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.


A few years ago Laurie and Janet Hennum and twins, Joan Cains and Don Ritchie met at one of Village Radio's functions and were at the same table.    As they chatted they found they had a lot in common and so a great friendship was formed.   They are great supporters of Village Radio and attend all of our social occasions.  The photo was taken at our 29th birthday party in 2013.


Jim Byrnes is one of our new Announcers and he was chatting to his nephew about Village Radio and the following is from Jim's email telling us about Christopher:- "Christopher Byrnes is my nephew and he owns two radio stations in Canada and three in New Zealand.  Donny Osmond worked for him as an announcer, before Donny went to Las Vegas. Christopher looked at the profile of Village Radio, on line and was very, very, impressed with what he saw re the whole operation. He worked some time at Radio Lakeland in Taupo and he said that Village Radio had the same studio lay out. He asked me to pass on his compliments and good wishes for a well run radio station."   For further information about Christopher Byrnes go to,   http://byrnesmedia.com                                                                                                                              Christopher Brynes  


Last week two of our avid listeners, Sheila from Pyes Pa and Keith from Matua met, not for the first time, over a cup of tea and homemade cakes.  They met through Village Radio and learnt that they were both in London during the blitz, so they had many memories to share. Then of course there is their passion for their sort of music, which Village Radio provides. It gives us at an enormous amount of pleasure at Village Radio, that we can bring together people like Sheila and Keith.


This week's studio guest was Bay of Plenty Symphonia's conductor, Justus Rozemond.  He was interviewed by our Announcer, George Stewart on Thursday. It was to raise publicity for the orchestra's 'Free Family Concert' on Sunday 4th September at Otumoetai College, Tauranga. Justus is a graduate from the New Zealand School of Music, with Performance in Clarinet.  He started conducting in New Plymouth, before moving to Wellington, where he performed and conducted with a number of contemporary groups before moving to Tauranga in 2012. Justus plays second clarinet in the OPUS Orchestra and also plays bass clarinet in the Rata Trio.  He also has extensive experience in arranging Chamber and Orchestral music.   (The Photo is of Justus Rozemond conducting Bay of Plenty Symphonia. More photos in our Photo Gallery)


On Sunday the Friends of Village Radio were treated by Jack Van Den Hoven when he drove his 1923 Studebaker Vintage car to one of our get-togethers. Jack has had "Rosie Studebaker" since 1958, which he purchased her for the princely sum of $75.  It was Jack and his wife, Jenni's only car for a few years.  He finally got 8 Studebakers, but as he stated he is now down to 6!!   As they have 5 children, each of them now own one Studebaker each.  Jack drives his 1963 Studebaker, as he says the others are somewhat slow to drive on our busy roads.  He is a member of the B.O.P. Vintage Car Club and "Rosie" and a vintage Rolls Royce were the first members when the Club began. Jack has written a book on Rosie's life as if she was telling the story.  He calls it an Auto-biography.  Unfortunately this is now out of print. The photo is of Jack with "Rosie". 


To-day (13th April) Village Radio celebrates it's 32nd Birthday.    On Sunday, 10th April, we had a birthday party attended by The Friends Of Village Radio, our listeners and volunteers of the station. What a wonderful celebration, we had entertainment by The Upbeat Singers, Melody Time Singers (including our own Shirley Hanly), Two of a Kind and the piano player, Ron Standwell.  Their talent was appreciated by the audience especially when they all got together and sang a rousing Happy Birthday to Village Radio. On hand to cut the cake was Vern Jacobsen, a long time supporter of ours. The feedback after the celebrations by everyone was "we really enjoyed the afternoon and when can we do it again?"   We will keep you informed! (Please see further photos in our Photo Gallery).

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