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 nerds,

I don't really have a heap to say here this week, so I'm going to mostly hand over to the body of this email to do the talking.

Wait, our programming coordinator, Ian Powne is away this week. That's what I had to say. If you've got programming questions, come hit me up instead of him.

You know the drill; have a great week, be excellent to eachother and hit me up if you need a hand with anything.

Stay free,
Stocky

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Catch of the Week - Good Chat on Friday Neon.

There was a lot of fun on Friday Neon last week, with Quentin hosting a couple of wonderful interviews while showcasing some excellent radio craft (more on that next week). 

My interest was piqued by a chat with Kirsty Kross, which included a wonderful discussion about geographic prudishness, and then rolled into some Team Plastique. 

While this caught my ear, I really enjoyed how Q through the program, seamlessly moving between interviews, songs and back announcing. 


He came back from a group of tracks with some great Textline comments, then circled back with a station ID and wrapped the whole thing in a nice little bow with a sub plug. 

It was *chefs kiss*

Speaking of sub plugs…

Sub Plug of the Week - Brighten the Corners

No-one is safe from a callout, and that includes our programming coordinator Ian Powne (especially when he's on holiday and can't clap back).

This is why I was listening intently during Brighten the Corners last week, around 4:30pm, when Ian started talking about how we’re able to stay on air. He mentioned the work we do and then explained that if you enjoy that, the main reason we’re able to do that is with the support of subscribers. 

He gave out the website (you know I love that), then ran through the various sub prices, then went back to the website again! What a dream! 

Well done Ian, you’ve passed the show review. You’re welcome back after your holiday.

In all seriousness, this is an excellent example of a sub-plug. Obviously Ian knows this better than most, but that’s even more of a reason to share this. 
There's been a few other rippers through the week as well, so thanks heaps for dishing them out.

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Album of the Week - Baby Cool with Earthling on the Road to Self Love.

After a few weeks lording over the 4ZZZ most played list, Baby Cool has backed it up with an Album of the Week title for their release: Earthling on the Road to Self Love. 

Here’s what the Album of the Week committee has to say about it:

Baby Cool’s debut album ‘Earthling On The Road To Self Love’ is a deeply sentimental concept album, with each track acting as a love letter that Grace Cuell penned and read to herself each day. You may recognise Grace’s voice from local band Nice Biscuit who have been featured by the AOTW Committee before! This dreamy, psychedelic and folk-y album is a delight from start to finish and we hope that you can take a bit of self love and compassion away from it.


Jump into the digital pigeonhole to listen now and if you don’t know what that is hit me up.

Last week’s AotW, Charlie Needs Braces, absolutely cleaned up our most played release, coming in at number one ahead of this week’s AotW, Baby Cool, and Civic with Taken by Force.

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Community Radio Plus Spots

We’ve had production deep in the audio editing mines over the last week, digging up a couple of promos for the Community Radio Plus App. 

They’ve unearthed some absolute gems as well. These will get rostered through shows, but if you’re keen to give them a run you can find them in Station and Program Stings → 4ZZZ General info spots. They’re called CPlusAppV2 and CommRadioAppV1 (there’s other goodies in there too if you’d like to play some of them). 

These spots are very fun (seriously, have a listen), but they also play a really important role in letting people know how they can listen to zed outside of FM and DAB+. This is actually a pretty big deal as people’s listening habits change from something they did with a radio to something they now do with a phone. 

The next iteration of these will probably be something about how you can ask your smart speakers to play triple zed too, so we can bridge the gap from car to home in the arvos.

These little things all fit into the bigger picture of something called radiocraft, which I'm going to start talking at you about next week, so buckle up!

 

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Another Blackboard Wall

Alexis, Ian and Joe have been hard at work over the last couple of weeks cleaning and prepping another message board for the station. This one is the wall to production/ studio 3 and we’ll use to note the upcoming Right Here, Right Now artists and other station messages (Radiocraft, anyone?). 

I know a blank wall is very tempting, but please don’t draw or write anything on that for the next week or so because the paint needs time to cure. Once that’s done we’re going to get some of station artists in to work on the designs, so let me know if you’d like to be involved in that. 

I know some folks are really keen to formalise the ad-hoc memorial that had popped up on this wall, so if you’re one of them please sing out and we’ll get you involved on that project. 

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Please don't mute the station computers

If you’re at the station using any of the shared computers, please don’t mute them. 

A couple of them have screenreaders on them so people with low vision can use them, but if the computer is muted this silences the screenreader too. 

If you do have to mute a computer for whatever reason, please remember to unmute it when you’re finished.

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!