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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.

A 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.

Fortunately 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



Posted on 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.



Posted on 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.
 

 

 


Posted on 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

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.



Posted on 14 Apr 17

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.


Posted on 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.
 
 


Posted on 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.
 
 


Posted on 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. 
 


Posted on 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)
For more photos please click on Photo Gallery


Posted on 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                         The Transmitter.
 


Posted on 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.


Posted on 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.


Posted on 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
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                                     Christopher Brynes
 


Posted on 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)


Posted on 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". 


Posted on 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).


Posted on 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. 


Posted on 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)


Posted on 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. 

Posted by John Stephens on 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)



Posted on 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.



Posted on 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.

 

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From the left, George Stewart, Russ Bain & Neil Walsh

The Announcer for the day was Peter Shaw



Posted on 20 Jan 13

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