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.


INTERVIEW WITH PARABOLA WEST

Amy her real name, was born in New Jersey, U.S.A. From a very musical family she started playing the piano around 4 or 5.  Amy began writing songs as a teenager. Overseas adventures beckoned and Amy headed to the UK, where she joined the band Dreamfield for two years, adding piano and backing vocals.  She moved to New Zealand in 2003 where after a ten year break from music, she launched her solo career as Parabola West.  The name came from Amy's investigations into making a parabolic solar hear. "The light comes from all different directions, but focuses on just one spot," she explained, "Music is like a parabola." Married to David they decided to get out of the rat race that is Auckland to live in Raglan, where she feels more connected to nature and has changed her music accordingly. She does 'home concerts' - 20 or more people getting together at someone's house.  "I love doing the home concerts.  Whenever I travel I try and do a couple of home concerts. It's really my favourite way to sing because you get to connect with people and have a chat." Parabola will be appearing at The Historic Village on 17th February at 6-30 pm.

OUR VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATE WAITANGI DAY

One of our Social Events where we, as Volunteers, get together is on Waitangi Day.  For the second year we spent an very enjoyable time at Kelvin & Eileen's home in Welcome Bay.   The year has bought many changes, some of our Volunteers are new to our organization, so it was great that we could all meet at a social time especially with our partners.    There was much laughter, music, swopping stories and some of us finding out that we had mutual friends without realizing it.   It goes without saying the food was fabulous!!!       Our photo - The OLD and the NEW - George Stewart (long time announcer) and Jim Byres (the new boy). More photos in the Photo Gallery

VIKING SUN PASSENGERS VISIT OUR STUDIOS

Wednesday we were happy to greet the cruise ship Viking Sun passengers to Village Radio. At times the studios were full of overseas visitors asking all about our organization.  One gentleman stood still at the top of the stairs, when asked if he was OK his reply was, "I have never heard this type of music for years, oh how I wish I could get this station in Canada". Other remarks that were recorded in our Visitors Book were, Awesome, Great Music, Wonderful Experience, Great Trip to the Past, Wonderful Enthusiasm, Beyond Expectations and of course Great Music, plus many more. Our visitors had great photo opportunities sitting in our oldest studio, adorned with headphones and talking into the microphone (circ 1930's).         The photo is of Jack Eyler of Southport, North Carolina A couple of other photos are in our Photo Gallery.

ROTORUA VISITORS

In our studios on Tuesday we had a group from the Rotorua Gardens Lifestyle Complex.  One of the visitors Richard, was very pleased to see, in our Museum, not only vintage radios, record and cassette players, recording equipment etc. but some old Morse code units.   Having been a Morse Code operator in his Navy days he spent no time trying it out as seen in the photo.  

MUSICAL DIRECTOR - MURRAY MASON

On his Saturday morning show Brian Cotter interviewed Murray Mason.  Murray is a 'multi instrumentalist' who has had a passionate, enthusiastic and action packed career in music education, spanning 35 years in the classroom. After leaving school in Matamata he went on to the University and Training College in Hamilton where he met his wife.  They both became teachers and eventually came to Tauranga.  Murray became the Head of Music at both Tauranga Boys and Girls Colleges. Murray has also been involved as a Musical Director of many successful and award winning youth based and adult musical groups, including the Bay Big Band, a position he held for 13 years. Although now retired from the Tauranga Big Band he is still performing with smaller jazz trios.   Check out one of Murray's compositions on the link below: -   https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=160&v=tXr_1SJ9LI0  

MAYOR SENDS CHRISTMAS GREETINGS.

George Stewart's guest on Thursday 21st December was the Mayor of Tauranga, Greg Brownless.  In a wide ranging interview the Mayor was asked about the City Council's plans to cope with an almost exploding population, clogged City streets and a sad and empty looking shopping district in the retail sector of the City. He did agree that while the Council had voted for a new museum, it's final location along Cliff Road was by no means certain and the community would be asked for their opinion, before construction commenced.   He agreed that more than just Durham Street would benefit from being reconstructed, to become a friendly pedestrian precinct. Mr Brownless then wished all the Village Radio listeners a Safe and Happy Christmas. 

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