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.

DONATION OF PICTURE TO VILLAGE RADIO

 A long time supporter and one of our Friends of Village Radio, Jill Dennison, has kindly donated a print of the Historic Village called Pioneer Village, Tauranga by Win Mercer. It is proudly on display in our studio.

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)

STUDENTS FROM POLYTECH VISIT OUR STUDIOS

Students from the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and tutor Adrian Maidment paid us a visit this week to see how Village Radio operates. The students are studying for their Certificate in Radio Broadcasting which covers almost every aspect of running a radio station. John Stephens was on hand to take photos.  George Stewart was the announcer for the morning and Peter Shaw and Cherry Feasey took them on a guided tour of the station. (See more photos under Visitors to our Studio)

30TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Sunday 13th April 2014 was a cause for celebration as Village Radio turned 30 years old.  It was on 13th April 1984 that George Christophersen with Lola Bryan played the first vinyl record and 30 years later the Volunteers continue the tradition. The Volunteers were joined at the party by many listeners and the Friends of Village Radio.  We were entertained by James Wood (one of our newer Volunteers) and his musical partner Peter Cleaver with a medley of songs. The wonderful cake was made by our Chairman's daughter-in-law and which was cut by 90 year old retired announcer Keith Spooner with the help of our Station Manager, Bonnie Leonard.  

GOLD GUITAR AWARDS

The N.Z. Major Country Music contest for entertainers is held in Gore each year at Queen's Birthday weekend. This year they celebrated their 41st year. One of our Announcers, Jim Wood, entered the competition with some 690 competitors in all age groups, Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors, plus the 40's and 60's age groups.  Jim being the young fella that he is entered the 60 plus section in both Gospel and Solo Vocal.  He won both sections that he had entered and was awarded the 'Overall Winners Trophy" as the highest scoring act in that age group. Village Radio would like to Congratulate Jim, we are all very proud of you. The picture shows Jim with his trophies and of course his guitar.

VINYL DAY AT THE VILLAGE

Saturday, 10th May was Vinyl Day at the Historic Village in support of Village Radio.  We had some good feed back, all the entertainers worked in well with each other starting with the United in Christ Gospel/Rock Band which went down very well.  Followed by the Dancing Divas who proved to be very popular.  The Up Beat Singers proved to be a big hit with many people sitting and listening while tapping their feet. We also had the Tina Peet Irish Dancing Group with one of the young dancers giving a great singing solo of Danny Boy which was very well received.  Our own Jim Wood (Announcer) sang and played the guitar which is always a great pleasure to listen to. We hope that this day will become a regular event at the Village as we know that everyone that attended enjoyed the wonderful entertainment.

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