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).
Exciting one for you today! I’ve got the Radiothon artwork to reveal to you all. That’s just below.
Before I let you go though, please remember that Radiothon is from the 11th to the 20th of August this year. Announcers, you’ll be hearing more from Ian and I over the coming weeks, but all I’ll say now is that if you’re looking for a fill-in during those 10 days, please hit up Ian or I.
Read on for all the other stuff happening around the station. There’s some more detail about the spot roster changeover (don’t download the spots in the studios), some shoutouts from Open House and a DJ workshop opportunity.
We’ve almost arrived at 4ZZZ’s happiest time of the year, Radiothon! This is going down between August 11 and 20 with the theme Radio Against the Machine. We’ve roped in the indomitable George Levi to do the artwork for us again, and I think we can all agree they have smashed it.
That theme, Radio Against the Machine, is calling out a lot of the media that’s offered to us, where we can be fed by algorithms that decide what we should like and when. 4ZZZ is anything but that, we’re a bunch of real people sharing our passion for music, art, news and whatever else is bringing us joy.
It’s about setting us apart from the machines that the mainstream media use to make decisions and reminding our listeners that the voice behind their radio, phone or smart speaker is a real human, just like them.
It’s going to be a really fun 10 days and it’s only a few weeks away!
Catch of the Week - Eco Radio
Last week’s Eco Radio was an absolute treat, with Dave bringing in the authors of Tamarra: A Story of Termites on Gurindji Country.
The visual science book is a collaboration between First Nations people and non-indigenous scientists to tell the story of the termites. It’s a beautiful book that brings the traditional stories to life and reinforces them with what more recent studies have found.
It’s very much worth listening to these voices that had come all the way from Gurindji Country, so you can jump into the episode here.
Sub Plug of the Week - Worker's Power
Right towards the end of Tuesday’s show last week Worker’s Power rolled out an excellent sub plug. It started off as a reminder to support 4ZZZ, but grew very organically into a pitch about Radiothon as well.
The team did a great job of talking up the different sub categories, explaining why we need listener support to stay on the air and then started talking about how Radiothon is only just around the corner. It walked the fine line between asking people to sub now and letting them know there’s prizes on offer pretty soon. Well played!
I had a front row seat to this chat while working in studio 3. I was able to show the team a sneak preview of the Radiothon artwork and give them the thumbs up to share our theme for this year - Radio Against the Machine.
Album of the Week - Glitoris
Aw yeah, another self-titled Album of the Week. Let’s be real, when you’ve got a name as good as Glitoris it’s worth sticking with what works.
Here’s the write-up from the Album of the Week commiittee:
"Over the past 5 years Canberra band Glitoris have gradually built a loyal following in and around Meanjin. Touring with local faves Regurgitator and playing Punkfest all contributed to this steady rise. 4ZZZ announcers have also gotten on board, the song 'Lickety Split' already in constant rotation. We expect this eponymous second album from the band will move the dial even further."
As is tradition, we’ve had last week’s AotW, The Far Outs, take out the most played release, followed by Lunar Dirt and Migee. Big love to Nicholas Jones who pulls these stats together for us.
4ZZZ Open Day thanks
A huge thank you to everyone who helped out for Brisbane Open House on Saturday! It was a great day with over 150 people coming through the building (and buying merch and subscribing).
We couldn’t have done it without all your help. Props to Salty and Ez for pulling everything together for the day and all the vollies who were there to help out. From tour guides, to merch vollies and DJs, it was one of the bigger volunteering efforts I’ve seen around the station outside of Radiothon.
I had so much wonderful feedback from people who were excited to discover our building and hear about what we do. I know Open House is supposed to be about the building, but it’s a wonderful trojan hourse for introducing folks to the joy of 4ZZZ.
SLQ Abelton - Live workshop at The Edge
If you’ve been keen to get more into audio mixing and DJing, here’s a great opportunity for you!
Ableton Live 101 6-8pm Wed 9 Aug $15
This workshop explores the basic layout and functions of Ableton Live, how to record audio and virtual MIDI instruments and how to save and export a song. We’ll cover setting your audio and MIDI preferences, importing, editing and sequencing audio and MIDI plus more.
101 skills development workshops give you the basic skills you need to start your new creative journey. Each workshop is delivered by an experienced facilitator and no prior experience required, just basic computer skills, a willingness to learn and a bit of patience.
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!