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.


RADIO FERRYMEAD - MOVES INTO NEW BUILDING

Our twin sister Radio Station in Christchurch, Radio Ferrymead, have now moved into a new building.  They are not open to the public yet as they have the task of moving all the equipment from the old building. The last week of August was hectic as the shift had to be made on the three days the station was not on air.  People helped in shifting records, including a group from Riccarton/Wigram Lions Club as well as a number of Radio Preservation Society members.    Technicians worked on fine tuning the console and further electrical features were installed. It was decided that longest serving announcer Maureen Watkins would open the first broadcast in the new studio. Photo is of Tony Forster and Maureen Watkins during the first hour of broadcasting in the new studio. More photos in our Photo Gallery.

HONORARY LIFE VOLUNTEER CONTACTS US

After reading on our Website about the history of our large collection of vinyl records stating that the donated record tracks were handwritten by Alan Brammer  and posted to "a friend in Wellington who would enter these details onto his computer, print them out and return the printout to Village Radio". Tony King got in touch with us and stated that he was 'the friend'.  His parents retired to Tauranga so periodically he would visit Village Radio and was invited to join in one of the Telethon events.  In 1988 Tony was recognized for his efforts with the database and was presented with an "Honorary Life Volunteer" membership accolade. As a hobby letterpress printer he printed, a visitor card. a historic summary and letterhead for Village Radio and had an interest in the letterpress printing setup at the Historic Village.  His interest in broadcasting lead to a contract with Radio NZ International in the early 90's handling overseas mail and presenting a fortnightly Mailbox programme for 3 years. The photo is a photo of Tony King

CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS VISIT VILLAGE RADIO

During the next season some 114 ships will visit the Port of Tauranga.  An estimated 317,000 passengers and crew will visit our wonderful city. The number is up more than a third on the 2017-2018 season. We have already welcomed a number of passengers from the first two ships, Majestic Princess and the Golden Princess to Village Radio. So far we have had visitors, from Australia, Canada, France, Chile and different States of America.  Although the majority of ships are here just for the day nine ships will have overnight stays. The photo is of Dr Dave and Carole Thomasco - Dave is an ex disc jockey (Dynamite Dave) - from Santa Barbara, USA

INTERVIEW WITH FIDDLER MARIAN BURNS - MNZM

Brian Cotter interviewed the multi talented Marian Burns on his programme on Saturday.  She first picked up a violin when she was 6 years old and she has been unstoppable since then.  She received the "Benny Award" in 2012, Australia's Best Fiddler as a Soloist in 2013 and a Life Time Achievement Award upon celebrating 40 years of playing the violin. In 2018 she received, on Queen's Birthday weekend, the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her dedication to Services to Music. She has played all over the world and at the Coca Cola's Christmas in the Park played to an audience numbering over 100,000.

TE PUKE STUDENTS VISIT OUR STATION

This afternoon a group of senior students from Te Puke High School, accompanied by their IT Manager teacher, Armand de Villiers, paid a visit to Village Radio Museum to see how we operate, with a view to starting up a Student Radio Station. Our Station Manager George Stewart demonstrated how he plays his vinyl programme from the vintage equipment and library in Studio one. George also showed the group around the museum and record library.   From the left:- Josh Russell, Armand de Villiers (IT Manager), Dylan Sheppard, Briana Pelham and Duncan Bentley

THE STORY OF GATE PA

Gate Pa and Te Ranga, The Full Story by John McLean and John Robinson is a new book about the important battles of the New Zealand Wars of the 1860s.  The book was launched on the 21st September and George Stewart interviewed one of the authors John McLean on Saturday. The book describes how Ngaiterangi came to the Tauranga region, the alliances it made and how the alliances influenced the decision to take up arms against the Crown.  Later they surrendered to the Crown and agreed to accept the law of the land. The book is now on sale.

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