional career in singing and performed “most tenor parts” in Gilbert and Sullivan productions in the United Kingdom and New Zealand before interests in science and health took priority.

“I’m very interested in the study of the voice, and how voices are used in situations where words have to come over very clearly,” he said.

This was particularly important where lyrics were used to advance the plot of a stage production or musical film.

“People need to be aware of what’s going on. It’s not just a song, in many cases.”

Musical theatre and opera appealed because they addressed some of the “basic problems we all have in life”, he said. Having attended world-class Sadler’s Wells Theatre Company productions at Covent Garden and seen a New York State Opera performance of La Boheme, he considered himself a harsh critic but was impressed by the quality of the New Zealand productions he had seen.

“What we have lost in straying away from the traditional we have gained in terms of movement, bringing this music into the present day.”

Musical Matinees For You was a narrated programme of music, providing an opportunity for those who hadn’t previously seen or heard a production to discover elements of plot and character.

“It’s also simply an opportunity to enjoy beautiful voices making beautiful sounds.”

Musical Matinees For You airs every Sunday at 4pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available from www.oar.org.nz.

Indigenous Encounters

A student of Indigenous Studies at the University of Otago is using her research as the basis of a new programme on Otago Access Radio’s Connecting Cultures Zone.

Pia Kahn hosts Indigenous Encounters every second Tuesday evening at 7pm.

“I feel that indigenous people should have a voice in the mainstream,” Ms Kahn said.

“A lot of people don’t even know what indigenous means, so the radio show is a great way to educate the public about it and to give a voice to marginalised people. Also, it’s a way for me to research as part of my studies.”

Ms Kahn has a particular interest in indigenous groups of the Philippines. In investigating her own Tagalog heritage, she has the documented the impacts of colonisation on Tagalog language and customs.

“There are certain remote areas in the Philippines where Tagalog is still spoken in a way you don’t hear any more. So I’m concerned about certain words being lost in our culture because the national language is based on Tagalog but has loaned words from other languages.”

Moves to restore the lost arts and crafts of other indigenous cultures would also be explored on the radio show. Ms Kahn pointed to an initiative in Guam to revive construction of canoes and sailing vessels once used by ancient Chamorro settlers as an example worthy of coverage.

Two recent episodes featured interviews with Infinite Dakot-ta, an international artist who combines spoken word, hip-hop, indigenous chants, body movement and dance to convey a message of love, liberation, and the revival of indigenous cultures and values.

“I think there are certain cultural features in common with indigenous people,” Ms Kahn said.

“They are usually very connected to the areas they’re in, and the world view is nature-based and quite spiritual. Most have had to resist colonisation and commercial encroachments on their lives.

“Indigenous Encounters will explore some of the contemporary responses to that.”

Indigenous Encounters airs every second Tuesday at 7pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available fromwww.oar.org.nz.

Photo: World view: Pia Kahn hosts Indigenous Encounters on Otago Access Radio.

Back On Air with Fine Tunes

The love of new music has lured Dunedin man Alistair Addis back to the Otago Access Radio airwaves after a year-long break.

Alastair presents Fine Tune, a programme of World music, jazz, acoustic pop and rock, every Saturday evening. The former host of OAR FM’s An Aural Adventure has tweaked the formula, broadening the style of music covered and shifting to a two-hour format.

He said his time off from presenting a radio show had made him “lazy” in his search for new music.

“I really missed being on the radio, and I was finding that I wasn’t spending the time keeping up with fresh releases.

“I like to help as much as I can to get new music heard by other people.”

Alastair’s appreciation for World music had developed while he was living in Australia. Regular attendance at the WOMADelaide festival had opened his ears to the “amazing” production and “feel” of the work of many international artists.

A sunset performance by Tinariwen, the Grammy Award-winning group of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali, had been “sublime”, while Portuguese singer Maritza had dominated the stage with her take on traditional Fado music, he said.

A stint running a music store in Dunedin had been the fulfilment of a boyhood dream for Alistair and had furthered his interest in recordings by lesser-known artists. It had also kept him up to the play with developments on the Dunedin music scene, ensuring his radio shows included a sprinkling of local releases.

Listeners to Fine Tune could expect each edition to “start gently” and build steadily to a second hour that featured more rock-oriented or faster-paced tracks, he said.

Fine Tune airs Saturdays at 6pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available from www.oar.org.nz.

Photo: Keeping it fresh: Alistair Addis hosts music show Fine Tune on Otago Access Radio.

All Glammed Up For Friday Night Radio

Otago Access Radio’s Friday night line-up has a little added sparkle, courtesy of two committed music lovers.

