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).

Alrighty then! Welcome to 2023. I'm back from my break and after a week I've collected my thoughts enough to get this out to you. My break was great, if you were wondering. I did very little, basically just some gardening, cycling, yoga, swims, lunches and galleries. It might not seem like much, but I had the best time!

I've got a pretty brief newsletter for you today because it's a quiet time of year, but do read on. Outside of this we're starting our April Atonement prep and talking to our friends at Triple A about how we can help them celebrate their 30th birthday in a few months. While we've just finished another round of training, we've got some more planned for the next month or so. If you're keen for that, keep reading this email for the latest details.

While I'm back from leave, please remember that Pat still has another week off. If you've got any immedate tech issues please hit up either me or Ben Ryan. Both of our numbers are on the wall in the studio. If you've got something that doesn't need to be addressed immediately, just flick me an email.

That's about it from me. I hope you have a great week. Be kind to yourself!



Catch of the Week - Invasion Day

The programming last Thursday for Invasion day was absolutely the standout of the last week for me.

Sophia and Tabatha were in the studio from 10-1pm broadcasting the speeches from the Invasion Day Rally in the city and talking through how they deal with Jan 26. They were also joined by Michelle Vlatkovic on the remote studio from the Eora nation.

These incredible conversations were also supported by Radio Reversal, who had conversations with Colin Mickelo, Sandy O’Sullivan and Chelsea Watego. 

You can listen back to Sophia, Tab and Michelle here, and Radio Reversal here.

Sub Plug of the Week - Culture Vultures

Not content with producing some of the best content of the last week, Sophia backed this up this morning with some great zed subscriber chat. 

Well, it actually started out as dog chat (which I am so here for), but Sophia imperceptibly segued into our pet subscription offerings so folks know there’s a number of ways to support the station. 

It was a really gentle pitch that would have pricked up ears and kept that subscription reminder bouncing around in listener's heads. Like I say during Radiothon, it’s the continual subscriber talk that gets people across the line. If lots of shows are talking about subscribing across the day, that’s what gets folks over the line. 

Our subscribers for January were down a bit on January last year, so please keep explaining that we need listener support to stay on air. A full subscription is only $70 for the year, or if times are tight there’s concession subscriptions too. 

To help remind you to bring those regular sub plugs, we've updated our talking wall.


4ZZZ welcomes The Wire

The 4ZZZ family has grown again! We’re now a host station of The Wire current affairs program with Aryana Mohmood producing the program from the station every Monday. 

The Wire is an awesome news show that’s broadcast on the CRN every afternoon. On Mondays the show will come from 4ZZZ, with Aryana leading a team of volunteers who’ll put together that show. 

It’s an awesome training ground for journalists (even I ended up volunteering there when I was at uni), so if that’s a path you’re keen to follow definitely reach out. Back in my day I was trekking out to QUT, so the show coming out of zed is heaps more convenient.  

If you’ve got any questions for Aryana or want to lend a hand, you can find them on slack, in the training room on Mondays and at thewire@4zzz.org.au.

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!