we're on the air!

On Tuesday, 2/12/2014, around 3 pm we installed a loaner transmitter and we are back as suddenly as we disappeared. The loaner transmitter, from Auckland, is working fine and we are so grateful.

Thanks to all who have shared their concern for our operation and we are especially grateful to those who are donating money AND their valuable time. THANK YOU!


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.


To operate as a working museum bringing enjoyable, varied, musical programmes from bygone days in accordance with our Radio License/Charter.

1413AM - Radio Ferrymead, Christchurch

We wanted to bring to your attention our sister station, 1413AM - Radio Ferrymead, also known as the New Zealand Radio Preservation Society (Ferrymead) in Christchurch. When the earthquake struck we did a radio-thon for them. They are only on air Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday and like us run by Volunteers. Click here to visit their website.

Transmitter to the rescue

Look at this beautiful transmitter being shuttled into our station by Kelvin Roach, Treasurer, and Steve Lambie, Station Manager on Tuesday, 2/12/2014. This transmitter is a temporary fix to our recent woes of losing our mainstay transmitter last week. A very generous offer came to us for a temporary replacement transmitter and, of course we jumped on that. This will keep us on the air and give us breathing room to pursue fixing our main transmitter.  "So, it's back to business, as usual," says Steve Lambie, Station Manager. Let's hope our technicians can resurrect the Toshiba.


Don and Shirley have been Friends of Village Radio for some years and we have just learnt that on the 17th April of this year they 'tied the knot' at Lake Hayes, Arrow Town, Queenstown.   They first met at art classes and then Don introduced Shirley to the music of Village Radio.  So a belated "Congratulations" from all your friends at Village Radio we hope you will both be very happy.


Peter Fry visited our studios in the Historic Village and caught up with George Stewart who worked with Peter during a 6 month 'stint' at 2YA Wellington in 1974. Peter was born and educated in London and having tried all sorts of career options in the UK but didn't find one until he came to N.Z. and joined NZBC (New Zealand Broadcasting) in 1968 as 'General duties radio and television announcer'.  For 20 years from 1975 he was a news specialist, presenting Morning and Midday Report and the morning news bulletins.  Since then, Peter has hosted the popular Cadenza and Saturday Night programmes on National Radio. Peter retired in July 2014 after over 40 years service at Radio New Zealand.

Thirty Year Radio History Under Threat

Radio New Zealand News writes, Village Radio is a volunteer, non-commercial station which broadcasts out of the city's Historic Village. Station Manager, Bonnie Leonard, says the station used to pay a peppercorn rent of $10 a year to the Tauranga City Council but that has gone up to $1200 a month including expenses, which is not sustainable. She said the Historic Village is now a commercial venture for the council so... <Read More>

Nostalgia Radio Station Facing Closure

Village Radio is featured here by The New Zealand Herald on September 12, 2014. They came to our station and shot lots of footage and conducted interviews with some of our volunteers. Please click Here to view it.  

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