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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.

 

 

VILLAGE RADIO AGM

The 20th November was our AGM meeting which was well attended by the majority of Volunteers. Here are the results of the nominations.        Chairperson          Brian Williams       Vice Chairperson   Brian Cotter       Station Manager    George Stewart       Treasurer              Kelvin Roach       Secretary              Sheila Lacey       Committee            Jim Brynes                                   Errol Hay                                   Marion King           Photo                    Brian Williams

WHAT A 'CRACKER' OF A PARTY

On Sunday the 24th November we had the Village Radio Christmas Party.  It was very well attended by both the Volunteers and Friends and listeners of our wonderful station.   The entertainment was by Jim Wood, our Friday morning announcer, along with his wife Zita and sister Kay. Brian Cotter was the Master of Ceremonies.  The party was funded by Village Radio as a BIG thank you to our listeners for their support. We also had several door raffles and food a plenty to eat.    There was a Christmas Quiz and Sheila Lacey presented Steve and Judith (who unfortunately could not attend) a Certificate of Appreciation and a bunch of flowers provided by Eillen Roach.  They are still very active with the station but have stepped down after 5 years of being Chairman and Secretary respectively plus for the same length of time doing the sausage sizzle twice a month on a Sunday.   Jim Wood and the guests all sang Happy Birthday to our Station Manager, George Stewart whose birthday was on Sunday.   All in all a very, enjoyable afternoon.       The photo is Far left Zita Wood, Kay, Jim Wood

MOUNT LIONS PRESIDENT INTERVIEWED

In our studio on Saturday talking with Brian Cotter was Des Anderson, President of the Mount Lions Club accompanied by his daughter Brenda who hopes to recruit more females into the Club.  Des was born in Wellington, he joined the Army in 1959 and trained in the SAS.  They were trained to go to Vietnam, but thought to be too agrassive did not go.  Later on leaving the Army he decided to go to Australia where he worked for a company which serviced 800 trucks for the US Army in Vietnam and which were driven by Vietnamese drivers.          He returned to New Zealand in 1975 and wanting to give back to the community joined the Lions Club it was there that he met Brian Cotter. The Mount Lions have made donations to 13 organisations within the last 6 months. One little girl, Zahnee who had health problems was helped by Lions sponsoring a flight to the USA for treatment. Now 14 she wanted to 'pay it forward' by doing a sponsored climb to the top of Mt Maunganui and selling tee shirts at $20. She raised $6,000 donating it to the Lions for their community work.    The latest fundraiser for Mount Lions is getting donations of Christmas gifts to give to some 250 children.    Photo of Des Anderson and his daughter Brenda in our studio 2.

ANTARCTIC VISITOR - MIKE LORD

Visiting our studio last Saturday (23rd November) was Mike Lord and friend Dave Morgan.  Mike was interviewed on air by Brian Cotter. Now living at Greenwood Park Retirement Village it is a far cry from the Antarctic where Mike spent 13 months.  He came from Kenya to New Zealand in 1971, and later became part of a team that went to maintain Scott Base. He described himself as a "Jack of all Trades, but was at the time a registered Electrician.    They had a radio station at the base run by the Americans stationed there.  They also borrowed movies from them for their entertainment.  Mike left the base in 1978 when they celebrated the 21st anniversary of Scott Base being opened. He just missed New Zeland's worst airline disaster Mt Erebus in 1979.     The photo shows Mike in Winter compared with Summer

LAST SAUSAGE SIZZLE

5 years ago our Chairman, Steve Lambie and his wife Judith decided to have a Sausage Sizzle for Village Radio during the Historic Village Markets that are held there. The markets are every first and third Sundays of the month. It was to not only get revenue to keep the Station on air but also to give us a better profile.  Steve and Judith have been getting to the Village at 6-45am for the markets twice a month to set up and get the 'sizzle' working.  They have also had a constant supply of help from Kelvin Roach, Brian Williams, Sid Pavett, Neil Walsh, and a listener, Stan.  It is to Steve and Judith's credit that the money raised over that 5 years added up to a whole year of us being able to broadcast.   Steve and Judith would now like to travel and spend weekends away, so with no one to take on such an undertaking it was decided to call it a day.  Both Steve and Judith said that they will miss working as a team and meeting all the local people.    The photo is Kelvin, Stan, Brian, Steve, Judith and Neil (Missing from the photo is Sid Pavett)

NEPALESE BROADCAST

Last Monday as part of the Multicultural Society of Tauranga broadcasts, the broadcast was given by the Nepalese community living in the Western Bay of Plenty.  Anish Paudel came to NZ two years ago, he interviewed Bhakta Siwahang and thanked Pankaj Tripathi and Krishna Acharya for sharing their experiences as new comers to NZ. He also thanked our own Brian Williams for his technical support.   The photo is everyone at our microphone in Studio One.