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.


FAREWELL TO POPULAR ANNOUNCER - BONNIE LEONARD

Bonnie Leonard, has sadly resigned. She has been an announcer, board member and Co-ordinator of the Friends of Village Radio since July 1993 (nearly 24 years).she is on her way to the Mainland, Gore.  Bonnie has spent 58 years in Tauranga so made many, many friends who are going to miss her as we are at Village Radio.   She was given a great farewell party on Saturday, 4th March at the Village Hall in the Historic Village.   Entertainment was provided by the the popular, Bay Dixie Band, followed by a sing-a-long with Shirley Hanly.   Volunteers from the station, friends and Friends of Village Radio were in attendance to bid her a fond farewell.   Bonnie will broadcast her final programme on 12th March 9-00am to 1-00pm.   Please go to our Photo Gallery for more photos of the day.   

WAITANGI DAY WITH OUR VOLUNTEERS

On Monday, Waitangi Day, the Volunteers and their partners of Village Radio met for a social get together at Kelvin (Treasurer and Panel Operator) and Eileen's home. Two beautiful looking and yummy to eat were two cakes, kindly donated to us by Friends of Village Radio, Stan and Edith Smith. There was plenty of laughter, story telling, dancing and of cause plenty of music.  It was a great occasion to get to see each other.  The Volunteers do not get many opportunities to socialize as they are always busy keeping Village Radio on air.    (Some of our Volunteers) For more photos please click on Photo Gallery

GREAT NEWS !

Village Radio Fundraising Committee have been trying for quite a while to purchase a new transmitter which unfortunately we could not afford.  The ones we use are getting worn out and we don't know how much longer they will last. At our Waitangi Day Get Together it was announced by George Stewart that we now have the funds to purchase the transmitter. Thanks to Pub Charities and The Lion Foundation grants and support from Friends of Village Radio, we have ordered the equipment. To be delivered shortly.                                                                                        The Transmitter.  

MORE INFORMATION BROADCAST EACH DAY FOR OUR LISTENERS

We are now receiving Press Releases daily from, Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. For our listeners this means more information broadcast throughout the day. Such as, road closures, extreme weather conditions (like fire bans). Traffic safety on our roads and other information of interest to the community.

INTERVIEW WITH OUR NEW MAYOR

On the 26th January, George Stewart interviewed Tauranga Mayor, Greg Brownless. He was asked a wide range of questions including, his vision for his city, the cost of housing and rentals.  Whether he liked the idea of high rise buildings and apartments outside the CBD. What was happening to get the retailers back into the CBD and the horrendous traffic problems. We would like to thank the Mayor for his very valuable time and our feed back has been very positive on the broadcast.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HEALTHY AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

We at Village Radio hope  that you enjoyed your Christmas Day and Santa gave you what you wished for. Have a great New Year and don't forget to phone in for us to play your favourite piece of music or song.

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