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).
I hope you're all having a wonderful week. Apologies for the late vollie newsletter this week, it's been a very busy time with Sounds Like Community Radio and BIGSOUND carrying on at the moment.
That means this is just a quick one, but it's still a must read. There's some great shoutouts, the deets for how you can take my job and some very exciting Radiothon numbers.
Read on for all the usual exciting vollie newsletter contents. As always, hit me up if you need anything or would like a hand with what you do. I will be taking a couple of weeks off from the end of next week though, so please get in touch before then because you won't be able to catch me while I'm away.
Catch of the Week - Sounds Like Community Radio
There’s no way we can go past the epic offering of Sounds Like Community Radio yesterday for Catch of the Week.
It was a huge day of live-to-air performances that folks could also come along to, helmed by the wonderful Luci McAfee and Ian Powne.
I love how we throw this party during BIGSOUND because it helps me realise how special what we do is. There were so many folks from community radio stations around the country who were blown away by what we manage to do each year with this (AFAIK no-one else in the country, across any level or radio attempts anything like this).
Huge thanks to Pat, Jazz, Dave, Brook, Ben and Branko for helping everything sound great and get to air. That’s a feat in itself!
To everyone who was around helping out, thank you! I know I’ll forget someone, so I won’t do a list, but it was so good to have you all there. You’re the folks who our visitors love welcoming them into the space, helping them decide on merch and who make this such a great place to be around. Not only do we pull of a feat of radio wonder, but we open the doors and make our community a part of it as well!
Sub Plug of the Week - Kat on Culture Vultures
Best sub plug of the week goes out to Kat from Culture Vultures. She did an absolute ripper on the show on Monday.
There’s lots of different types of sub plugs, there’s long ones, short ones, some as big as your head! Kat’s one was a wonderfully fulsome wrap of all things subscriptions.
It started with a chat about how we need support and even though Radiothon (including the tail) is done and dusted you can still subscribe. There was the direction to the website, so you can have a good look through the different categories, and then jump onboard.
Kat also gave a wonderful Zed Digital plug, to make sure we’re spreading the love across both of our channels. So good!
Album of the Week - Prink with Precious Cargo
This week we’ve got PRINK taking out Album of the Week. It’s a local, independent release that’s well worth checking out! Here’s the skinny from the AotW committee.
"Prink are one of those Meanjin bands that appear out of nowhere, then suddenly all over the Zed airwaves. It feels like they've only just recently given us their single 'Wifebeater', and now we get this special release 'Precious Cargo'. This is punk music that doesn't hang around. Their longest song 'Doormat' times in at 2:56 mins. And well, leaving precious cargo at Zeds over the years has had mixed results but....this one is safe! Enjoy."
Tia Gostelow was our most played new release last week, taking advantage of the Album of the Week title, followed by locals The Worm Turns who dropped in for Right Here, Right Now. Deafcult rounded out a really impressive top three, which is a testament to all your fantastic taste (which we can assess thanks to Nick Jones who helps us track all these fun facts!).
Record Breaking Radiothon!
Now we’ve wound up the Radiothon tail, we can say that this Radiothon was the biggest in recent memory!
The final numbers came in and we’ve raised 10% more money than the next biggest campaign in 2021.
This is huge! It’s all down to you and your work spreading the good word zed. I’ve said this lots, but you’re what makes 4ZZZ the special place that it is so please bask in this wonderful result.
Also, I say recent memory because we don’t really know what we raised during the Radiothons in the 70s and 80s. It’s certainly the biggest Radiothon since I’ve been around zed (15 odd years), but very likely longer than that.
Come and take my job
As I mentioned in the vollie newsletter last week, I’m going to be leaving you all in December.
This means we need a new station manager! The job ad with all the details is now live on ethical jobs - right here - and on Seek - that link here
Zed is a really special place and being manager is a one-of-a-kind gig. Please have a look at the job description and have a think about if you’d fancy taking it on.
I’m really happy to chat to you if you’re thinking about applying. If you’re on the fence, please let me know so I can talk you into it.
Like I mentioned above, I’m away for two weeks from next Friday, so hit me up before then because I can’t promise I’ll be available when I’m away.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!