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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.

 

 

BUSY TUESDAY

Tony Rhind was the announcer for Tuesday (20th October) and who was kept busy on the phone with requests.  Luckily Sheila was on hand to take a group of ladies for a tour around our studios. The group were from the Wesley Methodist Women's Fellowship and attached is a photo of two of them,  Lola the Secretary and Monica Co-Treasurer.   Just as we said 'Good-bye' to the ladies we had a another group, a local couple from Tauranga and a couple from Auckland. The afternoon announcer Steve Lambie, was also kept busy with visitors and requests which rounded off a "Busy Tuesday"   Photo -  Left, Lola and right Monica in Studio 1

MULTI TALENTED VOLUNTEERS

Most of our Volunteers are multi talented and Eileen Roach is such a Volunteer.  She is our librarian and looks after our vinyl records, CD collection, enters all the afore mentioned onto our computer system. Shows visitors around the studios. Helps with our Facebook Page.  Helps with our Christmas function and if that is not enough has now become an Announcer.   Her first full broadcast was on Saturday 8th August.  Whilst she announced her husband, Kelvin put on the records.  He himself is a multi talented Volunteer.  He is our Treasurer and on the Board, trainer of new Volunteers, panel operator, also helps with our Christmas function. Buys all the day to day things needed to keep the station ticking along.    The photo is of Eileen at her first full broadcast with her husband Kelvin.

PRIME MINISTER VISITS HISTORIC VILLAGE

A large crowd gathered at the Historic Village to welcome our Prime Minister Jacinda Arden. She had come to the Village to meet with some of the small businesses which are housed within the Village. She also met local community and business leaders. As you can see from the photo she was surrounded at all times by people. Village Radio is highly visible and on the balcony, far right, the announcer for that morning Marion King, Eileen Roach, Librarian and Peter Donnelly taking some photos.

GARY WEBBER - MAYOR WESTERN B.O.P.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council Mayor, Garry Webber was George Stewart’s guest on his show today. In a wide ranging interview Mayor Webber spoke about the $28 million package of “shovel ready” roading and water projects destined to transform Omokoroa into a bustling suburb of 12,000 residents, by 2060. He also covered the planned 148 hectare, $18 million Rangiuru Business Park, which will involve the construction of a motorway interchange with State Highway 2, and the Tauranga Eastern Link. It is estimated that 4000 jobs will be created at Rangiuru, which he described as the largest greenfield consented industrial zone in the Bay of Plenty, rivalling the present one at Tauriko.     Other areas Mr Webber spoke about included the exciting Horticultural Innovation Centre at Newnham Park, in Te Puna, which is home to Hella Vanilla, and some very Hi tech kiwifruit handling facilities.   The Interview rounded out with the news that 172 hectares of the eastern corner of Matakana Island, known as Panepane Point, is to be handed back to the five Ancestral owners of the land, which will see 7 hectares transformed into a public reserve and an improved wharf for the ferries to dock.  

TRIUMPH & TRIBULATION CONCERT

George Stewart’s Studio Guest this week was the Musical Director of the Bay of Plenty Symphonia, Justus Rozemond. Justus explained that the title of their next concert, “Triumph and Tribulation “, was an expression of the country’s ability to overcome the Covid 19 Pandemic virus, which is presently sweeping the World.   Justus is handing the baton to guest conductor Timothy Carpenter, a New Zealand born conductor, organist, cellist, and a singer, who is based in Hamilton. Justus will be playing a viola in the orchestra.   The first item on the programme will be Groendahl’s Trombone Concerto, played by Joe Thomas, who is currently an Itinerant Music Teacher in the Western Bay of Plenty. And once again members of the audience are not being charged, but are asked to pay “what they think it is worth and what they can afford “   The other items in the concert are compositions by Kenneth Young, Sibelius, and Poulenc.   The concert is at Holy Trinity Church, Devonport Road in Tauranga on Saturday 15 August, commencing at 2.30 pm    

A VILLAGE RADIO VOLUNTEER/PRESENTATION EVENING

 As a popular song says "Oh What A Night". Most of our Volunteers with their wives/husbands/partners gathered at the 88 Cameron Chinese Restaurant on Tuesday 28th July.  It was also a night that our Chairman, Brian Williams presented Announcer Brian Cotter with a certificate of appreciation from all of us at Village Radio. Brian is moving to Napier in October and he will be sadly missed by all of us as always having an infectious laugh and great sense of humour plus his dedication to Village Radio in the few years he has been with us.  He calls us his Village Radio Family and I beleive that is an accurate statement. It was a great party,  we as Volunteers don't see each other that often but when we do "Oh What A Night".    Photo:- Brian Williams presenting Brian Cotter with the Certificate of Appreciation