First-time Broadcasters in Safe Hands

They say there’s a first time for everything and for many of Otago Access Radio’s 180 volunteer broadcasters, their first training session is a novel experience that comes with a few nerves.

Those collywobbles soon settle when they realise that the station’s studio engineer Geoff Barkman knows exactly how to ease a novice radio host into the role.

It also helps that trainee broadcasters initially practise off-air, says Geoff.

“It’s kind of like being in a flight simulator. You can operate the console as if it were a live broadcast but it isn’t going to crash if you hit the wrong button.”

Geoff has been training people from a wide ranges of backgrounds, ages and abilities in all aspects of the station’s studio functions for the past nine years and has enjoyed watching the transformation each person goes through.

“Most people get the hang of things after a couple of sessions and then it’s just a matter of practising until the mechanics of the desk become second nature. After that, they can relax and really enjoy themselves.”

Station staff work with any group or individual wishing to create their own show, providing expertise and support and encouraging each programme to become self-sufficient. While most Otago Access Radio broadcasters are trained in announcing and microphone techniques alongside operating the broadcast console, others focus on production aspects only.

Dunedin Multi-Ethnic Council vice-president Lina Lastra, who is currently in training to present a Spanish-language programme, says Geoff’s patience and calm demeanour have enabled her to relax.

“For me, it’s a massive boost to my confidence because I have never done this before and never dreamed to do it. Now that I’m given the chance, it’s a fantastic opportunity.

“I’m very passionate about sharing my culture, so this is like a dream come true.”

Photo: Practice makes perfect: Otago Access Radio studio engineer Geoff Barkman trains volunteer broadcaster Lina Lastra in the operation of the station’s studio console.

Radio Show Navigates Social Media ‘Minefield’

To tweet or not to tweet, that is the question. Or perhaps one of many questions, for those who find the world of social media mystifying.

Help is at hand, with Otago Access Radio show Social Media Savvydelivering a practical, plain-language guide for small-business owners and individuals on making the most of websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or participate in social networking.

Programme host Darryl Baser said social media could be a minefield for the uninitiated.

“Security is often a concern for people, particularly around keeping children safe in their use of the Internet.

“And making good decisions about promoting businesses, products and events can be tricky. I try to steer people clear of sponsored posts, as many social media users know it’s just another advert.”

The radio show complement Darryl’s role as owner-operator of Baser Social Media.

“I’ve loved radio since my days as a volunteer with student radio in the early nineties, and working recently for RNZ reignited my love of the airwaves.

“Being on Otago Access Radio helps validate my business. It also adds another dimension to what Baser Social Media can provide, as I can invite clients to be guests on the show to talk about their services and their experiences of using social media to their advantage.”

Darryl supplements his programme with music, primarily from New Zealand artists. Earlier this year, he released an album of his own compositions, titled Raw Selfie.

“Being a member of the Dunedin music fraternity, I’m a passionate fan of many of the bands that continue to spring up from these fertile soils.”

Social Media Savvy airs Fridays at 2pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM, and live and podcast from www.oar.org.nz and iTunes.

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Art Auction 2016

Otago Access Radio’s Art Auction
Wednesday 23rd March, 6pm

Community Gallery, 20 Princes Street
70-plus works on display from Saturday 19 March 2016
Gallery Hours 10am – 5pm

 

Art-lovers will be spoilt for choice when Otago Access Radio and the Otago Community Broadcasters Society auction more than 70 works by local artists at the Dunedin Community Gallery on Wednesday 23 March at 6pm.

An exhibition of all works will open on Saturday 19 March. Gallery hours 10am-5pm from 19 March – 23 March.

The auction is a fundraiser for Youth Zone radio programmes made by, for and about young people aged 8-22 years.

Contributing artists include Ewan McDougall, Jeffrey Harris, Heather Dunckley, Janet de Wagt, James Robinson, Manu Berry, David Corbalis and many other established practitioners.

Their works will be complemented by pieces from emerging artists, including four from Studio 2 and the Margaret Freeman Gallery, where disabled people are supported to create, exhibit and sell artworks.

All are welcome and book bids will accepted. An exhibition of all works will open on Saturday 19 March at 10am.

Oil Free Otago Takes To Airwaves

Oil Free Otago Radio – Wednesdays, 1pm

Local climate justice group Oil Free Otago has taken to the airwaves in an effort to inform the public about the impacts of ongoing deep sea oil exploration off our coast.

Oil Free Otago Radio, which airs on Otago Access Radio on Wednesdays at 1pm, is hosted by Rosemary Penwarden, who has been a spokesperson for the group since joining in 2011.

Ms Penwarden said Oil Free Otago was concerned about the lack of public information about oil exploration activity currently taking place, and about “misinformation and PR spin” that was creating confusion about what oil companies, Government and the Dunedin City Council had in store for the region.

“There are a lot of promises of prosperity and jobs, which, when you look closely, are very dubious,” she said.

“The other side of that is we have the skills, the people and the know-how right here in Dunedin to be a leading light in renewable energy and sustainability.”

Seismic surveying was of most immediate concern to the group.

“Right now, off our coast there are two very large, very powerful 3D seismic vessels ploughing through our ocean and sending 260 decibel explosions down into the seabed. It’s very scary, and we don’t know what damage they are doing to our sea creatures.

“We do know that we’ve got a very special part of the world here that is worth protecting. That’s a very big motivation.”

The radio show would feature interviews with experts in climate change science, including former University of Otago Energy Studies director Assoc Prof Bob Lloyd, as well as representatives of other local groups working towards a low-carbon future.

