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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.


CAROL STOREY - TORCH SINGER

Carol Storey is a Maori singer/songwriter and comes from Opotiki but lives in Tauranga. Carole has been entertaining for some years and is now the Music teacher at Tauranga Intermediate School.  A job she is passionate about. The Torch Songs Band started in 1997 as a duo, Carol on vocals and Liam Ryan, piano. Over 12 years another 4 musicians joined the band, Grant Mason - trumpet, Dave Maybee - guitar, Wayne Melville - bass and Neil Reynolds - drums.  The band has many jazz and festival headline appearances and three albums to their credit.   This Mother's Day, 12th May, they will appear at The Citz Club, Cameron Road from 5-00 pm to 8-00 pm admission $15. If you want to hear spellbounding moments, jazz, coupled with the flavours of world music and great musicianship this is the event for you.    

FOR ONE DAY ONLY BONNIE LEONARD BORADCASTS

The popular ex broadcaster Bonnie Leonard did the Sunday morning show on 5th May.  Bonnie who now lives in Gore could not get away with coming to Tauranga without broadcasting for Village Radio and her many listeners. She was interviewed on the phone by Brian Cotter on his "Village People" show on Saturday morning leading up to the Sunday show. As you can see from the photo no sooner had she answered one phone when the other one rang!  She was kept busy talking with many of our listeners and playing their requests.  Unfortunately Bonnie only visits once a year to announce much to the disappointment of her 'fans'. She was assisted during the broadcast by Kelvin Roach playing the vinyl records, Eileen Roach getting out the requests and Sheila Lacey answering the phones.    

BAYSWATER RETIREMENT VILLAGE REMEMBERS

On the 25th April, ANZAC DAY, Bayswater Retirement Village remembered our gallant soldiers of the two World Wars, Vieitnam and Afghanistan who gave their lives so that we could live in peace.   The remembrance was in the form of a concert with songs and poems and our own Brian Cotter as Narrator. He used some of the equipment from our Museum including, a vintage 1939 microphone, a pair of 1920 old headphones  and a small xylophone, NZBC 1960 radio chimes used by commercial announcers in Napier.     The photo shows Brian Cotter (far right) and the rest of the cast on stage.

VOLUNTEERS PHOTO OP

Nineteen of our 30 Volunteers got together for a 35th Anniversary photo shoot.  We are in Vintage Studio One at Village Radio.   From left to right, Judith and Steve Lambie, Jim Brynes, Marion King, Graeme Millow, Errol Hay, Carole Marsden, Kelvin Roach, Neil Walsh, Brian Cotter, Brian Williams, George Stewart, Tony Rhind and Eileen Roach. From left to right, Sheila Lacey, Shirley Hanly, Ken Wadsworth, Bonnie Cherrington and Peter Donnelly.

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.