SHIPS THAT PASS IN THE NIGHT
"Ships that pass in the night" was used in a speech given by announcer Jim Byrnes to describe the fact that the Volunteers of Village Radio do not often get together as a group as they literally pass each other between broadcasts.
On Sunday we rectified this by having a lovely lunch at the Nautilus Restaurant where we caught up with fellow Volunteers and swapped ideas to keep our wonderful radio station on air.
Jim went on in his speech to thank Carole Marsden for organising the luncheon and we all agreed to make it a more regular event.
Carole Marsden with Brian Cotter
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15 Aug 17
THE FOUR FOURS
In our studio on Saturday and interviewed by Brian Cotter was Rob Smith of The Four Fours a rock and roll band of the 50's and 60's. These guys were really one, if not the first, to break away from the then current styles of dance bands. There were three or four main dance bands in town, but nobody playing 'pop' music that the young ones could relate to.
The line-up:- Trevor Spitz (Drums), Mike Horman (Piano), later replaced by Frank Hay (Bass), Robert Smith (alto Sax and Colin Minifie (Alto Sax.
Later the band enlisted the services of guitarist and singer Bill Ward and the Four Fours performed for the following years as a five piece until the band did their first overseas adventure to Australia in 1960.
They did a support spot on the Rolling Stones second tour in New Zealand in March 1966.
"Theme From An Empty Coffee Lounge" (See link below), Bill Ward and Dave Hartstone wrote the theme but had not come up with any lyrics. Bill before it was recorded whistled the tune which they got on backing tape and it sounded so good they released the record which became a top 10 hit.
In 1966 on going to England they changed their name to Human Instinct.
07 Aug 17
A LINK TO THE AMERICA'S CUP
Following helmsman Peter Burling's part in the win of the America's Cup by Emirates Team New Zealand, you would be forgiven for thinking that there was something in the Tauranga water. And why it is that so many of these brilliant young competitors have come from this region and what has been the driving force.
Just days after the win George Stewart, interviewed John Buck, a former commodore of the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, a long time yachts-man, who has seen Peter come up through the ranks. He said the Tauranga Yacht Club has had some exceptional sailing coaches, who have created the right programmes so that these young sailors have been able to shine.
He said the real heroes are Peter's parents, who made huge sacrifices to make sure Peter was able to get where he is today.
John Buck in our studio.
08 Jul 17
MID YEAR CHRISTMAS PARTY - A BIG HIT
Over 60 of our Friends of Village Radio and some of our volunteers attended a Mid Year Christmas function at the Tauranga Coastguards venue. Great company, great entertainment, great food, what more could you ask for. The entertainment was our own Jim Wood and his wife, Zeta, followed by a singalong with the Ukulele Band, of which Carole Marsden the organiser of the event took part.
Photo Jim Wood and wife Zeta
27 Jun 17
TAURANGA'S TRAFFIC CONGESTION INTERVIEW
Thursday, 22nd June George Stewart interviewed Tauranga Architect, Mark Wassung. Mark has been advocating the removal of all street-side parking in main arterial routes, such as Cameron Road, with "park and ride" areas for the city's workers.
Some of his proposals include a light rail system or buses running every 15 minutes and electric bike stations. It is all to get rid of the traffic congestion, which is only going to get worse, if nothing is done.
Mark Wassung is an award winning registered architect, with qualifications in Urban Design and is also an Eco Futurist.
23 Jun 17
A SAD FAREWELL TO KEL RAINE AS HE RETIRES.
On Thursday 15th June one of our pioneers of Village Radio, Kel Raine, gave his last broadcast. He first became involved in 1986, just 2 years after the station commenced.
Kel and his wife Anne spent many hours, over a number of years organising and cataloguing the record library, as well as Kel announcing, sometimes twice a week.
Also there were late nights spent ensuring the transmitter and other equipment would be ready for broadcasting the following day.
Many thanks Kel for helping create the station that hundreds of listeners enjoy every day and your many years of dedication.
