BIG BAND LEADER, RODGER FOX
Over 40 years in the world of music, Rodger Fox Big Band has become an icon in New Zealand entertainment. Rodger was interviewed on Saturday by Brian Cotter.
Rodger was born in Christchurch and spent his early years living in Invercargill, Gore Hawera and Wellington. He learnt violin (which he hated), piano, cornet and trumpet, then finally trombone.
He formed his Big Band in 1973. He is also now a lecturer at the New Zealand School of Music. In 2005 he received an honorary doctorate of music from Massey University and two years later he was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
He has travelled all over the world and brought some of the best international jazz musicians to our shores. He has appeared at, Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Wichita Jazz Festival and concerts in London, Singapore, Australia, Poland and the USA.
14 Apr 18
VILLAGE RADIO VISITS RADIO FERRYMEAD IN CHRISTCHURCH.
Our Chairman, Steve Lambie and his wife Judith called in on our sister Volunteer station Ferrymead. Steve was interviewed by Tony Forster, Ferrymead's Secretary, for some 20 minutes. They discussed the differences between the two stations with more discussions after the interview.
In their present premises they have no toilet, having to use a Portaloo, no kitchen, the announcers have to bring a thermos. Their new premises will be a palace in comparison. They will have a large area, with two studios, a museum which will house their large record collection plus a large storage area. . They have 27 years of donated records they have to catalogue which at present are all in cardboard boxes.
Photo of Steve Lambie in Ferrymead's studio
12 Apr 18
SUZANNE PRENTICE INTERVIEWED
New Zealand's singing star, Suzanne Prentice was interviewed by Brian Cotter on his Saturday morning show. Suzanne was born and lives in Invercargill.
She became a professional performer at the age of 17, her recording career since then has proven a series of gold, platinum and multi platinum successes. Her album, One Day At A Time was one of Australasia's top selling country albums of 1980.
In 1995 she received the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to music. In 2016 she received the highest honour for a New Zealand entertainer, The Benny Award, from the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand.
12 Apr 18
LOST AND FOUND CONCERT
In our latest interview with The Bay of Plenty Symphonia music director, Justus Rozemond, he talked about the amazing find of 1906 handwritten manuscripts and signed by English composer, Gustav Holst here in Tauranga.
He told George Stewart that he and librarian Gloria Pheasant were having a tidy-up of the Symphonia's sheet music library and found the manuscripts.
Bronya Dean an orchestra member contacted the Holst Archive in England and almost immediately received a reply to say that the handwriting and signatures were original and authentic. In February this was confirmed. Since when there has been great interest throughout the music world.
The Symphonia will play these finds in a concert on Sunday 15th April, 3pm at Baycourt, Tauranga. The concert will also include the choir, Scholars Pro Musica, directed by Chalium Poppy. A free talk will be given prior to the concert at 2-15pm by Dr Bronya Dean focusing on the discovery. The original manuscripts will be on view in the fioyer of Baycourt.
Photo from left - Bronya Dean, Gloria Pheasant and Justus Rozemond looking at one of the manuscripts.Posted on
05 Apr 18
BENNY AWARD WINNER - KEVIN GREAVES INTERVIEWED
Kevin Greaves, one of New Zealand's busiest entertainers, was interviewed from Whangamata where he had been appearing, by Brian Cotter.
Kevin is one of 14 children born in Auckland, his father being the late Rusty Greaves who in 1976 received a Benny Award, so it followed that in 2017 his son Kevin also received the award. Kevin is a country and popular music singer and his act also includes comedy. He has spent 14 years in the U.S.A. and Nashville scene.
Kevin is one of a handful of international artists to have appeared at the Famous Grand Ole Opry in Tennessee. His father being the first. His album I'm Not Scared of Women went to Gold Status for sales in N.Z. even outselling Garth Brooks.
24 Mar 18
BONNIE'S BACK - BUT - - -
The familiar voice rang out over the Village Radio microphone on Sunday morning (18th March) - Bonnie Leonard was back on air. The 'BUT' is that it was just for one broadcast.
Bonnie was in Tauranga for a visit from her home in Gore, catching up with family and friends. The studio was busy taking the phone calls and welcoming visitors to the studio, all eager to welcome Bonnie back, even though it was for just one morning.
Pictured - Bonnie on air reading out the many requests she received.
19 Mar 18
FRONT PAGE FOR VILLAGE RADIO APPEAL
We have made the front page of the Bay News here in Tauranga. The headline is "Shout out for volunteer radio announcers". On page two and three is the article. It begins "Village Radio is hoping to attract some new volunteer announcers with an interest in nostalgic music to strengthen its ranks".
George Stewart our Station Manager explained that the announcers roster had sometimes become a juggling act especially during the holiday period. He stated that the announcers come from different walks of life and some of them had no experience in broadcasting before taking up the challenge. Full training would be offered in our two studios for those who wanted to be part of the friendly team.
George can be contacted on 571-3710 to 576-6170 for those interested.
George Stewart is on the front page holding one of our vinyl records, one of many thousands we have in our library. Posted on
16 Mar 18
VANCOUVER COUPLE VISIT OUR STUDIOS
Heather and Larry Johns from Vancouver, Canada are in Tauranga for their second visit to New Zealand, which they love. They enjoyed the fabulous scenery, lifestyle and another attraction is that people always make them feel at home.
George Stewart, our Thursday announcer gave them a tour of our studios which they loved. Larry has an interest in music and radio and at one point was a DJ for CBC Radio Station in Yellowknife NW, in the far north of Canada. Heather said that if they were to stay here for any length of time he would certainly be a Volunteer at Village Radio.
