Two Logan Park High School students are determined to ensure that the voices of young Dunedin people are heard by decision-makers.
Esther Tamati and Leo Lublow-Catty (both 17) are the hosts of OAR FM Youth Zone programme Operation Ragitahi, a fortnightly radio show and podcast of interviews and topical discussion.
Both have an active interest in developing their leadership skills, with Leo having attended UN Youth’s New Zealand Model Parliament in Christchurch in August, and Esther having this month attended the Pacific Student Leaders Programme in Rarotonga.
Esther said she was grateful for the opportunities she had been given to engage in community life.
“With our radio show, we want to make sure that youth in Dunedin have the same opportunities and are recognised for what they do. We want to empower them to feel confident enough to do anything and to stand up for themselves.”
The trip to Rarotonga with 19 other New Zealand secondary school pupils had made Esther feel better about herself and the direction her life was taking, she said.
“I’ve come back with a more open mind and learnt lots of listening skills, as well as making heaps of really cool friends and connections.”
Leo, who aspires to study and work in the political field, said he would like to encourage young people to engage more in the political process.
“It would be great if young people were given evidence (about policies and political decisions) from a youth perspective, so that they can create the kind of discussions I’d like to hear in our community.
“We can’t vote, so this radio show has been a good way to get our voices on air and getting youth to talk about the issues that need to be talked about.”
Operation Rangitahi airs on Youth Zone every second Tuesday at 4pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM, with podcasts available from oar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.
Museum of Broken Relationships – Have you had your heart broken? Do you own an object that won’t let you forget? Hannah Molloy from Otago Museum is calling for submissions for an exhibition to open in December.
Hannah joined Jeff on the OARsome Morning Show to tell us more about the exhibition and their call for submissions.
We’re celebrating a milestone that confirms OAR FM as a leading provider of podcast services in New Zealand. OAR FM has topped the half-million Dunedin-Made podcast mark!
Our station was highest contributor to overall results for the AIR (Access Internet Radio) podcasting project, crossing the half-million mark with Dunedin-produced content streamed or downloaded 541,000 times in the year to 30 June.
This represents an 88% increase in demand for the station’s online content on the previous 12 months.
Ten of the twelve New Zealand CAMA [Community Access Media Alliance] stations collaborate in the AIR project, which delivers over 8,500 episodes of hundreds of radio shows/podcasts to niche communities reflecting the Access sector’s key priorities – women, children and youth, migrant and refugee communities, health and disability issues, religious and ethical issues and any interests not catered for by the mainstream media.
It has just been announced that AIR partner stations achieved over 1.8 million podcast hits in the July to June project year, an increase of 77% over the 2017/18 year. The project’s growth was projected to reach 2 million podcast hits in 2019/20.
OAR FM General Manager Lesley Paris says the result reflects audiences’ growing appetite for “diverse, relevant and engaging local stories”.
“This result demonstrates that audiences are connecting with niche programming beyond the mainstream, and that listeners value having many ways to listen – on FM and AM, live-streaming and podcasts.”
The most popular podcast on OAR FM for the period was AA Live, presented by the Dunedin branch of Alcoholics Anonymous. The series was accessed online on more than 73,400 occasions.
Lesley says she is “really proud” of the achievements of all the station’s volunteer broadcasters.
“Their programmes and podcasts are incredibly wide-ranging, from the experiences of our migrant communities to a variety of health, wellbeing, sustainability and specialist music shows.
“It’s fantastic to know that the voices and viewpoints of our communities are being heard.”
The Access Internet Radio Project provides streaming and podcasting services for Community Access media organisations, and is supported by NZ On Air.
Weekday mornings just got more OARsome at OAR FM Dunedin.
The community access station’s OARsome Morning Show now starts at 8am with a 90-minute format, shifting from its former hour-long 9am slot.
Station manager Lesley Paris said the move reflected OAR FM’s commitment to its Dunedin audience.
“With an earlier start, the show is now reaching listeners on the morning commute and doing the school run, as well as those at home and work.
“It’s good news for community-minded people who are interested in hearing about the people and events that make Dunedin such a vibrant place to live.”
OARsome Morning Show host and OAR FM Community Liaison Jeff Harford, who has fronted the magazine-style show for the past eight years, said he was enjoying the new format.
