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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.


RETIREMENT IN BETHLEHEM

Jim Brynes interviewed Julie Batson, Sales Executive and Administrator with The Vines Retirement Village at Bethlehem. The Village is on 12 hectares and is positioned on what was once the iconic Mills Reef Winery.  You can choose from one of two or three bedroom villas in detached and duplex configurations plus garaging. The complex is close to all shops, supermarket and walking tracks at Bethlehem.    The photo is of Julie Batson.

TASTE TAURANGA AND THE TAURANGA FESTIVAL

George Stewart had the pleasure of interviewing two accomplished ladies in our studio.  The first was Jo Bond, The Tauranga Festival Director. This years Festival is from the 24th October to the 3rd November and has participants from USA, Germany, Scotland, Canada and Australia as well as some major home-grown talent. Jo has travelled extensively to find the right people for the biennial Festival.  There is something for everyone and quite a few of the events are already sold out.   https://www.taurangafestival.co.nz       The second guest was Millie Newitt, the Mainstreet Tauranga Co-ordinator at Downtown Tauranga.  She has arranged this month's Taste Tauranga, featuring numerous Tapa Tastings, with around 31 Resturants, Cafes and Bars taking part.  The event finishes at the end of the month. For further information,  contact  https://www.downtowntauranga.co.nz/taste-tauranga-2019 .               The photo is of Jo Bond        

THE GLENN MILLER BAND IN NZ

Gray Bartlett was interviewed by Brian Cotter on his Saturday morning show.  Gray had a fundraiser for the Variety Artists Club the night before with, Brendan Dugan, Jodi Vaughan and special guest Carson Taare aged 17 who is appearing with The Glenn Miller Band Tour, he is proving to be very popular and  even at his young age has had great exposure in America.    There are 21 people coming out from America with the Band and they sell out all over the world, in fact they are booked 3/4 years ahead.   They are run by a Foundation which involves the Glenn Miller family.    There is a show in Hamilton on the Friday, 6th September, 7-30pm, you can either have theatre tickets or add dine/dance  as well. There is also a concert in Auckland on the 8th September.  4 free tickets were on offer, but it did not take long for them to be snapped up.  You can get your tickets through Ticketek .          Photo of Carson Taare    

AGE CONCERN - SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

George Stewart's studio guest this week was the General Manager of Age Concern Tauranga, Tanya Smith. Age Concern offers many social and physical activities for the older residents of Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty. Some examples are : Safe With Age Driver tutorials, "Steady as You Go" falls prevention classes,  Walking Groups, Coffee and Conversation groups, as well as Mini Bus Adventures and outings for the men. A monthly meeting at the Tauranga RSA, with a keynote speaker, which attracts large numbers.  People living alone can also have an Accredited Visitor to call and keep them company for an hour. To become a member costs just $25 per household.  Enquiries to 07 578 2631   Photo:- Tanya Smith in our studio.

50th ANNIVERSARY OF MOON LANDING

On his morning show Brian Cotter gave a salute to the Moon Landing, 50 years ago through stories and music.    Although the live TV pictures were broadcast in the UK on Sunday night 20th July 1969, New Zealand had to wait until Monday 21st, 1969, after the film of the moon landing arrived in Wellington via a Royal NZ Canbarra bomber, which was used to fly the tape over the Tasman. It was taken to the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation in town where it played on the news that evening. Village Radio's link with this historic event was that one of our later announcers and volunteer, Colin McLean, was with the NZBC at the time and was there to help with the broadcast of the landing.

MAORI VOLCANICS - MAHORA PETERS

Brian Cotter's guest to-day was Mahora Peters lead singer and founding member of the legendary Maori Volcanics. Born in the Hikirangi she has travelled all over the world, 53 countries infact, with the Show Band. Two of our greatest entertainers started out with the Volcanics, Prince Tui Teka (8 years) and Billy T. James (4 years). Mahora and her husband Billy Peters have kept the group going and after 5 years in Las Vegas are now back in New Zeland touring once again. In fact prior to the interview they had been playing at the Citz Club here in Tauranga. They will be touring other parts of New Zealand before returning once again to Las Vegas. In 2011 they received the award for a Lifetime Contribution to Maori Music.   Photo is of Mahora and husband Billy Peters.