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Author talk - Sharing the mic: Community access radio in NZ


Wed 16 Jun 2021, 12:30pm–1:15pm

Where: Unity Books, 57 Willis St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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Join us for a lunchtime conversation on access radio, when authors Brian Pauling and Bronwyn Beatty discuss Sharing the mic: Community access radio in Aotearoa New Zealand with publisher Emma Johnson. Hear about this vital form of media, which has provided a platform for a variety of voices in an increasingly diverse country, its history and its role in our changing mediascape. All welcome.

About the book
From Invercargill to Auckland, community access radio has been broadcasting by, for and about New Zealanders across four decades. Within a rapidly shifting mediascape, the twelve current stations came into existence through a combination of passion, hard work, community engagement and enabling legislation, allowing the diversity of local communities to speak to themselves through the borderless realm of radio. Using extensive interviews and in-depth research, Sharing the Mic tells the stories of the volunteers, staff and managers at the heart of access broadcasting and places the history of Aotearoa’s access radio within the wider media and technological changes of the last 40 years. This is also the story of the changing voices of an increasingly diverse country and the way that access broadcasting has become a vital part of New Zealand’s media. From being a welcoming presence to new arrivals through to multi-language Civil Defence communications, access radio continues to support generations of New Zealanders.

About the authors

Brian Pauling
Brian founded the New Zealand Broadcasting School at the Christchurch Polytechnic (now Ara Institute of Canterbury) in 1983 where he maintains a role as associate researcher. In 2020 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to broadcasting and education.

Dr Bronwyn Beatty
Bronwyn is research leader at the New Zealand Broadcasting School, Ara Institute of Canterbury where she has taught for ten years. Her interest in the media’s ubiquity and its impact on everyday lives informs her research, with particular emphasis on audience encounters with popular culture.

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