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.


LT COMMANDER JERRY ANDERSON

George Stewart's recent studio guest was a former Royal Navy communications officer, Lt. Commander Jerry Anderson.  His career included being posted on board nuclear powered submarines, based in Scotland.  Jerry is visiting his daughter in Tauranga when he called in at Village Radio Museum. He spoke about the various ships and bases he was on including Greenwich and Whitehall and another at a NATO HQ in Portugal.  He also told the listeners about the threat of the Russian submarines, which were sometimes observed or heard communicating around the British Isles and the North Sea, as well as the presence of the IRA during the Thatcher era. Submarines used a very low radio frequency to communicate with their base when underwater and sometimes used a long wire radio aerial, towed astern on a floating buoy.  The longest spell his submarine was submerged was 28 days but the nuclear powered subs could remain underwater for many months.

ICON OF NEW ZEALAND MUSIC DIES

On Sunday, 3rd February, Peter Posa, guitarist extraordinaire died in Waikato Hospital, he was 77 years old. On Saturday, 9th February, Brian Cotter interviewed Peter's friend of many years, and fellow guitarist Gray Barlett. Gray said that Peter was a trailblazing guitarist with his Les Paul-style and light bouncy sound. Peter came from a Yugoslav background in Henderson, West Auckland. At 18 he started his own band The Peter Posa Combo. In 1963 Peter recorded "White Rabbit" which became a multi-platinum hit. He became in demand not only in New Zealand but all over the Pacific, Australia and the United States. Through recording on the Viking label Peter was invited to functions in Las Vegas and Nashville rubbing shoulders with such guests as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Chet Atkins. Another long time friend, Tommy Emmanuel, another guitarist from Australia, who told Peter that he was one of his mentors. in 2006 Gray last appeared with Peter. "unfortunately he wasn't well even then but he was great" stated Gray. In 2012 at age 74 Peter received the award for the Highest Selling Album at the New Zealand Music Awards. The photo is of Gray Bartlett, Tommy Emmanuel and Peter Posa.

HISTORIAN BUDDY MIKAERE INTERVIEWED

George Stewart talked this morning with Buddy Mikaere.   Buddy helped organise a very successful Waitangi Day at the Historic Village and he also talked about the meaning of the day. Other topics were that Buddy was attending a meeting on Thursday to discuss with the Port of Tauranga, the move of the Pipi beds in the harbor to a safe location where the dredge cannot destroy them.  He talked about his latest book "Victory at Gate Pa" and educating schoolchildren about Maori history in the Tauranga Moana District. Buddy Mikaere in the studio with George Stewart.

HUMAN INSTINCT'S MAURICE GREER INTERVIEWED

Prior to their concert at the Citizen's Club on Sunday 13th January, at 5-00pm drummer and vocalist with Human Instinct, Maurice Greer, was interviewed in our studio by Brian Cotter. Originally from Palmerston North Maurice now lives in Papamoa, Tauranga.  In the 1950's Maurice joined The Four Fours and one of them Bill Ward will be with Maurice among many other well known musicians from New Zealand's entertainment industry. On board ship with The Four Fours on the way to England, it was decided to change their name for the overseas gigs. Each member wrote down their preference and they were put into a hat. Maurice picked one out of the hat and that is how they became Human Instinct.  The Sunday concert however is Human Instinct and Friends.   The photo is of Maurice Greer.

MAYOR GREG BROWNLESS INTERVIEWED

On Thursday George Stewart interviewed Mayor Greg Brownless during his morning broadcast. There were many subjects discussed during the interview including to name a few, The Museum and the multi million dollar costs, the decision by one vote for the new long winded name for the Phoenix Carpark in Mt Maunganui, which he voted against. The sad looking retail sector in the CBD due to new construction work.  The new University, the proposal to run 'clearways" along Cameron Road, to give buses exclusive lanes morning and night.  Also the horrendous traffic jams, which unfortunately are all part of a growing city. The rates increase of 3.7% and the much larger increase being imposed by the Regional Council. The Mayor will be spending Christmas at home but hopes to take a break in January to do some sailing.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

The Volunteers at Village Radio would like to wish all our listeners A Very Happy Christmas and New Year. The Christmas Day broadcast will be pre-recorded and compiled by Peter Shaw. Boxing Day broadcasts are as usual. Peter Donnelly will take you through the morning followed by Brian Williams in the afternoon. Please let them know you are listening and ask for any request of your choice.  Of course you can always see them broadcasting live by going to the Historic Village and visiting our studios.

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