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 had the privilege of interviewing one of New Zealand's greatest international stars, Sir John Rowles.  He was born in Whakatane but raised in Kawerau. He had 5 sisters and one brother. Two of his sisters were the subject of two of his number one songs,  'Cheryl Moana Marie' and 'Tania'.      He left school at age 15 years and worked, among other things, a lumberjack.   He formed a band called the Kawerau Shadows, where he played lead guitar, the band took inspiration from The Shadows, including the dance steps, He arrived in England in the late sixties where he recorded the smash hit "If I Only Had Time". It got to number 3 in the charts and stayed there for 18 weeks. He was just 20 years old. In 1980 he received the O.B.E for his contribution to music and then in 2018 was awarded a knighthood from the Queen for his contribution to the entertainment industry along with his benevolent charitable involvement throughout his international career. 


Last Saturday, Brian Cotter, interviewed Jim Munro a Canadian from Calgary visiting his daughter here in Tauranga. He has been here for 2 months and was most impressed with our studio and museum. He comes from a Military family and was born in Germany. He has been a Cowboy Guide in a Wilderness project and a North West Mounted Policeman.  He is now a songwriter, plays guitar and started performing on radio and TV at about 40 years old! One of his songs "That's Canada To Me" is a real patriotic song and has been performed by a National Choir on the Great Wall Of China. He has written two songs, while here in NZ, one "Kia Kaha" and "The New Phone" about the almost religious adoration of the same.  https://www.bandland.ca The photo is Jim Munro in our studio.


George Stewart's studio guest was Andy Somerville, the co-owner of No 8 Tours from Bethlehem. Andy was the son of a farmer, and grew up on a 16,000 acre hill country station in the Wairarapa. With his wife Sarah, who grew up in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, Andy described how the company was formed some 10 years ago, after providing tours for the cruise ship industry and seeing a niche in the market for the more senior tourist. They have a door to door service with over 50 different tours available. They quickly diversified to specialize in day and multi day excursions for the Senior community, right throughout New Zealand.  They are now one of the largest travel clubs in NZ, providing high quality trips to exotic places not seen by the average traveler. 


A visit from the Vintage Car Club two weeks ago prompted one of their members to plan a group tour by Bethlehem Country Club.  Ten members attended and the photo shows some of them, with far left, Kelvin Roach and announcer for the day, George Stewart. We welcome group tours but as our studios are somewhat small, large groups split into smaller groups would be preferable.


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.


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.

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