Photo of George sharing a joke with our visitors. Posted on
24 Feb 18
INTERVIEW WITH PARABOLA WEST
Amy her real name, was born in New Jersey, U.S.A. From a very musical family she started playing the piano around 4 or 5. Amy began writing songs as a teenager.
Overseas adventures beckoned and Amy headed to the UK, where she joined the band Dreamfield for two years, adding piano and backing vocals. She moved to New Zealand in 2003 where after a ten year break from music, she launched her solo career as Parabola West. The name came from Amy's investigations into making a parabolic solar hear. "The light comes from all different directions, but focuses on just one spot," she explained, "Music is like a parabola."
Married to David they decided to get out of the rat race that is Auckland to live in Raglan, where she feels more connected to nature and has changed her music accordingly.
She does 'home concerts' - 20 or more people getting together at someone's house. "I love doing the home concerts. Whenever I travel I try and do a couple of home concerts. It's really my favourite way to sing because you get to connect with people and have a chat."
Parabola will be appearing at The Historic Village on 17th February at 6-30 pm.
10 Feb 18
OUR VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATE WAITANGI DAY
One of our Social Events where we, as Volunteers, get together is on Waitangi Day. For the second year we spent an very enjoyable time at Kelvin & Eileen's home in Welcome Bay.
The year has bought many changes, some of our Volunteers are new to our organization, so it was great that we could all meet at a social time especially with our partners. There was much laughter, music, swopping stories and some of us finding out that we had mutual friends without realizing it. It goes without saying the food was fabulous!!!
Our photo - The OLD and the NEW - George Stewart (long time announcer) and Jim Byres (the new boy).
More photos in the Photo Gallery
09 Feb 18
VIKING SUN PASSENGERS VISIT OUR STUDIOS
Wednesday we were happy to greet the cruise ship Viking Sun passengers to Village Radio. At times the studios were full of overseas visitors asking all about our organization. One gentleman stood still at the top of the stairs, when asked if he was OK his reply was, "I have never heard this type of music for years, oh how I wish I could get this station in Canada".
Other remarks that were recorded in our Visitors Book were, Awesome, Great Music, Wonderful Experience, Great Trip to the Past, Wonderful Enthusiasm, Beyond Expectations and of course Great Music, plus many more.
Our visitors had great photo opportunities sitting in our oldest studio, adorned with headphones and talking into the microphone (circ 1930's).
The photo is of Jack Eyler of Southport, North Carolina
A couple of other photos are in our Photo Gallery. Posted on
31 Jan 18
MUSICAL DIRECTOR - MURRAY MASON
On his Saturday morning show Brian Cotter interviewed Murray Mason. Murray is a 'multi instrumentalist' who has had a passionate, enthusiastic and action packed career in music education, spanning 35 years in the classroom.
After leaving school in Matamata he went on to the University and Training College in Hamilton where he met his wife. They both became teachers and eventually came to Tauranga. Murray became the Head of Music at both Tauranga Boys and Girls Colleges.
Murray has also been involved as a Musical Director of many successful and award winning youth based and adult musical groups, including the Bay Big Band, a position he held for 13 years.
Although now retired from the Tauranga Big Band he is still performing with smaller jazz trios. Check out one of Murray's compositions on the link below: -
23 Jan 18
In our studios on Tuesday we had a group from the Rotorua Gardens Lifestyle Complex. One of the visitors Richard, was very pleased to see, in our Museum, not only vintage radios, record and cassette players, recording equipment etc. but some old Morse code units. Having been a Morse Code operator in his Navy days he spent no time trying it out as seen in the photo.
23 Jan 18
MAYOR SENDS CHRISTMAS GREETINGS.
George Stewart's guest on Thursday 21st December was the Mayor of Tauranga, Greg Brownless. In a wide ranging interview the Mayor was asked about the City Council's plans to cope with an almost exploding population, clogged City streets and a sad and empty looking shopping district in the retail sector of the City.
He did agree that while the Council had voted for a new museum, it's final location along Cliff Road was by no means certain and the community would be asked for their opinion, before construction commenced. He agreed that more than just Durham Street would benefit from being reconstructed, to become a friendly pedestrian precinct.
Mr Brownless then wished all the Village Radio listeners a Safe and Happy Christmas.
28 Dec 17
A ROCKIN CHRISTMAS PARTY
Saturday, 16th, was our Christmas party. It was attended by our Friends of Village Radio, Volunteers and to entertain us the Rock and Roll Dancers.
We had a singalong first then into the wonderful food. After which we drew the raffles. At the door everyone was given a raffle ticket. There were 8 gift baskets as prizes. Our wonderful Volunteers had donated the goodies in them.
Santa (Chairman Steve) and Mrs Claus (Secretary Judith) made an appearance and many of our guests had photos taken with them.
You can check some of the many photos we took in our Photo Gallery.
To all our Listeners, Volunteers and Friends of Village Radio we wish you all a Healthy, Safe and Peaceful Christmas and a Very Happy New Year.
21 Dec 17
MUSEUM ON VIEW
Our Chairman, Steve Lambie has put together a display for our Museum.
Everything from small transistor radios, record and cassette players and recorders, stereo units, old NZPO equipment. Plus our old transmitter, which served us well for many years.
Names such as Philips, Ariel, Gerrard, Courtenay, Braithwaite, Sanyo, Tech, Murphy, Panasonic etc are on display. We have an overflow of items in Studio 2 at the station.
