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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.


THE MORE YOU GIVE THE MORE YOU RECEIVE

Jim Peterson of Westbay Real Estate was interviewed by George Stewart on his Thursday morning show.  Jim gives 20% of the full commission to registered charities and once the property is sold the donation is made.    Over the last 18 months $30,000 has been donated to 7 different charities.  The latest being $8,500 to the Neurological Foundation. Jim stated that it was a privilege for him to be able to do this.   Jim was a registered builder for 22 years and has been in Real Estate for 28 years.  One of 500 Volunteers, Jim is with the "Good Neighbour" charity - Food Rescue - Their statement is "No Waste No Hunger - Redistributing food good enough to eat but not good enough to sell".  They collect food from 13 Supermarkets, Cafes and other food outlets which cannot be sold and then redistributed to 50 needy charities around Tauranga Monday to Friday. 1.8 tonnes of food is collected for distributing every day throughout New Zealand.   You can contact Jim on 0800-220012 or jim@westbay.nz    

BLUE LIGHT - EMPOWERING YOUTH

  Interviewed by George Stewart on his Thursday morning show, Constable Elliot Hira, who is the Programme Co-ordinator of NZ Blue Light Ventures was in our studio.  They are based in Tauranga and are actively seeking qualified motor vehicle drivers to 'mentor' young people, to gain their own driver's licence.  The 'mentor" would be required to have a 'clean' licence and be able to devote one day a week for up to 6 months to instruct a teenager how to drive and pass their learner licence.  The programme is aimed at preventing young un-licenced drivers from getting into cars and starting life with a convication, or worse, fleeing from police and crashing.   For further information go to www.bluelight.co.nz     Constable Elliot Hira in our studio.

MORE HOURS OF NOSTALGIC MUSIC

From the 4th June Village Radio will be broadcasting from 8-00am in the morning instead of 10-00am.  This will be a trial period of 3 months. We need to know if you the listeners think we should continue with the early start. So please let us know either by ringing the studio (571-3710) or posting your approval on our Facebook Page. Errol Hay will be broadcasting the first programme starting at 8-00am.  Errol has been a volunteer panel operater for a while but this will be his first as an announcer.  

THE BACK PORCH INTERVIEWED

Brian Cotter spoke with Allie Curran on his Village People show on Saturday.  One day while practising, with husband Bruce, on the back porch at their Miner's cottage in Coromandel, they decided on the name for their duo band, Back Porch. Allie plays Ukulele which she taught her self and also the Mouth-organ.  Bruce plays the guitar, he had a band that played in the Bars and Universty gigs around Dunedin and asked Allie to join him. They moved to Wanganui and then the Coromandel where they lived in the Miner's Cottage. It was somewhat run down, which they renovated, and it even had a Goldmine on the property but unfortunately they never found any gold. After entertaning in the area for a while they moved to Tauranga which they love.   Brian Cotter read an article about them and asked them to perform at Bayswater Retirement Village. They were soon involved in doing shows for other Retirement Villages, Clubs and Markets. Most unusal gigs, Whangamomona Hotel on Republic Day where a man, on a horse, rode through the pub and a Sun Club where everything was "Most Natural" according to Allie!!!

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.