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).
What's up nerds!
Sorry for another late vollie newsletter. I could say something like I'm going on leave for a couple of weeks and wanted to try and keep the gap between vollie newsletters as short as possible, but the reality is that I'm still recovering from BIGSOUND and have been a bit run down.
That's doesn't stop this newsletter completely though. There's show news in here, the plan for the return of the Accommodation Notices, a zed podcast launch and more training! Very exciting times. There's also another reminder that you should apply for my job too! Only a couple of weeks left to do that.
Now we're through Radiothon and BIGSOUND, there are going to be some zed staff taking some breaks over the next month or so. I'm off for two weeks from next week (away from the 19th of September until the 2nd of October) and Ali is away from the 25th of Sept until the 2nd of Oct. Pat and Ez will take a bit of time after then too.
Read on for the full details of everything and to be kept up to speed with the latest Zed happenings. Thanks again for everything you did through Radiothon too, that really was an outstanding result!
Catch of the Week -Darker With The Day
I don’t give enough love to our graveyard announcers in these spots, usually because I’m asleep then. I know from my own graveyard shows that there’s still a big audience there, who I know would have all loved Nick’s Know your Product exhibition anniversary on Darker With The Day last night.
Nick put a huge amount of effort into this, celebrating the 37th anniversary of the exhibition. It was a collab between the IMA and Zed that happened in September 1986. Nick had some great chat about it, soundtracked with music from a discography of some 40-odd songs involved, which he tracked down to play on the show.
This is no mean feat. It saw him rummaging through our library looking for old 7 inches to fill out a playlist that included the likes of Furious Turtles, Kicks, Parameters and, of course, The Saints.
He then rounded the show out with a bunch of new local tracks, so we remember that this city is still turning out incredible music almost 40 years later. Such a great show!
It’s not often I see someone put in so much work to a show, so this is really well deserving of Catch of the Week. Really well done, Nick.
If you weren’t up in the middle of the night and missed this, you can catch up right here.
Sub Plug of the Week - The Hangover
Jodie and Meg get the chocolates this week for a sub plug on Monday that revolved around our brand new monthly sub prize.
If you haven’t been paying attention, we’re now giving away goodies every month. This is open to any individual subscriber (Concession, Full, Passionate, and Super). All they need to do is pick it from the drop down menu when they subscribe.
Jodie did a great job of talking up the prize - a $200 coffee voucher at Round Table Coffee - and encouraging people to subscribe. The who purpose of this prize is to further sweeten the deal for subscribing and give you another excuse to talk about it on-air, so it was a great success!
Keep the sub plugs coming. We’re tracking well in September after an epic August, so if you keep reminding folks that we need their support to stay on air, hopefully we can break some more records!
There’s some more info on this month’s subscriber prize right here - https://4zzz.org.au/monthly-subscriber-prize-draw
Sass and Ali are always on the lookout for prizes for these, so if you know of a small business that might be keen to donate something worth $200-500, hit them up - email@example.com
Album of the Week - Pretty in Pink with Pillow
Pretty in Pink’s latest album, Pillows, is our Album of the Week this week! It’s a treat!
Here’s a bit about it: Following singles ‘Pressure Socks’ and ‘Star’, Little Lunch Records is excited to release the sophomore album 'Pillows' from Naarm/Melbourne-based three-piece Pretty in Pink, out September 1st. There’s crystalline space and air in Pretty in Pink’s minimalist post-punk compositions. Lyrical evocations of the sky, stars, flying in aeroplanes, and the soft imagery of socks and pillows contrast brutally with the heavy subjects beautifully dealt with throughout the album. ‘Pillows’ is soft and painful, hard and sweet, heavy and light as air - and reminds you that while your feet may be in the gutter, your head is floating in the clouds.
PRINK! turned up last week, taking out our most played new release, followed by Pretty in Pink and Jada Weazel. We’re starting to see some of the House Keys tracks pop up there, and both Nick Jones (who pulls these numbers together) and I reckon we’ll see them get a little higher over the coming weeks.
Radio Reversal and Paradigm Shift Podcast Launch
A couple of zed legends are launching their podcasts next weekend. It’s all going down at the Woolloongabba Substation from 3pm on Sunday the 24th of September.
Radio Reversal and Paradigm shift have been on the zed airwaves for years (over a decade each) so it’s really exciting to see them making the most of their work with this new offering.
They’re going to be marking the occasions with performances and discussions that celebrate radical independent media. I've heard it'll be a kind of radio variety show, which sounds fantastic.
Get on down and support them. I’m unfortunately out of town, but will be trying to find a way to have a presence remotely.
October Announcer Training
Do you want to host a show on zed or help out one you’re already involved in? Here’s your chance. We’re running more training on October 1st and 8th.
It’s a really fun course, taught by some zed legends, and will set you up with everything you need to know to get on air. Applications for the next grid will open soon, so this is great to get sorted before then.
We prioritise applicants who’ve been involved around the station in a volunteer capacity. Things like helping out on merch desks, reception or in the music department. Make sure you let us know what you’ve been up to so if you’re deserving of a spot we can make sure you get one.
Jump into the link here if you’re keen - https://forms.gle/EFZjgsBVaZTQrT2S7
Make sure to leave the studio clean and tidy for the next announcer. I’ve had some folks get in touch with me about the state of the studio when they come in for their shows.
The fix for this is pretty simple: put away everything you use, clean the studio down and cover up the turntables if you’ve used them.
If the studio is a mess when you arrive it’d still be lovely if you could tidy it up anyway. If it’s something you notice is happening regularly just let me know so either myself or one of our Ians can chat to the announcer. This whole organisation is a shared space and it’s nice to leave it tidy.
Accommodation Notices coming soon!
There’s no better time to bring back the accommodation notices than in the middle of the housing crisis, so here we go! When I’m back from leave in a couple of weeks we’re going to relaunch these!
For the uninitiated, the accommodations were a mainstay of morning shows on zed for decades. At 10:30, the announcers would read out the details of available accommodation and people looking for somewhere to live (leafy green suburb, anyone?). It might seem weird now, but pre-realestate.com, Facebook and housemates.com this was a godsend.
It faded away when online services took over, but over the last six or so months I’ve spoken to loads of people who’d love to see this make a comeback. So it is!
One of our vollies, Stephen Byrnes, has rebuilt our offerings with a heap of extra info to help you know your rights when renting or sharing. If you’ve got any questions, or would like to pop up a notice (for either accom available or accom wanted), you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t chat about this on-air just yet because we’re still working out a couple of kinks. Wait until you get the nod from either me or someone else on staff and then go ham!
Only two weeks left to apply for my job!
Come and manager 4ZZZ! It’s super fun! You get to write a newsletter, work with legends like you every day and (very) occasionally sneak into invite-only BIGSOUND events (pictured).
It’s a super rewarding role that puts you right in the middle of this city’s cultural scene. If you care about music, people or independent media, then it’s really something you should think about!
You can find the job here on ethical jobs - this link - and on Seek - that link here.
Again, please hit me up if you’re not sure about this. I will absolutely talk you into it and explain all the things (good and bad) that you’ll have to do. Do that before I go on leave though, because I'll be hard to catch from next week.
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 email@example.com 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!