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.


Eddie Lowe was interviewed on Saturday from a very hot Christchurch.  He has been called "The Voice In A Million", although he plays musical instruments, including piano, trumpet, flute, most brass instruments, guitar, string bass, violin and piano accordion, making him one of New Zealand's most versatile entertainers.  He did tell Brian Cotter the one instrument he does not play are the bagpipes! He was born in New Zealand and in the early sixties Eddie joined the Sundowners.  Then he was with the Truetones before moving on to become a member of the Quin Tikis showband.  In 1966 Pacific films made a N.Z. musical comedy called "Don't Let It Get You" with Howard Morrison and Kiri Te Kanawa and including the Quin Tikis. Then having gone solo he was noticed by Joe Brown and Joe signed him up to his record label.  Eddie went on to record albums in the U.S.A, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In 1970 he released some songs that he had been singing very successfully on tour.  Including "You Better Sit Down Kids"/'I Want To Be Free" and "It Don't Hurt Anymore/"Save The Last Dance For Me".       In October 1972 he was invited by the Country Music Association of America to take part in the Grand Ole Opry birthday celebrations held in Nashville. After more tours overseas he became known as New Zealand's International Singing Star.  In the late 70's Eddie moved to Australia  but now lives in Christchurch.  In 1980 he signed a recording contract with RCA.  He has recorded over 23 albums and many singles and is still entertaining to-day.


Another icon of New Zealand music spoke with Brian Cotter during an interview via phone.  He is English born Trevor Hales, better known to his many fans as Shane.  After appearing with The Pleazers he decided to go solo and was spotted by TV producer Kevan Moore and was made resident singer on the pop show C'mon replacing Mr Lee Grant. His biggest hit is "St Paul" written about Beatle Paul McCartney.  It topped the charts and took out the Loxene Golden Disc for local song of the year in 1969.  A string of hits followed and after 52 years in show business he is stopped in the street by loyal fans. This year he received the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queens Birthday honours.  The honour commends his annual North Shore concerts which have raised more than $50,000+ for the North Shore Hospice. He still performs just about every week and lives in Auckland.


On his Thursday programme George Stewart, interviewed Jenny Argante, author, literary editor and proofreader.  She is also Information Officer for the Tauranga Writer's Group, an Incorporated Society dedicated to promoting emergent and established literary talent.    She is also the Bay of Plenty Regional Representative for New Zealand Society of Authors. Originally from England (once married to an officer in the RAF), Jenny came to New Zealand to visit one of her children and stayed!  She is also had extensive personal involvement in the local literary scene as a professional book edit, "new book" promoter and supporter of the wider creative arts.


Another interview was on Saturday 18th November, with one of New Zealand's icons of music, Tom Sharplin, a Rock and Roll revivalist.  He was born in Auckland but raised in Tauranga.    He had five singles in the 1970's, the first in 1971 was "Love Is A Beautiful Song"/We've Got A Groovy Thing Going",  He enjoyed chart success by making it to number 12 on the national charts with it. In 1982 he formed a group called Tom Sharplin and the Cadillacs with "Endless Sleep"/"I Was A Fool" and Sweet Lolita"/"Guitar Boogie.   Tom toured up and down New Zealand supporting Johnny Devlin, Maria Dallas, Nash Chase, Angela Ayres and many more. He remained quiet on the recording front until 1978, when he released an album Rock N' Roll which was released as "Rock Around The Clock in 1982.  He has been President of the New Zealand Variety  Arts Club who raise money for Children's charities.  He is still tours around New Zealand  


The results of the voting at the A.G.M. are as follows:-        Chairperson             Steve Lambie             Vice-Chairperson      Brian Williams    Treasurer                 Kelvin Roach             Station Manager       George Stewart     Secretary                 Judith Lambie         Committee               Bonnie Cherrington                                   Jim Brynes                                   Carole Marsden   Steve Lambie (Photo) thanked all the Volunteers that attended the meeting.


As you will have read in previous news items, Brian Cotter of Village Radio, broadcasts all telephone interviews on Saturday mornings.  It was Brian C's turn to be interviewed by another Brian, Brian Williams our Station Manager.  He spoke from Napier where at the invitation of Celine Toner he was a guest at the Napier City Country Music Club's 40th Anniversary Reunion as he was an Inaugural and Past Patron. 350 guests from New Zealand and Australia attended the celebrations to make it a huge success.   It was also a Tribute Show for current President and Charter member Lindsey Wraith who is unwell. Brian and Jim Toner started the Club in the mid 70's.  The whole Toner family have had successful entertainment careers.  Father Jim recorded as the "Glasgow Cowboy", he passed away in 2007.  The three daughters, Celine, Lynne and Adrienne perform together as The Toner Sisters and have toured throughout New Zealand and brother Ricky made a name as an impersonator of Billy Connolly. Brian C told Brian W that although the weather had turned cold in Napier it would be great to meet up with his old friends.     Photo:-  Brian Cotter and Lindsey Wraith

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