Unique Cultural Performances

Young Dunedin musicians and creative performers have been given an opportunity to express their cultural identities across multi-platform media.

Unique Ōtepoti 2020 is an OAR FM Dunedin initiative, supported by funding from the DCC Creative Communities Scheme.

In March, OAR FM sought registrations of interest from groups and individuals aged 12-18 years looking to share original or traditional music, waiata, kapa haka or spoken word performances.

The vagaries of Covid-19 delayed production of the series, but the first of 10 episodes aired earlier this month.

The young artists are filmed and recorded for OAR FM Dunedin’s Youth Zone. Along with an interview, the footage of the performance is edited together and available to listen to on OAR FM Dunedin, and to watch online.

Skilled musicianship and thoughtful song-crafting have been exciting features of the episodes that have already gone to air.

Otago Girls’ High School student Hermione Hai delivered an exquisite performance on guzheng, a traditional Chinese stringed instrument that is plucked, while Queens High School student Soana Pole celebrated her Tongan heritage through singing Katinia,a song composed by the late Queen Salote for her second son Tu’ipelehake, when she appointed him as a Governor of Vava’u in 1949.

Unique Ōtepoti 2020 airs on Thursdays at 5pm or 6pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts and videos are available from the free Youth Zone app, and videos can also be viewed on YouTube and YZNZ.app

Radio Pharmacist Returns

Dunedin pharmacist Peter Barron has returned to radio after a more-than 10-year absence.

Mr Barron presents weekly show The Radio Pharmacist on OAR FM Dunedin, offering plain-language insights into appropriate use of medications, and exploring wider issues of health and wellbeing.

The former Radio Dunedin contributor has expanded the format of his on-air segments, now producing and hosting his own half-hour programme of advice and opinion.

Mr Barron says his aim is to encourage better health outcomes, whether medications are prescribed, self-prescribed or bought over the counter.

“One of the more worrying trends is that about 70 percent of people (prescribed) regular medication either don’t take it at all or only take it occasionally.

“Why this is happening is one of the things we’ll talk about on the radio show.”

Listeners and visitors to Mr Barron’s workplace, Waverley Pharmacy, are welcome to anonymously suggest other topics for discussion. The Radio Pharmacist Facebook page is another way to get in touch, and a website is currently under development.

“When I talk with people, rather than to them, I hand the power back to them.

“I like to give people an explanation as ask, what do you understand about it? It puts them back in control of what’s going on for them.”

The Radio Pharmacist airs on Tuesdays at 12pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available from [HERE], Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.

Waitati Writer Shares Radio Drama

A new eight-part radio play with a cast of local characters has joined OAR FM Dunedin’s Sunday evening line-up.

In writer and producer Stephen James Bourne’s Dick of the Bay, a vehicular U-turns leads to unforeseen consequences.

An off-duty head of supermarket security chief finds himself in a small community shaken by a recent tragic death and unwanted intrusion. Compelled through his natural desire for justice and moral duty, he uncovers evidence of an amazing historic event.

Mr Bourne said his radio drama drew together strands of local history, gossip and imagination to create a meaningful story that comes alive through spoken word and sound effects.

“As a child, I remember certain radio series’ that had me absolutely spellbound, and the sound effects really grabbed me.

“It’s the realism that I find magic.”

Dick of the Bay was recorded and produced in Mr Bourne’s Blueskin Bay home studio, with friends, family and neighbours enlisted as voice actors.

Sound effects such as bird song and the crashing of ocean waves were sourced from the local environment. Other sounds, such as the dripping of water in a cave, were created using kitchen utensils and other household items.

Mr Bourne said his hope was that his example would encourage others to give making radio drama a go.

“A real story can be developed into something entertaining.

“Everyone has a real-life story of interest to the masses. The problem is that when you’re dead the story dies with you, and that’s a real shame.”

Dick of the Bay airs on Sundays at 9pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available from [HERE] Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.

Femme Fatale Returns

Music from women artists and producers features in a programme returning to the airwaves after a five-year absence.

Femme Fatale is hosted by Inge Andrew, a lifelong fan of music by women working in the pop and folk realms.

Ms Andrew released her own folk-pop album Coyote Fun in 2016, and while performing has taken a backseat in recent times due to work and study commitments, her return to the microphone at OAR FM Dunedin has refreshed her interest in new artists and releases.

“One of the things I really missed in the time that Femme Fatale was off the air was being on the lookout for music I might not normally listen to, or a genre I might not usually explore.

“Hearing about new artists and producers making their way in the world is really inspiring.”

Personal favourites from the likes of international artists Laura Marling, Neko Case and Rickie Lee Jones mix with fresh releases from Jesca Hoop, Reb Fountain and Nadia Reid. Some episodes are themed, including a recent programme dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Femme Fatale airs every second Wednesday at 5pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available from oar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.

Women Share Business Success

New Zealand women working as innovators, creators and entrepreneurs are sharing their insights into business success through a new programme and podcast on OAR FM Dunedin.

Rowan Taigel hosts WOA! Women On Air, a platform for women trying something new and making a difference in their chosen fields.

A former deputy principal at Otago Girls’ High School, Ms Taigel launched her own business this year. What If PLD helps schools and corporate entities to improve the innovative and creative capabilities of their teams, and increase the wellbeing of staff.

Ms Taigel’s experience of leading her former students through a project-based learning course, which saw them develop their own products and start their own small businesses, was the catalyst for making a significant change in her own working life.

Connections made with businesswomen, innovators, leaders and change-makers lead to the creation of the radio and podcast series, which explores the successes, and the speed bumps, that got them to where they are today.

