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).

It's vollie newsletter time! Yes I'm back from holidays. No, I didn't forget about you, it's just been a busy week with lots of meetings so I'm only getting to this now.

All the usual juicy bits are in here, so read on for everything you need to know about the goings on around zed.

As always, if you've got questions, need help with anything, or just wanna say hi, hit me up!

Stay free,


Catch of the Week - Souljah Sistars

This was an absolutely incredible show on Saturday! Tab has been travelling around for the last few months, recording stories from all over the place and on Saturday she took us to some rock art past Weipa. 

Tab recorded so much of this journey and it was incredible to take this trip with her. Listening to how the stone had been worn away by generations of footsteps really highlighted just how long First Nations people have been connected to and caring for this country.

As well as that, Kellie, one of our recent Pass the Mic Trainees, talked about the Black Deaths in Custody rally that she’d come from in the city. 

The show was a great example of what radio can do. It can take you somewhere in a really intimate way and is a great platform to share really important stories. 

Do yourself a favour and listen back here.

Sub Plug of the Week - Know Idea

Jay and Issy took over Know Idea last week while everyone else was away and it was a real treat! 

Not only did they host a great show, but there was an outstanding sub plug towards the end of the show. They both explained the value of subscribing to zed, how much we need the support of our listeners, and ran through all the sub prices. There was also a reminder of the pay it forward subscriptions, sub benefits and the monthly sub prize! Killing it!

Check it out here around 11:45 or so, just before the space news with Max (SPACE FIRE!). 

If you’re listening back, check out the start of the show because Jay did an awesome job of introducing everything. He talked about the show, introduced himself and Issy, and reminded everyone that they can listen on 102.1, on DAB+, online and to the new Know Idea podcast! 

This is outstanding radiocraft and a great way to make sure as many people can wrap their ears around your wonderful work. We’re the second most listened to station on the Community Radio Plus app too, so make sure you remind people that we’re always in their pocket (or on their cool belt phone holster).  


Album of the Week - bodies of divine infinite and eternal spirit with all the songs i know about fire 

Strong contender for band and album name of the year taking out Album of the Week, with bodies of divine infinite and eternal spirit taking the title with all the songs i know about fire. 

Here’s the brief:
Despite their sheer volume of music the group have shared over the years, bodies consider all the songs i know about fire their first official album, recorded at a farm on a property run only on solar power (unexpectedly), allowing them to record just one instrument at a time – near the antithesis of how they would usually operate as a band. Each track on the album serves as a prayer or meditation on a particular emotion (more accurately, a fire) and the labelled ideas we have on sensorial states. all the songs i know about fire speaks to fire in a sense not too dissimilar to William Blake’s conception; fire as the inherent passion, creativity, vibrancy, violence, eccentricity, desire and energy within all things. In other words, spirit; the same vibrancy that moralistic bureaucracies seek to suppress (sometimes) in fear of the world’s, and hence the human’s, infinite nature. 

House Keys 2 is still dominating our most played, chased by Platonic Sex and Piss Shivers.
Please pour one out for Nick Jones as he compiles these list each week. Having a compilation album in this list is really making him work for our Top 20 at the moment.


Tell me what you really think - Vollie Survey time

It’s volunteer survey time! I’m really keen to hear about how you’ve found volunteering. 

This won’t take too long, ideally only 5 minutes (maybe 10 if you really think about it) and it’s really helpful in helping me figure out how I can make your time here fun and rewarding. 

 Hit this link and get going.

I’m going to keep this survey live for a few weeks - probably until November 9th, so you've got time. Please just do it now if you’ve got time through because otherwise you might not get to it.


Evil Zed is coming

Our Halloween gig is only a few weeks away! We’re taking over Greaser and the carpark for something like 14 hours of music (or something crazy). 

Right now, we’re keen to spread the word as widely as possible. Play the spots, talk it up on air and tell your friends.
We’ve got posters and flyers on the table outside the studio. Take them and whack them around town. 

We’ll be asking for some help in the next week or two (merch helpers/ door people/ etc), so keep an eye on your emails for a vollie callout from Salty.

In the meantime, check out all the details and by your tickets here.


Making zed more accessible

As you know, we’re working towards making 4ZZZ more accessible. We’d love your help to do more though, so to get your ideas Salty has flicked around a survey to you all. 

To make sure you don’t miss it, I’m sharing it here again. Get in and do it.

If you’ve got any questions about this or don’t fancy filling out the form, you can also email me or Salty - salty@4zzz.org.au - with anything.


The sound of the police

Very quick one to help guide any interactions you might have with Queensland’s finest at the station. 

If the police ever rock up at the station during the day, just come and grab me or get me on the phone. This has happened a few times, usually for really banal reasons, so it’s not that out of the ordinary. If they ask, don’t give them the names or contact details of anyone at the station unless they can produce a warrant.  

If you’re here outside of hours, as you’d remember from your announcer training, you’re responsible for the station. That means it’s up to you whether you do or don’t allow the police in if they don’t have a warrant. There’s no right or wrong answer here and we’ll back your judgement. They came in recently with the permission of the announcers so they could look at another venue, which in that instance was the right thing to do. 

If the cop ever rock up with a warrant, let them carry that out, but call me immediately. It’s very unlikely that’d happen without warning, but it’s always nice to be prepared.

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 manager@4zzz.org.au 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!