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).
Hope you're all having a wonderful time basking in the Radiothon afterglow. Like I mentioned last week, it's been one of our most successful campaigns in recent memory. That is super exciting. This is a challenging time financially, so to see the sort of support we've recieved is outstanding!
There are still a few days to go of prizes, with the All My Friends year of groceries, the year of beer from Felons, the Five Star Cinema golden ticket and Netherworld Custom Game cab. Make sure you give them a good plug!
As this winds down, we're winding into Sounds Like Community Radio next week as well. Lots more detail about that just below. There's also a job opportunity, a scholarship and a Radiothon heroes shoutout!
Finally, as hinted in the subject, I’ve got news. That news is that I’ll be finishing up as zed’s manager at the end of the year. There’s more deets on that further down (mostly so you read the rest of this newsletter), but don't worry, I'll be around for a little while yet.
The Radiothon tail is still wagging! As I mentioned last week, we’re keeping a couple of lil prizes up our sleeve for any late comers, but that’s only until Thursday night.
Since Radiothon started we’ve had 1,817 subscribers, which is absolutely unhinged! Thank you so much for everything you’ve done over the last few weeks. The sub plugs, social posts and volunteering are what have got us to this point.
There are still a few more days to go, so lean into the sub plugs on air and let’s see if we can’t challenge 1,900 subs for the campaign (almost ⅔ of our entire subscription base!).
That would really lock this year down as one of biggest Radiothons in recent memory and put the station on a really exciting trajectory!
As I’ve said many times, Radiothon doesn’t happen by itself. All of you have played a really important part, but there’s a few folks who deserve a special mention.
Jayden is up first. He took holidays from his day job to keep reception ticking over during the campaign and was a huge help on level 1.
Our favourite cold-blooded Art Cart host, Lizard Witt, was also a staple of level 1. Helping fold shirts and prep sub-packs before Radiothon even started and then spending most days on the phones.
Georgia from the zed music department was also a staple on the phones in the first days and was a huge help getting everything ready the week before (even modelling our new long sleeves).
We had Bananaman, Owen Sadler, packing, phoning and leading a charge into the Barry Parade traffic in rush hour to help spread the good word zed! The pictures do not do it justice!
Ben Ryan, our very own energiser bunny, also deserves some special props for knocking up new sub lights for level 1 so everyone in the phone room could follow along with the new sub excitement. He also shared this with everyone listening with our radio display feed, popping up thanks for new subs on radios across town! It didn’t miss a beat.
Finally, I’d also like to thank all the Zed staff! This is our most hectic time of year and they’ve all stepped up to make sure it runs as smoothly as possible and been a huge support to me. Thank you!
Catch of the Week - Joe Hogar on Talking Zeds
I really can’t go past the Talking Zeds appearance of Joe Hogar for Catch of the Week.
Joe was a very reluctant guest, but Ian talked him into it and we got to learn a lot about the station legend (for those who don’t know, Joe hosts the Soundtrack Show on Saturday nights and helps out at the station on Thursdays).
He’s always up for a chat, but the conversation doesn’t usually reach some of the stories we heard last week.
My highlight was hearing how Joe pushed Michael Hutchins over a table after he took a swing at him, so jump in the OnDemand to listen back to that.
Thanks for being on the show Joe!
Sub Plug of the Week
This is a really tricky one, so I’m chickening out and saying (almost) everyone. I’ve loved hearing all the post-Radiothon chat over the last week.
There’s a couple of special mentions though. I thought Zedgiest did a great job last Tuesday (this week was fine too I guess), Know Idea is always talk it up and Billie gave everything a great rip yesterday on Monday Sparkzzz.
We’re getting very close to the end of all the Radiothon malarky though, so make sure you let everyone know that there’s still a couple of prizes still in the mix.
I have heard a few shows who haven’t made any mention of the Radiothon tail, so if you’re on-air either later today, tomorrow or on Thursday, please give this a good rip!
Album of the Week - Tia Gostelow with Head Noise
We’ve got Tia Gostelow taking out Album of the Week this week, with their new release Head Noise.
Here’s what the Album of the Week committee have to say about it:
"One artist who seems to be continuously played on the station is Tia Gostelow. Her single 'Sour' you've no doubt heard already quite a bit. 'Head Noise' has more gems on offer and you'll no doubt be hearing more of them on the Zeds. Whilst this album was written during bouts of anxiety and trouble sleeping at night, the end result is a different head noise altogether - glorious pop!"
Seja cleaned up as our most played new release last week, taking full advantage of both Album of the Week and a Right Here, Right Now appearance. She was chased by this week AotW, Tia Gostelow, with the Piss Shivers coming in as our third most played act.
Sounds Like Community Radio - Next Tuesday
In just one week we’re throwing open the doors and hosting five hours of live-to-air sets from Zed Towers.
It’ll all kick off at 2pm and run through until 7, with acts split between Studio 3 and the carpark.
We’ve got some great people lined up too. Tjaka, The Empty Threats, Fred Leone, Yirinda, Seja, Grace Chia, Porpoise Spit and Sampology.
Salty is going to fire around a vollie callout this arvo, so keep an eye on your emails if you’re free to come in and lend a hand.
The Wire - Job Opportunity
The indomitable Aryana Mahmood is stepping back from The Wire after doing the wonderful work of setting the show up to come out of 4ZZZ.
This means we’ve got a paid job going! If you’ve got some radio journalism experience, can produce packages on a quick turnaround and are up for a day of work a week, hit me up!
We’re looking to fill this one asap, so don’t hold off sending me an email if you’re interested.
Thanks heaps to Aryana for everything she’s done. The show has been sounding amazing and it’s been wonderful to host The Wire here.
Cave Inn Fundraiser
If you’ve got a bit of spare change after Radiothon you might be interested in helping out our friends over at The Cave Inn.
They’ve been on the brunt of a heap of noise complaints and are trying to raise some cash to soundproof the venue.
They not only hosted us for our Christmas get together last year and Ska Trek’s 30th a couple of months back. They’re really supportive of the local music scene, so get behind them if you can.
There’s a GoFundMe set up, so jump into that right here.
One for the early-career and aspiring journos on this list - a scholarship for folks from socio-economically disadvantaged communities.
This one is from the Walkley Foundation and is for a 10 week placement at a newspaper and $10k to cover your living expenses.
If you’re keen, jump into this link for more details.
I'm leaving 🥲
As I mentioned at the top of this newsletter, I’m going to be stepping down as the manager of 4ZZZ. Don’t worry, it’s not happening immediately. I’m planning to hang around until December.
I’m off because my partner has snagged a job in Naarm/ Melbourne, so we’ll be moving there in the new year.
There’s no point getting all reflective now because it’ll be a good few months before you see the back of me. I’m sure you already know you’ll cop a missive telling you all you’re wonderful when that date gets closer.
The job ad for my replacement will pop up soon, so I’ll flick that around when it goes live.
In the meantime, if there’s anyone you know who you think would make a great 4ZZZ manager, feel free to get in their ear about this. I’m more than happy to chat to anyone about this gig if they (or maybe you) are interested.
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