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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.
 
OUR MISSION STATEMENT

To operate as a working museum bringing enjoyable, varied, musical programmes from bygone days in accordance with our Radio License/Charter.

 

 

CORBAN SIMPSON OF BLERTA IN OUR STUDIO

On Saturday, 18th January Brian Cotter interviewed a very special guest, Corban Simpson from the New Zealand band BLERTA.    The name was derived from the initials of a band formed by Bruno Lawrence, " Bruno Lawrence Electric Revelation and Travelling Aparition" formed in October 1971.  While in Welllington after a tour of the Waiaprapa they had their first recording session at HMV studios.  From this session came "Dance All Around The World" the lyrics were written by George Murphy and the music was by Corban and sung by him. It made it to number 13 in the National Charts. In 1973 they headed for Australia where they spent 18 months. Back in New Zealand, May 1976 they did a six part series for TV winning a Feltex Award.  They disbanded shortly after. During the interview Corban did a song "Red Balloon" written by his friend, James Wairea and said that if he records another single itt is the song he would like to record.      Photo Corban Simpson

ANDREW LOVE - RADIO - THE GLAMOROUS JOB

Saturday morning Brian Cotter interviewed Andrew Love who has a long time connection with Village Radio.  When he was with IZB they donated the transmitter and other equipment we have used for many years.  He was born in England then he with his parents emigrated to New Zeland and settled in Tauranga. First job was with Bay Times, then 2 years later in 1970 with IZB, being then the youngest advertising agent. He said that in those days to be in radio was a "Glamour Job".     He left to do his big OE and found a vacancy again in radio on his return.  He became the first ever to sell advertsing on commission.  In 1975 with some friends started the first ever Disco called Sgt Peppers Disco intitally for 1 night per week but which turned into 6 nights per week. One of his passions is sport and got to be a commentator for such things as the Rugby Spring Bok tour in 1981 and 1987 the First World Rugby Cup.      2016 he remarried and he and wife Louise, bought a motorhome and travelled for 18 months visiting 48 countries.   Photo: Andrew Love with Brian Cotter in Studio 2.  

MAYOR TENBY POWELL INTERVIEWED

Tauranga's very busy Mayor, Tenby Powell was the special Christmas Guest this morning on Village Radio, with Station Manager, George Stewart. In the 30 minute interview he covered the controversial Council decision to revoke the 'rough sleeping' ban on the homeless people in retail areas and the need to build 'up' in a sprawing City of Peninsulas.  The Mayor also emphasised how importanty it has been to involve Government Ministers and the Mayors of both the Regional and Western Bay of Plenty Councils, in getting vital projects underway. He is adamant that the present location of the Council building in Willow Street is unsatisfactory and would like to see them headquartered in new premises, on the former TV3 site, now a car park across from Bay Court. Other topics included the lack of a Museum, the poor use of buses, the need to better look after tourists and a new industrial development planned at Tauriko.  The Mayor also sent his best wishes to our listeners and Volunteers for Christmas and the New Year. George also took the Mayor for a tour around Village Radio's studios and the Radio Museum.    Photo:  Mayor Tenby Powell in Village Radio's Studio 1

VILLAGE RADIO AGM

The 20th November was our AGM meeting which was well attended by the majority of Volunteers. Here are the results of the nominations.        Chairperson          Brian Williams       Vice Chairperson   Brian Cotter       Station Manager    George Stewart       Treasurer              Kelvin Roach       Secretary              Sheila Lacey       Committee            Jim Brynes                                   Errol Hay                                   Marion King           Photo                    Brian Williams

WHAT A 'CRACKER' OF A PARTY

On Sunday the 24th November we had the Village Radio Christmas Party.  It was very well attended by both the Volunteers and Friends and listeners of our wonderful station.   The entertainment was by Jim Wood, our Friday morning announcer, along with his wife Zita and sister Kay. Brian Cotter was the Master of Ceremonies.  The party was funded by Village Radio as a BIG thank you to our listeners for their support. We also had several door raffles and food a plenty to eat.    There was a Christmas Quiz and Sheila Lacey presented Steve and Judith (who unfortunately could not attend) a Certificate of Appreciation and a bunch of flowers provided by Eillen Roach.  They are still very active with the station but have stepped down after 5 years of being Chairman and Secretary respectively plus for the same length of time doing the sausage sizzle twice a month on a Sunday.   Jim Wood and the guests all sang Happy Birthday to our Station Manager, George Stewart whose birthday was on Sunday.   All in all a very, enjoyable afternoon.       The photo is Far left Zita Wood, Kay, Jim Wood

MOUNT LIONS PRESIDENT INTERVIEWED

In our studio on Saturday talking with Brian Cotter was Des Anderson, President of the Mount Lions Club accompanied by his daughter Brenda who hopes to recruit more females into the Club.  Des was born in Wellington, he joined the Army in 1959 and trained in the SAS.  They were trained to go to Vietnam, but thought to be too agrassive did not go.  Later on leaving the Army he decided to go to Australia where he worked for a company which serviced 800 trucks for the US Army in Vietnam and which were driven by Vietnamese drivers.          He returned to New Zealand in 1975 and wanting to give back to the community joined the Lions Club it was there that he met Brian Cotter. The Mount Lions have made donations to 13 organisations within the last 6 months. One little girl, Zahnee who had health problems was helped by Lions sponsoring a flight to the USA for treatment. Now 14 she wanted to 'pay it forward' by doing a sponsored climb to the top of Mt Maunganui and selling tee shirts at $20. She raised $6,000 donating it to the Lions for their community work.    The latest fundraiser for Mount Lions is getting donations of Christmas gifts to give to some 250 children.    Photo of Des Anderson and his daughter Brenda in our studio 2.