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, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.