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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.

 

 

OUR WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS

The 20th to 26th June is National Volunteer Week. There are approx 1,008,000 as at 2018.     At Tauranga Village Radio we have 27 Volunteers. We broadcast approx 64 hours per week. An average week we need 21 announcers and 4-5 panel operators.  Each announcer does a 3 to 5 hour broadcast but add to that the program preparation time of 2-3 hours.      The hours being 7 days per week, the only day we do not do a live broadcast is Christmas Day, but a Volunteer does go into the studio so that a pre-recorded playlist can be aired:-     8-00am to 10-00am, 10-00am to 1-00pm   1-00pm to 5-00pm     We also have a librarian, web support, technicians, a Committee of 8, who are made up of the Volunteers, they all work as Volunteers behind the scences.    The satisfaction of all our Volunteers is knowing that they can bring enjoyable, varied, musical programmes and a friendly voice into the homes of our listeners.      

WORKING AS A COMMUNITY POLICE OFFICER

Tauranga Community Police Constable Jenna Southon talked with Geprge Stewart on our Monday afternoon broadcast about her role as a Community Police Officer.      The main role is to be visible, accessible and familiar to the community.  Community constables focus on problem solving and crime prevention at a local level. She outlined some of the preventive measures against crime.     Jenna covers the Tauranga area out as far as Omokora. Her regular work may include walking the beat, talking to business owners and pedestrians, meeting with community groups, schools and organisations, identifying community concerns, and building partnerships with the community, government and non-government agencies. Liasing with community patrols who are all Volunteers and report anything suspicious as well as patroling schools, sports venues and other organisations.    The photo is of Police Constable Jenna Southon out on patrol      

OUR YOUNGEST VOLUNTEER RETURNS

Samuel Lacy was a 16 year old when he joined us as a Volunteer from 2016 to 2020. He left to go to University and for one day only returned to broadcast with Peter Donnelly on the Monday 7th June. Here is Chairman Brian Williams presenting Samuel with a Certificate of Appreciation for the time he spent as a Village Radio Volunteer before he returns to University.

FOUND IN OUR ARCHIVES

I was trolling through Village Radio's Archives and came across a file that was compiled by Keith Spooner and who donated his files to Tauranga Village Radio. I would like to share part of it with you.     "On the weekends when Telethon took over the Country (1975 to 1993) for 2 days, Village Radio did it's share broadcasting for 27 hours non-stop receiving pledges and replaying them to Wellington and playing requests.  We installed extra desks and our technical volunteers connected extra phone lines.  Announcing staff were all roped in to work and I remember that I drew the short straw doing the 'dog watch' from 12 til 4-00am in the morning. (Of course Keith played "It's 3 o'clock in the morning" dead on time!!)   Stars arrived from all over the world and musical partners Tony Hatch, who wrote the songs and  his wife, Jacqui Trent who was the singer, arrived by helicopter on the road outside the Village gates and rattled their collection buckets amongst the crowds. We don't have Telethons anymore I don't know why as they raised a lot of money and were heaps of fun."    Keith is now in his nineties and lives in Radius Matua Rest Home and if not for his record keeping we would have lost much of the history of our station.   Photo - Keith Spooner taken last year.     

HON ANNE TOLLEY INTERVIEWED

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 IS FAREWELLED

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.