Own Show a Worthwhile Challenge


If your New Year’s resolution was to try something new, fronting your own radio show and podcast is an achievable personal challenge worth following through on.

Last year saw 47 new locally produced programmes join the OAR FM Dunedin roster. From award-winning radio dramas to music shows, wildlife documentaries, political perspectives and tips on money management, a wide range of interests were catered for.

In keeping with our community access station’s emphasis on providing multiple platforms for people who are otherwise underrepresented in the mainstream media to have their voices heard, new shows made by, for and about Dunedin’s young people, migrant communities and other minority groups were also added to the mix.

In a fast-changing media environment, OAR FM’s listeners and broadcasters audiences are embracing local content that reflects their interests, with over 340,000 hits on online content in the year ended 30 September.

Making a radio programme and podcast provides you with a unique opportunity to learn the skills of production and presentation in a supportive environment that takes into account the needs of first-time broadcasters. Training is personalised and flexible, designed to encourage a style that is natural to each individual.

Whether you’ve been harbouring a desire to bust out your amazing record collection, or have a special interest or skill that you would like to share with the rest of Dunedin, there is plenty of scope for developing your own programme.

OAR FM staff can help you with any questions about joining the more-than 240 locals who have already taken their first steps into broadcasting. You can call the station on 471 6161 during office hours, which are 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, or emailcommunity@oar.org.nz.

OAR FM Dunedin broadcasts on 105.4FM and 1575AM, with podcasts available from oar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.

Right at home: Sharon Hyndman is host of OAR FM Dunedin show The Home Run, one of the 47 new programmes to start in 2018.

Choice Aplenty for Holiday Listening

OAR FM Dunedin listeners will have no shortage of locally produced programmes and podcasts to enjoy over the holiday period. From intergenerational music concerts to award-winning wildlife documentaries, the choices are many and varied.

Photo: Residents from Summerset at Bishopscourt with Balmacewen Intermediate Choir and Ukulele Orchestra.

A collaboration between residents from the Summerset Bishopscourt Retirement Village and the Balmacewen Intermediate Choir and Ukulele Orchestra has captured some classic songs and Christmas tunes, available as a podcast from the OAR FM website.

Several of the station’s other regular programmes will feature seasonal music, and the holiday schedule will include such annual treats as the 90 minute jazz show that brings Calder Prescott and Lou McConnell together on Christmas morning.

Photo: Kate Talks – Deborah Manning speaking at the final event for Suffrage 125 celebrations at Toitu OSM

Recordings of the six presentations given at KATE Talks, held at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum as part of Suffrage 125 celebrations, offer thought-provoking perspectives on topical social, political and health issues for women.

Links to podcasts of all winning programmes from OAR FM’s Air Awards, held in November, can be found in the News section of the website. Categories include Youth, Arts and Literature, Community Information and Services, Music, Health and Wellbeing, and Connecting Cultures.Wild Dunedin Podcast, which won the Science, Sustainability and the Environment section and the PSA Supreme Award, was described by the judging panel as a perfect example of New Zealand podcast storytelling.

Photo:  Dr Claire Concannon receiving the PSA Supreme award at the 2018 OAR FM Air Awards

Holidays can free up some time to explore, so with 90-plus Dunedin-made shows accessible online there’s every chance that a search of the website will turn up a selection of programmes to cater for a wide range of ages and interests. Previous episodes are available to download, so if a new favourite is found it is possible to line up many hours of listening.

OAR FM Dunedin staff, and the more-than 200 members of the Otago Community Broadcasters Society, wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

OAR FM Dunedin broadcasts on 105.4FM and 1575AM, with podcasts available from oar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.

Indigenous Perspective on Arts


Photo: Indigenous perspectives: (from left) Vicki Lenihan, Irene Karongo Hundleby and Lou Kewene-Doig hosts Natives Be Woke on OAR FM Dunedin.

Three Dunedin women are exploring the connections between creativity, technology and the indigenous world in a multi-platform programme that taps into their collective interests in music and the arts.

Natives Be Woke: Taihoa E Hoa is the brainchild of artist, producer and educator Lou Kewene-Doig, sculptor, writer and arts advisor Vicki Lenihan and ethnomusicologist, storyteller and arts advocate Dr Irene Karongo Hundleby.

The programme is broadcast and podcast from OAR FM Dunedin, and via vlog (video blog) from YouTube.

