Here we are folks! It’s almost time, at midnight tonight, FRIDAY, AUGUST 11th for 10 MASSIVE DAYS until SUNDAY, AUGUST 20th is RADIOTHON - Radio Against the MACHINE!

For the last 48 years this community radio station has championed the iconic Brisbane music scene, unearthed political corruption, called out big corporations, and continues to amplify the voice of local communities, whether it's music, arts, LGBTQIA+, First Nations or local issues, we endeavour to empower YOU through community broadcasting

This year’s theme is all about rhythms over algorithms, local heroes over ones and zeros, but most importantly, in a world filled with the white noise of big tech, AI, and machine learning 4ZZZ is keeping it real! We are completely independent and funded by supporters LIKE YOU! 

So if you wanna keep grassroots media alive SUBSCRIBE and WIN PRIZES!

BREAK OUT of the simulation and help us keep community over computers with people powered media this Radiothon and ‘Radio Against the Machine’ with us!

Subscribe from MIDNIGHT here.

🏠 Reception is OPEN LONGER 🏠

To help make things more accessible we’ve opened up our reception hours for longer. This way if you select PICK UP for your subscriber packs you can come in, meet some friendly volunteers and announcers, save money on shipping fees & packaging fees, the environment as well as help reduce the amount of labour for our dedicated volunteers.

We’ll be open weekdays 9am - 6pm and weekends 10am - 2pm.

🎨 About the Artist | George Levi & Lou 🎨 

As you can tell this year's art is outstanding! This is the work of the wonderful George Levi (they/ them), who has worked with us for months to produce the art that now adorns posters, merch, billboards and our social media.

The pup you see on the bags and billboards is George's own, Lou, who is an absolute cutie. The car is a lil subaru ute with characters who might remind you of some of the Brisbane music community.

🎁 Radiothon Prizes & Subscriber Types 🎁

We have SO. MANY. AWESOME. PRIZES. We have MORE Golden Tickets than EVER BEFORE up for grabs as well as EPIC Subscriber Packs stacked with juicy merch and warm inner glow.

Here is a list of all our subscriber categories you go in on and the perks that come with them.


A Passionate subscription - $130 - Limited edition Radiothon t-shirt and tote bag featuring artwork by George Levi.

Super Subscribers - $500 - A limited edition 4ZZZ pin and pennant - the Radiothon tote bag and shirt - and your name on the wall of super subscribers at the front desk of Zed towers.

Band subscribers - $155 - 4 sub cards and a week long on-air read to promote a gig or new release (worth $500!).

Solo artists - $80 - also get the live read campaign (still worth $500!).

Business or community group - $150 - The live read campaign (you know the $$$).

Household subscription - $300 - includes 4 sub cards and a zed household pack (stubby coolers, bag, magnet, coasters, and stickers).

All 4ZZZ subscriptions come with a sub card, sticker and the warm inner glow that comes with supporting zed.

Some subscriptions come with a little extra though. Subscribers also get great deals at sub discount outlets, cheap entry to zed gigs, zed merch discounts and can make song requests!

Individual Prizes

These prizes are available for anyone who subscribes as a Concession, Full, Passionate or Super Subscriber.

A Year of Beer from Felons - Two cases of Felon's Pale Ale a month and a bunch of merch (stubbie coolers, glasses, hat, frisbee, bag and towel) - valued over $4,000

Netherworld Custom Arcade Cabinet - Your very own arcade cab, loaded with a bunch of awesome 80s games and covered with George Levi's 2023 Radiothon Artwork - valued over $2,000.

A year of groceries from All My Friends - A weekly box of fresh fruit and veggies from All My Friends grocer in Highgate Hill - valued at over $2,000

Five Star Cinema Gold Card - Free entry to any film at any Five Star cinema for you and a friend for a year - valued over $13,000

Annual SOBAH Subscription - A year of delicious alcohol-free beer from SOBAH, a First Nations owned company.

Custom Docs from Downes Shoes - A one-off pair of Doc Martens to be finished with some of the Radiothon 2023 artwork.

Denon earbud pack - A pair of Denon PerL Pro wireless earbuds - Valued over $500

Manny's Music Guitar Pack - An Ibanez 4X40 guitar pack with Orange Crush Amp

Store DJ DJ Pack - A Pioneer DDJFLX4 DJ Controller pack with speakers and headphones.

Banshees Golden Ticket - Free entry to any show at Banshees Bar and Art Space for you and a friend for a year and a merch pack!

The Princess Golden Ticket - Free entry to any show at The Princess Theatre for you and a friend for a year!

Triffid Golden Ticket - Free entry to any show at The Triffid for you and a friend for a year!

Brightside Golden Ticket - Free entry to any show at The Brightside for you and a friend for a year!

The Tivoli Golden Ticket - Free entry to any show at The Tivoli for you and a friend for a year!

