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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.

 

 

62 YEARS A VOLUNTEER

George Stewart to-day interviewed Volunteer extraordinaire Alan Pine. Alan has been a Volunteer for 62 years with St John Ambulance as a Tauranga Health Shuttle Driver.     He joined St John in Auckland in 1955, he started in the Youth Programme and says in many ways it has not changed. The highest award for a cadet is to aim for was the Grand Prior badge and still is. When he became 'too old' for the cadets he took on the role of youth cadet divisions both in Auckland and Tauranga. He later became District Officer of Cadets.   At one stage he was responsibile for providing the volunteer medical cover for the Commonwealth Games in Auckland. He took three weeks off work and was flat out organising about 135 volunteers that they got in for the games.    Alan says being a part of St John is a good pastime even if you’ve got full time work.  Alan's career was in the Insurance industry.   In 1998 Alan received St John's highest honour when he was made Knight of Grace.

YIPHEE - WE ARE BACK ON AIR

Tauranga Village Radio, 1368 AM will be back on the air, from tomorrow, Wednesday  8 September with Kate Pollock at 8am followed by Jim Brynes and then Brian Williams with the Jazz Hour.    The non commercial Community Radio Station, which broadcasts from the Historic Village, in 17th Avenue, has been off the air since the country went into " Lockdown ".    (Village Radio would welcome more volunteers, especially in the studio technical operations area, with full training given. Apply by contacting the station on 07-571-3710).

PRIORITY ONE

Nigel Tutt is the CEO of the Western Bay of Plenty ratepayer funded Economic Development organisation, "Priority One".  He was interviewed on George Stewart's program on Monday.  He has a staff of 16 working in Tauranga, to build on the sub-region's competitive advantages, which aims to bring innovation, new business and new companies, to our fast growing community.   

VILLAGE RADIO'S "ETHNIC HOUR"

The Ethnic Police officer working in our Multicultural community, Jason Wharewera was interviewed by Shirley Huber, from the Filipino community.  Jason was born and bred in Malaysia, and is of Maori and Chinese descent.  Shirley also interviewed the current President of Tauranga Multicultural, Premila D'mello. Other ethnic groups involved in the Monday broadcasts are from the Chinese and Nepalese communities.

CABBAGE TREE MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Listeners to Village Radio should be picking up a much stronger signal now that a cabbage tree was cut down that had grown up into the transmission aerial at the Historic Village.   We are hoping that some of our listeners experiencing below standard reception will beable to hear much clearer.  

OUR WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS

The 20th to 26th June is National Volunteer Week. There are approx 1,008,000 as at 2018.     At Tauranga Village Radio we have 27 Volunteers. We broadcast approx 64 hours per week. An average week we need 21 announcers and 4-5 panel operators.  Each announcer does a 3 to 5 hour broadcast but add to that the program preparation time of 2-3 hours.     The hours being 7 days per week, the only day we do not do a live broadcast is Christmas Day, but a Volunteer does go into the studio so that a pre-recorded playlist can be aired.    Our broadcast hours :-  8-00am to 10-00am,   10-00am to 1-00pm    1-00pm to 5-00pm      We also have a librarian, web support, technicians, a Committee of 8, who are made up of the Volunteers, they all work as Volunteers behind the scences.      The satisfaction of all our Volunteers is knowing that they can bring enjoyable, varied, musical programmes and a friendly voice into the homes of our listeners.