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.


TAURANGA'S TRAFFIC CONGESTION INTERVIEW

Thursday, 22nd June George Stewart interviewed Tauranga Architect, Mark Wassung.   Mark has been advocating the removal of all street-side parking in main arterial routes, such as Cameron Road, with "park and ride" areas for the city's workers. Some of his proposals include a light rail system or buses running every 15 minutes and electric bike stations.  It is all to get rid of the traffic congestion, which is only going to get worse, if nothing is done. Mark Wassung is an award winning registered architect, with qualifications in Urban Design and is also an Eco Futurist.

NEW TRANSMITTER = CLEARER RECEPTION

The Nautel solid state transmitter commenced broadcasting on Friday 16th June 2017.  We are receiving excellent comments from listeners reporting a clearer reception in areas which were previously inconsistent. The first music to be play on the 16th June was "Blue Smoke", the first record wholly produced in New Zealand from composition to pressing. A huge thanks to George Stewart and particularly Ted Adelman who has literally gone the extra mile to get the Nautel Transmitter up and broadcasting, two trips to Taupo that we are aware of, to tap into additional experience when problems were encountered.  

A SAD FAREWELL TO KEL RAINE AS HE RETIRES.

On Thursday 15th June one of our pioneers of Village Radio, Kel Raine, gave his last broadcast.  He first became involved in 1986, just 2 years after the station commenced. Kel and his wife Anne spent many hours, over a number of years organising and cataloguing the record library, as well as Kel announcing, sometimes twice a week. Also there were late nights spent ensuring the transmitter and other equipment would be ready for broadcasting the following day. Many thanks Kel for helping create the station that hundreds of listeners enjoy every day and your many years of dedication. 

THE HEART OF OUR CITY

Councillor Larry Baldock was our studio guest on, Thursday 25th May, to talk about 'The Heart of the City' and revitalizing the City Centre of Tauranga. He told George Stewart that it is essential that the residents of Tauranga tell the Council what they would like to see in the rebuilt City Centre and how strongly they felt for the need of a new museum and library. Mr Baldock said some of the ideas being put forward were for a more pedestrian friendly city, with green areas and a brand new city bus terminal away from Willow Street.

RADIO FERRYMEAD, CHRISTCHURCH

Village Radio's sister station in Christchurch is Radio Ferrymead and is shortly moving to new premises.  Ferrymead Heritage Park owns the land and they own the building on it.  The building is old and damp and is not good for volunteer staff or radio displays. A committee decision was made to build their own modern, dry building of their own.  They had 18 years of savings in various investment accounts so the journey began. They applied for funding, a number of times, but with no success. Fortunately for them they received two bequests from people who had loved the music they play on Radio Ferrymead. That really helped. The concrete floor was poured a week before the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and so it had to be ripped up and started again.  Once the shell of the Council building was completed they started on the internal fit-out.   A small band of eight spent every Thursday morning on working bee duties. They are getting near the end of it all but have no final date for moving in.       Photo - Radio Ferrymead, nearly complete, new building.  For more photos visit our Photo Gallery.       For further information visit http://radioferrymead.co.nz

JAMES WOOD FROM N.Z. MEETS JAMES WOOD FROM UK

James Wood our popular announcer met his name sake when he visited our station. The other James Wood has been an announcer on a community station back home in Lincoln, UK. He is at present on holiday in N.Z, with his wife Linda.                                                              The two James's.

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