The exhibits have been donated to us over 33 years.
The Museum is open the same time as our broadcasts.
(More Photos in our "Photo Gallery") Posted on
19 Dec 17
"A VOICE IN A MILLION" - EDDIE LOW
Eddie Lowe was interviewed on Saturday from a very hot Christchurch. He has been called "The Voice In A Million", although he plays musical instruments, including piano, trumpet, flute, most brass instruments, guitar, string bass, violin and piano accordion, making him one of New Zealand's most versatile entertainers. He did tell Brian Cotter the one instrument he does not play are the bagpipes!
He was born in New Zealand and in the early sixties Eddie joined the Sundowners. Then he was with the Truetones before moving on to become a member of the Quin Tikis showband. In 1966 Pacific films made a N.Z. musical comedy called "Don't Let It Get You" with Howard Morrison and Kiri Te Kanawa and including the Quin Tikis.
Then having gone solo he was noticed by Joe Brown and Joe signed him up to his record label. Eddie went on to record albums in the U.S.A, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
In 1970 he released some songs that he had been singing very successfully on tour. Including "You Better Sit Down Kids"/'I Want To Be Free" and "It Don't Hurt Anymore/"Save The Last Dance For Me". In October 1972 he was invited by the Country Music Association of America to take part in the Grand Ole Opry birthday celebrations held in Nashville. After more tours overseas he became known as New Zealand's International Singing Star. In the late 70's Eddie moved to Australia but now lives in Christchurch. In 1980 he signed a recording contract with RCA. He has recorded over 23 albums and many singles and is still entertaining to-day.
10 Dec 17
Another icon of New Zealand music spoke with Brian Cotter during an interview via phone. He is English born Trevor Hales, better known to his many fans as Shane. After appearing with The Pleazers he decided to go solo and was spotted by TV producer Kevan Moore and was made resident singer on the pop show C'mon replacing Mr Lee Grant.
His biggest hit is "St Paul" written about Beatle Paul McCartney. It topped the charts and took out the Loxene Golden Disc for local song of the year in 1969. A string of hits followed and after 52 years in show business he is stopped in the street by loyal fans.
This year he received the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queens Birthday honours. The honour commends his annual North Shore concerts which have raised more than $50,000+ for the North Shore Hospice.
He still performs just about every week and lives in Auckland. Posted on
01 Dec 17
ROCK AND ROLL'S TOM SHARPLIN
Another interview was on Saturday 18th November, with one of New Zealand's icons of music, Tom Sharplin, a Rock and Roll revivalist. He was born in Auckland but raised in Tauranga. He had five singles in the 1970's, the first in 1971 was "Love Is A Beautiful Song"/We've Got A Groovy Thing Going", He enjoyed chart success by making it to number 12 on the national charts with it.
In 1982 he formed a group called Tom Sharplin and the Cadillacs with "Endless Sleep"/"I Was A Fool" and Sweet Lolita"/"Guitar Boogie. Tom toured up and down New Zealand supporting Johnny Devlin, Maria Dallas, Nash Chase, Angela Ayres and many more.
He remained quiet on the recording front until 1978, when he released an album Rock N' Roll which was released as "Rock Around The Clock in 1982. He has been President of the New Zealand Variety Arts Club who raise money for Children's charities. He is still tours around New Zealand Posted on
24 Nov 17
JENNY ARGANTE, NEW ZEALAND AUTHOR
On his Thursday programme George Stewart, interviewed Jenny Argante, author, literary editor and proofreader. She is also Information Officer for the Tauranga Writer's Group, an Incorporated Society dedicated to promoting emergent and established literary talent. She is also the Bay of Plenty Regional Representative for New Zealand Society of Authors.
Originally from England (once married to an officer in the RAF), Jenny came to New Zealand to visit one of her children and stayed! She is also had extensive personal involvement in the local literary scene as a professional book edit, "new book" promoter and supporter of the wider creative arts.
24 Nov 17
VILLAGE RADIO'S A.G.M.
The results of the voting at the A.G.M. are as follows:-
Chairperson Steve Lambie
Vice-Chairperson Brian Williams
Treasurer Kelvin Roach
Station Manager George Stewart
Secretary Judith Lambie
Committee Bonnie Cherrington
Steve Lambie (Photo) thanked all the Volunteers that attended the meeting.
17 Nov 17
INTERVIEW IN REVERSE
As you will have read in previous news items, Brian Cotter of Village Radio, broadcasts all telephone interviews on Saturday mornings. It was Brian C's turn to be interviewed by another Brian, Brian Williams our Station Manager. He spoke from Napier where at the invitation of Celine Toner he was a guest at the Napier City Country Music Club's 40th Anniversary Reunion as he was an Inaugural and Past Patron.
350 guests from New Zealand and Australia attended the celebrations to make it a huge success. It was also a Tribute Show for current President and Charter member Lindsey Wraith who is unwell.
Brian and Jim Toner started the Club in the mid 70's. The whole Toner family have had successful entertainment careers. Father Jim recorded as the "Glasgow Cowboy", he passed away in 2007. The three daughters, Celine, Lynne and Adrienne perform together as The Toner Sisters and have toured throughout New Zealand and brother Ricky made a name as an impersonator of Billy Connolly.
Brian C told Brian W that although the weather had turned cold in Napier it would be great to meet up with his old friends.
