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 40's to the 90'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.


MAY IS NEW ZEALAND MUSIC MONTH

It is that time of year when in May we celebrate New Zealand Music Month.   To put it simply it is to celebrate music from New Zealand and the people who make it. Village Radio has always prided itself on being a dedicated supporter of New Zealand Music of the past years.    Our library contains hundreds of vinyl records including nearly a 1,000 tracks of Maori songs by different artists.   In 2001 APRA invited it's members to vote what they believed to be NZ's top songs of all time.  The winner (1)  Nature 1969 - Fourmyula   (2) Don't Dream It's Over 1987 - Crowded House  (3) Loyal 1988 - Dave Dobbyn (4) Counting The Beat 1981 - The Swingers  (5) Six Months In A Leaky Boat 1982 - Split Enz  (6) Sway 1997 - Bic Runga  (7) Slice of Heaven 1986 - Dave Dobbyn  (8) Victoria 1982 - Dance Exponents (9) She Speeds 1987 - Straitjacket Fits (10) April Sun In Cuba 1978 - Dragon. Remember to tune in to Gail Wood every Wednesday between 4-00 and 5-00 pm for N.Z. Music Hour.  

RADIO HAURAKI'S GOOD GUY - IAN MAGAN

Ian Magan is a pioneer in radio and concert promotions and was interviewed by Brian Cotter on just part of his varied career.   He was born in Hamilton, went to college in Matamata and worked for the Agricultural Department.  He later joined the NZBC at Wanganui Radio. In 1960's he was one of the original 'Good Guys' (DJ's) that started pirate radio broadcasts on a ship in the Hauraki Gulf - Radio Hauraki, which has become part of New Zealand Broadcasting history. He next formed the Concert Promotions Company in 1975 and later Pacific Entertainment in 1995.  He has promoted many of our NZ stars and with Gray Bartlett started getting overseas groups to appear here, the most successful being Dire Straits, which attracted an audience of 120,000 80,000 in Wellington and 64,000 in Christchurch. This was a NZ record which was only recently broken by the Adele concerts. He now lives in Devonport, Auckland but is still involved with the industry in a consulting capacity.

"HIS MIDGESTY"- MIDGE MARSDEN

Midge Marsden was born in New Plymouth.  He has sung and played guitar and harmonica to thousands throughout New Zealand, Australia and U.S.A.  His first band was The 'Blue Diamonds" who changed their name to 'Bari and the Breakaways then just the 'Breakaways' which disbanded in 1967. Midge then joined the NZBC's radio programming department in Wellington.  1969 he had his own radio show, 'Blues is News' featuring his favourite genre, the blues.  He then visited states in the U.S.A. on a regular basis playing the blues. In fact between 1992 and 1999 he tutored 'bluesology' at Waikato Institute of Technology where he later received a Bachelor of Arts degree. He studied and received a diploma in the History of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi.  In 2006 he was awarded the NZ Order of Merit for services to NZ music. He was Entertainer of the Year in 1990 and a year later received a Gold Record for his recording of 'Burning Rain'.  Midge is still entertaining but he told Brian Cotter during the interview that he was contemplating retirement after over 50 years.  No wonder he is called "His Midgesty"!!   Photo-shows Midge wearing his NZ Order of Merit in 2006.

BIG BAND LEADER, RODGER FOX

Over 40 years in the world of music, Rodger Fox Big Band has become an icon in New Zealand entertainment. Rodger was interviewed on Saturday by Brian Cotter.  Rodger was born in Christchurch and spent his early years living in Invercargill, Gore Hawera and Wellington.   He learnt violin (which he hated), piano, cornet and trumpet, then finally trombone. He formed his Big Band in 1973.  He is also now a lecturer at the New Zealand School of Music.  In 2005 he received an honorary doctorate of music from Massey University and two years later he was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He has travelled all over the world and brought some of the best international jazz musicians to our shores.   He has appeared at, Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Wichita Jazz Festival and concerts in London, Singapore, Australia, Poland and the USA.

VILLAGE RADIO VISITS RADIO FERRYMEAD IN CHRISTCHURCH.

Our Chairman, Steve Lambie and his wife Judith called in on our sister Volunteer station Ferrymead.  Steve was interviewed by Tony Forster, Ferrymead's Secretary, for some 20 minutes. They discussed the differences between the two stations with more discussions after the interview. In their present premises they have no toilet, having to use a Portaloo, no kitchen, the announcers have to bring a thermos. Their new premises will be a palace in comparison.  They will have a large area, with two studios, a museum which will house their large record collection plus a large storage area. .  They have 27 years of donated records they have to catalogue which at present are all in cardboard boxes.   Photo of Steve Lambie in Ferrymead's studio

SUZANNE PRENTICE INTERVIEWED

New Zealand's singing star, Suzanne Prentice was interviewed by Brian Cotter on his Saturday morning show.   Suzanne was born and lives in Invercargill. She became a professional performer at the age of 17, her recording career since then has proven a series of gold, platinum and multi platinum successes.  Her album, One Day At A Time  was one of Australasia's top selling country albums of 1980. In 1995 she received the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to music.  In 2016 she received the highest honour for a New Zealand entertainer, The Benny Award, from the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand.  

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