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.


Jim Smylie was George Stewarts guest in our studio last Thursday.  He is the current President of the Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club and owns two vintage cars himself, a black Model T Ford and a Model A Ford. Jim and his wife Kaaren run the many events that keep the Cliff Road club humming.  Such as the bi-monthly club car runs around the district, the monthly film nights, the "Noggin and Natter" evening outings to Katikati, Te Puke and Tauranga, as well as organising the Cancer Society Daffodil collection and distribution, which raised $2,000 this year. The next event coming up is the annual "Swap Meet" where owners bring along spare parts they no longer need.


We are very proud to announce that we have another Trust Power Award to add to our collection.  The 2018 Trust Power Community Award was presented to two of our representatives, George Stewart and Brian Williams on Wednesday evening.  "Presented in recognition as an outstanding contribution to the Western Bay of Plenty District Community.  All of the amazing hardworking volunteers do an incredible job".  The 2018 Supreme Winner for the Tauranga area was "Under the Stars" group, they help people get off the streets and empower them.  The Supreme Winner for the Western Bay Of Plenty was Maketu Volunteer Coastguard.  Congratulations to all our Village Radio Volunteers. Photo from far right, Mayor Greg Brownless, Our Volunteers Brian Williams, George Stewart, Trust Powers Fiona Smith WBOP Mayor Gary Webber


Dennis Marsh was talking with Brian Cotter this morning.  He told us the story of when he was born his Mother did not make it to the hospital and had Dennis on the veranda of his Grandmother's Te Kuiti house, hence 'born under the stars'.  What a star he has become in the Country Music world.   His early years, he learnt carving in Rotorua and then trained as a builder in Auckland.  In 1984 he was taken to a Country Music Club where he fell in love with the classic Country Music sound. He started performing around New Zealand shortly after. He released his first album 'For You' which got him a gold record and Country Music Entertainer of the Year. Since then he has almost made an album a year and won many awards.  This year sees his 30th album and he said that it will probably be his last.


Brian Cotter interviewed Caitriona Fallon this morning.  She is originally from Ireland and moved to Tauranga 18 months ago. She met her Kiwi husband in the UK and has 2 children.  At the age of 19 years she got an audition with Riverdance and after singing in the choir for 2 years landed the role of lead singer traveling all over the world. She has a band, Cookie (Caitriona) and the Vaudevilles  and after the success with a debut album toured renowned music venues around Ireland and Jazz Festivals. She sings a mix of originals, jazz and blues classics. In fact she was at the Tauranga Jazz Festival in March and sold out her concert. You can see her on Sunday 9th September at 5-00pm to 8-00pm at Tauranga Citizens Club, door sales only.


In our studio, to-day, talking with George Stewart was Liam Brettkelly. He is the Pilot/Base Manager of the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter here in Tauranga. With Liam was winchman, Callan.  In fact it is based just across the road from our studios at Tauranga Hospital. Liam got his pilot license in 1993 and has flown thousands of missions since. The twin engine BK117 replaced the single engine Squirrel that served the region for 18 years.  It has a cruise speed of 120 knots and a range of 600 kilometers (3 hours flying time). The helicopter can be airborne in 10 minutes, there is more room in the rear for crew to aid patients while airborne, faster, allowing crew to get to patients earlier.  More safety features, including crash-resistant fuel tanks and structures.  However it is more expensive to run, the cost per mission is around $5,000. and is paid through sponsorship and donations. The cost however is outweighed by the aforementioned benefits.                                 Photo Of Liam Brettkelly with the BK117


A young lady from Japan, Sayaka, visited our studio today.   She spent a pleasant two hours watching our new announcer Peter Donnely and our new operator Derna Bennett working in our Studio One under the watchful eye of long time Volunteer Kelvin Roach.

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