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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.

 

 

B.O.P. MEDICAL OFFICE - TALKS ABOUT COVID 19

Dr Phil Shoemack, BOP Medical Officer of Health, Toi Te Ora was George Stewart's guest in our studio. He is also a public health physician and the Medical Leader for the Bay of Plenty District Health Board Regional Community Services. Dr Shoemack spoke of his resonsibilites and role in the current Covid 19 Corona Virus Pandemic.  There were over 50 reported cases in the Bay of Plenty of people being infected with the virus, a number were so ill they had to be hospitalised. Phil's team of around 50 staff are responsible for checking the regions air and water quality, following up of any reported cases of Salmonella, Campylobacter Viral Infections, Shellfish Contamination and setting up teams to test people for the Corona Virus. Phil is a keen advocate for safe cycling in an around Tauranga and rode his collapsible bike from Toi Te Ora Health on Cameron Road to Village Radio.

MULTICULTURAL BROADCASTS TO START BROADCASTING AGAIN

During the Covide19 lockdown our friends from the Multicultural Society discontinued their broadcasts.  We are happy to announce that from Monday they will be broadcasting again.   Monday 15th  The Chinese Hour with Mimi Hung:   Monday 22nd : Korean programme with Lee Ha and her daughter   Monday 29th: The Filipino hour with Shirely Huber and Lolita    

TENBY POWELL TALKS ON VILLAGE RADIO

George Stewart's guest this week was the Mayor of Tauranga, Tenby Powell.     The Mayor talked about the first 200 days in office and some of the serious problems the new Council inherited.       He has visions of upgrading the Kaimai Railway tunnel, running passenger trains to Auckland, double tracking the line from the Port of Tauranga to the new Inland Port at Ruakura, as well as the transfer of the Ports of Auckland container terminals to Tauranga, if the Auckland Port closes down..       With the City Council facing a massive deficit in its rates this year he has been meeting with Central Government to claim some hefty regional assistance packages, but Tauranga ratepayers will probably be looking at a small increase this year, of around 60cents per week.    He is not in favour of closing the Begonia House in Robbins Park and wants to keep many of the Hanging Baskets, which give much pleasure to shoppers to the CBD.    He sees the CBD becoming a residential suburb of Apartments which eventually will bring back the retail/bussiness community.  He could not say much about the failed Harington Street Parking Building except that Council will be attempting to recover as much money as possible.

ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR KEITH

I have written before about our retired and much thought of by his fellow Village Radio Volunteers, ex-announcer, Keith Spooner. On Saturday he turned 96 years old. He is now in a Rest Home and I personally have been visiting him on a regular basis.  Before you know it 2 hours have gone by talking with Keith. He has a vast knowledge of music and I have learnt a lot by just talking with him.     On Saturday I made sure that I was with Keith when Brian Wiliams one of our announcers dedicated a lovely segment of his program to Keith.  He not only gave Keith his and other Volunteer's there birthday wishes but said some really nice comments which Keith was extremely moved by.  Brian then went on to play 4 of Keith's favourite tunes.  Also with Keith was his daughter, Lesley, her husband Richard, Keith's granddaughter and her husband and even their pet dog Leo.     We are very proud at Village Radio that our music and the contact that our announcers give to our listeners is sometimes the only communication and joy of early times they have.          Photo - Keith with Sheila Lacey at a previous Village Radio function    

WE ARE BACK ON AIR !!!

On Thursday, 13th May we begin our broadcasts again.  At 8-00am Kate Pollock will take us through to 10-00am   Then George Stewart followed at 1-00pm and including NZ Music at 4-00pm with Ken Wadsworth.   We have all missed playing your favourite nostalgic music and we are looking forward to your e-mails (info@villageradio.co.nz) and telephone calls. Don't forget 571-3710 for your requests.

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.