20 Jun 17
NEW TRANSMITTER = CLEARER RECEPTION
The Nautel solid state transmitter commenced broadcasting on Friday 16th June 2017. We are receiving excellent comments from listeners reporting a clearer reception in areas which were previously inconsistent.
The first music to be play on the 16th June was "Blue Smoke", the first record wholly produced in New Zealand from composition to pressing.
A huge thanks to George Stewart and particularly Ted Adelman who has literally gone the extra mile to get the Nautel Transmitter up and broadcasting, two trips to Taupo that we are aware of, to tap into additional experience when problems were encountered.
20 Jun 17
THE HEART OF OUR CITY
Councillor Larry Baldock was our studio guest on, Thursday 25th May, to talk about 'The Heart of the City' and revitalizing the City Centre of Tauranga.
He told George Stewart that it is essential that the residents of Tauranga tell the Council what they would like to see in the rebuilt City Centre and how strongly they felt for the need of a new museum and library.
Mr Baldock said some of the ideas being put forward were for a more pedestrian friendly city, with green areas and a brand new city bus terminal away from Willow Street.
25 May 17
RADIO FERRYMEAD, CHRISTCHURCH
Village Radio's sister station in Christchurch is Radio Ferrymead and is shortly moving to new premises. Ferrymead Heritage Park owns the
land and they own the building on it. The
building is old and damp and is not good for volunteer staff or radio displays.
committee decision was made to build their own modern, dry building of their own. They had 18
years of savings in various investment accounts so the journey began. They applied for funding, a number of times, but with no success.
for them they received two bequests from people who had loved the music they play on
Radio Ferrymead. That really helped.
The concrete floor was poured a week before the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and so it had to be ripped up and started again. Once the shell of the Council building was completed they started on the internal fit-out. A small band of eight spent every
Thursday morning on working bee duties. They are getting near the end of it
all but have no final date for moving in.
Photo - Radio Ferrymead, nearly complete, new building. For more photos visit our Photo Gallery.
For further information visit http://radioferrymead.co.nz
11 May 17
JAMES WOOD FROM N.Z. MEETS JAMES WOOD FROM UK
James Wood our popular announcer met his name sake when he visited our station.
The other James Wood has been an announcer on a community station back home in Lincoln, UK.
He is at present on holiday in N.Z, with his wife Linda.
The two James's.
06 May 17
MAY IS NEW ZEALAND MUSIC MONTH
Through this month we will have a sprinkle of music from New Zealand
artists to celebrate New Zealand Music Month.
As you may know between 4-00pm and 5-00pm every Wednesday, Gail Wood, presents New Zealand Music Hour.
In our library of over 120,000 tracks we have a very special 78rpm record of Blue Smoke sung by Pixie Williams in 1949, which is on the TANZA (To Assist N.Z. Artists) record Label. It became the first record to be produced wholly in New Zealand from composition to pressing.
Ruru Karaitiana wrote Blue Smoke in 1940 on the troop ship, Aquitania, when off the coast of Africa. He was inspired by the sight of the blue smoke emerging from the ship's funnel, drifting homewards to the soldier's loved ones.
If you would like to hear this or other New Zealand music (pre-1990 please) just ring the station and ask for a request.
03 May 17
ROTARY BOOK FAIR ORGANISER IN OUR STUDIO
Ann Pritchard who has organized this Easter weekends Book Fair was interviewed by George Stewart in our studios. She said
14 Apr 17
that it is a massive undertaking, involving about 35 Rotary Club
members, who spend about a year getting in the hundreds of books, CD's, DVD's puzzles
and some sheet music. There
will be a silent tender for rare books closing midday Easter Monday. A large number of Tauranga organisations benefit from the proceeds, each year. The dates are April 15th 16th and 17th at Seeka Coolstore, Totara Street, Mount Maunganui.
HAPPY 33RD BIRTHDAY TAURANGA VILLAGE RADIO
On this day 13th April 1984 Tauranga Village Radio made it's first broadcast.
To celebrate this special day, on George Stewart's morning broadcast, he has fired up the old 80 year old Collins Transmitter. Probably the only one of it's kind in operation.
