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Mornings More OARsome

New timeslot: Jeff Harford hosts the OARsome Morning Show on OAR FM Dunedin.

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 jeff@oar.org.nz.

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.

Podcasts Explore Wild Dunedin

A series of podcasts exploring our relationship with local wildlife is complementing the Wild Dunedin Festival that launches in Dunedin tomorrow.

Wild Dunedin Podcasts are the brainchild of Otago Museum science communicator Claire Concannon and University of Otago conservation biologist Jamie McAulay. The episodes air on OAR FM Dunedin and can be downloaded from the station’s website and several other podcast platforms.

Mr McAulay said the pair were “blown away” by last year’s Wild Dunedin festival and decided to seek the festival’s support to create an audio resource for this year’s events.

“We’re both big fans of well-produced podcasts where you can tell a story quite carefully, in a narrative kind of way. So we have a pretty open approach to how we do that, using sound effects, voice and music.”

University researchers and local wildlife experts had contributed to conversations over the six-episode series and had assisted with sourcing soundbites, such as bird and animal calls. Dunedin-based musician and educator Molly Devine had composed instrumental pieces for use as an ethereal backdrop to stories of the natural world.

Ms Concannon said there was a wealth of relevant knowledge that could be tapped into to promote interest in the flora and fauna of Dunedin. The podcast series and the Wild Dunedin festival were designed to encourage locals to better appreciate the “huge diversity at our doorstep”.

“The idea is to get the local community to fully embrace this incredible wildlife that’s around us, and also to understand what the wildlife needs from us so that we can share this space.”

Topics for Wild Dunedin Podcasts included migratory journeys, the work of Predator Free Dunedin, the prospect of southern right whales returning to Otago Harbour, sea lions of the Otago Peninsula, and the endemic plants and other “little things” often ignored.

Gecko smuggling would also get a mention, said Mr McAulay.

“We tell a story of why people are wanting to put these geckos in their undies and fly around the world with them.”

Wild Dunedin Podcasts air on Tuesdays at 3pm and Sundays at 6pm on OAR FM Dunedin 105.4FM and 1575AM.

Podcasts are available HERE

Photo: Wild stories: Claire Concannon and Jamie McAulay host Wild Dunedin Podcasts on OAR FM Dunedin.

Free Dunedin Community Noticeboard Launched

Comprehensive coverage: OAR FM Community Liaison Jeff Harford holds flyers publicising the station’s free Dunedin Community Noticeboard.

Finding out what’s on in Dunedin and publicising community events just became a whole lot simpler with the launch of an online and on-air tool.

OAR FM’s Dunedin Community Noticeboard is a free service, providing community organisations, schools and not-for-profits with three effective ways to reach the eyes and ears of Dunedin people.

Notices can be listed on the station’s online noticeboard, broadcast three-times daily on 105.4FM and 1575AM, and podcast via the Dunedin Community Noticeboard webpage.

OAR FM Dunedin Community Liaison Jeff Harford said a lot of work had gone into making the service easy to use.

“From one link on OAR FM’s homepage people can explore listings of Dunedin events and notices, and list their own items. There’s even a way to attach posters and other images that will make a listing more interesting and colourful.

“A few clicks and it’s done. From there, we compile the notices for the online noticeboard and record items for broadcast and podcast to our Dunedin listeners.”

While it was expected that the majority of notices would be listed via the online service, OAR FM Dunedin was happy to take written notices and posters from those who were unable to access Internet services.

“We’re proud to provide Dunedin groups and individuals with a voice in the media, and that means being as flexible and comprehensive as we can be with our services.

“By making Dunedin Community Noticeboard listings free of charge, we’re ensuring that the many local groups and agencies that sometimes struggle for publicity for their fundraisers and events get the widest possible exposure.”

The Dunedin Community Noticeboard is optimised for easy use on all computers, smartphones and mobile devices.

Listings and podcasts can be found and submitted from www.oar.org.nz, and notices go to air daily at 9.56am, 12.56pm and 6.56pm.