Our Team

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Lesley Paris - Station Manager

Lesley joined the station in October, 2010, bringing with her a wealth of experience in the broadcasting and music industries. Leading Otago Access Radio through its transition to FM has been the first of many exciting projects for Lesley. Looking ahead, the prospect of building on the station’s already wide base of programme makers is something that excites and motivates her.

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Jeff Harford - Community Liason

Jeff joined the team at the beginning of 2011 to help extend and strengthen the station’s links with the wider Otago community, encourage participation and information sharing, and to help out with day-to-day business. Jeff also hosts the OARsome Morning Show, weekdays 9am and 10am. He’s a musician and small-business owner, and has a background in the public service and print media.

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Geoff Barkman - Studio Engineer

Geoff has been with the Dunedin-based Community Access station since September 2007, making him the guru of all things technical. He plays a vital role in keeping the station on air and in training the many programme makers, volunteers and school groups who use the Otago Access Radio facilities.

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Domi Angelo-Laloli - Youth Coordinator

Domi’s association with the station began in 2007 as co-host of a music show. These days, he coordinates OAR FM’s busy Youth Zone schedule (weekdays 4-5pm) and ably manages the station’s accounting and administration tasks. On top of that, our resident multi-tasking wiz helps Geoff out with technical and production duties.

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Vivienne Seaton - Chair of the Hills Radio Trust

Vivienne chairs the Hills Radio Trust, which is responsible for governance of Otago Access Radio. She believes OAR is a gem for the Dunedin and Otago community, providing a local voice and empowering individuals and groups to extend their community connections and reach. Looking forward, Vivienne sees an exciting future, with the ongoing development of digital technology adding to the ways OAR can provide those connections and enable organisations to reach out to ever widening audiences.

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Chanel O'Brien - Chair of the Otago Community Broadcasters Society (OCBS) Executive Committee

Chanel, who hosts ‘Switched On’ radio specials shining the spotlight on the achievements of women from a range of professional and creative backgrounds, has been a hard working volunteer at many station/OCBS events over the past four years. She also brings her expertise as a business development officer for the city council’s Enterprise Dunedin team to the role.