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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.

 

 

WORLD FESTIVAL OF MAGIC NZ

Brian Cotter's interview on his Saturday program was with Rosemarie McCarthy of International Entertainment. She was promoting the World Festival of Magic NZ which has been touring NZ for the past 30 years. The shows are every November and December. 14 Lion Clubs throughout NZ host the shows which last for 90 minutes. Tickets cannot be purchased as they are all "complimentary". They are given to special needs children and their families to attend. Tauranga City Sunraise Lions Club are hosts for the show at Bethlehem College Performing Arts Centre on Saturday 17th November at 4-30pm to 7-00pm.  

LETTER OF APPRECIATION

As a follow up to our story about Sarah Menzies and her cousin Linda Sylvester donating their grandparents Columbus Radio to our Museum, we would like to share the lovely e-mail we have received. Rememer they drove down from Auckland.     "We listened to 1368AM coming down the Kaimais and it came through loud and clear - wonderful music that we both remembered.  We were lucky enough to arrive when Brian (Cotter) was announcing and when Kelvin and Eileen were in as well.  A spot was all ready for us to place the radio and I took some photos of it before we left.     Kelvin gave us a great tour, which we both absolutely loved. Brian gave me a short interview on air and played a request.  Linda and I were amazed at your collection of both radios and LPs and your equipment and it was fun seeing some of the old LP covers we remembered.    The museum and station are definitely something really special.  We are sharing photos of our visit with our cousins and I've attached a photo of Brian and Kelvin.    Thank you so much for organising everything for us to make such a special memorable day.  We would love to visit again in the future, Kind Regards Sarah"                

NEW DONATION FOR OUR MUSEUM

On Saturday 21st September we were pleased to accept the donation of a Columbus Mantle Radio.  It was donated by Sarah Menzies who had driven with friend Linda Sylvester, from Auckland to make the donation. The radio had belonged to Sarah's grandparents, Jack and Elsie Menzies and on seeing our website Sarah decided that it would be the perfect place for the much loved radio to be in our Museum.   Her grandparents who lived in Birkinhead, Auckland had paid the princely sum of £26.   Photo is of left Linda Sylvester and right Sarah Menzies with the Columbus Mantle Radio  

GOOD SORTS

Our announcer Brian Cotter was watching TV One News on the 18th August and the segment "Good Sorts" turned out to be about his very good friends Ngaire and Ernie Lepper from Matamata. So on Saturday 24th he decided to interview them by phone about their voluntary work with Matamata Community Health Shuttle. They have spent the last 11 years driving people to their hospital appointments. There are no public transport facilities either to Hamilton or the Hospital from Matamata so they help provide a viltal service. Ernie was given 2 years to live, that was 10 years ago, so he says he knows what people are going through.  They also acknowledged the people that are also involved in the charity.      Photo of Ngaire and Ernie Lepper sitting in the Shuttle

THREE INTERVIEWS IN ONE MORNING

Award winning producer Ngahuia Wade was George's third interview.   She is the wife of former MP, Richard Prebble. She produces documentaries for Iwi Radio containting unique Iwi histories, explores the political social and cultural concerns of the moment from Maori around Aotearoa.  She was very impressed with Village Radio and our Museum and will return at a later date to include us in an upcoming documentary.

THREE INTERVIEWS IN ONE MORNING

Number 2 interview, Students from New South Wales visited our studios and George interviewed two of their leaders.  They are here to take part in the Trans Tasman Squash and Soccer Tournements.