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 40's to the 90'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.


The familiar voice rang out over the Village Radio microphone on Sunday morning (18th March) - Bonnie Leonard was back on air.  The 'BUT' is that it was just for one broadcast. Bonnie was in Tauranga for a visit from her home in Gore, catching up with family and friends.  The studio was busy taking the phone calls and welcoming visitors to the studio, all eager to welcome Bonnie back, even though it was for just one morning.    Pictured - Bonnie on air reading out the many requests she received.


We have made the front page of the Bay News here in Tauranga.   The headline is "Shout out for volunteer radio announcers".  On page two and three is the article.  It begins "Village Radio is hoping to attract some new volunteer announcers with an interest in nostalgic music to strengthen its ranks". George Stewart our Station Manager explained that the announcers roster had sometimes become a juggling act especially during the holiday period.   He stated that the announcers come from different walks of life and some of them had no experience in broadcasting before taking up the challenge.   Full training would be offered in our two studios for those who wanted to be part of the friendly team. George can be contacted on 571-3710 to 576-6170 for those interested.   George Stewart is on the front page holding one of our vinyl records, one of many thousands we have in our library.


Heather and Larry Johns from Vancouver, Canada are in Tauranga for their second visit to New Zealand, which they love. They enjoyed the fabulous scenery, lifestyle and another attraction is that people always make them feel at home.  George Stewart, our Thursday announcer gave them a tour of our studios which they loved.  Larry has an interest in music and radio and at one point was a DJ for CBC Radio Station in Yellowknife NW, in the far north of Canada.   Heather said that if they were to stay here for any length of time he would certainly be a Volunteer at Village Radio.   Photo of George sharing a joke with our visitors.


Amy her real name, was born in New Jersey, U.S.A. From a very musical family she started playing the piano around 4 or 5.  Amy began writing songs as a teenager. Overseas adventures beckoned and Amy headed to the UK, where she joined the band Dreamfield for two years, adding piano and backing vocals.  She moved to New Zealand in 2003 where after a ten year break from music, she launched her solo career as Parabola West.  The name came from Amy's investigations into making a parabolic solar hear. "The light comes from all different directions, but focuses on just one spot," she explained, "Music is like a parabola." Married to David they decided to get out of the rat race that is Auckland to live in Raglan, where she feels more connected to nature and has changed her music accordingly. She does 'home concerts' - 20 or more people getting together at someone's house.  "I love doing the home concerts.  Whenever I travel I try and do a couple of home concerts. It's really my favourite way to sing because you get to connect with people and have a chat." Parabola will be appearing at The Historic Village on 17th February at 6-30 pm.


One of our Social Events where we, as Volunteers, get together is on Waitangi Day.  For the second year we spent an very enjoyable time at Kelvin & Eileen's home in Welcome Bay.   The year has bought many changes, some of our Volunteers are new to our organization, so it was great that we could all meet at a social time especially with our partners.    There was much laughter, music, swopping stories and some of us finding out that we had mutual friends without realizing it.   It goes without saying the food was fabulous!!!       Our photo - The OLD and the NEW - George Stewart (long time announcer) and Jim Byres (the new boy). More photos in the Photo Gallery


Wednesday we were happy to greet the cruise ship Viking Sun passengers to Village Radio. At times the studios were full of overseas visitors asking all about our organization.  One gentleman stood still at the top of the stairs, when asked if he was OK his reply was, "I have never heard this type of music for years, oh how I wish I could get this station in Canada". Other remarks that were recorded in our Visitors Book were, Awesome, Great Music, Wonderful Experience, Great Trip to the Past, Wonderful Enthusiasm, Beyond Expectations and of course Great Music, plus many more. Our visitors had great photo opportunities sitting in our oldest studio, adorned with headphones and talking into the microphone (circ 1930's).         The photo is of Jack Eyler of Southport, North Carolina A couple of other photos are in our Photo Gallery.

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