Welcome to Village Radio

Enjoy your day with Village Radio - tune in to 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.


Sunday 13th April 2014 was a cause for celebration as Village Radio turned 30 years old.  It was on 13th April 1984 that George Christopherson with Lola Bryant played the first vinyl record and 30 years later the Volunteers continue the tradition. The Volunteers were joined at the party by many listeners and the Friends of Village Radio.  We were entertained by James Wood (one of our newer Volunteers) and his musical partner Peter Cleaver with a medley of songs. The wonderful cake was made by our Chairman's daughter-in-law and which was cut by 90 year old retired announcer Keith Spooner with the help of our Station Manager, Bonnie Leonard.  


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)


Keith Spooner 90 years old and ex volunteer announcer of Village Radio got together with one of our newest announcers, John Stephens. The photo shows Keith and John looking over Keith's playlists and scripts for the programmes he did while at Village Radio, including the very first broadcast Keith did on the 29th November 1986.  (These will be available for viewing at our studios after our 30th Anniversary on 13th April). Keith is still a  great supporter of our station and has a vast knowledge of our nostalgic music.


One of our announcers David Wall has put together a 'custom' made model van to celebrate our 30th Anniversary.   It is a 1920 Ford Model 'A' van from the range of Matchbox Models of Yesteryear.  The van is emblazoned with the 'Village Radio' logo on the side and doors and recently mounted on a plinth.  This can be seen in the Studios at Village Radio in the Historic Village, Tauranga.  Although on loan from David's collection it hasn't been decided whether it will be sold, auctioned off or eventually returned to the collection.   An interesting note is that this model is the only one in existence worldwide and the value cannot be estimated.  If you are visiting our Studios please ask to see this model.


Two of our retired announcers are on the air again, be it for a short time.  Kel Raine who was with Village Radio for 24 years has already done one programme on the 21st February and will again take to the microphone on the morning of the 20th March and every third Thursday each month. Jack Chapman who was an announcer for 25 years will be on air for one session only on the 27th February from 1-00pm to 4-00pm. Jack lives in Hamilton now and if you would like to phone him we know he would love to hear from you or even 'drop in' and say 'hello'.


While on holiday for a short visit Bev and Andy from Enfield, London paid our studios a visit.  Bev was here in Tauranga to visit with her brother who she had not seen for 30 years.


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