Women on the Turntables

A move to Dunedin for a former Auckland-based DJ has placed the music of women artists to the fore on OAR FM’s Thursday drive-time slot.

Kristina Simons, who spins tracks under the moniker Tina Turntables, spent close to eight years as a regular host on Auckland student radio station 95bFM.

On her arrival in Dunedin midway through 2020, a voiceover job on local writer Kathryn van Beek’s Pet Podcast series brought Ms Simons into contact with the local Access Media station. The opportunity to host her own drive-time programme was discussed, leading to the development of Thursday show Pull Up To The Bumper.

Ms Simons said her new programme provided a platform for “the godmothers of modern music”.

“There are many wonderful women artists, such as Ma Rainey, who were considered too popular by many of the collector-types that were around in the 1940’s. These collectors focused on the more obscure, mainly male artists and that’s what became more popular over time.”

The show “celebrated these incredible women” and traced their influence on contemporary music.

Being a drive-time show, there would be plenty of fun and a wide range of music styles that reflected Ms Simons’ love of soul, funk and rock music.

“And I want this show to be as inclusive as possible, including tracks from trans and non-binary women.”

Pull Up To The Bumper airs every Thursday at 5pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available from oar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.

Clinic Goes Beyond The Script

A new radio and podcast series on OAR FM Dunedin is exploring a key aspect of healthcare.

Beyond the Script features conversations with clinical pharmacists from the University of Otago School of Pharmacy Clinic, He Rau Kawakawa Whare Haumanu, sharing insights into the clinical consultations that help patients review and manage their medicines.

The clinic, located on campus at 325 Great King Street Dunedin, provides consultations free of charge to those in the area, and online via Telehealth. Pharmacists listen to patients’ concerns and questions, provide information and advice, and can work with health care providers to help patients get the most of their medicines.

In the first episode of Beyond the Script, clinical pharmacist Emma Smith discusses aspects of dementia with Dr Yoram Barak, an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Otago School of Medicine and consultant psychogeriatrician at the Southern District Health Board.

Topics include the various different forms of dementia, the common signs to look for, and what someone should do if they, or someone they are close too, are showing signs of dementia.

The early stages of dementia are a good time to find out about what support and choices are available, including through the School of Pharmacy clinic.

Beyond The Script airs on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 12.30pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available from oar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.

Community Connector for Access Station

OAR FM Dunedin’s Community Connector – Arina Aizal

OAR FM Dunedin is putting extra effort and resource into its mission to reflect the cultural diversity of Dunedin.

Arina Aizal is the access media station’s new Community Connector intern, a role that will see her extend and strengthen links with migrant communities through opportunities to create radio programmes and podcasts.

Ms Aizal helped establish the Muslim Chaplaincy Conversation programme on OAR FM and is now also hosting her own show The Arinality, which features stories of women and their cultural identities, exploring their sense of belonging and wellbeing in New Zealand.

A recent visit to Dunedin by Shane Whitfield, Regional Manager for Community Engagement at Office of Ethnic Communities, saw Ms Aizal take the opportunity interview him about the Ethnic Communities Development Fund for a new Connecting Cultures Features podcast.

OAR FM’s new Community Connector will also be working with the station’s existing broadcasters, to help them strengthen connections with their audiences, and will assist with development of Youth Zone programming.

Ms Aizal, who grew up in Malaysia, is a former International Representative for Otago University Students Association and is currently a leadership network member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Anyone wishing to get in touch can email arina@oar.org.nz or call the station on 471 6161.

The Arinality airs every second Wednesday at 5.30pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available from oar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts 

Women’s Experience Explored on Radio

Iram Anjum host of Being Women

Every woman deserves to be appreciated and encouraged. That’s the thinking behind new radio programme and podcast Being Women, on OAR FM Dunedin.

Iram Anjum settled in Dunedin with her husband and year-old son in September 2019. Her experience of relocating from India, balancing the transition into work while raising a child, was the subject of an episode of another OAR FM show, Migrant Motherhood.

Ms Anjum said the conversation on motherhood sparked an idea to create a series that further explored her Indian culture, climate, food, art, and fashion through discussion with other women, who could compare and contrast their own experiences and values.

“The show is also about what it means to be a woman in the 21st Century, throwing some light on the different roles of a mother, a partner, a wife, a daughter or a friend.

“And if you are a working woman, how do you toggle between work and your home responsibilities? We’ll talk about that.”

Making a radio show was also an opportunity for Ms Anjum to further develop her communication skills.

“As a speaker of Hindi and Urdu, gaining more confidence in the English language, meeting people and making new friends is really great for me.”

Being Women airs every second Tuesday at 10am on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM.

Young Voices Added to Samoan Radio Shows

Timothy Elisara, Clinton Pupi and Jasmine Eteuati

Dunedin-based students have joined a growing community of Samoan volunteer broadcasters on OAR FM Dunedin.

New programme Lupe o le Foaga is coordinated by Clinton Pupi, a student of Media, Film and Communication at University of Otago.

Mr Pupi is joined by co-hosts Jasmine Eteuati and Timothy Elisara for the Friday evening show. It airs ahead of Lupe Fetala’i, three hours of Samoan music, events and conversation presented by Lupe Fa’alele a Samoa i Otago, a Society of Samoans living in Otago.

On Sundays at 8am, the station also broadcasts and podcasts Lupe o le Talalelei, a short programme of Christian worship in Samoan language, led by ministers and pastors from Samoan churches in Dunedin.

Mr Pupi said the youth show Lupe o le Foaga provided a platform for discussion about such things as study practices, job seeking and opportunities for young Samoans in Dunedin to stay connected.

The bilingual programme acknowledged that some Samoan listeners were not fully proficient in English, while others were not proficient in the Samoan language.

“We are still finding our feet with the programme but next year we hope to connect with our audience more and come up with content that will help Samoan youth with anything they need.”

Lupe o le Foaga airs on Fridays at 5pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM.

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.