Put your ears on for The Big Listen

Throughout August, Otago Access Radio will be taking part in The Big Listen: Access All Ears, a nationwide campaign to celebrate Community Access Radio services in New Zealand.

The campaign will raise awareness in our communities about the incredible services the nation’s access stations provide to get our communities on air, to get their voices heard.

Many of OAR FM’s regular volunteer broadcasters will produce especially themed programmes around The Big Listen, and the following public events will provide an opportunity for Dunedin people to engage with the month-long celebration:


Youth Zone live at the Teen Space, Floor 2, City Library
Monday 8 August, 4pm-6pm

Join in the live broadcast from 4pm-5pm then stick around to talk with Youth Zone broadcasters about their experiences of making radio and how you can get involved.


Heritage Matters panel discussion at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Sunday 14 August, 2pm-3pm

OAR broadcasters and Southern Heritage Trust panelists Dougal Stevenson, Bill Southworth, Judy Southworth, Jane Edwards, Ann Barrowclough and Keith Scott talk about their radio show, and about what makes Dunedin the nation’s heritage capital. Free admission.


Storytime at the Storypit with Captain Cornflakes.
Saturday 20 August, 11.30am-12.30pm

Join award-winning children’s radio host Captain Cornflakes for this special event, especially for the young ones. The wacky space pirate will be recording segments for his Space Station Kiwi Saturday morning show.


Music Quiz at Leith Bowls Club, 2 Duke St.
Thursday 25 August, 6.30pm-9.30pm

This annual fundraiser for OAR FM’s Youth Zone is a hugely popular event. Register your team of 4-6 players by emailing community@www.oar.org.nz or calling the station ph 471 6161. $5 per team member. Bring cash on the night for raffles and refreshments.


Otago Access Radio at Otago Farmers Market
Saturday 27 August – 8am-noon

Stop by for photo opportunities and fun, and record a message for the station. Meet staff and broadcasters and find out how you can make your own radio show.


OAR FM live from Artsenta, 462 Princes St
Wednesday 31 August, noon-1pm

The OAR FM crew join Artsenta’s artists, musicians and supporters for a jam-packed afternoon of chat and music, followed by an Artsenta concert from 1.30pm-3pm.

To check out all of the events happening around New Zealand during The Big Listen, hop over to the official Big Listen website, and follow TBL on Facebook!

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