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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.

 

 

FORMER TAURANGA BIG BAND MEMBER TURNS 100

A rather special guest on Village Radio this week was 100 year old Niel Randrup, a former jazz saxophonist and musical director of the Tauranga Big Band.      Niel told announcer George Stewart how he first met up with tap dancer / teacher and Crombie Murdoch’s vocalist, Pat McMinn, while he was with the Kiwi Concert Party in Australia. They were later married in 1969. Pat was born in 1926 in Gisborne, where she started Highland Dancing. At the age of 15 she won a competition to sing at Auckland’s Dixieland Dance Hall. She later went on to sing and tap dance in the Kiwi Concert for the NZ troops in Korea. She died in Tauranga in 2018.   Niel’s first job after leaving school was as a pay clerk in the very large Westfield Freezing works. His first instrument was a cornet but he didn’t like that, so swapped it for a trumpet. Later the saxophone became his main musical instrument. Niel was a regular broadcaster in bands that used to be feature on radio station 1YA Auckland, and was invited to play with visiting overseas jazz bands, including Artie Shaw and Nat King Cole.   In later years in retirement he joined the Tauranga Big Band and became an arranger and the band’s leader.   Photo - George Stewart interviewing Niel at his home.    

LAST INTERVIEW OF 2020

Village Radio’s final studio guest interview of the year was on Christmas Eve, with the Mayor of the Western Bay of Plenty, Garry Webber.   Announcer George Stewart asked Mr Webber how his team coped during the Covid Pandemic lockdown, and if there were any major issues facing the Western Bay of Plenty.     Other topics discussed included coastal erosion at Waihi, Pukehina and Omokoroa : The amazing facilities that are provided at the TECT all terrain park, off SH 36 : and the Technology innovation park at Katikati. Mr Webber said thanks to Government funding, plans were well underway to see much needed traffic improvement to the Northern Link, between Te Puna and Omokoroa and new roading constructed for the proposed Industrial Park, at Rangiuru.    He told the listeners that his organisation is well served with it’s current team of elected councillors, and just gets on with their work, without any fuss and without any headlines in the local media.    Mr Webber thanked Village Radio for the opportunity to come in and talk about the Western Bay and wished all our listeners a very Happy Christmas and a great New Year in 2021              

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS

The Volunteers of Village Radio would like to wish all our loyal listeners a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY, PEACEFUL AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR. It was wonderful to see so many of you at our Christmas party and look forward to meeting you all at our next function. Christmas Day, Peter Donnelly will be presenting 'Music Only' so he can be home with his family during the day. Then it is back to normal for our Volunteer announcers after Christmas Day, so please let them know you are listening and ask for a request - 571-3710.  

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY

To-day, 5th December 2020 is International Volunteer Day. This years International Volunteer Day theme is Together We Can. In 2018 there were 1,008,000 Volunteers, meaning that 21.5% are estimated New Zealanders participating in 'formal volunteering'.   Here at Village Radio we try and celebrate our wonderful Volunteers not one day or even a week but every day. Their dedication to bringing enjoyable, varied, musical programmes from bygone days to our listeners is exceptional.   Volunteers generously give their time to make nonprofit and charity organization events or programs run smoothly. Acknowledgement of this selfless effort from time to time helps remind these individuals of their importance to the greater good.  National Volunteer Week 2021 will run from 20-26 June 2021.   

BRIAN COTTER OF THE VILLAGE RADIO FAMILY

It was with great sadness that Village Radio Volunteers heard of the passing of Brian Cotter on Friday 27th November, in Napier. Brian was with Village Radio for just a few years but the impact he had was extraordinary.  He called us his "Village Radio Family", a name which is now used a lot by his fellow Volunteers. He was an announcer, and his Saturdy morning programmes always had his infectious chuckle and knowledge of the music he played. He did numerous interviews of his fellow entertainers (which are all on this website) and was a great promoter of Village Radio. "Too Bloody Busy To Grow Old" was a biographical book he launched at his 90th Birthday Party in 2019. It was aptly named as it took ill health to slow him down.  It is no good saying rest in peace Brian as even in heaven you will be organising parties, the entertainment and the music. We will just say farewell and God Bless you will be missed.   Your Village Radio Family.      

WE FAREWELL POPULAR VOLUNTEER

Carole Marsden, announcer and co-ordinator of The Friends of Village Radio has had to resign due to health problems. Carole was on air every Tuesday morning doing her programme of nostalgic music. During her programme she also played the Listeners Choice Requests. These are requests which for a small donation, you can pick 10 of your favourite tunes to be played on air.  This will now be taken over by Steve Lambie. We, her fellow Volunteers wish Carole better health in the future and thank her for being part of the "Village Family".