Welcome to TAURANGA Village Radio MUSEUM INCORPORATED SOCIETY

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.


OUR MISSION STATEMENT

To operate as a working museum bringing enjoyable, varied, musical programmes from bygone days in accordance with our Radio License/Charter.

Nostalgia Radio Station Facing Closure

Village Radio is featured here by The New Zealand Herald on September 12, 2014. They came to our station and shot lots of footage and conducted interviews with some of our volunteers. Please click Here to view it.  

VILLAGE RADIO GOES INTERNATIONAL

On Saturday, August 3rd it is International Blues Music Day and here at Village Radio one of our newest announcers, Brian Williams is broadcasting a program featuring blues music.  His program is on 2nd August (1 pm to 4 pm) just one day before the inaugural International Blues Music Day. Brian is wearing the Tee-shirt of the Music Day in his profile picture on this website and he e-mailed the photo to their headquarters in New York.  They picked the photo for 'picture of the day' and posted a link to Village Radio on their International Events page.   Also there is an article by Derek (a.k.a. Winston Watsui) of the local band Kokomo in the Weekend Sun dated 26th July and an article also appears on the SunLive web page.

JON FROM SURREY BACK TO VISIT VILLAGE RADIO

In 2012 Jon Weller from Surrey in England came to Village Radio while visiting his daughter who lives in Tauranga.  Jon has become a Friend of Village Radio and keeps in touch with what is happening via our Newsletter and of course our website. Jon is a member of the British Vintage Wireless Society, www.bvws.org.uk   He visited our studios last Sunday and talked with Bonnie Leonard while she was doing her Sunday programme, after which he sent the following e-mail:- Hi Bonnie and all at Village Radio, It was my pleasure to visit you again last Sunday.  This time Pat and I are visiting our daughter Vanessa in Omokoroa, from our home in Dorking, Surrey, England, who has just presented us with a lovely new Grandson, Finn, born on the 30th July. (Please see photo of Finn relaxing to the sound of Village Radio). I and many others, I am sure are waiting for the day when Village Radio can be enjoyed via the internet.  Your unique programming deserves a worldwide audience and would help put Tauranga on the World Map for so many. Best Wishes to you all, Jon Weller (See another photo of Jon with Bonnie in our Photo Gallery)

THE N.Z. COUNTRY MUSIC STAR AWARDS

Village Radio is proud to support, The N.Z. Country Music Star Awards Final Concert which will be held this Labour Weekend, Sunday 26th October at 1-pm at the Bethlehem College Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are $25. Children $5. they are available at The S.B.S. Bank, 36 Spring Street or door tickets on the day of the show. Special Guest is Dan Cosgrove (see picture). Artists are auditioned on Saturday so that only the very best appear on the Final Concert.  http://www.starawards.co.nz  

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.

ROUNDING UP THE RARELY SEEN

The above is the headline in The Signal Magazine which is an American magazine and is the "Official Journal of the Collins Collectors Association".  It's editor and publisher is Bill Carns who has been in contact with our own George Stewart re the 20C Transmitter (76 years old) being restored and active on Village Radio. The following is a paragraph from that story (which takes up a whole page)"- A 20C Story - Thought to be extinct, this species was previously only known through descriptions based on past encounters and older pictures.  The previously established habitat was thought mostly in North America.  Even fossil remains are very rare.  It was with surprise that there was observed to be at least one living example still extant in a remote village in New Zealand.  Word has it that it is being cared for by loving attendants and is receiving appropriate medical attention when required - which they observe is not often.  The full story can be found on http://www.collinsradio.org  or a copy of the magazine will be in our archives at 17th Avenue West, Tauranga.

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