Welcome to 4ZZZ’s weekly newsletter for announcers and volunteers.
It can be difficult to keep on top of all of the missives that 4ZZZ HQ disseminates week to week, so in the interest of keeping your inboxes under control and our messaging clear, we’ll be doing our darndest to compile all of our comms into one weekly mailout.
Obviously there will be exceptions from time to time, but consider The Newsletter Formerly Known As your Monday afternoon treat (named so because we expect you to be able to
regurgitate the information herein).
I know it's not a vollie newsletter without some glib weather reference, so I hope you're enjoying this wonderful winter weather at the moment.
Now that's out of the way I've got plenty of exciting news for you. Firstly, the spot roster is changing. More details on that below and in an email to all announcers. If you've got questions about that please hit me up.
The other important reminder is that Radiothon is just one month away! That's kicking off on Friday August 11 and running until Sunday August 20th. This is the most exciting 10 days of the year for 4ZZZ, so I'll have much more news for you over the next few weeks. Announcers, if you know you're going to be away for this time, please let Ian or I know (if you haven't already) so we can sort a fill-in for you.
There's lots of other fun news in here, like how we're opening up for Open House on Saturday, the last chance to apply for Pass the Mic training and, of course, our Album of the Week.
Love your work,
Catch of the Week - Souljah Sistars
I really loved Souljah Sistars on Saturday, with Tab talking about how much she respects and values the work First Nations elders are doing to support and forward the community.
The theme for NAIDOC this year was, For Our Elders, and it was really lovely to hear how people have come together over this week to celebrate. There were a heap of events over the week that sounded really well supported, with Tab giving a shoutout to everyone who was a part of them.
It’s absolutely worth listening back to, so you can catch up here.
Another highlight for me was Eco Radio last week, with Dave chatting to Aunty Rhonda Collard Spratt, Bruce Phillips from Murri Tukka and Kerry Charlton. All really important conversations and I recommend heading back to listen to this too.
Sub Plug of the Week - Culture Vultures
Sophia had a wonderful plug on Culture Vultures this morning, first chatting about all the stuff they’d learnt from listening to Paradigm Shift before leading into a convo about why it’s important to support us by subscribing.
It wasn’t a cut and dry, “Zed is great and you should subscribe,” pitch. Like a normal conversation it wandered through chat about what Soph had heard across zed, how subscribing helps us stay on air, a bit more show chat and then a run through of some sub prices.
Kat jumped in too, and because it was right at the end of the show, talked about how people should keep listening through the next show and, obviously, subscribe.
Really nice fulsome plug! Thank you.
We’ve seen a slight drop in subscribers over the last six weeks, so keep those sub plugs coming. Radiothon is one month away, so it’s good to start practising.
Album of the Week - The FAR OUTS!
I feel like it’s been a while since we’ve had a self-titled release take out AotW, so it’s great to see the balance restored with this week’s offering from The FAR OUTS!
Here’s the scoop from the AotW committee:
"After three years of gigging in every venue in Meanjin/Brisbane, local duo The Far Outs release their self-titled debut album. The group have quickly established a reputation for their 1960’s influenced garage rock - featuring blistering riffs, catchy choruses and drums akimbo. Drummer Jonny Pickvance and singer/guitarist Phil Usher have stayed true to their influences and this is an album that deserves to be played loud and guarantees to make you dance. You can't go wrong with a bit of classic garage rock, and The Far Outs do it so right."
Spot Roster changover
Remember those sponsorship roster changes I flagged last week, well they’re live from today
Announcers, from now, you’ll be able to use the new database sponsorship roster which will replace the google sheet. There is an email in your inbox with more details on how to do this.
The wiki spot roster will be retired within the next 24 hours. Don't worry, we'll have directions to get to the new roster on the welcome page of that.
If you come across any missing spots, or if you can’t play them, hit up Sass - email@example.com. If you come across a technical issue, let Pat know - firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re not sure who to email, let me know and I’ll help figure it out.
Pass the Mic - Last Call
This is the last week for folks to apply for our Pass the Mic training. This is the free radio training we offer for First Nations folks.
It’s running from July 24 to 29. The first part is over at Triple A, with the last two days at zed.
If you know folks who are interested in this they can sign up here. If you want any more detail or something you can send around, let me know and I’ll flick you an email and some social assets.
Hit me up if you’ve got any questions or would like any more info.
4ZZZ Open House this Saturday!
This Saturday, from 10-4pm, we're opening up zed for folks to come around and have look through.
It'll be a really fun day. If you're keen to get involved, jump into this google form before tomorrow so we can get you on the roster - https://forms.gle/gPXEkkPQc2YBnCWn6.
This is a wonderful opportunity for us to show folks what we do and why 4ZZZ is such a special place. if you're able to help us spread the word keep an eye on the zed socials for some posts you can share or hit up Ez directly at email@example.com.
Thanks for playing along! If you have any big interviews, noteworthy subs shoutouts or particularly heroic volunteering work that deserves a shout out, let me know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 2pm Mondays. Got any burning questions about the studio, station policy or other FAQs? Check the
4ZZZ Wiki out, if accessing from outside of the station use the following loging credentials: zeduser / 4zzzrules. Have a great week connecting and amplifying the voices of our local communities!