Photo:- Brian Cotter and Lindsey Wraith Posted on
14 Nov 17
CELINE TONER ON THE PHONE
Entertainer Celine Toner was born in Scotland, with her family they settled in Napier in 1974 she was 11 years old. Talking with Brian Cotter on his Saturday morning broadcast "Village People" she reminisced about her late father and Brian (Cotter), forming the Napier City Country Music Club in the mid 70's. She will be performing in Napier on Saturday 11th November at the Club's 40th Anniversary Reunion.
As a member of the Club she went on to win awards including sponsored visits to Nashville and performed with International Country Artist George Hamilton IV.
She married Barry Green and set up Limelight Productions, a very successful promotions company. After the birth of daughter Samantha, now a recording artist in her own right, Celine joined the Scots Dragoons International Pipe Band and toured with them. She supported Kenny Rogers, The Little River Band and Ricky Scaggs, toured South America and China, appeared at Conferences in Australia and NZ and various music festivals.
Sisters Celine, Lynne and Adrienne toured as a trio throughout New Zealand.
She has informed several NZ Entertainment Icons, now living in Auckland, of the "Village People" specialist interviews, so there should be more interesting stories coming up. Posted on
07 Nov 17
SUSANNE OF THE CHICKS INTERVIEWED
Susanne Lynch (nee Donaldson) MNZM, was born in Wellington in 1951 she is a singer, vocal coach and backup singer. She moved to Auckland where she stills lives.
She spoke to Brian Cotter, of her link to Tauranga, aged 7 she entered a Talent Contest with her sister Judy and won a 'chicken'.
In the 1960's with her sister, Judy, became famous as "The Chicks", they appeared on the T.V. series 'C'mon' in 1967. Their last appearance was in 1970 at the Royal Variety Show at Western Springs in front of Prince Charles and Princess Ann.
In 1969 she became a solo performer in a follow up show 'Happen Inn'. The following year she was voted N.Z. Entertainer of the year and won a Loxene Golden Disc in 1972.
She married Bruce Lynch and moved to London where she worked as a session musician then became part of the Cat Stevens shows for 5 years and appeared on several of his albums. While on tour in N.Z. Val Doonican asked Susanne to appear on his T.V. In 2001 she became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Entertainment.
In 2008/2009 series of 'Stars In Their Eyes' and 'N.Z. Got Talent' she was vocal coach and backup singer. Still active as a singer she is part of "The Ladykillers" along side of Tina Cross and Jackie Clarke. Posted on
21 Oct 17
GRAHAM NEIL BARTLETT-MBE - WE KNOW HIM AS GRAY
That is how Brian Cotter introduced him on his Saturday show, 14th October. Brian is very proud to know and have worked with Gray over 50 years. Brian counts this interview as a highlight for Village Radio.
Gray Bartlett is a guitarist, country music performer, talent mentor, tour promoter and entrepreneur.
Gray grew up in Auckland, joined a 'Skiffle Group' at age 15, then started his own "Gray Bartlett Combo'.
With Brendan Dugan, Jodi Vaughan the trio established some type of record in New Zealand in having performed together for over 40 years and still going. They are putting together a "legends Show" including Eddie Lowe and others. They start in Kerikeri on 28th October working their way down South. They are looking forward to a show in Tauranga, the date to be set.
He has toured UK, America, Australia and New Zealand. He was the backing artist for the Rolf Harris TV show for 4 years. Backing artists like Tom Jones, Connie Francis, Bobby Vee, The Hermits and Michael Crawford. He maintains that experience as a highlight of his career. He received the M.B.E in 1987.
As a Concert Promoter he promoted serveral New Zealand singing stars, Hayley Westenera, Yulia, Will Martin and Elizabeth Marvelly among others.
Photo is right Gray Bartlett with Village Radio's Brian Cotter
15 Oct 17
INTERVIEW WITH JODI VAUGHAN
Jodi Vaughan is a musician, country singer, songwriter, recording artist, television performer, and actor. She was born in 1950, Sydney, but since 1975 has called New Zealand her home. At one stage she and her New Zealand second husband lived in Tauranga. She now calls Hamilton her home.
She was spotted in 1976 on the final of South Pacific Televisionís The Entertainers by Gray Bartlett and he asked her to join him and Brendan Dugan in their act. This began a partnership with Gray and Brendan that would endure for many years. Their greatest successes have been in each otherís company. The trio toured almost constantly to every small town and big city in the country.
In conclusion she promised our announcer, Brian Cotter, that any time he wanted her to sing she would do so, at Bayswater Retirement Village where Brian lives.
09 Oct 17
HAMI NEPALI BROADCAST ON VILLAGE RADIO
Himalpari Media Groups is a company established in New Zealand to unite all the Nepalese in New Zealand.
Recently they have started a Radio Program "Hami Nepali" from Village Radio every Monday at 5-30 pm.
The presenter Ramhari Pandey was a journalist in Nepal for a long time. He has worked in HBC FM and newspapers.
They are planning to launch an online newspaper very soon.
From the left Ramhari Pandey, Pawanti Satyal
and Lal Bahadurkc
27 Sep 17
MARIA DALLAS TALKS FROM MAROOCHYDORE
Maria Dallas (Marina Devcich from Morrinsville), talked by phone from Maroochydore, Australia to Brian Cotter. She spoke about her life in the sixties. From being hairdresser and the second youngest of twelve children to her first record "Tumblin Down"and a winner of the Loxene Golden Disc Award. During her career she released 10 albums and at least 25 singles.
