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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.




George Stewart’s special guest this week was the Government’s lead Commissioner for the city of Tauranga, Anne Tolley.   Mrs Tolley, along with Tauranga planning consultant Bill Wasley, infrastructure and transport specialist Stephen Selwood, and Shadrach Rolleston, a consultant in cultural and strategic advisory matters, were appointed to replace the former dysfunctional Tauranga City Council. Mrs Tolley says the first thing they found, after taking over, was a city that was  “overwhelmed by growth”. She agreed that the lack of planning for transport and increased traffic were the main topics many people raised, when they were out and about, meeting and talking to residents and groups.    Other topics George questioned her on were the role of the Regional Council, which has large cash reserves, the now empty shops in the CDB and Devonport Road, the role of the University, some planned new retail outlets, and a need for an International Hotel. Anne Tolley says a new Cultural Centre is being planned an entire city block in Willow Street, once the present Council buildings and the library are demolished and the site cleared.


Toko Tukutai was farewelled by his fellow Volunteers at a dinner on 28th April.  His last broadcast was last Saturday, the 17th. He has been our popular Saturday morning announcer for some time taking over from the late Brian Cotter.   Toko and his wife, Ngaire will be retiring to the Linda Jones Retirment Village in Hamilton where some of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren live. Toko spent 27 years in the NZ Army and has been involved as a Volunteer in many organisations and we were please to welcome him to the "Village Family" when he joined Village Radio.   The photo is Toko with the Certificate of Appreciation that was presented to him on the night.  


What a GREAT 37th Party Village Radio had. Some 70 plus Listeners and Volunteers attended the party held at the Volunteer Coastguard Headquarters at Sulphur Point Marina (they kindly donated the use of their facialities to us). GREAT company, GREAT music, with our own Ken Wadsworth playing the saxaphone and Steve Lambie supplying the nostalgic music.  GREAT food and lots of laughter. In a few days time we will be adding a lot of photos on our Website Photo Gallery.        Photo of our lovely cake, as there was some left we shared it with some of the other tenants in the Historic Village


Tauranga Village Radio was a hive of activity on Tuesday 30th March. Haydn Jones from TV1's "Good Sorts" (which acknowledges people doing good things in their community), was in our studio to film a segment for his TV show. We even got him to broadcast a message live on air which he seemed to enjoy doing. You can see this clip on our Facebook page.  Watch this Sunday 4th April just after the 6pm News and before Country Calandar.   Altho he was filming for nearly three hours he edits the footage down to a 2.20 minute clip. The announcer for the morning were Peter Donnelly with Kate Pollock putting on the records. Then at 10-00 Graeme Millow took over. Also contributing were Chairperson, Brian Williams, Station Manager, George Stewart and Secretary/Web Support, Sheila Lacey.     Photo - Haydn Jones in Village Radio's studio.  


April 13th 2021 Tauranga Village Radio celebrated 37 years of broadcasting by using our oldest transmitter, a 84 year old Collins one kilowatt which was built at Cedar Rapids, Iowa U.S.A. It was one of 4 purchased by the New Zealand Government for the new commercial Stations in 1936.  In 1960 it came to Paengaroa near Te Puke to be used to run 1ZD Tauranga and then on to us.       On the 5th January 2013, the then 75 year old Collins Transmitter, went on air without a hitch. The transmitter is only the second known or could be the only one to be operating in the world and was restored by our technicians at Village Radio, Russ Bain, George Stewart and Neil Walsh. It has been out of action for over 13 years but has been painstakingly restored by the technicians and a grant from the Lotteries Commission.       As the photo shows Ted Adelman another volunteer technician, is firing up the Collins for it's broadcast this morning and true to form the transmition ran smoothly without a hitch.        


To-day, Thursday 25th February, George Stewart interviewed, Julie Green the President of the Tauranga Historical Society.  The objectives of the Society are to foster and maintain an appreciation of places and objects of historic interest particularly in the Bay of Plenty, to encourage the study and research of local history and to manage, preserve and display the Brain Watkins House as a house museum open to the public. This was gifted with all it's contents to the Historical Society by Elva Brian-Watkins in 1979.      Julie told George of the Brain Watkins Garden Party celebrating the 42nd year it has been put on. It will be held on Sunday the 7th March at 1-30 to 4 pm.  The main attraction is a Costume Competition, the public are asked to dress in costumes of yesteryears. There will be Live Music, Tour of the Historic Home, a variety of stalls and afternoon tea.     Julie also said that they are always looking for new Volunteers and anyone interested should contact the Society via there website.        Photo - Julie Green in our studio