Dr Glam and Demelza’s Inflammable Spandex Cafe is hosted by University of Otago music lecturer, performer and author Dr Ian Chapman, with partner in musical crime Demelza May. As the title suggests, the programme has fun and weirdness at heart.

Dr Chapman, who laid glitter-rock alter-ego Dr Glam to rest in 2014 only to resurrect him for last year’s Planet Earth Is Blue tribute to David Bowie at Sammy’s, said it felt right to lend the name to a radio show.

“Dr Glam is all about fun and this show is certainly that, so I thought I would align it to my most fun character. Thankfully, Demelza is on the same wavelength.”

Ms May agreed that the pair shared some common ground but said the show also contrasted their respective collections.

“Ian is all about the ‘70s. The time I was discovering going out and having lots of fun was the ‘80s, but I just like whatever can get me dancing and feeling good.”

On any given episode, listeners might expect to hear Dr Chapman introduce tracks from the likes of the Sweet, Slade, Bowie, Iggy Pop and the Ramones, while Ms May favoured Style Council, De La Soul, UK Squeeze, Talking Heads, Was (Not Was) and House of Pain.

A regular feature of the show was a “Local Gem” – a track by Dunedin-based musicians, some of whom were Dr Chapman’s students.

Dr Glam and Demelza’s Inflammable Spandex Cafe launches a diverse evening of music every Friday at 6pm. It is followed at 7pm by indie music show Blip In The System, at 8pm by The Vinyl Vault, at 9pm byThe Afro-Caribbean Show, and at 10pm by house and techno show The Strobe Room.

Dr Glam and Demelza’s Inflammable Spandex Cafe airs Friday at 6pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM, and live and podcast from www.oar.org.nz.

Photo: On fire: Demelza May and Dr Ian Chapman present Dr Glam and Demelza’s Inflammable Spandex Cafe on Otago Access Radio.

The Search Is On For Young Poets







Radio/Podcast Series to Profile 20 Dunedin Writers Aged 14-18 Years

Otago Access Radio’s Youth Zone in collaboration with Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature and Dunedin Public Libraries present an unmissable opportunity for young poets.

We’re looking for expressions of interest from 20 young poets to perform and record original works free of charge. Your poetry, your format, your style.

If you are between the ages of 14 – 18 and have a love of words, we want to hear from you. This is your chance to reach a broad local audience on 105.4FM and 1575AM, and podcast to the world from OAR FM’s website www.oar.org.nz.

Each 15 minute episode will include an interview with a young writer about their work and their interest in writing and performing poetry, and readings of their original poems. The recording sessions will take place over 20 weeks starting early February.

This is a unique opportunity as there are only 20 spaces available!

TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST please use our online form


Register Your Interest Here

Search On For Specialist Music Shows

Otago Access Radio is welcoming anyone with a love of music to share their enthusiasm with the station’s listeners.

Specialist music shows carried by the community access station range from folk and roots music to baroque opera and Swedish metal, providing for a range of tastes outside the mainstream. Volunteer broadcasters create programmes that reflect their own knowledge, interests and collections.

Station manager Lesley Paris said jazz and rock genres were well represented in OAR’s current schedule but the station was keen to broaden its base of specialist shows.

“Up until recently we had an excellent programme focusing on women writers and performers – it would be great to find a show that explored that further. And I feel sure that there are fans of blues and classical music who could create really entertaining and informative shows.

“You don’t have to be an expert. You just have to enjoy sharing the music you love, and put some time and energy into developing a great show.”

Douglas MacMillan, host of Celtic World (Sundays at 2pm), said his programme was designed to promote the dissemination of Celtic cultures through music “at times framed in a historical, linguistic, social or political context”.

“Whether through nature or nurture, Celtic music speaks to my soul, at once calling me to distant shores and, wherever I am, grounding me in a place that feels like home. I’m really grateful that Otago Access Radio is here to provide an opportunity for amateur broadcasters like myself to create programming.”

Rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll aficionado Warren Voight, host of 360 Degrees ’Round Wazrock (Saturdays at 3pm), said his passion was for uncovering the influences on well-known acts such as the Beatles.

“Over the last six years with my show, I’ve been enthusiastic to have free licence to express my take on the history of popular music, and to feature my favourite artists and songs.

“I’m looking forward to future series on glam-rock greats and Kiwi artists.”

Otago Access Radio broadcasts on 105.4FM and 1575AM, and online at www.oar.org.nz. If you would like to find out more about making your own radio show, please call the station on 471 6161 or email community@oar.org.nz.