Interview guests have so far included Laura Borrowdale, editor of New Zealand’s first and only erotic literary magazine Aotearotica, Animation Research Ltd CEO Cheryl Adams, and Hatch PBL founder Philippa Dick.

Guests have been asked to nominate other inspiring women for Ms Taigel to talk with in future episodes.

WOA! Women On Air airs every second Wednesday at 11am on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available from oar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.

Fake News Explored

New Zealanders’ attitudes to fake news and misinformation are being challenged in a new programme and podcast series on OAR FM.

Truthteller is hosted by investigative reporter Stephen Davis, who published a book of the same name last year.

Davis has for the past three years studied the issue of fake news, bringing a career as an award-winning reporter, editor, foreign correspondent and television producer to a phenomenon that he calls “the other virus”.

“I use the word virus advisedly. In the long term, hopefully we will get a vaccine for COVID-19 but the only potential vaccine for (fake news) is to have a whole lot of well-educated people being very careful about their social media.”

Davis points to Finland as a leading defender in a “war on truth” that he says New Zealanders are unprepared for.

“The Finns have recognised that in the future the virus of fake news and misinformation has the potential to damage society, and they’re already teaching methods to deal with this stuff to kids in primary school.”

Episodes of the radio show and podcast have so far included a discussion on how the workings of our brain make us susceptible to misinformation, strategies for challenging fake news, and an interview with investigative reporter Paula Penfold about the responsibility journalists should take for the current dilemma.

Truthteller airs every Thursday at 1pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available from oar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.

A World of Scientific Discovery

Otago-based scientists from around the world are sharing their stories of discovery in a new radio and podcast series on OAR FM Dunedin.

Around the World in 80 Discoveries is hosted by Alba Suarez Garcia, who is working towards a PhD in science communication at University of Otago.

Interviews with Alba’s colleagues are recorded in their own research spaces and laboratories, providing insight into the struggles and successes that go hand in hand with scientific learning.

The featured scientists are:

Alexandra Boix, a cancer microbiologist from Spain, who is studying the role of a tumour protein called p53 in the development of cancer.

Karlis Berzins, a physical chemist from Latvia, who is investigating the properties of pharmaceutical compounds using lasers of visible light.

Lara Urban, a conservation geneticist from Germany, who is using genomic data to inform and improve conservation management of kakapo and takahe.

Pedro Henrique, an astrophysicist from Brazil, who is researching the rotational speeds of neutron stars.

Nellissa Ling, a biological anthropologist from Borneo/Canada, who is studying the origins and antiquity of gout and diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) in ancient Asian populations.

Amir Amini, a food scientist from Iran, who is fortifying bread with a green banana flour that is rich in resistant starch.

Around The World in 80 Discoveries airs on Saturdays at 2.30pm with replays on Wednesdays at 9.30am on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available from oar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.

Health Matters On Air

OAR FM’s latest health programme has its origins on a clifftop on Christmas Island, a small Australian external territory in the Indian Ocean.

Back in 2008, Dr Gary Mitchell took to the airwaves from the island’s radio station, chatting about health issues and spinning a few tunes while watching the whale sharks cruise the waters below.

Today, Gary hosts DUDAC and the Duchess from closer to home, although he does return to Christmas Island for a few months of locum work most years.

DUDAC stands for Dunedin Urgent Doctors and Accident Centre, Gary’s place of work. The Duchess might or might not be his daughter, a mysterious occasional contributor to discussions on medical matters major and minor.

On any given episode, you will hear about anything from managing a sprained ankle to managing a pandemic, and sometimes both. Guest speakers shed light on their areas of expertise, including analysis of interesting cases that have presented at Urgent Doctors.

Strict patient confidentiality is ensured for all discussions on real-life cases and while clinical aspects are explored, the primary focus is on demystifying the experience of having an illness or injury.

Recent episodes, which are available to listen to via podcast, have included University of Otago Associate Professor Hamish Wilson’s insights into general practice and teaching, and an introduction to the work of a Dunedin Urgent Doctors nurse.

The series began with a discussion on the coronavirus with Professor Peter Crampton, from the Centre for Hauora Maori at the University of Otago, and Professor Alistair Woodward, from the University of Auckland.

DUDAC and the Duchess airs every second Tuesday at 10am on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM, with podcasts available from oar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.

Podcasts a Fresh Challenge for 2020

Something new: Hemachandran Rajamanicam (left) is in production training with OAR FM studio engineer Geoff Barkman.

A new year brings with it opportunities to change things up a bit. If you have already decided to stretch your mental muscles in 2020 but are waiting for an inspirational idea, how about making your own podcast and programme with your community access station OAR FM Dunedin?

The sky is the limit when it comes to the possibilities for podcast subject matter. Last year, OAR FM hosted new music shows, documentaries, radio dramas, sports segments, cultural and arts programmes, science and sustainability perspectives, and social service messages.

In keeping with our station’s mission to provide multiple platforms for voices that are otherwise underrepresented in the mainstream media, we especially welcome new content made by, for and about Dunedin’s young people, migrant communities and other minority groups.

All OAR FM programmes are broadcast on 105.4FM and 1575AM and streamed from our website. In addition, online audiences for Dunedin-made content are growing exponentially, with more than half-a-million hits on our station’s podcasts last year.

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. Podcasts and radio broadcasts are also an especially effective way for clubs and community groups to publicise their activities and promote membership.

OAR FM staff can help you with any questions about joining the more-than 200 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 email community@oar.org.nz.

OAR FM podcasts are available from oar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.

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