Radio One programme manager Olivier Jutel says the station
is highlighting ''alternative culture'' through a range of
''countercultural'' events during O-Week. Photo by Linda
Student radio station Radio One is marking 30 years on
air and is keeping true to its alternative spirit by offering a
range of ''countercultural'' events during O-Week.
Radio One programme manager Olivier Jutel said it was
''amazing'' the station had survived so long in its
independent form - especially given it was under threat of
closure in 2011.
Since the station was founded in 1984 it had fostered the
Dunedin music scene, exposed students to ''alternative
culture'' and offered something different from the commercial
stations, Mr Jutel said.
It is continuing in this spirit during O-Week, offering a
schedule of ''countercultural'' events, which includes
bringing Gore graffiti artist Sean Duffell on to campus,
where he is spray-painting a mural to mark the station's 30th
The station's events were about ''complementing'' mainstream
''The student experience, going back to the early 2000s, has
become a lot more commercial as our culture has become a lot
''We want to take it back to `cool youth counterculture' and
just kind of showcase that.''
The events so far have included a Street Fighter II
competition, live DJ sets and a game of street basketball.
The week will finish with a gig by ethnomusicologist Brian
Shimkovitz, who plays as Awesome Tapes From Africa, at ReFuel
''This thing, Awesome Tapes From Africa, is as offbeat as it
comes and amazing. The guy is an ethnomusicologist and he
does a DJ set of tapes, because tapes are what is going on
musically in Africa.
''For those of us who are music nerds, this is on our
top-three wish list,'' he said.