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.


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.

THE SUGAR PLUM TREE CAFE

The Sugar Plum Tree Café has just opened and is located just across the street from Village Radio in the Historic Village.  They have on loan, from Village Radio, an old valve radio so their customers can listen to our Radio Station.  Plus they have kindly said that they will pass on any music requests customers may have to be played while they are drinking their tea or coffee. The Café is open Tuesday to Saturday between 8-30am to 4-00pm and closed Sunday and Monday. (The photo shows Manageress, Jeni with member of staff, Emma and the vintage radio)

A MEETING OF THE PAST AND PRESENT

Keith Spooner 90 years old and ex volunteer announcer of Village Radio got together with one of our newest announcers, John Stephens. The photo shows Keith and John looking over Keith's playlists and scripts for the programmes he did while at Village Radio, including the very first broadcast Keith did on the 29th November 1986.  (These will be available for viewing at our studios after our 30th Anniversary on 13th April). Keith is still a  great supporter of our station and has a vast knowledge of our nostalgic music.

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