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 20'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.


ROTARY BOOK FAIR ORGANISER IN OUR STUDIO

Ann Pritchard who has organized this Easter weekends Book Fair was interviewed by George Stewart in our studios.  She said that it is a massive undertaking, involving about 35 Rotary Club members, who spend about a year getting in the hundreds of books, CD's, DVD's puzzles and some sheet music.     There will be a silent tender for rare books closing midday Easter Monday.   A large number of Tauranga organisations benefit from the proceeds, each year.  The dates are April 15th 16th and 17th at Seeka Coolstore, Totara Street, Mount Maunganui.

HAPPY 33RD BIRTHDAY TAURANGA VILLAGE RADIO

On this day 13th April 1984 Tauranga Village Radio made it's first broadcast. To celebrate this special day, on George Stewart's morning broadcast, he has fired up the old 80 year old Collins Transmitter.  Probably the only one of it's kind in operation. A big thank you to all our listeners and Friends of Village Radio for all your support for all of the 33 years. The photo is of Keith Spooner in 1988, who has retired from announcing but still a very strong supporter of our station at 94 years old.

A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS

Everyone knows the Beatle's song "With A Little Help From My Friends", well that is what happened to us on Monday, 3rd April. The new Nautel Transmitter arrived from overseas and of course the problem was to get it up to our studio and up the narrow steep stairs.  It was removed from it's crate, on hand were Steve, George, Brian and Neil, but we needed even more manpower. We borrowed, Neville from the Men's Shed, he came along a with a very useful forklift and hand trolley, which we could not have done without.  We even had help from a couple of visitors to the Village.   So to all our "friends" we say a huge THANK YOU.   The transmitter will be installed by our specialist technician, Ted Adelman, some time this month.    

ADELIA HALLET - INTERVIEWED ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Last week, Adelia Hallett of Forest and Bird was interviewed by Lloyd Davies at Village Radio. Adelia stated that humans are causing the climate to change at 170 times the natural rate.  The 'carbon budget'  to keep warming below 1.5deg will be used up within 5 years. New Zealand's, per person emissions, work out to 18 tonnes each per year - nine times higher than the global allowance. "We hear a lot about how climate change will affect people, but not a lot of people are talking it's impact on nature.  In the Bay of Plenty region, threats include rising sea levels on the coast, floods on the Rangitaiki Plains, droughts in summer and more pests and diseases" The interview generated a lot of discussions with our listeners on this very topical subject.    

FAREWELL TO POPULAR ANNOUNCER - BONNIE LEONARD

Bonnie Leonard, has sadly resigned. She has been an announcer, board member and Co-ordinator of the Friends of Village Radio since July 1993 (nearly 24 years).she is on her way to the Mainland, Gore.  Bonnie has spent 58 years in Tauranga so made many, many friends who are going to miss her as we are at Village Radio.   She was given a great farewell party on Saturday, 4th March at the Village Hall in the Historic Village.   Entertainment was provided by the the popular, Bay Dixie Band, followed by a sing-a-long with Shirley Hanly.   Volunteers from the station, friends and Friends of Village Radio were in attendance to bid her a fond farewell.   Bonnie will broadcast her final programme on 12th March 9-00am to 1-00pm.   Please go to our Photo Gallery for more photos of the day.   

WAITANGI DAY WITH OUR VOLUNTEERS

On Monday, Waitangi Day, the Volunteers and their partners of Village Radio met for a social get together at Kelvin (Treasurer and Panel Operator) and Eileen's home. Two beautiful looking and yummy to eat were two cakes, kindly donated to us by Friends of Village Radio, Stan and Edith Smith. There was plenty of laughter, story telling, dancing and of cause plenty of music.  It was a great occasion to get to see each other.  The Volunteers do not get many opportunities to socialize as they are always busy keeping Village Radio on air.    (Some of our Volunteers) For more photos please click on Photo Gallery

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