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).

Just over two weeks to Radiothon! 16 days to be exact! As I’ve mentioned before, Radiothon this year is from Friday August 11th to Sunday the 20th. Ten days of fundraising chaos, where we bring in a bit more than half of our annual subscribers. 

There’s a lot of prep going on to make sure we can spread the good word zed as wide as possible. The merch is getting printed (limited run long-sleeve incoming), we’ve gothed up the super sub pennants and we’re putting the finishing touches on the billboards (Sass has worked their magic and sorted them again for 2023). 

All this means we’ll have lots of ears and eyes swinging our way. I don’t want that to change how you do your show at all, but it’s a good reminder to make sure you’re introducing yourself every mic break and letting people know they’re listening to 4ZZZ because we’ll have a lot of new friends. 

I’ll throw more notes at you all over the next couple of weeks. There will be a new Radiothon manifesto for 2023 and we’ll have an announcer meeting just before everything kicks off, so keep an eye on your emails.

There’s lots of other station news below, so make sure you read on for all of that (especially if you want first dibs on a corflute). 

As always, hit me up if you’ve got any questions or need a hand with anything. 

Love your work,

Stocky

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Catch of the Week - Wig Out

I’m spinning the dial to Zed Digital this week, with Wig Out taking the cake* that's baked specifically for the show that stood out over the last week. 

If you’ve never experienced Wig Out, you really should. Josh Murphy spins some wonderfully schlocky tracks that feel like they straight out of some 60s sitcom or cartoon. 

Josh digs out this music that I knew existed, but honestly have no idea how to find it. I can’t think of a better way to describe this show other than a romp, like some joyous adventure through sound. 

I highly recommend checking the show out. It really is a treat. Hit the on demand here to have some fun. 

*the cake is a lie, sorry.

Sub Plug of the Week - Alphabet Soup

Linda always rolls out a wonderful show each Thursday morning, loaded with plenty of station IDs, requests, sub-plugs and bushwalks. 

Last week was no different and I loved the sub plug around half 8 or so. Really clear and concise. She was talking about supporting the station and segued really smoothly into talking about how subscriptions are the easiest way to do that.

Linda didn’t spend a long time going through the categories or anything, it was a really simple point to the website with a note that there’s lots of different options for people. I’m a sucker for a website pointer, this is the call to action in a sub plug that helps people join the zed family. Plugs without the website don’t necessarily give people the info they need to take the next step. 

Now is a good time to practice your sub plugs ahead of Radiothon. I’ll be sending out some resources to make make things easy for you, but the big things to remember are to let people know that subscriptions are what keep us on-air!

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Album of the Week - Fingerless with Life, Death and Prizes

Not only do we have a winner of album cover of the year, we’ve also got an Album of the Week from Fingerless with their new album, Life, Death & Prizes. 

Here’s what the AotW committee reckon:

"Locals Fingerless have been slowly treating us to their obscure charms since 2009. Their latest album 'Life, Death, & Prizes' was quietly anticipated, even with a downer single like 'You Are Going To Die'. Incidentally that song finished at number 75 in the 4ZZZ Hot 100 last year, and along with another album track 'Leaf Of Stone', received considerable airplay here at the Zeds. This is yet another release for Meanjin community champions 4000 Records. This is also a tax-free exercise."

History has repeated itself with our previous Album of the Week, Glitoris, taking out most played. It was closely followed by the Cable Ties and local legends, The Worm Turns.

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Thank you Josh

Some very big volunteering news for you this week, with Josh Guinan stepping back from his spot on Wednesday reception because of other work demands (which are very exciting!). 

Josh has been part of 4ZZZ’s reception team since 2006, which is longer than most of us have even been around the station! 

Fortunately we’re not losing Josh from zed, he’ll continue making Dark Essence, but a step back from reception after such a huge contribution has to be noted!

Thanks Josh!

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Quota Reminder

Every now and then we go through and do station-wide quota checks. Unfortunately the one we did recently didn’t quite hit the marks we hope for. 

This is a little reminder to all announcers to make sure you’re aiming (or ideally exceeding) the quotas of 50% female, non-binary or gnc artists, 40% Australian, 30% local, 30% new and 5% First Nations.

If you’re working on a specialist show and have a good reason for not meeting these, you can get in touch with the Program Review Team and apply for an exemption. 

I’m not too worried about this because you’ve all got such wild music knowledge. I know you all love finding new music, so I don’t expect this is too much of a challenge.

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Radiothon tote reveal and corflute callout

Last week I was very excited to share the Radiothon Artwork for this year, which has been very well received. This week, the tote design! 

Again, this is the work of the incredible George Levi. They’ve knocked the design so far out of the park this year that after I sent around the artwork last year everyone who’d already seen this work was asking when that would be shared.

So, here you go! Feast your eyes on George’s gorgeous dog, Lou, as he listens to zed with his head out the window of the ute that features in the main artwork. Such a cutie! 

There will be a slight variation of this that we print as the corflute, so if you’re keen for one of them let me know and I’ll pop you on the list. We only get a limited number, so first in however you’re dressed.

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!