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.


Brian Cotter interviewed Tina Cross on Saturday.  Tina came from Otara, Auckland and arrived on the music scene in 1978 with appearances on "Ready to Roll". She had four singles in the charts, "Make Love To Me, "Everybody Let's Dance", Lay Back In Your Lover's Arms" and "Nothing but Dreams" we have these in our vinyl library.   "Nothing But Dreams" was entered into the 1979 Pacific Song Concert and won. In 1980 she performed before the Queen and Prince Philip at the Royal Command Performance in Auckland. In 1982 Tina left for Australia appearing on TV and doing the cabaret circuit.  She has performed throughout Asia, UK, USA and the Pacific Islands appearing with such artists as Sammy Davis Jnr, Meatloaf and Tom Jones.   She has many awards to her name including in 2007 the Queen's Medal, Order of NZ Merit (ONZM) for her services to the music industry. Tina has been married for over 30 years to Wayne Sullivan and they have two children. Tina supports many charities and in 2014 wrote "Walk Away" specially written to help raised awareness of family violence.  She has also created The Power of Song workshop specifically for Prisoners to help them refocus and rehabilitate through music.


On Thursday Brian, our announcer for the afternoon, had two visitors, Helen Bennett from Tauranga and Heather Charlton who he interviewed.  Heather Charlton was born in Auckland and studied music at Auckland University.   After graduating with an honors degree in musicology and piano performance, she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth 11 Arts Council scholarship to study the harpsichord at the Royal Conservatorium of Music at The Hague in the Netherlands. After 2 years she was awarded a scholarship by the Belgian Ministry of Culture to study at the Royal Conservatorium of Brussels.  She graduated with an Honours Degree for the harpsichord and continued for a further 2 years at the Royal Conservatorium of Music, Antwerp, this time graduating with the First Prize for the organ. Since then Heather has taught music at the Brussels Music Conservatorium and in various music academies in Brussels, She has made recordings for the Belgian television and radio and performed in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.                                                     Heather is seen here in our studio with Brian Williams.


In our studio, George Stewart interviewed Jeremy Gooders, St Johns District Operations Manager, Bay of Plenty.    St John Ambulance Services are not fully funded by the Government.  Contracts with the Ministry of Health, ACC and District Health Boards fund just under 70% of the direct operating costs.  The shortfall must be made up from payment of community donations, part charges, fundraising and revenue from other commercial activities.  The new state-of-the-art upgrade to Tauranga St John Ambulance Station on 17th Avenue, which cost $4.5m funded by charity donations, would stay a functional operational ambulance station, but operate community services like health shuttles, coordinating the caring callers and friends of the emergency department as well. In August there will be an open day for the community to see all these wonderful facilities. 


The Coastguard premises at Sulphur Point was the venue for the Village Radio Mid Year Christmas Party.   Volunteers welcomed our Friends of Village Radio.  We were all entertained by the Ukulele band with a singalong, Hal Roach (aka Brian Cotter) doing an Irish comedy routine and Jenni who had written and read a poem for Village Radio. We then tucked into a lovely afternoon tea provided by our wonderful Volunteers, the delicious  Christmas cake was made by Carole who also organised the afternoon. The photo is of the Volunteers with past announcer Keith Spooner (95).


The 17th to 23rd June marks National Volunteer Week.  Where would Village Radio be without our wonderful Volunteers? The answer, we would not have a radio station. It began in 1984 as Sunday only broadcasts and is now 7 days a week, Russ Bain started as a Volunteer in the early days and is still Volunteering for us, that is dedication.  Many of our other Volunteers have been with Village Radio for many, many years and we have had some trying times but our dedication to our Mission Statement:- To provide enjoyable and varied nostalgic music to our listeners always prevails. We like the quote " Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart", after all Volunteers are the Heart of our Community. We welcome the new Volunteers that have just joined Village Radio and hope they stay with us for many years.


Brian Cotter's guest interview was with Santiago Rebagliati who came from a backgrounds as far as Puerto Rico all the way to Italy and Switzerland, where is grandparents came from, New York his Mother's hometown and finally being born in Buenos Aries, Argentina his father's birthplace. In the last few years he has performed over 120 gigs per year in N.Z., Chile and Argentina.  He has been and still is part of several projects, playing mainly acoustic solo performances since 2012 and collaborating with bigger bands, duos, trios and quartets. Santiago learnt guitar from some of the best in Argentina, Santiago Ferreiro, Lisandro Fiks amd Mario Fernandez.      At present he is performing around local venues, with fellow Brazilian musician, singer, songwriter and violinist Camila, who is bringing her energy and talent to each performance. Santiago's dream is to bring the Latin beat to as many places as possible.  He is continuing to bring smiles and dance to people wherever he plays his music.  You can see a live performance on Tuesday, 19th June at the Astrolabe, Mt Maunganui at 6-00pm.

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