She spent a successful recording time in Nashville and on returning to New Zealand in 1970 her recording of "Pinocchio" went to No. 1 on the national charts for 6 weeks.
Joining the conversation in the studio was Ken Wadsworth, a Village Radio volunteer and ex member of the The Satellites, who had appeared with Maria during those early days. For many years Maria has lived in Australia.
We have 70+ tracks of Maria Dallas on both 45's and 33rpm in our vast vinyl library.Posted on
11 Sep 17
ROY PHILLIPS OF PEDDLERS FAME INTERVIEWED
Roy Phillips of The Peddlers fame was interviewed by Brian Cotter on Saturday, but this time not in our studio but by phone. Roy was appearing in Napier that night and then Tauranga on Sunday the evening of 27th August.
Roy went on to say he was born in Poole, Dorset in the UK and that he got into music by listening to his Dad's wind up gramophone.
The Peddlers were formed in Manchester in 1964 the other two of the trio were, Trevor Morais and Tab Martin.
They went onto sell 45 million records. (We have 50 tracks of the Peddlers in our library, so put in a request.)
The Peddlers appeared at the Pickwick Club in London and the audience loved them. Their one month engagement turned into an eighteen month gig - they had hit the big time. At the club they were 'spotted' by Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme and for five years did seasons in the USA at places like the Flamingo Hotel and Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
The group disbanded in 1976 and Roy found his future in songwriting, penning over 200 songs.
While touring New Zealand in 1969 he fell in love with the laid back lifestyle and the people. In 1981 he moved here, firstly to Paihia, then Queenstown and now lives in Christchurch.
Photo is of Roy Phillips with Brian Cotter after the concert.
26 Aug 17
NIGEL TUTT - PRIORITY ONE'S CEO
Tauranga's own Nigel Tutt became the CEO of Priority One nearly a year ago and was in our studio talking with George Stewart.
The Tauranga based economic development agency has just won government funding to the tune of $8.4 million dollars, to fund a Regional Research institute to be known as Plantech.
There will be a consortium of partners, along with the University of Waikato will be, Bluelab, Cucumber, GPS-IT, Eurofins, plus Group Horticulture, Trimax Mowing Systems, Waka Digital and Zespri International.
Mr Tutt said the main areas of research will be, the collection of data and how this can be easily used, the use of autonomous devices in growing systems and point of use decision support, equipping people in the field with the right information.
26 Aug 17
SHIPS THAT PASS IN THE NIGHT
"Ships that pass in the night" was used in a speech given by announcer Jim Byrnes to describe the fact that the Volunteers of Village Radio do not often get together as a group as they literally pass each other between broadcasts.
On Sunday we rectified this by having a lovely lunch at the Nautilus Restaurant where we caught up with fellow Volunteers and swapped ideas to keep our wonderful radio station on air.
Jim went on in his speech to thank Carole Marsden for organising the luncheon and we all agreed to make it a more regular event.
Carole Marsden with Brian Cotter
More photos in our Photo Gallery Posted on
15 Aug 17
THE FOUR FOURS
In our studio on Saturday and interviewed by Brian Cotter was Rob Smith of The Four Fours a rock and roll band of the 50's and 60's. These guys were really one, if not the first, to break away from the then current styles of dance bands. There were three or four main dance bands in town, but nobody playing 'pop' music that the young ones could relate to.
The line-up:- Trevor Spitz (Drums), Mike Horman (Piano), later replaced by Frank Hay (Bass), Robert Smith (alto Sax and Colin Minifie (Alto Sax.
Later the band enlisted the services of guitarist and singer Bill Ward and the Four Fours performed for the following years as a five piece until the band did their first overseas adventure to Australia in 1960.
They did a support spot on the Rolling Stones second tour in New Zealand in March 1966.
"Theme From An Empty Coffee Lounge" (See link below), Bill Ward and Dave Hartstone wrote the theme but had not come up with any lyrics. Bill before it was recorded whistled the tune which they got on backing tape and it sounded so good they released the record which became a top 10 hit.
In 1966 on going to England they changed their name to Human Instinct.
07 Aug 17
A LINK TO THE AMERICA'S CUP
Following helmsman Peter Burling's part in the win of the America's Cup by Emirates Team New Zealand, you would be forgiven for thinking that there was something in the Tauranga water. And why it is that so many of these brilliant young competitors have come from this region and what has been the driving force.
Just days after the win George Stewart, interviewed John Buck, a former commodore of the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, a long time yachts-man, who has seen Peter come up through the ranks. He said the Tauranga Yacht Club has had some exceptional sailing coaches, who have created the right programmes so that these young sailors have been able to shine.
He said the real heroes are Peter's parents, who made huge sacrifices to make sure Peter was able to get where he is today.
John Buck in our studio.
08 Jul 17
MID YEAR CHRISTMAS PARTY - A BIG HIT
Over 60 of our Friends of Village Radio and some of our volunteers attended a Mid Year Christmas function at the Tauranga Coastguards venue. Great company, great entertainment, great food, what more could you ask for. The entertainment was our own Jim Wood and his wife, Zeta, followed by a singalong with the Ukulele Band, of which Carole Marsden the organiser of the event took part.
Photo Jim Wood and wife Zeta
27 Jun 17
TAURANGA'S TRAFFIC CONGESTION INTERVIEW
Thursday, 22nd June George Stewart interviewed Tauranga Architect, Mark Wassung. Mark has been advocating the removal of all street-side parking in main arterial routes, such as Cameron Road, with "park and ride" areas for the city's workers.
