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).

Hey fam, 

Thanks to everyone for an awesome last week. There’s been some outstanding volunteer efforts with all the stuff we’ve had going on. Big shout out to everyone who helped at the Triffid markets on Saturday and for the Right Here, Right Now crew for a couple of big weeks, particularly Nigel, Bella and Imogen, who last week got a seven piece to air by themselves! Epic. 

All these efforts, and more, must have pleased the April Atonement gods (a giant banana in the sky? Alanis Morrisette? Whoever that is), because we’re less 20 subs from our 350 target. 

This is a wonderful achievement! Not only does this show that the people who liked us last year want to keep supporting us, but that there are even more people who value what you do and are putting their money behind you being able to keep doing it. 

It’s not over either! We’ve still got a few things in the mix to finish this campaign with a bang, not least the 4ZZZ x The Clubhouse Moorooka sports day/ takeover this Saturday. We’re heading into the suburbs to have fun with another great community group. Check out the details below and come along if you’re free. 

Thanks again for all your love for 4ZZZ and for everything you do! If you need anything or want to talk about stuff, hit me up. Always around. Have a great week!



Catch of the Week - Radium Dolls on Right Here, Right Now.

I really enjoyed the Radium Dolls set on Right Here, Right Now last night. 

Breah sat in the hosts chair for that one, but RHRN is a huge team effort, with Harry, Bella, Jazz, Alex, Imogen and Evelyn helping out in the background.

Radium Dolls delivered a really great show from studio three, which wouldn’t have been possible without all the work from the team. I enjoy the not quite live/ not quite studio energy of RHRN sets and last night was a perfect example of that!

The Dolls also threw out a great sub plug during the chat with Breah, which was a delight! 

As I mentioned up top, props to Nigel, Bella and Imogen for turning around last week’s seven-piece too. Monster effort! 

Keep up the great work, team! Everyone else, jump in here to enjoy the show.

Sub Plug of the Week - Souljah Sistars

 really enjoyed how Michelle kept the April Atonement torch alight during Souljah Sistars on Saturday. 

Michelle is pre-recording SS shows every couple of weeks, which have been outstanding. When you’re making shows from outside of the studio it’s much harder to remember all the little bits and pieces you need to do. 

This hasn’t stopped Michelle though, with the April Atonement mentions popping up every mic break or two to keep the reminder to subscribe present in everyone’s minds. 

Again, there have been so many great sub plugs over the last week, that it was hard to pick one. Branko and Alex were great again this morning, making sure there was an April Atonement pitch almost every time he turned on the mic. 

I heard loads over my long weekend even though I wasn’t listening too much, which is exactly what we’re looking for. Most people listen less than we do, so having the subscribe reminders spread really widely is exactly what we need. 

What you’ve been doing has worked really well too, because earlier this morning we broke the record for most subscribers during an April Atonement. There’s still a few more days to go, so let’s bring a few more folks onboard the good ship zed.


Album of the Week - Radium Dolls, All Doll'd Up

Not satisfied with being mentioned once in the vollie newsletter, Radium Dolls wanted the double and did so by taking out Album of the Week with their new record, All Doll’d Up. 

Here’s the word from the AotW committee:

"Based out of Meanjin/Brisbane, Radium Dolls have cemented themselves as one of the river city’s most exciting live rock acts. Having already undertaken tours with the likes of Pist Idiots and Ruby Fields, the band will be in full form when they showcase on Right Here Right Now this week. The EP features the bands latest single ‘Tractor Parts’ which is a showcase of their honest and hard-hitting songwriting as well as their musical versatility. 'Tractor Parts' got a lot of play here on 4ZZZ. Let's get 'All Doll'd Up' this week on the Zeds."


4ZZZ x The Clubhouse Moorooka Party

To wrap April Atonement up, we’re heading to the Moorooka Clubhouse this Saturday for a very special outside broadcast.

We’ll have Ballzzz in the Air and Kids with Class running running a kind of 4ZZZ olympics at the former Commonwealth Games venue, with an array of ball sports and activities. Then Exit Stage Zed will turn up in the arvo, with some community focussed chat and special guests. 

We’re still chasing some vollies to help out on the day, so if you’re free on Saturday hop into this link and add your deets - https://forms.gle/kWup5qcjyMUPmgQ77


Announcer Training Open

Announcer training is open again! We’re running module 1-4 on Sunday the 7th and 14th of May, so if you’re keen jump into the following link to fill out all the details. 

Announcer training application.

This will be the last lot of training before the grid starts, so don’t delay if you’re keen to start hosting a show.
Please send this link on to anyone on your show who needs training too. We're looking out for that coming into the new grid.


Audio Ability Course applications open now

The Community Media Training Organisation’s Audio Ability training program is open now! 

This course is a free 16-week blended learning program that offers training and mentorship to people with disabilities who are interested in working in radio or TV. 

The CMTO is looking for both participants and mentors for the program, so if it sounds like something you’re interested in jump into this link for more information - https://cmto.org.au/latest/audio-ability-call-out-2023/  


Survey - Grassroots gender equality interventions and DIY music scenes.

This one comes from outside zed, but I thought a few of you would be keen to contribute to this research. Deets below.

Are you a DIY musician/organiser/gig-goer? A gender equality activist in music scenes? Both?

University of Melbourne PhD candidate Hannah Fairlamb is conducting research into gender equality and DIY music scenes and is seeking survey participants!

Hannah invites DIY music community members and gender equality activists in these communities to participate in a survey about gender, DIY music, and gender equality initiatives.  

The survey is anonymous, and is qualitative (language based), which means you get to type your answers. Depending on how much information you provide, the survey may take as little as 5 minutes, or as much as 30 minutes.  

People of any gender can participate, but as this is a feminist research project Hannah is particularly interested in the views of people of marginalised genders.  

Click here to go to the survey 
Contact Hannah via Facebook


CBAA Roadmap Feedback

Do you want to shape the future of the community radio sector! Well you can! The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia has just released a discussion paper on what they should focus on for the next 10 years. 

You can download and read the discussion paper by clicking this link.

You’re very welcome to send in your own feedback to them, but I’m working on a submission from zed, so send through any thoughts or ideas by May 8th if you want them included. 

There’s no format or anything. Just send me an email with things you think the CBAA should focus on. This isn’t zed specific, we do our own thing. This is more about the entire community radio sector, so keep that in mind when writing anything. 

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!