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 there legends,
I hope you’re having a fantastic April Atonement. The campaign is going really well. We’re still tracking ahead of where we were this time last year, which is really exciting. Thank you so much for taking the time to explain to our listeners the value of supporting 4ZZZ.
There’s plenty more to read about in here as well. There’s some notes about our 4/20 April Atonement prize, VALLEY GRRL BINGO and a callout for 50th birthday ideas. That’s coming up soon, so please let us know what you want to do (or see us do).
Show applications are due on Friday. So don’t forget to get yours in if you want to do a show. More deets on that below.
We've also got Zed Games hosting Video Game Trivia at Netherworld this Thursday. I'll be heading down in the evening with a few other zedders, so come along if you're at a loose end! It gets going at 6:30.
I’m taking full advantage of the public holiday next Tuesday and taking both Friday and Monday off. I hope you also manage to get a break if you need one.
As always, hit me up if you need anything. I’m very happy to help (especially with radio things), so sing out if you need a hand.
Catch of the Week - Kaleidoscope
One for the night-owls this week, with Roberto’s Kaleidoscope (Monday 2-6am) being one of my favourite bits of radio recently.
Roberto always puts so much time into his show. This week was a wonderful playlist rolling from local treasures to some old favourites. Robert is also such a personable host. I think one of the secrets of great radio is honesty and openness, and reckon you really know who you’re listening to when you tune in to Robert.
We’ve got more listeners overnight than you probably realise, so I love the work of our graveyard announcers keeping them company. Thank you all!
Sub Plug of the Week - Heyday
So there’s a lot of really good sub plugs getting about at the moment, which made this a hard call. I’ve actually updated this section three or four times since Friday.
Heyday take the title on pure energy and excitement though, with Kristin and Kellie launching into the show with a very heartfelt plea for support, while thanking Hacklock for encouraging a number of subscribers during their show.
This pitch was crowned with the excitement of the sub light flashing, as someone who’d listened to their pitch decided to support the station! What a result!
Honourable mentions go to Hacklock, obviously, who was the muse for the Heyday pitch. Without Hacklock talking up the campaign, those subscribers wouldn’t have started the avalanche.
Chris and Anthony, of Ballzzz in the Air, also rate a mention too. Not only was there a great spiel at the top of the show, but Chris also spoke about how you’re much more likely to win a prize in April than you are during Radiothon, which is a stone cold fact. Use that.
Album of the Week - V, Faithless
This week we’ve crowned V’s latest release Faithless as our Album of the Week. Here’s the write up from the AotW committee:
Here's one for the goths! Naarm based, Meanjin born V has released their latest album 'Faithless'. The album is a collaboration between V and the City of Melbourne's Heavy Machinery Records who contacted them to create an album on their public sound sculpture: the Federation Bells. V’s music is heavily influenced by the synth explosion in new wave and darkwave music in the 80s, however their new album 'Faithless' has taken a new direction towards a more minimal industrial sound. They recently came into Zed HQ for an interview on Liminal Space where they talked about their love for community radio, the making of the album and the meaning behind the title track 'Faithless'. You can listen back online at 4ZZZ.org.au, however a trigger warning for talk of suicide (specifically amongst the LGBTQIA+ community) is necessary.
Cuckoo Coco, last week’s AotW, was our most played new release, continuing what I believe (but haven’t checked) is a pretty consistent run of number 1 AotW showings. This was backed up with Babaganouj and Ghost Mutt, rounding out (another!) all local top 3 most played releases.
It might seem weird that I get excited about that, but we’re all about supporting local artists. It’s awesome to see you all living up to that purpose and strongly repping the stuff that’s produced by this city. Thank you!
April Atonement 4/20 prize
This Thursday is the 20th of April, which in the US shows up as 4/20 in the calendars. This is a number that has special relevance to our listeners in leafy green suburbs, so we’ve packed a little April Atonement special for them.
We’ve been sent an array of ‘specialised lab equipment,’ from our friends at Gatorbueg. Which will be available to choose as a prize for anyone who subscribes this Thursday (It’s only available this day).
This isn’t in the April Atonement guide, so if you do mention it, just tell people to check out our socials for more details.
It might surprise you to learn this does push the boundaries of what we’re allowed to do on-air, but as long as you don’t promote the use of illicit drugs, we’re fine. People can use this ‘lab equipment’ for things like water pouring or as a vase, all very relaxing activities.
I do need you to be a little careful though, so if you’ve got any questions, please hit me up.
Radio Reversal FORTITUDE VALLEY GRRLS April Atonement Special
The wonders who host Radio Reversal have come up with a very zed way to celebrate April Atonement this week: RR Bingo.
As I’m sure most of you experience, the Radio Reversal team often get messages complaining about their style of speech. Their critic describes their patterns as ‘valley girl,’ saying it’s ‘distracting’ and ‘inaccessible.’
The RR team have listened, and in response have planned a FORTITUDE VALLEY GRRLS special, which will focus on vocal fry, gendered patterns of speech, and the sexist, racist, and classist histories of policing everyday speech. I LOVE IT!
This will be complemented with RR BINGO, featuring some of their favourite mannerisms and vocal peculiarities, with the winner getting a special prize pack which includes an original illustration, a couple of poster prints, and some zines, as well as a copy of the RR Bingo Board.
Def tune in on Thursday morning to have a listen to this. Even if you’re not interested in the prize, you’ll at least come away with a smart quip for the next dickhead who says you talk wrong.
Moorooka Clubhouse OB - Saturday the 29th of April
To help wrap April Atonement up in a neat little bow, we’re heading south in a couple of Saturday’s to broadcast from the Moorooka Clubhouse (formerly Moorooka Bowls Club).
We’ll have Ballzzz in the Air and Kids with Class running running a kind of 4ZZZ olympics at the former Commonweath Games venue, with an array of ball sports and activities. Then Exit Stage Zed will enter in the arvo, with some community focussed chat and special guests.
There will be more details going around this week, including a vollie callout to help with some stuff on the day, so keep an eye on your emails if you’re keen to be involved/ come along.
Show applications close this Friday
You’ve got less than a week to get your show applications in.
You can fill out a show application at this link.
Remember, all announcers must be current subscribers. This is a station policy requirement that we will be following up on when you submit your application. We’ve done an audit of this recently, so if your subscription has lapsed we’ll be reminding you very soon.
Please also note that the time slot you apply for on 102.1 is important, especially evening shows. More information is available here on the wiki.
If you’ve got any questions or need any encouragement, hit up either me at this email or Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org
50th Birthday ideas callout.
Speaking of birthdays, our 50th Birthday is only a couple of years away and planning is starting to ramp up.
We’re looking at painting the town zed from the 8th of August 2025 (first day of Radiothon that year) to the 8th of December (our 50th B’day). It’ll be a heap of different gigs, talks and big events (yes, probably a Market Day).
There will be loads happening over those three months and through the rest of 2025, so we’re keen to hear your thoughts and ideas.
Jump into this link now to get your ideas at the top of the spreadsheet. Don’t stress if you don’t get in now, I’ll send this around again once April Atonement has wrapped up.
Community Cup Callout!
If you’re keen to get involved in the Community Cup this year, here is your chance!
It’s a very fun day, raising money for Reclink who run sports programs for folks having a rough time. The run up to the event is great too, because you get to meet a heap of people from the local media and muso community during the (very casual) training in the leadup.
Expressions of interest are open, so jump in here to fill out the form.
Training starts this Sunday at Everton Wolves JAFC, from 3-4:30pm. There’s more details (including the address) in the EOI link.
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!