Welcome to TAURANGA Village Radio MUSEUM INCORPORATED SOCIETY

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.
 
OUR MISSION STATEMENT

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


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. 

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.

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")

"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.

SHANE INTERVIEW

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.

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.

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