Some of his proposals include a light rail system or buses running every 15 minutes and electric bike stations. It is all to get rid of the traffic congestion, which is only going to get worse, if nothing is done.
Mark Wassung is an award winning registered architect, with qualifications in Urban Design and is also an Eco Futurist.
23 Jun 17
A SAD FAREWELL TO KEL RAINE AS HE RETIRES.
On Thursday 15th June one of our pioneers of Village Radio, Kel Raine, gave his last broadcast. He first became involved in 1986, just 2 years after the station commenced.
Kel and his wife Anne spent many hours, over a number of years organising and cataloguing the record library, as well as Kel announcing, sometimes twice a week.
Also there were late nights spent ensuring the transmitter and other equipment would be ready for broadcasting the following day.
Many thanks Kel for helping create the station that hundreds of listeners enjoy every day and your many years of dedication.
20 Jun 17
NEW TRANSMITTER = CLEARER RECEPTION
The Nautel solid state transmitter commenced broadcasting on Friday 16th June 2017. We are receiving excellent comments from listeners reporting a clearer reception in areas which were previously inconsistent.
The first music to be play on the 16th June was "Blue Smoke", the first record wholly produced in New Zealand from composition to pressing.
A huge thanks to George Stewart and particularly Ted Adelman who has literally gone the extra mile to get the Nautel Transmitter up and broadcasting, two trips to Taupo that we are aware of, to tap into additional experience when problems were encountered.
20 Jun 17
THE HEART OF OUR CITY
Councillor Larry Baldock was our studio guest on, Thursday 25th May, to talk about 'The Heart of the City' and revitalizing the City Centre of Tauranga.
He told George Stewart that it is essential that the residents of Tauranga tell the Council what they would like to see in the rebuilt City Centre and how strongly they felt for the need of a new museum and library.
Mr Baldock said some of the ideas being put forward were for a more pedestrian friendly city, with green areas and a brand new city bus terminal away from Willow Street.
25 May 17
RADIO FERRYMEAD, CHRISTCHURCH
Village Radio's sister station in Christchurch is Radio Ferrymead and is shortly moving to new premises. Ferrymead Heritage Park owns the
land and they own the building on it. The
building is old and damp and is not good for volunteer staff or radio displays.
committee decision was made to build their own modern, dry building of their own. They had 18
years of savings in various investment accounts so the journey began. They applied for funding, a number of times, but with no success.
for them they received two bequests from people who had loved the music they play on
Radio Ferrymead. That really helped.
The concrete floor was poured a week before the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and so it had to be ripped up and started again. Once the shell of the Council building was completed they started on the internal fit-out. A small band of eight spent every
Thursday morning on working bee duties. They are getting near the end of it
all but have no final date for moving in.
Photo - Radio Ferrymead, nearly complete, new building. For more photos visit our Photo Gallery.
For further information visit http://radioferrymead.co.nz
11 May 17
JAMES WOOD FROM N.Z. MEETS JAMES WOOD FROM UK
James Wood our popular announcer met his name sake when he visited our station.
The other James Wood has been an announcer on a community station back home in Lincoln, UK.
He is at present on holiday in N.Z, with his wife Linda.
The two James's.
06 May 17
MAY IS NEW ZEALAND MUSIC MONTH
Through this month we will have a sprinkle of music from New Zealand
artists to celebrate New Zealand Music Month.
As you may know between 4-00pm and 5-00pm every Wednesday, Gail Wood, presents New Zealand Music Hour.
In our library of over 120,000 tracks we have a very special 78rpm record of Blue Smoke sung by Pixie Williams in 1949, which is on the TANZA (To Assist N.Z. Artists) record Label. It became the first record to be produced wholly in New Zealand from composition to pressing.
Ruru Karaitiana wrote Blue Smoke in 1940 on the troop ship, Aquitania, when off the coast of Africa. He was inspired by the sight of the blue smoke emerging from the ship's funnel, drifting homewards to the soldier's loved ones.
If you would like to hear this or other New Zealand music (pre-1990 please) just ring the station and ask for a request.
03 May 17
ROTARY BOOK FAIR ORGANISER IN OUR STUDIO
Ann Pritchard who has organized this Easter weekends Book Fair was interviewed by George Stewart in our studios. She said
14 Apr 17
that it is a massive undertaking, involving about 35 Rotary Club
members, who spend about a year getting in the hundreds of books, CD's, DVD's puzzles
and some sheet music. There
will be a silent tender for rare books closing midday Easter Monday. A large number of Tauranga organisations benefit from the proceeds, each year. The dates are April 15th 16th and 17th at Seeka Coolstore, Totara Street, Mount Maunganui.
HAPPY 33RD BIRTHDAY TAURANGA VILLAGE RADIO
On this day 13th April 1984 Tauranga Village Radio made it's first broadcast.
To celebrate this special day, on George Stewart's morning broadcast, he has fired up the old 80 year old Collins Transmitter. Probably the only one of it's kind in operation.
A big thank you to all our listeners and Friends of Village Radio for all your support for all of the 33 years.
The photo is of Keith Spooner in 1988, who has retired from announcing but still a very strong supporter of our station at 94 years old.
13 Apr 17
A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS
Everyone knows the Beatle's song "With A Little Help From My Friends", well that is what happened to us on Monday, 3rd April.
