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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.




Bev Hayman was George Stewart’s studio guest this week, recalling the early days of Tauranga’s Jazz Festivals.    Bev told our listeners how it all started, in 1963, when her husband Ken, who played the trumpet and the piano, organised the very first festival, which was played in the now demolished Soundshell, in Memorial Park. That “rehearsal band” first played on the stage of the old Kerridge Odeon theatre, to launch the movie “Jazz on a Summers Day”, on Auckland anniversary day, 1963.   Over the years the venues changed, starting in the Erin Lea Lounge, old Town Hall, the Tauranga Racecourse, where two stages operated, the Otumoetai Trust at Bureta and finally to two theatres in Baycourt.    Bev said the Historic Village was her favourite place, where you could walk around to see and hear a wide variety of wonderful performers. She was pleased this year’s festival had gone back to the bars and restaurants in Tauranga, instead of the three or four stages along the Strand, where the sound volume was far too loud.   Photo of Bev Hayman in our Studio  


Every third Monday at 5pm Village Radio broadcasts the Multicultural Hour with Mimi Hung who plays an active part of the Chinese community, especially helping immigrants.    The listeners are in Tauranga and Rotorua mostly but she records and re-distributes the broadcasts to China, the Auckland Eastern Chinese Society, the USA and Hong Kong. Unfortunately many people do not have the AM band nowadays or do not know how to find it, but the distribution of the broadcasts seems to work for now.   Every month Mimi tries to get someone who is willing to share their experiences and tell the "joy and sorrow" of what they do. So far they have included interviews with, a Motel Owner, Orchardist, Estate Agent, a Chinese Musician and the Shakti Organisation. Also Early history of the Chinese migrant in NZ by Prof Manying Yip from Auckland University, DHB Nurse talking about Covid plus many more. With the help of our announcer George Stewart, who puts on the records, Mimi plays Chinese Golden Oldies songs which many listeners seem to enjoy. If you wish any further information please contact Village Radio and we will pass the message onto Mimi.  


George Stewart’s studio guest on Monday was Lucy Willard, from Age Concern Tauranga.    Lucy explained to our listeners that she has a team of 40 “accredited” people, who visit lonely or recently separated people, living independently, who provide regular companionship, and support.     Lucy also told George about the many services that are provided by Age Concern, including the regular coffee mornings, the walking groups, outings in the Age Concern Bus, and the driver refresher workshops, to help older drivers drive safely.     For those who may not have a car or are no longer able to drive Age Concern runs a Total Mobility Scheme, which provides eligible people with taxi discounts.        


With all the Christmas festivities over we look forward to 2022 as being, we hope the start of a better New Year.   We at Village Radio wish all our listeners a Very Happy and Healthy New Year.     Don't forget to keep those requests coming in (571-3710) all our announcers love to hear from you.  We have some 150,000 tracks in our record library so I am sure there is something for you all.  


Chair of the Government's Commission, to replace our former city councillors, Anne Tolley, was our studio guest on Monday afternoon, during George Stewart's programme. The interview covered some of the main issues facing the commissioners, when they took over from what has been described as "a disfunctional local body", following the resignation of the mayor, Tenby Powell. Anne also revealed the rather exciting plans for a totally rebuilt city centre, when the council buildings and the library are demolished .  These will include a new hotel on the former "TV3 " site, a museum, a brand new library, a "whare" and the end of car parking along the Strand. Mrs Tolley also shared the concerns of the business and local community, who are looking forward to some progressive and visionary people, who would be willing to stand as councillors next year, when local body elections are held once more. The Commissioner passed on her best wishes to our listeners for a Happy Christmas and New Year.


All of the Village Radio Volunteers would like to wish all our listeners and sponsors a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR. We thank you all for your continued support.   On Christmas Day from 8-00am until 10-00am we have Peter Shaw 'live' on air so keep those phone calls coming in with requests or a chat. The rest of Christmas Day will be pre-recorded music from our Chairman, Steve Lambie, which gives our Volunteers time with their families.