A big thank you to all our listeners and Friends of Village Radio for all your support for all of the 33 years.
The photo is of Keith Spooner in 1988, who has retired from announcing but still a very strong supporter of our station at 94 years old.
13 Apr 17
A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS
Everyone knows the Beatle's song "With A Little Help From My Friends", well that is what happened to us on Monday, 3rd April.
The new Nautel Transmitter arrived from overseas and of course the problem was to get it up to our studio and up the narrow steep stairs. It was removed from it's crate, on hand were Steve, George, Brian and Neil, but we needed even more manpower. We borrowed, Neville from the Men's Shed, he came along a with a very useful forklift and hand trolley, which we could not have done without. We even had help from a couple of visitors to the Village.
So to all our "friends" we say a huge THANK YOU.
The transmitter will be installed by our specialist technician, Ted Adelman, some time this month.
04 Apr 17
ADELIA HALLET - INTERVIEWED ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Last week, Adelia Hallett of Forest and Bird was interviewed by Lloyd Davies at Village Radio.
Adelia stated that humans are causing the climate to change at 170 times the natural rate. The 'carbon budget'
to keep warming below 1.5deg will be used up within 5 years.
New Zealand's, per person emissions, work out to 18 tonnes each per year
- nine times higher than the global allowance.
"We hear a lot about how climate change will affect people, but not a lot of people are talking it's impact on nature. In the Bay of Plenty region, threats include rising sea levels on the coast, floods on the Rangitaiki Plains, droughts in summer and more pests and diseases"
The interview generated a lot of discussions with our listeners on this very topical subject.
29 Mar 17
FAREWELL TO POPULAR ANNOUNCER - BONNIE LEONARD
Bonnie Leonard, has sadly resigned. She has been an announcer, board member and Co-ordinator of the Friends of Village Radio since July 1993 (nearly 24 years).she is on her way to the Mainland, Gore. Bonnie has spent 58 years in Tauranga so made many, many friends who are going to miss her as we are at Village Radio.
She was given a great farewell party on Saturday, 4th March at the Village Hall in the Historic Village. Entertainment was provided by the the popular, Bay Dixie Band, followed by a sing-a-long with Shirley Hanly.
Volunteers from the station, friends and Friends of Village Radio were in attendance to bid her a fond farewell. Bonnie will broadcast her final programme on 12th March 9-00am to 1-00pm.
Please go to our Photo Gallery for more photos of the day.
06 Mar 17
WAITANGI DAY WITH OUR VOLUNTEERS
On Monday, Waitangi Day, the Volunteers and their partners of Village Radio met for a social get together at Kelvin (Treasurer and Panel Operator) and Eileen's home.
Two beautiful looking and yummy to eat were two cakes, kindly donated to us by Friends of Village Radio, Stan and Edith Smith.
There was plenty of laughter, story telling, dancing and of cause plenty of music. It was a great occasion to get to see each other. The Volunteers do not get many opportunities to socialize as they are always busy keeping Village Radio on air.
(Some of our Volunteers)
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10 Feb 17
GREAT NEWS !
Village Radio Fundraising Committee have been trying for quite a while to purchase a new transmitter which unfortunately we could not afford. The ones we use are getting worn out and we don't know how much longer they will last.
At our Waitangi Day Get Together it was announced by George Stewart that we now have the funds to purchase the transmitter.
Thanks to Pub Charities and The Lion Foundation grants and support from Friends of Village Radio, we have ordered the equipment. To be delivered shortly.
10 Feb 17
INTERVIEW WITH OUR NEW MAYOR
On the 26th January, George Stewart interviewed Tauranga Mayor, Greg Brownless.
He was asked a wide range of questions including, his vision for his city, the cost of housing and rentals. Whether he liked the idea of high rise buildings and apartments outside the CBD. What was happening to get the retailers back into the CBD and the horrendous traffic problems.
We would like to thank the Mayor for his very valuable time and our feed back has been very positive on the broadcast.
