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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 20's to the 80'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.


AUSTRALIAN VISITORS

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.

THE SUGAR PLUM TREE CAFE

The Sugar Plum Tree Café has just opened and is located just across the street from Village Radio in the Historic Village.  They have on loan, from Village Radio, an old valve radio so their customers can listen to our Radio Station.  Plus they have kindly said that they will pass on any music requests customers may have to be played while they are drinking their tea or coffee. The Café is open Tuesday to Saturday between 8-30am to 4-00pm and closed Sunday and Monday. (The photo shows Manageress, Jeni with member of staff, Emma and the vintage radio)

Village Radio At The Elms

A request by the British Car Club to provide the music for their 21st Birthday celebrations on Sunday 18 January, which was held at the Elms Mission Station, has resulted  (hopefully) in many more more listeners and some great publicity.   George Stewart took up the challenge, with a vintage 1930's Gulbransen radio placed in the garden by the entranceway path, with another two 1960's Philips hi-fidelity sets on one corner of The Elms and another in the grounds under some shady trees . The Elms also provided a stereo tuned into Village Radio by their cold lemonade drinks station.   British Car Club organiser, Ron Harvey rated the exercise a fantastic success.  He says having Village Radio playing the music was perfectly suited to the day's exhibition, which included over 70 gleaming classic and vintage cars, dating from 1913 to the modern day.   Around 1000 people came in perfect weather, with the temperature reaching 30 degrees in some sheltered corners.    

1413AM - Radio Ferrymead, Christchurch

We wanted to bring to your attention our sister station, 1413AM - Radio Ferrymead, also known as the New Zealand Radio Preservation Society (Ferrymead) in Christchurch. When the earthquake struck we did a radio-thon for them. They are only on air Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday and like us run by Volunteers. Click here to visit their website.

Transmitter to the rescue

Look at this beautiful transmitter being shuttled into our station by Kelvin Roach, Treasurer, and Steve Lambie, Station Manager on Tuesday, 2/12/2014. This transmitter is a temporary fix to our recent woes of losing our mainstay transmitter last week. A very generous offer came to us for a temporary replacement transmitter and, of course we jumped on that. This will keep us on the air and give us breathing room to pursue fixing our main transmitter.  "So, it's back to business, as usual," says Steve Lambie, Station Manager. Let's hope our technicians can resurrect the Toshiba.

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.

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