Amplifying Community Voices - OAR FM
3 Oct 2023
Recently, OAR FM Dunedin faced the challenge of relocating from its previous location at the Dunedin Community House. Recognizing the financial burden and logistical complexities associated with relocating a radio station, Otago Community Trust stepped in with a generous grant of $90,000 to assist with the relocation and equipment upgrades.
Otago Access Radio, also known as OAR FM Dunedin, is a not-for-profit radio station based in Dunedin. Since its establishment in 1991 as Hills AM and later rebranded as Otago Access Radio in 2011, the station has been dedicated to hosting programs created by, for, and about local communities. Broadcasting on 105.4FM and 1575AM, with a live stream and podcasts available on their website, OAR FM Dunedin provides a platform for diverse voices to be heard.
Recently, OAR FM Dunedin faced the challenge of relocating from its previous location at the Dunedin Community House. However, they viewed this as an opportunity to upgrade their facilities and embrace digital technologies that would better support their community of over 190 volunteers.
The Otago Community Trust grant has enabled OAR FM Dunedin to undergo a significant transformation by replacing aging and unreliable equipment with state-of-the-art technology. The new digital studio suite will provide an intuitive and user-friendly platform for local volunteers to create content from various locations, ensuring that a broader range of perspectives from diverse communities can be shared on-air and across online platforms.
As a proud member of the network of 12 Community Access stations across the country, OAR FM Dunedin plays a vital role in providing opportunities for individuals to get involved in creating, supporting, or sponsoring programs that cater to the interests of Dunedin and Otago listeners.
"We were delighted to receive this generous funding support from Otago Community Trust for our most ambitious project to date. This invaluable contribution will facilitate the relocation and long-term sustainability of Ōtepoti Dunedin's inclusive Community Access Media, ensuring its ability to serve an ever-growing range of diverse communities.” Lesley Paris - Station Manager