Enjoy your day with Village Radio - tune in to Station 1XT - 1368kh on the AM band to re-live special events and moments, sing along to old favourites and recall memories of a musical past that's seldom heard today.

Village Radio is your nostalgia station and in keeping with our vintage status we broadcast on the AM frequency, which was all that was available in New Zealand before FM was introduced.

We operate from the Tauranga Historic Village and our volunteers welcome requests and chats to let us know you are listening and enjoying the unique programmes each volunteer announcer compiles. We play vinyl records mostly and have the fourth largest collection of nostalgic music in New Zealand which have been donated to Village Radio from Tauranga residents.

We broadcast daily and if you have a special preference check out the 'Programme Section' on the Home Page for the particular genre you prefer. Apart from these, the music goes round and round with nostalgic recordings from the 40's to the 90's each day for your pleasure.

To operate as a working museum bringing enjoyable, varied, musical programmes from bygone days in accordance with our Radio License/Charter.


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                                   Jim Brynes                                   Carole Marsden   Steve Lambie (Photo) thanked all the Volunteers that attended the meeting.


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


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.


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.


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  


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.    

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