“With a ninety minute show, we can present the right balance of information and entertainment to keep Dunedin in touch with what’s happening in the city at a grassroots level. The mix of regular features, interviews and music is a great way to start the day. ”
Regular features include a Monday digest presented by Disability Information Service, a Tuesday morning round-up from Dunedin community boards, a fortnightly Wednesday spot with Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature, a Thursday chat with The Star chief reporter Brenda Harwood, and Friday morning’s Volunteering Otago Hotspot.
The Southern District Health Board and Otago Museum also provided guest interviews monthly.
Harford wants to hear from listeners about things to be shared with OAR FM’s local audience.
“If you’ve got a fundraiser, an open day, a public meeting or an exhibition coming up, let us know about it and we’ll tell Dunedin, on air and via our online Dunedin Community Noticeboard.”
The OARsome Morning Show airs weekdays from 8am to 9.30am on 105.4FM and 1575AM, with feature interview podcasts available from oar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2018 OAR FM Air Awards were held at Burns Hall on the 17th of November 2018. This awards night, held every couple of years, is to celebrate all hard work and dedication of our volunteer broadcasters.
Congratulations to all who entered their fabulous shows for consideration.
Full list of results:
Project Rioteer (Ashley King)
Arts and Literature (Joint Winners)
Dark Dunedin (Emily Duncan and HJ Kilkelly)
Write On (Vanda Symon)
Community Information and Services
NoteAble Radio (Chris Ford)
Science, Sustainability and the Environment
Wild Dunedin Podcast (Dr Claire Concannon and Jamie McAulay)
Music - Community Supported
A Kaleidoscope of Music (Justine Schep)
Fine Tune (Alistair Addis)
Health and Wellbeing
Bringing Wellbeing to Life (Dr Denise Quinlan)
Indigenous Encounters (Pia Kahn)
Let’s Talk Sport (Liam Wilson)
Most Popular Podcast (Joint Winners)
Jazz Café (Lou McConnell)
Say Mê Việt Nam – Passionate Vietnam
Radius Fulton Residents’ Show
Volunteer of the Year
PSA Supreme Award
Wild Dunedin Podcast
Otago Community Broadcasters Society Lifetime Membership
Vanda Symon and Chanel O’Brien
A radio show and podcast on OAR FM Dunedin is offering a broad perspective on Dunedin Public Libraries events, resources and people.
Libraries events coordinator Kay Mercer said weekly show The Library Mix promoted libraries as “more than just rows of books”.
“The Library Mix gives us an opportunity to talk to a wider audience outside the libraries. It’s a great way to reach people who maybe don’t have time or can’t come into the library buildings, to let them know what’s going on and encourage them to visit us.”
Ms Mercer was part of a rotating roster of Libraries staff to host the half-hour programme, providing a “range of flavours” to the broadcasts.
“Our presenters love the chance to browse the Library’s CD collection and share their music choices with an audience. We’re all really supportive of New Zealand music, and most of us will play at least one track by a Kiwi band on each of the shows.”
The episodes Ms Mercer presented tended to be about events, poetry and theatrical performances, which were her own interests and the main focus of her work. Other presenters were into Dunedin music or had a focus on books and activities for children, because that was their area of expertise, she said.
Interviews were a way to connect with organisations and community leaders, to ask questions on behalf of the Dunedin audience.
“That’s the wonderful thing about our community radio, it really brings people together and gets conversations going.”
Libraries staff had also learned a lot about making radio programmes, picking up useful skills along the way.
“I’d encourage anyone with an interest in connecting with their community to give it a go.”
The Library Mix airs on Saturdays at 1pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM, with podcasts available fromoar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.
Dunedin man Phil Rogers has not let his non-verbal condition get in the way of hosting his own radio show on OAR FM Dunedin.
Cerebral palsy, caused by brain damage from a childhood illness, affected Mr Rogers’ motor functioning and took away his ability to speak.
A growing desire to advance the interests of people who had been prevented from achieving what they wished with their lives because of financial, mobility or communication barriers led Mr Rogers to enrol for study at Dunedin College of Education, where he earned a National Certificate in Human Services.
In 2005, a support worker suggested he might like to have his own music-based radio show, using a Liberator communication aid to record passages of text to play when needed.
