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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.

 

 

GARY WEBBER - MAYOR WESTERN B.O.P.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council Mayor, Garry Webber was George Stewart’s guest on his show today. In a wide ranging interview Mayor Webber spoke about the $28 million package of “shovel ready” roading and water projects destined to transform Omokoroa into a bustling suburb of 12,000 residents, by 2060. He also covered the planned 148 hectare, $18 million Rangiuru Business Park, which will involve the construction of a motorway interchange with State Highway 2, and the Tauranga Eastern Link. It is estimated that 4000 jobs will be created at Rangiuru, which he described as the largest greenfield consented industrial zone in the Bay of Plenty, rivalling the present one at Tauriko.     Other areas Mr Webber spoke about included the exciting Horticultural Innovation Centre at Newnham Park, in Te Puna, which is home to Hella Vanilla, and some very Hi tech kiwifruit handling facilities.   The Interview rounded out with the news that 172 hectares of the eastern corner of Matakana Island, known as Panepane Point, is to be handed back to the five Ancestral owners of the land, which will see 7 hectares transformed into a public reserve and an improved wharf for the ferries to dock.  

MULTI TALENTED VOLUNTEERS

Most of our Volunteers are multi talented and Eileen Roach is such a Volunteer.  She is our librarian and looks after our vinyl records, CD collection, enters all the afore mentioned onto our computer system. Shows visitors around the studios. Helps with our Facebook Page.  Helps with our Christmas function and if that is not enough has now become an Announcer. Her first full broadcast was on Saturday 8th August.  Whilst she announced her husband, Kelvin put on the records.  He himself is a multi talented Volunteer.  He is our Treasurer and on the Board, trainer of new Volunteers, panel operator, also helps with our Christmas function. Buys all the day to day things needed to keep the station ticking along.    The photo is of Eileen at her first full broadcast with her husband Kelvin.

TRIUMPH & TRIBULATION CONCERT

George Stewart’s Studio Guest this week was the Musical Director of the Bay of Plenty Symphonia, Justus Rozemond. Justus explained that the title of their next concert, “Triumph and Tribulation “, was an expression of the country’s ability to overcome the Covid 19 Pandemic virus, which is presently sweeping the World.   Justus is handing the baton to guest conductor Timothy Carpenter, a New Zealand born conductor, organist, cellist, and a singer, who is based in Hamilton. Justus will be playing a viola in the orchestra.   The first item on the programme will be Groendahl’s Trombone Concerto, played by Joe Thomas, who is currently an Itinerant Music Teacher in the Western Bay of Plenty. And once again members of the audience are not being charged, but are asked to pay “what they think it is worth and what they can afford “   The other items in the concert are compositions by Kenneth Young, Sibelius, and Poulenc.   The concert is at Holy Trinity Church, Devonport Road in Tauranga on Saturday 15 August, commencing at 2.30 pm    

A VILLAGE RADIO VOLUNTEER/PRESENTATION EVENING

 As a popular song says "Oh What A Night". Most of our Volunteers with their wives/husbands/partners gathered at the 88 Cameron Chinese Restaurant on Tuesday 28th July.  It was also a night that our Chairman, Brian Williams presented Announcer Brian Cotter with a certificate of appreciation from all of us at Village Radio. Brian is moving to Napier in October and he will be sadly missed by all of us as always having an infectious laugh and great sense of humour plus his dedication to Village Radio in the few years he has been with us.  He calls us his Village Radio Family and I beleive that is an accurate statement. It was a great party,  we as Volunteers don't see each other that often but when we do "Oh What A Night".    Photo:- Brian Williams presenting Brian Cotter with the Certificate of Appreciation

RED HAT DAMES VISIT VILLAGE RADIO

Ten ladies from Carmel Country Estate Retirement Village visited our studios on Thursday.  Although it was a wet miserable day outside they received a warm welcome from Volunteer, Steve Lambie, who gave them a tour of our studios and Museum . The group is called the "Red Hat Dames" and they belong to the Red Hat Society. It is a Sisterhood of like minded women who make friends and enrich lives through the power of Fun and Friendship. They say they also look fabulous doing it!  The signature red and pink hats symbolise a movement of women determine to celebrate every stage of life.   Photo is of some of the Red Hat Dames in our studio 

1930's RADIO DONATED

A Pilot Valve Radio was donated to Village Radio Museum on Monday by Allan Mordecai, a former NZBC Superintendant. It is in good condition and works well. Our Museum is open during our broadcast hours, so 'pop' along and see some of our vintage collection.