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.


SHIPS THAT PASS IN THE NIGHT

"Ships that pass in the night" was used in a speech given by announcer Jim Byrnes to describe the fact that the Volunteers of Village Radio do not often get together as a group as they literally pass each other between broadcasts. On Sunday we rectified this by having a lovely lunch at the Nautilus Restaurant where we caught up with fellow Volunteers and swapped ideas to keep our wonderful radio station on air. Jim went on in his speech to thank Carole Marsden for organising the luncheon and we all agreed to make it a more regular event.                                                                                                   Carole Marsden with Brian Cotter                                    More photos in our Photo Gallery

THE FOUR FOURS

In our studio on Saturday and interviewed by Brian Cotter was Rob Smith of The Four Fours a rock and roll band of the 50's and 60's.  These guys were really one, if not the first, to break away from the then current styles of dance bands.  There were three or four main dance bands in town, but nobody playing 'pop' music that the young ones could relate to. The line-up:- Trevor Spitz (Drums), Mike Horman (Piano), later replaced by Frank Hay (Bass), Robert Smith (alto Sax and Colin Minifie (Alto Sax. Later the band enlisted the services of guitarist and singer Bill Ward and the Four Fours performed for the following years as a five piece until the band did their first overseas adventure to Australia in 1960. They did a support spot on the Rolling Stones second tour in New Zealand in March 1966. "Theme From An Empty Coffee Lounge" (See link below), Bill Ward and Dave Hartstone wrote the theme but had not come up with any lyrics.  Bill before it was recorded whistled the tune which they got on backing tape and it sounded so good they released the record which became a top 10 hit. In 1966 on going to England they changed their name to Human Instinct.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQHv46JwUxw    

A LINK TO THE AMERICA'S CUP

Following helmsman Peter Burling's part in the win of the America's Cup by Emirates Team New Zealand, you would be forgiven for thinking that there was something in the Tauranga water.   And why it is that so many of these brilliant young competitors have come from this region and what has been the driving force.   Just days after the win George Stewart, interviewed John Buck, a former commodore of the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, a long time yachts-man, who has seen Peter come up through the ranks.  He said the Tauranga Yacht Club has had some exceptional sailing coaches, who have created the right programmes so that these young sailors have been able to shine.   He said the real heroes are Peter's parents, who made huge sacrifices to make sure Peter was able to get where he is today.                                                                                                          John Buck in our studio.

MID YEAR CHRISTMAS PARTY - A BIG HIT

Over 60 of our Friends of Village Radio and some of our volunteers attended a Mid Year Christmas function at the Tauranga Coastguards venue.  Great company, great entertainment, great food, what more could you ask for.   The entertainment was our own Jim Wood and his wife, Zeta, followed by a singalong with the Ukulele Band, of which Carole Marsden the organiser of the event took part.    Photo Jim Wood and wife Zeta

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.  

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