The new Nautel Transmitter arrived from overseas and of course the problem was to get it up to our studio and up the narrow steep stairs. It was removed from it's crate, on hand were Steve, George, Brian and Neil, but we needed even more manpower. We borrowed, Neville from the Men's Shed, he came along a with a very useful forklift and hand trolley, which we could not have done without. We even had help from a couple of visitors to the Village.
So to all our "friends" we say a huge THANK YOU.
The transmitter will be installed by our specialist technician, Ted Adelman, some time this month.
04 Apr 17
ADELIA HALLET - INTERVIEWED ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Last week, Adelia Hallett of Forest and Bird was interviewed by Lloyd Davies at Village Radio.
Adelia stated that humans are causing the climate to change at 170 times the natural rate. The 'carbon budget'
to keep warming below 1.5deg will be used up within 5 years.
New Zealand's, per person emissions, work out to 18 tonnes each per year
- nine times higher than the global allowance.
"We hear a lot about how climate change will affect people, but not a lot of people are talking it's impact on nature. In the Bay of Plenty region, threats include rising sea levels on the coast, floods on the Rangitaiki Plains, droughts in summer and more pests and diseases"
The interview generated a lot of discussions with our listeners on this very topical subject.
29 Mar 17
FAREWELL TO POPULAR ANNOUNCER - BONNIE LEONARD
Bonnie Leonard, has sadly resigned. She has been an announcer, board member and Co-ordinator of the Friends of Village Radio since July 1993 (nearly 24 years).she is on her way to the Mainland, Gore. Bonnie has spent 58 years in Tauranga so made many, many friends who are going to miss her as we are at Village Radio.
She was given a great farewell party on Saturday, 4th March at the Village Hall in the Historic Village. Entertainment was provided by the the popular, Bay Dixie Band, followed by a sing-a-long with Shirley Hanly.
Volunteers from the station, friends and Friends of Village Radio were in attendance to bid her a fond farewell. Bonnie will broadcast her final programme on 12th March 9-00am to 1-00pm.
Please go to our Photo Gallery for more photos of the day.
06 Mar 17
WAITANGI DAY WITH OUR VOLUNTEERS
On Monday, Waitangi Day, the Volunteers and their partners of Village Radio met for a social get together at Kelvin (Treasurer and Panel Operator) and Eileen's home.
Two beautiful looking and yummy to eat were two cakes, kindly donated to us by Friends of Village Radio, Stan and Edith Smith.
There was plenty of laughter, story telling, dancing and of cause plenty of music. It was a great occasion to get to see each other. The Volunteers do not get many opportunities to socialize as they are always busy keeping Village Radio on air.
(Some of our Volunteers)
For more photos please click on Photo Gallery Posted on
10 Feb 17
GREAT NEWS !
Village Radio Fundraising Committee have been trying for quite a while to purchase a new transmitter which unfortunately we could not afford. The ones we use are getting worn out and we don't know how much longer they will last.
At our Waitangi Day Get Together it was announced by George Stewart that we now have the funds to purchase the transmitter.
Thanks to Pub Charities and The Lion Foundation grants and support from Friends of Village Radio, we have ordered the equipment. To be delivered shortly.
10 Feb 17
INTERVIEW WITH OUR NEW MAYOR
On the 26th January, George Stewart interviewed Tauranga Mayor, Greg Brownless.
He was asked a wide range of questions including, his vision for his city, the cost of housing and rentals. Whether he liked the idea of high rise buildings and apartments outside the CBD. What was happening to get the retailers back into the CBD and the horrendous traffic problems.
We would like to thank the Mayor for his very valuable time and our feed back has been very positive on the broadcast.
01 Feb 17
MORE INFORMATION BROADCAST EACH DAY FOR OUR LISTENERS
We are now receiving Press Releases daily from, Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
For our listeners this means more information broadcast throughout the day. Such as, road closures, extreme weather conditions (like fire bans). Traffic safety on our roads and other information of interest to the community.
01 Feb 17
ACCOLADES FROM CANADA FOR VILLAGE RADIO
Jim Byrnes is one of our new Announcers and he was chatting to his nephew about Village Radio and the following is from Jim's email telling us about Christopher:-
"Christopher Byrnes is my nephew and he owns two radio stations in Canada and three in New Zealand. Donny Osmond worked for him as an announcer, before Donny went to Las Vegas.
Christopher looked at the profile of Village Radio, on line and was very, very, impressed with what he saw re the whole operation.
He worked some time at Radio Lakeland in Taupo and he said that Village Radio had the same studio lay out.
He asked me to pass on his compliments and good wishes for a well run radio station."
For further information about Christopher Byrnes go to, http://byrnesmedia.com
03 Oct 16
JUSTUS ROZEMOND OUR STUDIO GUEST
This week's studio guest was Bay of Plenty Symphonia's conductor, Justus Rozemond. He was interviewed by our Announcer, George Stewart on Thursday. It was to raise publicity for the orchestra's 'Free Family Concert' on Sunday 4th September at Otumoetai College, Tauranga.
Justus is a graduate from the New Zealand School of Music, with Performance in Clarinet.
He started conducting in New Plymouth, before moving to Wellington, where he performed and conducted with a number of contemporary groups before moving to Tauranga in 2012.
Justus plays second clarinet in the OPUS Orchestra and also plays bass clarinet in the Rata Trio. He also has extensive experience in arranging Chamber and Orchestral music.
(The Photo is of Justus Rozemond conducting Bay of Plenty Symphonia. More photos in our Photo Gallery)
02 Sep 16
1923 STUDEBAKER AT VILLAGE RADIO
On Sunday the Friends of Village Radio were treated by Jack Van Den Hoven when he drove his 1923 Studebaker Vintage car to one of our get-togethers.