Oil Free Otago also hoped to introduce members of Seniors Climate Action Network (SCAN) to younger people keen to carry the torch on climate change issues.

“SCAN are very interested in passing on practical skills that will help us all adapt to the changes that are coming,” said Ms Penwarden.

“I’d love to bring some young people in and get them to tell the older ones what they need.”

A Voice for the Disabled

Noteable Radio – Every second Tuesday, 1pm

The voice of the Dunedin disability community just got a little louder, with a new radio programme providing a platform for discussion of issues affecting disabled people.

Otago Access Radio show Noteable Radio is presented on behalf of Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) by the organisation’s regional kaituitui/community networker Chris Ford, with assistance from DPA Dunedin president Phyllis McPherson.

Mr Ford had returned to access radio after a long absence, having previously hosted a disabilities-focused programme with the station when it was known as Hills AM. He was looking forward to raising DPA’s profile through the new show.

“I’m glad to say that DPA is the voice of disabled people, both locally and nationally, though some people in the disability community don’t know who we are and what we can do for them,” he said.

DPA’s achievements included a successful drive for New Zealand to lead negotiations on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and playing a role in the development of the New Zealand Disability Strategy, launched by the Government in 2001.

At a local level, DPA had established positive working relationships with the Dunedin City Council, Otago Regional Council, Southern District Health Board and business community, Mr Ford said.

He had recently completed DPA’s submission to the DCC’s long term plan, supporting retention of Dunedin’s physio pool and the Taieri Community Facilities Trust’s bid for part-funding of a new aquatic complex, as well as offering feedback on the city’s new cycleways.

“We also want to acknowledge the council’s role in re-establishing the Disabilities Issues Advisory Group, which we pushed for alongside other organisations such as CCS.”

Doing “Good Work” For Community

A little chaos is not a bad thing but a sense of community is vital, according to Dunedin broadcaster Marvin Hubbard.
 
The host of Otago Access Radio show Community or Chaos says individual choice makes for a vibrant society.
 
“I think you need a little chaos because life isn’t predetermined, and it shouldn’t be. But without community, existence becomes very, very difficult.”
 
Mr Hubbard had been a broadcaster for nearly 25 years, having been attracted to making a public access radio show by the opportunity it provided to debate the first Gulf War. Having emigrated from the United States “because of American foreign policy”, his motivation was initially to promote equality and democracy through one-on-one interviews with studio guests.
 
“I still believe in those things, and in keeping hope alive, but more recently issues around climate change and sustainability have come more into focus for me.”
 
Dunedin City Councillor Jinty MacTavish had impressed Mr Hubbard through several interviews, for “a breadth of wisdom and caring that is rare in anybody but particularly in an active politician” but it had been a New Zealand doctor working with international medical humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres whom he remembered most fondly.
 
“Her concern for people and her goodness really shone through. She is one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met,” he said.
 
Topics had not been limited to programme staples. Recent shows had included conversations with University of Canterbury professor David Wiltshire, who is exploring the frontiers of theoretical physics and “the meaning of the universe”.
Mr Hubbard’s long-term contribution to community access broadcasting was recognised in 2011 when he was made a life member of the Otago Community Broadcasters Society.
“I think access broadcasting is great for democracy,” he said.
 
“It’s really important people are informed, locally as well as nationally and internationally. That’s why I do it. You’re doing good work.”

 

Community or Chaos airs Tuesdays at 11am on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM, and live and podcast from www.oar.org.nz and iTunes

“Global Kids NZ” Tops Air Awards

Two of Otago Access Radio’s younger broadcasters were the big winners at Otago Access Radio’s biennial Air Awards held at Burns Hall, First Church on 7 November.

Daniel Tucker (12) and Jayden “TJ” Jesudhass (11) host Global Kids NZ which airs on the station’s Youth Zone each Wednesday at 4pm. The programme featured interviews, stories and music, with an emphasis on cultural diversity.
An audience of more than 110 gathered to celebrate the achievements of the station’s 180 locally-based volunteer broadcasters, and were entertained by the Otago-Southland Chinese Association Lion Dancers.
Public Service Association assistant secretary Jeff Osborne presented the PSA Supreme Award trophy and cash prize to Daniel and Jayden, whose programme was described as ambitious and impressive by the awards judging panel.

 

 

Full results:

Community Information (joint winners): My Money, Dunedin Budget Advisory Service, and Valley Voice Radio, Marty Cancilla (Valley Project);

Children and Youth: Space Station Kiwi, Marchell Lynzey; Youth Zone: Global Kids NZ, Daniel Tucker and Jayden TJ;

Music: Golden Sounds of Stage and Screen, Russell Campbell;

Music (Community Supported): Connections Collection, Connections Activity Centre;

Languages and Cultures: The French Roast, Sandrine Feillet, Ebony Hinds, Sylvie Leduc, Romain Garby;

Faith: Radio Church, Tokerau Joseph and Tengaru Paniora, Dunedin Inner City Ministries;

Health and Wellbeing: Joan’s Joyful Hour, Joan Middlemiss;

Special Interest: Necessities of Life, Barbara Brookes and Tree Cocks;

Arts and Literature: The Library Mix, Dunedin Public Libraries;

Listener’s Choice: Radius Fulton Residents’ Show, Radius Fulton;

Most Popular Podcast: Eco Living In Action, Maureen Howard;

Most Valued Volunteer: Ron Esplin;

PSA Supreme Award: Global Kids NZ, Daniel Tucker and Jayden TJ.