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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.

 

 

HEALTH AND DISABILITY ADVOCATE INTERVIEWED

George Stewart’s Studio Guest this week (Monday 29 November) was the Western Bay of Plenty Health and Disability Service advocate, Emma Ngawhare. Emma provides free support to resolve concerns or complaints for people who may have received unsatisfactory or unresolved treatment from health providers such as dentists, hospitals, rest homes, home care providers, midwives or optometrists.    Emma explained that everyone using a health and disability service has the protection of The Code Of Health and Disability Services Consumer Rights. As an independent advocate Emma is available to anyone who wishes to make a complaint, if they feel their rights, dignity or treatment have been less than satisfactory.    She told our listeners that she can be contacted either at her office, at the Historic Village, or on the Health and Disability free phone line , 0800 555 050, or on the web site at advocacy@hdc.org.nz

KEITH SPOONER DIES AGED 98 YEARS

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of ex announcer, Keith Spooner aged 98 years.  Keith was one of the pioneers of Village Radio and did much in his many years as a Volunteer in the 80's. 90's and the early 2000 to promote us to many parts of the World, long before social media. In his later life he unforunately lost his sight so relied on his love of music to keep his spirits up.  I visited him on many occasions and we could talk for an hour or more about yesteryear nostalgic music, I will very much miss our talks.   The photo of Keith and Sheila was taken at one of Village Radio's Mid Year Christmas Parties.

LOUD AND CLEAR IN BERLIN

An avid radio DX'er in Berlin has tuned into Village Radio, after using the internet to access a special listening site in Rotorua, which is able to pick up Village Radio at perfect strength and quality.Gerald Puhlmann sent a detailed reception report to our technicians after listening to Kate Pollock and Jim Byrnes’s programmes on Wednesday morning, 10th November 2021. Complimenting them on an excellent choice of music.This is certainly the longest distance listener that has ever tuned into Village Radio, that we are aware of.  (Dx is Radio code for long distance Radio transmission).

AGM - 17TH NOVEMBER 2021

Last night was Village Radio's AGM and we have a new Committee. They are as follows:-     Chair Person          Steve Lambie    Vice Chair             Graeme Millow   Station Manager    Tony Rhind    Secretary              Kate Pollark   Treasurer              Kelvin Roach  Committee:-         Erroll Hay                              Peter Donnelly                               Murray Maunder    Photo of Chairperson Steve Lambie

B.O.P. SYMPHONIA'S JUSTUS ROZEMOND INTERVIEWED

This week’s “Concert Hour” on Monday 1 November included a visit and interview with the Bay of Plenty Symphonia’s Musical Director, Justus Rozemond.  Justus told announcer George Stewart there was now unfortunately a limit on how many people could be admitted to Baycourt, to hear their final concert for 2021, “Northern Lights”, with just 190 seated in “bubbles” 3 metres apart. Another disappointment due to the Covid travel restrictions was that some of the orchestra’s members residing in the Waikato, were unable to take part.   But on a positive note Justus had secured one of New Zealand’s renowned violinists. Martin Riseley, to play Sibelius’s technically demanding Violin Concerto, which would be the “Centrepiece” of the afternoon concert, on 21 November. Tickets available via Ticketek or Baycourt Office.  

KIWI BUS BUILDERS, RICHARD DRUMMOND INTERVIEWED

The Managing Director of Kiwi Bus Builders, Richard Drummond, was our studio guest this week, on George Stewart’s afternoon programme. At present their highly skilled staff are busy making 31 Double Decker Electric buses for the Wellington Regional Council. It all started almost 30 years ago when Richard had a conversation with Tony Lugg, who had the contract to provide a suburban bus service in Tauranga.  After building their first school bus for Reporoa Valley Transport, in a large shed in Alach Street, they built 6 more 46 seater ones. They are now located in Tauriko.   In 2011 Richard entered an agreement with Alexander Dennis Ltd in the UK to import and assemble 120 “Enviro 200” buses for the NZ Bus company. Later this order was extended by a further 40. Those orders were worth 40 million pounds! At one stage Kiwi Bus Builders had a staff of 200, with a depot in Wellington repairing crashed buses, but with the Covid Pandemic, the demand for tour coaches has dropped right off.   By the end of the 1990’s Kiwi Bus Builders were the leading coach builders in NZ, having built up excellent customer service, innovative engineering design and advanced assembly techniques.