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.


MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

The Volunteers at Village Radio would like to wish all our listeners A Very Happy Christmas and New Year. The Christmas Day broadcast will be pre-recorded and compiled by Peter Shaw. Boxing Day broadcasts are as usual. Peter Donnelly will take you through the morning followed by Brian Williams in the afternoon. Please let them know you are listening and ask for any request of your choice.  Of course you can always see them broadcasting live by going to the Historic Village and visiting our studios.

34TH CHRISTMAS PARTY

Yes, it is our 34th Christmas Party that we celebrated on Sunday.  Unfortunately because of the bad weather we did not have the numbers we would have liked but the warmth of our Friends of Village Radio and our Volunteers that were there made it a very enjoyable afternoon. One Volunteer called us 'The Village Family' and that is a very true statement. We were entertained by the Bay Dixie Band who kept us entertained with some great music. Check out our Facebook Page for a short video. Chairman Steve gave a speech of welcome and caught up the Friends of Village Radio with all our latest news. We had some wonderful raffles and a great afternoon tea supplied by our wonderful Volunteers.

CRUISE SHIP VISITORS

So far we have welcomed 11 out of the 117 Cruise Ships expected to visit Tauranga this season.  We at Village Radio have had the pleasure of giving some of these passengers a tour of our Radio Museum and our Studios. We have had many special moments with our visitors.  Brian Cotter went the extra mile on one occasion. After his broadcast on his way to his car he spotted a couple from Vancouver, Canada, who had visited the studio, waiting for the bus to take them back to the boat.  He said he would take them back but on the way he gave them a 'tiki' tour of Tauranga. A couple from Sydney, Australia came for a tour, Steve was the announcer for the afternoon and asked them if they wanted a request. They picked Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison.  He asked the lady visitor if she liked Rock n' Roll she said she loved it so they started to dance in our studio, while the record was playing. We remember the gentleman who on seeing a radio that reminded him of his parents cried happy tears just for the memory.  Another gentleman that asked for a request and went to the café across from Village Radio got a coffee and sat outside listening on our outside system with tears in his eyes.  He remembered what that record meant in his life. It is moments like these that make us proud to be Volunteers for Village Radio.

VILLAGE RADIO'S A.G.M.

The results of the voting at the A.G.M. are as follows:-        Chairperson             Steve Lambie             Vice-Chairperson      Brian Williams    Treasurer                 Kelvin Roach             Station Manager       George Stewart     Secretary                 Judith Lambie         Committee               Bonnie Cherrington                                   Jim Brynes                                   Brian Cotter                                   Sid Pavett                                   Sheila Lacey   Steve Lambie (Photo) thanked all the Volunteers that attended the meeting.

RADIO FERRYMEAD - MOVES INTO NEW BUILDING

Our twin sister Radio Station in Christchurch, Radio Ferrymead, have now moved into a new building.  They are not open to the public yet as they have the task of moving all the equipment from the old building. The last week of August was hectic as the shift had to be made on the three days the station was not on air.  People helped in shifting records, including a group from Riccarton/Wigram Lions Club as well as a number of Radio Preservation Society members.    Technicians worked on fine tuning the console and further electrical features were installed. It was decided that longest serving announcer Maureen Watkins would open the first broadcast in the new studio. Photo is of Tony Forster and Maureen Watkins during the first hour of broadcasting in the new studio. More photos in our Photo Gallery.

HONORARY LIFE VOLUNTEER CONTACTS US

After reading on our Website about the history of our large collection of vinyl records stating that the donated record tracks were handwritten by Alan Brammer  and posted to "a friend in Wellington who would enter these details onto his computer, print them out and return the printout to Village Radio". Tony King got in touch with us and stated that he was 'the friend'.  His parents retired to Tauranga so periodically he would visit Village Radio and was invited to join in one of the Telethon events.  In 1988 Tony was recognized for his efforts with the database and was presented with an "Honorary Life Volunteer" membership accolade. As a hobby letterpress printer he printed, a visitor card. a historic summary and letterhead for Village Radio and had an interest in the letterpress printing setup at the Historic Village.  His interest in broadcasting lead to a contract with Radio NZ International in the early 90's handling overseas mail and presenting a fortnightly Mailbox programme for 3 years. The photo is a photo of Tony King

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