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).

Happy Monday Zedders,

It's hot again! How exciting. Please remember to stay hydrated (as much for me as anyone else) and try and hang out somewhere cool.

I don't have loads of news for you this week, outside of the fact our programming coordinator Ian Powne will be on leave from the end of this week. This means if any programming stuff pops up next week, just hit me up instead of Ian.

Also, in aircon news, the crew will be out on Thursday. They were supposed to be in today, but got stuck at another job. If the aircon does struggle in either studio between now and then, please sing out and let me know.

Read on for the rest and as always, sing out if you need anything.

Stay cool,
Stocky

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Catch of the Week - Zed Games romance special

Zed Games read the room perfectly last week, rolling out a love special ahead of Valentines Day tomorrow.

Maylee, Zahra and Rani took us on the radio equivalent of something really romantic (I was going to include an example, but ended up drawing a complete blank - something with candles maybe?). 

Now I know what you’re thinking when I say romantic games and I’m willing to bet you weren’t expecting one called Raptor Boyfriend: High School Romance. Rani reviewed this satirical, cryptid focussed dating sim and it is absolutely worth a listen. 

The crew also ran with a game of kiss, marry, kill with their fave video game crushes, so that’s worth checking out too. Listen back here.

Sub Plug of the Week - Tuesday Brisbane Line

There are many different types of sub plugs. Some are off the cuff, inspired by a song or the sub light, while others are planned and carefully executed each week.

Tuesday Brisbane Line delivered a great example of the latter last week, including a sub-plug in the wrap of thanks and info at the end of the show. 

This is a really simple approach, but it’s also a very effective one. You know I’m a big fan of the regular plug, so having something like this means it’s never forgotten. Tuesday Brisbane Line fans cop one every week as they’re one their way to hang out with the Rhinestone Cowgirl. 

You should be trying to squeeze in at least one, if not more sub plugs a show, because subscribers are the folks that keep us on air. The good news is that sub numbers for Febuary are looking pretty solid, so thank you for all your work on-air expousing the value of supporting 4ZZZ.

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Album of the Week - Charlie Needs Braces with Saltwater People

Another belter of an Album of the Week this week, the second of the year, with Charlie Needs Braces taking the title with Saltwater People. Here’s the write-up from the AotW committee:

"Proud Guringai woman, a descendant of Bungaree and Matora, Charlie Needs Braces has been grabbing our collective attention since releasing singles such as 'Yanoo' and 'Saltwater People'. The title track of the album 'Saltwater People' has been the second most played track on 4ZZZ these past weeks. Like in the aforementioned title track, the signature driving percussive hooks, layered harmonies and punchy instrumentals form the sort of artful pop you'll find all over this album. We think you'll really dig it."

I’m not 100% percent on Charlie Needs Braces being a Simpsons reference, but I can’t hear it without replacing Charlie with Lisa and then having ‘dental plan’ echoing in the background. 

Anyway, I digress, let’s turn out attention to our charts. The Cable Ties have claimed the most played spot this week, followed by The Love Inn, leaving Baby Cool to tumble down to number three.

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Introducing Dave Whitfield as our new PRT coordinator

Big-ups to Dave Whitfield, of Eco Radio fame, for stepping into the Program Review Team Coordinator shoes. 

The PRT is a really important part of helping us not just sound great, but uphold our promises to the Australian Communications and Media Authority. He’ll be running the PRT and managing the review process. 
Dave is stepping into the void that Scott Mercer left when he finished up in the role. 

Scott doesn’t get away easy though, I do want to point out that he did an absolutely awesome job running the PRT for such a long time. He was also a great help to Ian and I when we were exploring the idea of self-show reviews, so there’s a legacy there as well. 

Thanks Scott and welcome Dave! 

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!