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.

To operate as a working museum bringing enjoyable, varied, musical programmes from bygone days in accordance with our Radio License/Charter.


Susanne Lynch (nee Donaldson) MNZM, was born in Wellington in 1951 she is a singer, vocal coach and backup singer.  She moved to Auckland where she stills lives.  She spoke to Brian Cotter, of her link to Tauranga, aged 7 she entered a Talent Contest with her sister Judy and won a 'chicken'.   In the 1960's with her sister, Judy, became famous as "The Chicks", they appeared on the T.V. series 'C'mon' in 1967. Their last appearance was in 1970 at the Royal Variety Show at Western Springs in front of Prince Charles and Princess Ann. In 1969 she became a solo performer in a follow up show 'Happen Inn'.   The following year she was voted N.Z. Entertainer of the year and won a Loxene Golden Disc in 1972. She married Bruce Lynch and moved to London where she worked as a session musician then became part of the Cat Stevens shows for 5 years and appeared on several of his albums.   While on tour in N.Z. Val Doonican asked Susanne to appear on his T.V.  In 2001 she became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Entertainment. In 2008/2009 series of 'Stars In Their Eyes' and 'N.Z. Got Talent' she was vocal coach and backup singer.   Still active as a singer she is part of "The Ladykillers" along side of Tina Cross and Jackie Clarke.


That is how Brian Cotter introduced him on his Saturday show, 14th October. Brian is very proud to know and have worked with Gray over 50 years.  Brian counts this interview as a highlight for Village Radio. Gray Bartlett is a guitarist, country music performer, talent mentor, tour promoter and entrepreneur. Gray grew up in Auckland, joined a 'Skiffle Group' at age 15, then started his own "Gray Bartlett Combo'. With Brendan Dugan, Jodi Vaughan the trio established some type of record in New Zealand in having performed together for over 40 years and still going.  They are putting together a "legends Show" including Eddie Lowe and others.  They start in Kerikeri on 28th October working their way down South.  They are looking forward to a show in Tauranga, the date to be set. He has toured UK, America, Australia and New Zealand. He was the backing artist for the Rolf Harris TV show for 4 years. Backing artists like Tom Jones, Connie Francis, Bobby Vee, The Hermits and Michael Crawford.  He maintains that experience as a highlight of his career.  He received the M.B.E in 1987. As a Concert Promoter he promoted serveral New Zealand singing stars, Hayley Westenera, Yulia, Will Martin and Elizabeth Marvelly among others.    Photo is right Gray Bartlett with Village Radio's Brian Cotter  


Jodi Vaughan is a musician, country singer, songwriter, recording artist, television performer, and actor.  She was born in 1950, Sydney, but since 1975 has called New Zealand her home.  At one stage she and her New Zealand second husband lived in Tauranga.  She now calls Hamilton her home. She was spotted in 1976 on the final of South Pacific Televisionís The Entertainers by Gray Bartlett and he asked her to join him and Brendan Dugan in their act. This began a partnership with Gray and Brendan  that would endure for many years. Their greatest successes have been in each otherís company.    The trio toured almost constantly to every small town and big city in the country.  In conclusion she promised our announcer, Brian Cotter, that any time he wanted her to sing she would do so, at Bayswater Retirement Village where Brian lives.    


Himalpari Media Groups is a company established in New Zealand to unite all the Nepalese in New Zealand. Recently they have started a Radio Program "Hami Nepali" from Village Radio every Monday at 5-30 pm. The presenter Ramhari Pandey was a journalist in Nepal for a long time.  He has worked in HBC FM and newspapers. They are planning to launch an online newspaper very soon.                From the left Ramhari Pandey, Pawanti Satyal            and Lal Bahadurkc    


Maria Dallas (Marina Devcich from Morrinsville), talked by phone from Maroochydore, Australia to Brian Cotter.  She spoke about her life in the sixties. From being  hairdresser and the second youngest of twelve children to her first record "Tumblin Down"and a winner of the Loxene Golden Disc Award. During her career she released 10 albums and at least 25 singles. She spent a successful recording time in Nashville and on returning to New Zealand in 1970 her recording of "Pinocchio" went to No. 1 on the national charts for 6 weeks. Joining the conversation in the studio  was Ken Wadsworth, a Village Radio volunteer and ex member of the The Satellites, who had appeared with Maria during those early days.   For many years Maria has lived in Australia. We have 70+ tracks of Maria Dallas on both 45's and 33rpm in our vast vinyl  library.


Roy Phillips of The Peddlers fame was interviewed by Brian Cotter on Saturday, but this time not in our studio but by phone.  Roy was appearing in Napier that night and then Tauranga on Sunday the evening of 27th August. Roy went on to say he was born in Poole, Dorset in the UK and that he got into music by listening to his Dad's wind up gramophone.   The Peddlers were formed in Manchester in 1964 the other two of the trio were, Trevor Morais and Tab Martin.  They went onto sell 45 million records.  (We have 50 tracks of the Peddlers in our library, so put in a request.) The Peddlers appeared at the Pickwick Club in London and the audience loved them. Their one month engagement turned into an eighteen month gig - they had hit the big time.   At the club they were 'spotted' by Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme and for five years did seasons in the USA at places like the Flamingo Hotel and Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. The group disbanded in 1976 and Roy found his future in songwriting, penning over 200 songs. While touring New Zealand in 1969 he fell in love with the laid back lifestyle and the people. In 1981 he moved here, firstly to Paihia, then Queenstown and now lives in Christchurch.    Photo is of Roy Phillips with Brian Cotter after the concert.

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