Posted by admin on Feb 01, 2011

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Show Explores French-Kiwi Links

An Otago Access Radio programme is bringing French flair, with a Kiwi touch, to Sunday evening listening.

The French Roast (6pm-7pm) explores the connections between New Zealand and France in a magazine-style format, with interviews, music and discussion predominantly in French.

Dunedin woman SFrench Roast team October 2014andrine Feillet, who runs inbound tourist agency Antipodes Travel with husband Yoann, said she had initially intendedThe French Roast be a solely French language broadcast but decided a French-English balance would work better, given the small French-speaking community in the city.

We have guests who don’t speak French, and that’s fine. The idea is really to find any connection between Dunedin, Otago and New Zealand and a French perspective.”

Ms Feillet said her interview subjects had included University of Otago academics and researchers, people from Dunedin’s French, Belgian and New Caledonian communities, and visitors to the city.

They talk about where they come from and what they are doing in Dunedin – there has been a very wide range of topics and it’s always fascinating.

A few weeks ago, we spoke with someone from Airbus and discovered that the Bluff smelter was producing aluminium for the wings of the A380.”

In recent weeks, The French Roast had featured live interviews via Skype with the hosts of similar French-themed radio shows in Australia and Mexico. Music sourced from French music media platform Francodiffusion was a common denominator for all, but the Otago Access Radio hosts enjoyed greater editorial freedom than their Australian counterparts.

On Brisbane station 4EB, they were not permitted to include live interviews in the show,” said Ms Feillet. “I thought we were very lucky here, to be trusted to conduct our own interviews and determine the content for our show.”

Ms Feillet said the programme welcomed contributions from anyone with a French connection.

If someone has news about the French community, about an event or someone with a French background we could talk to, get in touch.”

‘The French Roast’ – Sundays at 6pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM and podcast from and iTunes. Email and check out

Photo: ‘The French Roast’ team (from left) Sandrine Feillet, Sylvie Leduc and Ebony Hinds.


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