Under 18 Prizes

A pair of youth Doc Martens boots from Downes Shoes

Denon earbud pack - A pair of Denon PerL Pro wireless earbuds - Valued over $500

Pet Subs Prize

Custom leather collar - A handmade pet collar from Downes Shoes.

Band and Artist Prizes

Suitcase Records Vinyl Pressing - 100 x 180g black record. Full colour spine jackets, colour labels and white paper sleeves - Valued at over $2,500

AS Accounting Services - $1,021 worth of accounting services (get it, 102.1).

MBE Printing Artist Pack - Band print pack including posters, stickers and 7" covers.
Red Octopus t-shirt run - $500 worth of t-shirt printing from Red Octopus.

BIGSOUND Delegate Passes - One full conference pass (worth over $500) for up to four band members for BIGSOUND 2023.

Business or Community Group prizes

MBE Printing Business pack - Business print and address pack including business cards, a pull up banner and a virtual street address

AS Accounting Services - $1,021 worth of accounting services (get it, 102.1).
Household prizes

4ZZZ Merch and Music pack - Deck out your house with limited edition zed merch, including corflutes and pennants, merch for everyone in the home, coffee and some great music.

Subscribe and check it all out here.


When filling out which sub pack to get you can ALSO add some NEW ZED MERCH to your order. Check out this VERY LIMITED - Long Sleeve 4ZZZ Tetragonula Carbonaria Shirt designed by George Levi.

Forest-green and hot pink print featuring the Brisbane River separating a honeycomb pattern and our local native bees Tetragonula Carbonaria

This VERY LIMITED shirt goes on sale TOMORROW, AUGUST 11TH, and when I say they are limited I mean there are LESS THAN 100 UP FOR GRABS so secure yourself one before they all BUZZ OFF!


There’s also this retro Zed gem that goes on sale tomorrow. This NEW 4ZZZ T-Shirt features the Matt Mawson 4ZZZ Logo design. Maybe consider adding this to your purchase as well.


One of the BIGGEST and BESTEST days for live music in Meanjin is lined up for August 12th at The Triffid!

For 10 years, SMF has been an epic day to celebrate all the things we love about our community, and we can’t wait to party with all our favourite people; you!

Get behind 4ZZZ, Sonic Sherpa, Philter, Season Three Instruments, Brisbane Drums, The Triffid, Sonic Masala, and Zang! Records as they present Sonic Masala Fest 2023.

This year's STELLA lineup is a compilation of some exciting new acts and the bands that have been along for the journey.

All are welcome, including underage punters and four-legged friends (who are welcome in the Beer Garden on a leash all day).

Proceeds from the day go to keeping 4ZZZ Radio independent & live since 1975! 4ZZZ will also be there on the day AND you’ll be able to subscribe to 4ZZZ as well.

To grab them tickets click here. 

🌱 Bushcare Bash 🌱

Rollo Park is receiving some much needed love! We’ve teamed up with Splurt and local council members to organise a clean up day at ROLLO PARK and a good ol get together with live bands afterwards at the Norman Park Bowlo!

Gathering at Rollo Park at 11.30am. Helping hands will be involved in park care activities from simple litter collection through to bushcare and native planting!

Doors open at the Bowlo from 2pm with a 4ZZZ donation bucket circulating to cover costs.

Special thanks to Councillor Lucy Collier - Morningside & 4ZZZ’s Eco Radio

The Rollason family and all connected can't thank them enough for the help with making Rollo park an even nicer place to visit, so come on down for some Plantin’, Weedin’, and Rockin’

More info here

🥁 AOTW | Dippers - Clastic Rock 🥁

From the AOTW Committee - "Whilst we were sad local band Thigh Master packed up and decamped to Melbourne, we're more than thrilled that said band have metamorphosed into a whole new entity - Dippers! Featuring former 4ZZZ Station Manager Innez Tulloch and Tenth Court Records founder Matthew Ford, Dippers came to our attention recently with the singles 'Tightening The Tangles' and 'Encouragement in Brackets', and quickly found much airplay here at the station. The album 'Clastic Rock' features the aforementioned singles and a whole slew of indie jangle pop gems. Former Zed announcer Dusty Anastassiou (Dag/Permits) also joins the party on a few tracks. Rock on!"

🥁 TOP 20 | July 29th - Aug 5th 🥁

❓ Zed Trivia ❓

Did you know that you can see ALL the behind the scenes action for RADIOTHON - Radio Against the Machine from our 4ZZZ social media platforms?

Live coverage, latest updates, events, and announcer shenanigans are ALL THERE.

So follow us @4zzzradio on Facebook and Instagram.

There may even be some special messages for bands BIG and SMALL.

That's all for this week, be sure to check your inbox next week for the next instalment of Zedletter!
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