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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.


18th APRIL RECORD STORE DAY

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. 

POPULAR MARKET MOVES TO THE HISTORIC VILLAGE

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.

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.

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