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.