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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.


BAY TIMES REPORTER JEAN BELL INTERVIEWS TO VILLAGE RADIO

Last Thursday (4th April) we had the pleasure of showing a lovely reporter, Jean Bell around Village Radio. She had come to interview us about our celebrations for our 35th Anniversary of our first broadcast which was made on the 13th April 1984. We will have a party on the 14th April at the Matua Bowling Club at 2-00 pm with entertainment from Blaze. So don't forget to check out the interviews in the upcoming Bay Times. The photo is of Jean Bell interviewing one of our announcers Brian Cotter.

LATEST GROUP STUDIO TOUR

A visit from the Vintage Car Club two weeks ago prompted one of their members to plan a group tour by Bethlehem Country Club.  Ten members attended and the photo shows some of them, with far left, Kelvin Roach and announcer for the day, George Stewart. We welcome group tours but as our studios are somewhat small, large groups split into smaller groups would be preferable.

NO 8 TOURS CO-OWNER IS OUR GUEST

George Stewart's studio guest was Andy Somerville, the co-owner of No 8 Tours from Bethlehem. Andy was the son of a farmer, and grew up on a 16,000 acre hill country station in the Wairarapa. With his wife Sarah, who grew up in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, Andy described how the company was formed some 10 years ago, after providing tours for the cruise ship industry and seeing a niche in the market for the more senior tourist. They have a door to door service with over 50 different tours available. They quickly diversified to specialize in day and multi day excursions for the Senior community, right throughout New Zealand.  They are now one of the largest travel clubs in NZ, providing high quality trips to exotic places not seen by the average traveler. 

HERALD DELIVERY BOY TO SIR JOHN ROWLES INTERVIEWED

Brian Cotter had the privilege of interviewing one of New Zealand's greatest international stars, Sir John Rowles.  He was born in Whakatane but raised in Kawerau. He had 5 sisters and one brother. Two of his sisters were the subject of two of his number one songs,  'Cheryl Moana Marie' and 'Tania'.      He left school at age 15 years and worked, among other things, a lumberjack.   He formed a band called the Kawerau Shadows, where he played lead guitar, the band took inspiration from The Shadows, including the dance steps, He arrived in England in the late sixties where he recorded the smash hit "If I Only Had Time". It got to number 3 in the charts and stayed there for 18 weeks. He was just 20 years old. In 1980 he received the O.B.E for his contribution to music and then in 2018 was awarded a knighthood from the Queen for his contribution to the entertainment industry along with his benevolent charitable involvement throughout his international career.   

INTERVIEW WITH JODI VAUGHAN

Jodi Vaughan is a musician, country singer, songwriter, recording artist, television performer, and actor.  She was born in 1950, Sydney, but since 1975 has called New Zealand her home.  At one stage she and her New Zealand second husband lived in Tauranga.  She now calls Hamilton her home. She was spotted in 1976 on the final of South Pacific Television's The Entertainers by Gray Bartlett and he asked her to join him and Brendan Dugan in their act. This began a partnership with Gray and Brendan  that would endure for many years. Their greatest successes have been in each other's company.    The trio toured almost constantly to every small town and big city in the country.  In conclusion she promised our announcer, Brian Cotter, that any time he wanted her to sing she would do so, at Bayswater Retirement Village where Brian lives.    

CRUISE SHIP VISITORS

So far we have welcomed 11 out of the 117 Cruise Ships expected to visit Tauranga this season.  We at Village Radio have had the pleasure of giving some of these passengers a tour of our Radio Museum and our Studios. We have had many special moments with our visitors.  Brian Cotter went the extra mile on one occasion. After his broadcast on his way to his car he spotted a couple from Vancouver, Canada, who had visited the studio, waiting for the bus to take them back to the boat.  He said he would take them back but on the way he gave them a 'tiki' tour of Tauranga. A couple from Sydney, Australia came for a tour, Steve was the announcer for the afternoon and asked them if they wanted a request. They picked Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison.  He asked the lady visitor if she liked Rock n' Roll she said she loved it so they started to dance in our studio, while the record was playing. We remember the gentleman who on seeing a radio that reminded him of his parents cried happy tears just for the memory.  Another gentleman that asked for a request and went to the café across from Village Radio got a coffee and sat outside listening on our outside system with tears in his eyes.  He remembered what that record meant in his life. It is moments like these that make us proud to be Volunteers for Village Radio.