“Once I got the idea of a radio show of my own in my head there was no getting out of it, and there was only one topic for the theme of it, considering my lifelong interest in trucks and the truckers who drive them,” said Mr Rogers.
Phil’s Trucking Show provided an opportunity to acknowledge family and friends through “shout-outs”, and to encourage truckers on the road.
“I also wanted to dedicate songs to people who work for the community to make it safer and who provide rescue services, such as ambulance, fire and police.”
Various factors, including technical difficulties with the Liberator device, saw Mr Rogers take a break from the show in August, 2017. He returned to the OAR FM studios earlier this month, bringing improved communication technology in the form of an iPad.
The radio show was the best part of his week, and he planned to do “many more shows”.
“I see it as a way of encouraging people, particularly people who work day and night to help other people. It’s also a way of thanking people who have helped me.”
Phil’s Trucking Show airs fortnightly on Mondays at 1pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM, with podcasts available from oar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.
OAR FM Dunedin’s newly appointed Schools Liaison Shannon Colbert is eager to engage young minds in a unique and creative learning experience.
Shannon brings a wealth of skills and experience to a project that will see her fostering opportunities for school groups to discover the benefits of making radio shows and podcasts. A trained teacher, former Fortune Theatre educator and current tutor for Interact’s after-school drama classes, she believes there is “incredible scope” to broaden the station’s relationships with schools.
“I love it when kids find something special in themselves that really comes alive with whatever they’re creating. Through their own radio shows and podcasts, they can combine creativity and expression in a valuable experience that is also heaps of fun.”
The scope for radio podcasts was “incredibly wide”, from one-off shows on study topics by primary school classes to small-group work with secondary school media studies students, which could be assessed against NCEA standards.
Shannon is currently working with a class at George Street Normal School as part of their STEAM project, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.
Working with radio was a perfect way for students to share and connect in this integrated way of learning, she said.
“It’s a great way for the students to focus their inquiry and critical thinking, as well boosting confidence, resilience and creativity. They can also proudly share their programmes with their schoolmates, friends, family and people all over the world.”
George Street teacher Zac Ford said STEAM was a perfect means of achieving “a growth mind-set”.
“The children create, make mistakes, evaluate, analyse and apply their new understanding all within a team work environment. Any chance to use new technology, such as radio podcasts, on top of an already engaging kinesthetic learning style will help our children remember their learning.”
OAR FM Schools Liaison Shannon Colbert can be contact via email at email@example.com or by calling the station on 471 6161. Listen to OAR FM’s 90-plus Dunedin-made shows on 105.4FM and 1575AM with podcasts available from oar.org.nz, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.
A new radio show and podcast aimed at fostering interest in Samoan language and culture has joined OAR FM Dunedin’s Friday evening schedule.
Lupe Fetala’i is backed by the recently established incorporated society Lupe Faalele a Samoa Otago.
Society director John Eteuati said the purpose of the group, which included Samoan academics and administrators as well as representatives from various community agencies, was to “act as the hands and feet of the wider Samoan community”.
“We felt there was a need to better publicise events of interest to our Samoan community, and to promote the services that support our families.”
Following Samoan Language Week celebrations and the visit of Samoan Prime Minister Susuga Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi in June, the group identified there was also a need to promote Samoan language skills.
“We found from a study that most of our Samoan people who were fluent in their mother tongue and English were able to have success in several areas of their life.
“With most of our young ones, we’ve noticed that they lack confidence in both worlds, in both languages.”
Discussion on the radio show would be predominantly in Samoan, with sufficient English language content to provide context. Music by Samoan artists would further expose listeners to their mother tongue, a strategy that had proved particularly successful among younger people.
“Lupe Fetala’i will enhance our language and enhance our cultural values and traditions, but I guess the bottom line is to develop our young people to become more productive members of Dunedin society.
John said that feedback about the show had been positive.
“Listeners have told me they feel proud to have a programme in Samoan language. It makes them feel at home.”
Lupe Fetala’i is supported by Va’a o Tautai and airs Fridays from 6pm to 8pm at on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM, with podcasts available from oar.org.nz, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.
Photo: Proudly Samoan: John Eteuati is one of the hosts of Samoan language, music and culture show Lupe Fetala’i on OAR FM Dunedin.