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.


HAPPY 32nd BIRTHDAY TO VILLAGE RADIO

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).

GOOD-BYE FOR THE TIME BEING

Wednesday 23rd March is the last broadcast for one of our and your favourite announcers, Chris Adams. He has been with Village Radio for six years plus some months and did the Wednesday morning broadcast.  Due to business commitments he has to, we hope just take a leave of absence and not resign totally.  In contact with Chris he stated "you never know I could pop up in the future if I was wanted on the odd occasion you never know". We hope that is so Chris.

WE ARE NEARLY 32 YEARS OLD!

We have booked The Village Hall at the Historic Village 17th Avenue West on Sunday 10th April at 2pm for our 32nd Birthday.   There will be  finger food, tea and coffee and entertainment.  Yes, 13th April 2016 is our actual Birthday, but what is better than afternoon tea on a Sunday? (10th).   You can e-mail us on info@villageradio.co.nz  or phone the station 07-571 3710.

OUR WEBSITE 'SPARKS' VISIT BY RETIRED UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR

After viewing our website and reading about the 1935 Collins Broadcast Radio Transmitter, Professor Alan Williamson, (Emeritus), was very keen to visit Village Radio and see it himself.   Professor Williamson is one of New Zealand's top electrical engineers and was honoured with a most prestigious level of membership by the Institute of Professional Engineers in 2014, that of a Fellow. He began his academic career as a student in the days when engineering was still taught at Ardmore, he completed his studies at the city campus in 1970.  Following his PhD, he worked for the NZ Broadcasting Corporation, before joining Auckland University in 1975. in 2010 Allan gained a DEng, a higher doctorate awarded for original contributions of special excellence in a branch of engineering technology.  To date only four DEng degrees have been awarded and Professor Williamson is the first in the field of electrical engineering. He was appointed Professor of Telecommunications in 1988 and served three periods as Head of Department and has been Associate Dean of Research.   He retired in 2013. 

VILLAGE RADIO AT THE ELMS

This was the second time for Village Radio to participate at The Elms Garden & Art Festival the second was on Sunday 31st January 2016. Our 'nostalgic music" was first heard at the British Car Club's show last December and received glowing praise.  As convener Ron Harvey remarked at the time, "It gave a wonderful ambience to the grounds and complimented the gathering of beautifully polished and gleaming vintage and classic cars". This year it was Gardens & Art so once again four vintage valve powered radios were placed strategically around the grounds.   Announcer Bonnie Leonard played a special programme of music, including titles involving "Gardens and Art". 800 people visited the Festival, despite a somewhat rainy day.   Photo below shows George Stewart one of our announcers with one of the Radio Station's HMV valve radios at the Festival. (You can see more radios, gramophones and more at our Museum at Village Radio)

MAYOR STUART CROSBY DELIVERS CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

Mayor Stuart Crosby visits Village Radio to deliver a Christmas message to the audience of Village Radio, here in Tauranga. Mayor Crosby shares warm sentiments and good health in a message to our valued listeners. As you can see, Mayor Crosby is having a good time at the control panel of Studio 1. As he delivers warm Christmas tidings, we too, wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

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