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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.


TAURANGA MAYOR HELPS US CELEBRATE 35 YEARS OF BROADCASTING

Our 35th Birthday Party was on Sunday 14th April (Actual day was 13th April). It was attended by around 80 Volunteers and Listeners and it was a huge success.  One of our guests was Tauranga Mayor, Greg Brownless who gave a speech about his father being an avid Village Radio listener and the Mayor's involvement with us over the years. During the party certificates for long service were presented by Chairman Steve Lambie to, Shirley Hanly, Bonnie Cherrington, Kelvin Roach, Sid Pavett, Sheila Lacey, Neil Walsh and with over 22 years Russ Bain. The beautifully made cake was made by the daughter of Steve and Judith Lambie, in fact we were loathed to cut it up!! The entertainment was Tauranga's Blaze who had everyone shouting for more.    The photo shows The Mayor, Greg Brownless, Station Manager George Stewart and Announcer/Raffle winner Shirley Hanly.

WALES COMES TO VILLAGE RADIO

Visiting our studios on Friday was Kerry from Wales, UK.  Our announcer Jim Wood interviewed Kerry and found out that he had done several broadcasts with Kiwi announcers "spinning records". Jim also got Kerry to announce some of the records being played during Jim's programme.   The photo is of Kerry at the mic.  

BAY TIMES REPORTER JEAN BELL INTERVIEWS VILLAGE RADIO

Last Thursday (4th April) we had the pleasure of showing our Radio Station to a lovely reporter from the Bay Times, Jean Bell.     Jean had come to talk to us about our celebrations to mark 35 years of broadcasting.  Our first broadcast being made on the 13th April 1984. We will be having a party on 14th April at Matua Bowling Club with entertainment by Blaze.    Don't forget to check the Bay Times for Jean's article.   The photo is of Jean Bell with our announcer Brian Cotter.

JIM MUNRO, RE-INTERVIEWED

On the 1st March Brian Cotter interviewed Jim Munro, (See previous News Item) He is a songwriter and entertainer from Calgary, Canada who was here on a visit to see his daughter who lives in Tauranga, NZ.  He has been appearing at several Music Festivals throughout New Zealand including Taranaki, Hawkes Bay as well as Tauranga. This Saturday, at 11-00am, on his morning show, Brian Cotter, will play a recent recorded interview he did with Jim before he left Tauranga, on Tuesday 26th March.  During his visit Jim wrote several songs two of which will be played during the programme.  One echoes the feelings of Canadians spending Christmas at the beach!  The other written a week before the tragedy in Christchurch, which almost reflects the love and compassion of New Zealanders during this time.

RARE LOUD SPEAKING TELEPHONE DONATED

Listener, Mr John Gully from Matua has kindly donated a Loud Speaking Telephone to our Radio Museum. (See Photo). It is a 1920's model C2, British Thomson-Houston (BTH) horn loudspeaker. It was made in Rugby, England of Bakelite construction.  Also donated were two very old headphones one by Siemens of London and the other Omega made in Germany. Come along to our Museum and see these and other wonderful exhibits from yesteryear.

HERALD DELIVERY BOY TO SIR JOHN ROWLES INTERVIEWED

Brian Cotter had the privilege of interviewing one of New Zealand's greatest international stars, Sir John Rowles.  He was born in Whakatane but raised in Kawerau. He had 5 sisters and one brother. Two of his sisters were the subject of two of his number one songs,  'Cheryl Moana Marie' and 'Tania'.      He left school at age 15 years and worked, among other things, a lumberjack.   He formed a band called the Kawerau Shadows, where he played lead guitar, the band took inspiration from The Shadows, including the dance steps, He arrived in England in the late sixties where he recorded the smash hit "If I Only Had Time". It got to number 3 in the charts and stayed there for 18 weeks. He was just 20 years old. In 1980 he received the O.B.E for his contribution to music and then in 2018 was awarded a knighthood from the Queen for his contribution to the entertainment industry along with his benevolent charitable involvement throughout his international career.