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 20's to the 80'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.


Miriam from Brazil and Eric from Alaska, USA, visited our studios.  They were shown how we broadcast, 7 days a week, by George Stewart who was the announcer on 'duty'. They took many photos and have kindly sent us copies.  Some of the photos can be seen in our Photo Gallery. The photo shows Miriam taking the controls under George's supervision.


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)


Brazilian Zero Freitas has a vinyl collection of over 6 million records.  It would take several lifetimes to listen to all of them about 300 years! Plus it would be much longer if you accounted for sleep and taking the records out of the sleeves, putting them onto the turntable and lining them up with the needle. He started the collection in 1965 when he was 12 years old and bought one million records in a single month last year. He is building a new home for his collection the largest on the planet, which he hopes to share with the world.


Record Store Day is an annual event which started in 2007 and is held every third Saturday of April.  The days brings together fans, artists and thousands of independently owned record stores across the world.   It is also the day when new vinyl records are available for sale. Eight years on, there is a vinyl revival which appears to be complete with the announcement of official weekly charts dedicated to the format that will count down the top 40 best selling records (including 7 inch and 12 inch formats) and albums. Sales of vinyl albums are at their highest level.  The boost of sales, which really gathered pace in 2013 when sales of 780,000 doubled the previous year's total.   Elements of vinyl associated with its revival include the tactile feel of putting a record onto the turntable and the many people who simply prefer the sound so it is not just the older generation buying but the younger generation. Vinyl album sales are up by almost 70% this year and vinyl 'junkies' could well buy up to 2 million by the end of the year.  It is extraordinary when you consider that one-tenth of sales were just that six years ago. 


On Sunday, March 15th Bethlehem Lion's Market will now be held in the 17th Avenue Historic Village. Time 9-00 am to 1-00 pm and to be held every first and third Sunday of each month.   There will be a free concert at 10-00 am with music, rhythms, songs from around the World. While browsing through the stalls why not 'pop in' to Village Radio and see how a nostalgic radio station works. We would love to see you.


Last week we had in our studios some visitors from Australia who were thrilled to find such an interesting exhibition within the Historic Village.   We have the fourth largest collection of vinyl records in New Zealand and one of the ladies had been searching for years to find a copy of the 1812 Overture, Opus No 49 played by the London Symphony Orchestra and the Band of the Grenadier Guards. We often keep duplicate copies of records (in case of one getting damaged) and to her utter amazement and delight we were able to give her one of our copies. So if you are trying to find that special record get in touch with us and we will see what we can do.

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