The show’s hosts believed the perspectives of Maori and Pacific Island women were missing from mainstream coverage of the arts. Stimulated by their own regular conversations on the topic, they successfully sought funding support from Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s Suffrage 125 initiative to create a mechanism for wider discussion.

Ms Kewene-Doig said it was important to make the show accessible, hence the decision to use video and audio platforms.

“We’re interested in unique views of what is happening in the world,” she said.

“Between us, we have the technical expertise to not only talk about these things but to show what we’re talking about, in as many cool ways as we can.”

Ms Hundleby said contributions from the programme’s audience were welcomed.

“The vlog enables us to get a response back from people. We really encourage people to engage with us and tell us their stories, to help build this discussion further.

“Culturally, multiple views within the collective is what we try to reproduce in another way, using technology.”

The next edition of Natives Be Woke: Taihoa E Hoa airs on Saturday 8 December at 2pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM, with podcasts available from oar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.

Air Awards Results 2018

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Huge thank you to Petra Paignton for these amazing photos

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:

Youth

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)

Music

Fine Tune (Alistair Addis)

Health and Wellbeing

Bringing Wellbeing to Life (Dr Denise Quinlan)

Connecting Cultures

Indigenous Encounters (Pia Kahn)

Special Interest

Let’s Talk Sport (Liam Wilson)

Most Popular Podcast (Joint Winners)

Jazz Café (Lou McConnell)

Say Mê Việt Nam – Passionate Vietnam

Listeners' Choice

Radius Fulton Residents’ Show

Volunteer of the Year

Tim McMullen

PSA Supreme Award

Wild Dunedin Podcast

Otago Community Broadcasters Society Lifetime Membership

Vanda Symon and Chanel O’Brien

PSA Supreme Winner 'Wild Dunedin Podcast' - Dr Claire Concannon

Dunedin Libraries Mixing It Up On Air

Photo: More than books: Dunedin Public Libraries youth outreach coordinator Su Ikin is part of a team presenting The Library Mix on OAR FM Dunedin.

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.

Radio Show a Voice of Thanks

Photo: Still truckin’: Phil Rogers (left), host of Phil’s Trucking Show on OAR FM Dunedin, with support worker Steve Marshall.

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.

Podcasts Engage Schools in Creative Learning

Photo: Incredible scope: OAR FM Dunedin Schools Liaison Shannon Colbert promotes opportunities to create radio shows and 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 shannon@oar.org.nz 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.

Access Internet Radio App

Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of the Access Internet Radio app, available from Google Play and the App Store.

You can have OAR FM Dunedin and our sister stations around Aotearoa New Zealand with you wherever you go, on your phone and other devices, with podcasts and live streaming of primo local content at your fingertips.

Thanks NZ On Air for supporting new ways to have our communities’ voices heard. Download today!

From Norway to New Zealand

OAR FM Dunedin intern Sofie Hagland Borseth is doing her bit to bridge the 17,500km gap between New Zealand and Norway.

The University of Otago student of Communication Studies is working two half-days a week at the community access station for one semester, as part of a Humanities division internship that provides opportunities to make connections with employers and gain valuable workplace experience.

Sofie, who hails from Haugesund on the southwest coast of Norway, is developing two short series for broadcast and podcast, the first of which will compare aspects of Norwegian and New Zealand culture.

“People have a lot of funny perceptions about Norway,” she said.

“People think that polar bears are walking the streets and there is always snow everywhere. Neither of those things are true.”

The two-episode programme Far North would include interviews with Sofie’s Dunedin-based Norwegian colleagues, as well as a New Zealand friend who had relocated to Norway. Topics would include the challenges and successes associated with studying in a foreign land, and aspects of Dunedin life that contrast with those of their homeland.

“I’m also really keen to play some of the music that I love. It’s great to have a platform to introduce people to artists they probably have not heard.”

A broadcast and podcast series on contemporary women’s experience of the media would follow.

“The first thing I want to cover is women’s relationship with sport, how it is covered differently in the media, and how I have personally experienced prejudice as a woman involved in a lot of sports.”

Studying in Dunedin and returning home for the holidays had allowed Ms Hagland Borseth to experience two winters each year, something she relished as a keen snowboarder.

“I love how easy it is to get out and about in Dunedin because there are always so many people who are keen to go on outdoor adventures.”

Far North podcasts are available from oar.org.nz and Apple Podcasts.

Photo: Norwegian perspective: Otago University student Sofie Hagland Borseth is doing an internship at OAR FM Dunedin.

Samoan Radio Show Promotes Language and Culture

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.