01 Feb 17
MORE INFORMATION BROADCAST EACH DAY FOR OUR LISTENERS
We are now receiving Press Releases daily from, Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
For our listeners this means more information broadcast throughout the day. Such as, road closures, extreme weather conditions (like fire bans). Traffic safety on our roads and other information of interest to the community.
01 Feb 17
ACCOLADES FROM CANADA FOR VILLAGE RADIO
Jim Byrnes is one of our new Announcers and he was chatting to his nephew about Village Radio and the following is from Jim's email telling us about Christopher:-
"Christopher Byrnes is my nephew and he owns two radio stations in Canada and three in New Zealand. Donny Osmond worked for him as an announcer, before Donny went to Las Vegas.
Christopher looked at the profile of Village Radio, on line and was very, very, impressed with what he saw re the whole operation.
He worked some time at Radio Lakeland in Taupo and he said that Village Radio had the same studio lay out.
He asked me to pass on his compliments and good wishes for a well run radio station."
For further information about Christopher Byrnes go to, http://byrnesmedia.com
03 Oct 16
JUSTUS ROZEMOND OUR STUDIO GUEST
This week's studio guest was Bay of Plenty Symphonia's conductor, Justus Rozemond. He was interviewed by our Announcer, George Stewart on Thursday. It was to raise publicity for the orchestra's 'Free Family Concert' on Sunday 4th September at Otumoetai College, Tauranga.
Justus is a graduate from the New Zealand School of Music, with Performance in Clarinet.
He started conducting in New Plymouth, before moving to Wellington, where he performed and conducted with a number of contemporary groups before moving to Tauranga in 2012.
Justus plays second clarinet in the OPUS Orchestra and also plays bass clarinet in the Rata Trio. He also has extensive experience in arranging Chamber and Orchestral music.
(The Photo is of Justus Rozemond conducting Bay of Plenty Symphonia. More photos in our Photo Gallery)
02 Sep 16
1923 STUDEBAKER AT VILLAGE RADIO
On Sunday the Friends of Village Radio were treated by Jack Van Den Hoven when he drove his 1923 Studebaker Vintage car to one of our get-togethers.
Jack has had "Rosie Studebaker" since 1958, which he purchased her for the princely sum of $75. It was Jack and his wife, Jenni's only car for a few years. He finally got 8 Studebakers, but as he stated he is now down to 6!! As they have 5 children, each of them now own one Studebaker each. Jack drives his 1963 Studebaker, as he says the others are somewhat slow to drive on our busy roads. He is a member of the B.O.P. Vintage Car Club and "Rosie" and a vintage Rolls Royce were the first members when the Club began.
Jack has written a book on Rosie's life as if she was telling the story. He calls it an Auto-biography. Unfortunately this is now out of print.
The photo is of Jack with "Rosie".
25 Jul 16
HAPPY 32nd BIRTHDAY TO VILLAGE RADIO
To-day (13th April) Village Radio celebrates it's 32nd Birthday. On Sunday, 10th April, we had a birthday party attended by The Friends Of Village Radio, our listeners and volunteers of the station.
What a wonderful celebration, we had entertainment by The Upbeat Singers, Melody Time Singers (including our own Shirley Hanly), Two of a Kind and the piano player, Ron Standwell. Their talent was appreciated by the audience especially when they all got together and sang a rousing Happy Birthday to Village Radio.
On hand to cut the cake was Vern Jacobsen, a long time supporter of ours. The feedback after the celebrations by everyone was "we really enjoyed the afternoon and when can we do it again?" We will keep you informed!
(Please see further photos in our Photo Gallery).
13 Apr 16
GOOD-BYE FOR THE TIME BEING
Wednesday 23rd March is the last broadcast for one of our and your favourite announcers, Chris Adams.
He has been with Village Radio for six years plus some months and did the Wednesday morning broadcast. Due to business commitments he has to, we hope just take a leave of absence and not resign totally.
In contact with Chris he stated "you never know I could pop up in the future if I
was wanted on the odd occasion you never know".
We hope that is so Chris. Posted on
22 Mar 16
OUR WEBSITE 'SPARKS' VISIT BY RETIRED UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR
After viewing our website and reading about the 1935 Collins Broadcast Radio Transmitter, Professor Alan Williamson, (Emeritus), was very keen to visit Village Radio and see it himself.
