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 20's to the 80'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.


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)

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". 

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).

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.

WE ARE NEARLY 32 YEARS OLD!

We have booked The Village Hall at the Historic Village 17th Avenue West on Sunday 10th April at 2pm for our 32nd Birthday.   There will be  finger food, tea and coffee and entertainment.  Yes, 13th April 2016 is our actual Birthday, but what is better than afternoon tea on a Sunday? (10th).   You can e-mail us on info@villageradio.co.nz  or phone the station 07-571 3710.

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. 

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