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.


2018 - MID YEAR XMAS FUNCTION

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, Kel 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).

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK

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.

SANTIAGO REBAGLIATI - LATIN GUITARIST

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.

SOLO BROADCAST BY STUDENT DANIEL TO COMPLETE 10 WEEK COURSE

Through the Gateway Program at Bethlehem College, 18 year old Daniel has done a 10 week, once a week, course with Village Radio. His enthusiasm for radio is very evident and he has spent his time learning as much as possible about broadcasting. The course came to an end on Wednesday 13th June with Daniel doing a solo broadcast using the 'old time' broadcasting equipment and playing vinyl records. Daniel did very well and at the end of the broadcast was presented with a Certificate and a souvenir album of photos by Kelvin Roach and Jim Byrnes, which were taken during the 10 week course.   Also present was Daniel's parents and grandparents.         Photo - Daniel during broadcast.  More photos in Photo Gallery

WE ARE NOW ON FACEBOOK

June 4th, Eileen Roach, set up a Facebook page for Tauranga Village Radio. Eileen looks after our vast library of vinyl and cd collections, one of the largest in the country.  It's early days yet but we are hoping to get a few of our listeners and Friends of Village Radio following us on Facebook. Each day has a photo of the announcers on morning and afternoon duties, plus the phone number for requests.      It would be interesting to find out if there is another radio station that has been on air for over 34 years and which is run exclusively by Volunteers, anywhere in the World.   Let us know if you know the answer. Photo Eileen Roach

MAY IS NEW ZEALAND MUSIC MONTH

It is that time of year when in May we celebrate New Zealand Music Month.   To put it simply it is to celebrate music from New Zealand and the people who make it. Village Radio has always prided itself on being a dedicated supporter of New Zealand Music of the past years.    Our library contains hundreds of vinyl records including nearly a 1,000 tracks of Maori songs by different artists.   In 2001 APRA invited it's members to vote what they believed to be NZ's top songs of all time.  The winner (1)  Nature 1969 - Fourmyula   (2) Don't Dream It's Over 1987 - Crowded House  (3) Loyal 1988 - Dave Dobbyn (4) Counting The Beat 1981 - The Swingers  (5) Six Months In A Leaky Boat 1982 - Split Enz  (6) Sway 1997 - Bic Runga  (7) Slice of Heaven 1986 - Dave Dobbyn  (8) Victoria 1982 - Dance Exponents (9) She Speeds 1987 - Straitjacket Fits (10) April Sun In Cuba 1978 - Dragon. Remember to tune in to Gail Wood every Wednesday between 4-00 and 5-00 pm for N.Z. Music Hour.  

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