Professor Williamson is one of New Zealand's top electrical engineers and was honoured with a most prestigious level of membership by the Institute of Professional Engineers in 2014, that of a Fellow.
He began his academic career as a student in the days when engineering was still taught at Ardmore, he completed his studies at the city campus in 1970. Following his PhD, he worked for the NZ Broadcasting Corporation, before joining Auckland University in 1975.
in 2010 Allan gained a DEng, a higher doctorate awarded for original contributions of special excellence in a branch of engineering technology. To date only four DEng degrees have been awarded and Professor Williamson is the first in the field of electrical engineering.
He was appointed Professor of Telecommunications in 1988 and served three periods as Head of Department and has been Associate Dean of Research.
He retired in 2013.
09 Feb 16
VILLAGE RADIO AT THE ELMS
This was the second time for Village Radio to participate at The Elms Garden & Art Festival the second was on Sunday 31st January 2016.
Our 'nostalgic music" was first heard at the British Car Club's show last December and received glowing praise. As convener Ron Harvey remarked at the time, "It gave a wonderful ambience to the grounds and complimented the gathering of beautifully polished and gleaming vintage and classic cars".
This year it was Gardens & Art so once again four vintage valve powered radios were placed strategically around the grounds. Announcer Bonnie Leonard played a special programme of music, including titles involving "Gardens and Art".
800 people visited the Festival, despite a somewhat rainy day.
Photo below shows George Stewart one of our announcers with one of the Radio Station's HMV valve radios at the Festival.
(You can see more radios, gramophones and more at our Museum at Village Radio)
06 Feb 16
MAYOR STUART CROSBY DELIVERS CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
Mayor Stuart Crosby visits Village Radio to deliver a Christmas message to the audience of Village Radio, here in Tauranga. Mayor Crosby shares warm sentiments and good health in a message to our valued listeners. As you can see, Mayor Crosby is having a good time at the control panel of Studio 1. As he delivers warm Christmas tidings, we too, wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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24 Dec 15
LIONS MARKET A BIG SUCCESS
Village Radio has a sausage sizzle and vinyl record sale in operation every first and third Sunday of the month at the Lions Market Day at the Historic Village. This is one of our fundraising events to keep the station on air.
Last Sunday the village was a hive of activity with around 60 stalls and hundreds of people visiting the market.
Our chief 'sizzler' is our Station Manager Steve Lambie ably assisted by Judith Lambie and Brian Williams. When possible other volunteers from Village Radio are there to give a hand. (See Photo)
05 May 15
WELL KNOWN BROADCASTER VISITS VILLAGE RADIO
Peter Fry visited our studios in the Historic Village and caught up with George Stewart who worked with Peter during a 6 month 'stint' at 2YA Wellington in 1974.
Peter was born and educated in London and having tried all sorts of career options in the UK but didn't find one until he came to N.Z. and joined NZBC (New Zealand Broadcasting) in 1968 as 'General duties radio and television announcer'. For 20 years from 1975 he was a news specialist, presenting Morning and Midday Report and the morning news bulletins. Since then, Peter has hosted the popular Cadenza and Saturday Night programmes on National Radio.
Peter retired in July 2014 after over 40 years service at Radio New Zealand.
06 Oct 14
OUR TECH TEAM HELPS TO MAKE AN HISTORIC BROADCAST
On the 5th January 2013 the 75 year old Collins Transmitter went on air without a hitch. The transmitter is only the second known to be operating in the world and was restored by our technicians at Village Radio, Russ Bain, George Stewart and Neil Walsh. (Please see photo). It has been out of action for 13 years but has been painstakingly restored by the technicians and a grant from the Lotteries Commission.
Village Radio will continue to rely on it's more modern 1960's Toshiba value transmitter, leaving the Collins as a back-up and for special occasions.
From the left, George Stewart, Russ Bain & Neil Walsh
The Announcer for the day was Peter ShawPosted on
20 Jan 13