Jack has had "Rosie Studebaker" since 1958, which he purchased her for the princely sum of $75. It was Jack and his wife, Jenni's only car for a few years. He finally got 8 Studebakers, but as he stated he is now down to 6!! As they have 5 children, each of them now own one Studebaker each. Jack drives his 1963 Studebaker, as he says the others are somewhat slow to drive on our busy roads. He is a member of the B.O.P. Vintage Car Club and "Rosie" and a vintage Rolls Royce were the first members when the Club began.
Jack has written a book on Rosie's life as if she was telling the story. He calls it an Auto-biography. Unfortunately this is now out of print.
The photo is of Jack with "Rosie".
25 Jul 16
HAPPY 32nd BIRTHDAY TO VILLAGE RADIO
To-day (13th April) Village Radio celebrates it's 32nd Birthday. On Sunday, 10th April, we had a birthday party attended by The Friends Of Village Radio, our listeners and volunteers of the station.
What a wonderful celebration, we had entertainment by The Upbeat Singers, Melody Time Singers (including our own Shirley Hanly), Two of a Kind and the piano player, Ron Standwell. Their talent was appreciated by the audience especially when they all got together and sang a rousing Happy Birthday to Village Radio.
On hand to cut the cake was Vern Jacobsen, a long time supporter of ours. The feedback after the celebrations by everyone was "we really enjoyed the afternoon and when can we do it again?" We will keep you informed!
(Please see further photos in our Photo Gallery).
13 Apr 16
GOOD-BYE FOR THE TIME BEING
Wednesday 23rd March is the last broadcast for one of our and your favourite announcers, Chris Adams.
He has been with Village Radio for six years plus some months and did the Wednesday morning broadcast. Due to business commitments he has to, we hope just take a leave of absence and not resign totally.
In contact with Chris he stated "you never know I could pop up in the future if I
was wanted on the odd occasion you never know".
We hope that is so Chris. Posted on
22 Mar 16
OUR WEBSITE 'SPARKS' VISIT BY RETIRED UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR
After viewing our website and reading about the 1935 Collins Broadcast Radio Transmitter, Professor Alan Williamson, (Emeritus), was very keen to visit Village Radio and see it himself.
Professor Williamson is one of New Zealand's top electrical engineers and was honoured with a most prestigious level of membership by the Institute of Professional Engineers in 2014, that of a Fellow.
He began his academic career as a student in the days when engineering was still taught at Ardmore, he completed his studies at the city campus in 1970. Following his PhD, he worked for the NZ Broadcasting Corporation, before joining Auckland University in 1975.
in 2010 Allan gained a DEng, a higher doctorate awarded for original contributions of special excellence in a branch of engineering technology. To date only four DEng degrees have been awarded and Professor Williamson is the first in the field of electrical engineering.
He was appointed Professor of Telecommunications in 1988 and served three periods as Head of Department and has been Associate Dean of Research.
He retired in 2013.
09 Feb 16
VILLAGE RADIO AT THE ELMS
This was the second time for Village Radio to participate at The Elms Garden & Art Festival the second was on Sunday 31st January 2016.
Our 'nostalgic music" was first heard at the British Car Club's show last December and received glowing praise. As convener Ron Harvey remarked at the time, "It gave a wonderful ambience to the grounds and complimented the gathering of beautifully polished and gleaming vintage and classic cars".
This year it was Gardens & Art so once again four vintage valve powered radios were placed strategically around the grounds. Announcer Bonnie Leonard played a special programme of music, including titles involving "Gardens and Art".
800 people visited the Festival, despite a somewhat rainy day.
Photo below shows George Stewart one of our announcers with one of the Radio Station's HMV valve radios at the Festival.
(You can see more radios, gramophones and more at our Museum at Village Radio)
06 Feb 16
MAYOR STUART CROSBY DELIVERS CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
Mayor Stuart Crosby visits Village Radio to deliver a Christmas message to the audience of Village Radio, here in Tauranga. Mayor Crosby shares warm sentiments and good health in a message to our valued listeners. As you can see, Mayor Crosby is having a good time at the control panel of Studio 1. As he delivers warm Christmas tidings, we too, wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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24 Dec 15
LIONS MARKET A BIG SUCCESS
Village Radio has a sausage sizzle and vinyl record sale in operation every first and third Sunday of the month at the Lions Market Day at the Historic Village. This is one of our fundraising events to keep the station on air.
Last Sunday the village was a hive of activity with around 60 stalls and hundreds of people visiting the market.
Our chief 'sizzler' is our Station Manager Steve Lambie ably assisted by Judith Lambie and Brian Williams. When possible other volunteers from Village Radio are there to give a hand. (See Photo)
05 May 15
OUR TECH TEAM HELPS TO MAKE AN HISTORIC BROADCAST
On the 5th January 2013 the 75 year old Collins Transmitter went on air without a hitch. The transmitter is only the second known to be operating in the world and was restored by our technicians at Village Radio, Russ Bain, George Stewart and Neil Walsh. (Please see photo). It has been out of action for 13 years but has been painstakingly restored by the technicians and a grant from the Lotteries Commission.
Village Radio will continue to rely on it's more modern 1960's Toshiba value transmitter, leaving the Collins as a back-up and for special occasions.
From the left, George Stewart, Russ Bain & Neil Walsh
The Announcer for the day was Peter ShawPosted on
20 Jan 13