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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.

 

 

SAD NEWS FOR OUR LISTENERS

COVID 19. It is with much regret that Volunteers of Tauranga Village Radio have decided to cease broadcasting as from tomorrow afternoon 22nd March.  Most of our volunteers are over 70 and are of course in the vulnerable age bracket. We will keep everyone informed of any further development. To all our listeners, we thank you all for your ongoing support and we hope that we will be back on air very soon. Our very best wishes to you all.

TAURANGA VILLAGE RADIO CLOSED TO VISITORS

Tauranga Village Radio Museum has decided that until the Coronavirus epidemic subsides we will not be opening the Studios or our Museum to visitors.  The first time in 35 years!!   Another change, to keep our staff  safe, is to discontinue studio interviews. We, the Volunteers, will however continue to broadcast your nostalgic music as usual on 1368 on the AM band.   If you are in self isolation and feel you would like a chat, with the outside world, do not hesitate to call one of our caring announcers.  Also if you would like a piece of your favourite music played we are just a phone call away.  Phone 571 3710.

VILLAGE RADIO MUSEUM - RECORD OF ARTIFACTS

Thanks to the effort and skill of a wonderful visitor we now have a detailed inventory of every item in our Radio Museum.  Lt Commander Jerry Anderson RN (rtd) and his wife travelled from the UK to be at the birth of their daugter's twins! Over 4 weeks he has meticulously noted the location, make and model of every radio, turntable, tape recorder, etc creating a computer generated spreadsheet. On some days the tempreture in the Museum must have been in excess of 30 degrees. This morning, Village Radio Chairman, Brian Williams presented Jerry with a signed certificate of appreciation, a thank you card and some New Zealand Wine.    

CORBAN SIMPSON OF BLERTA IN OUR STUDIO

On Saturday, 18th January Brian Cotter interviewed a very special guest, Corban Simpson from the New Zealand band BLERTA.    The name was derived from the initials of a band formed by Bruno Lawrence, " Bruno Lawrence Electric Revelation and Travelling Aparition" formed in October 1971.  While in Welllington after a tour of the Waiaprapa they had their first recording session at HMV studios.  From this session came "Dance All Around The World" the lyrics were written by George Murphy and the music was by Corban and sung by him. It made it to number 13 in the National Charts. In 1973 they headed for Australia where they spent 18 months. Back in New Zealand, May 1976 they did a six part series for TV winning a Feltex Award.  They disbanded shortly after. During the interview Corban did a song "Red Balloon" written by his friend, James Wairea and said that if he records another single itt is the song he would like to record.      Photo Corban Simpson

ANDREW LOVE - RADIO - THE GLAMOROUS JOB

Saturday morning Brian Cotter interviewed Andrew Love who has a long time connection with Village Radio.  When he was with IZB they donated the transmitter and other equipment we have used for many years.  He was born in England then he with his parents emigrated to New Zeland and settled in Tauranga. First job was with Bay Times, then 2 years later in 1970 with IZB, being then the youngest advertising agent. He said that in those days to be in radio was a "Glamour Job".     He left to do his big OE and found a vacancy again in radio on his return.  He became the first ever to sell advertsing on commission.  In 1975 with some friends started the first ever Disco called Sgt Peppers Disco intitally for 1 night per week but which turned into 6 nights per week. One of his passions is sport and got to be a commentator for such things as the Rugby Spring Bok tour in 1981 and 1987 the First World Rugby Cup.      2016 he remarried and he and wife Louise, bought a motorhome and travelled for 18 months visiting 48 countries.   Photo: Andrew Love with Brian Cotter in Studio 2.  

MAYOR TENBY POWELL INTERVIEWED

Tauranga's very busy Mayor, Tenby Powell was the special Christmas Guest this morning on Village Radio, with Station Manager, George Stewart. In the 30 minute interview he covered the controversial Council decision to revoke the 'rough sleeping' ban on the homeless people in retail areas and the need to build 'up' in a sprawing City of Peninsulas.  The Mayor also emphasised how importanty it has been to involve Government Ministers and the Mayors of both the Regional and Western Bay of Plenty Councils, in getting vital projects underway. He is adamant that the present location of the Council building in Willow Street is unsatisfactory and would like to see them headquartered in new premises, on the former TV3 site, now a car park across from Bay Court. Other topics included the lack of a Museum, the poor use of buses, the need to better look after tourists and a new industrial development planned at Tauriko.  The Mayor also sent his best wishes to our listeners and Volunteers for Christmas and the New Year. George also took the Mayor for a tour around Village Radio's studios and the Radio Museum.    Photo:  Mayor Tenby Powell in Village Radio's Studio 1