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).
I've got a good feeling about this newsletter. I reckon it's got a chance to be one of the best, not because of my grasp of the language, but because of the great things you've been doing over the last week or so.
Please read on for those moments. The story from Locked In last week is a perfect example of why we do what we do. While it's not in this newsletter, I also loved the Painters and Dockers interview on Kids with Class on Saturday too which, seemingly accidentally, told a great story about the importance of 4ZZZ along with looking back at the history of the band.
This just scratches the surface though. There's been so many other wonderful moments that I've heard over the last week. From great stories about the music you've been playing, to really engaging interviews and 10/10 banter, listening to zed has been an absolute joy. The work you're putting into your shows and other volunteering is really apparently and very much appreciated.
Keep up the incredible work. If there's anything I can help with, please sing out. Like I was saying at the station meeting, I want to help you get right up to the line with the work you're doing here.
Catch of the Week - Locked In
This catch of the week is shouting out one the most important shows we have on the zed grid - Locked In - and its contender for heartwarming story of the year.
It all started when CJ and Traci were suddenly inundated with textline requests for a song by Noddy No Mask called Biro Forever.
Locked In rarely plays textline requests, but it turns out the song was a tribute to a guy who had passed away a month ago. The requests were coming in from the friends and family of his brother who wasn’t allowed out of prison to go to the funeral. They’d all arranged to send the texts at the same time so he could hear the song and all their shout-outs.
Given all that, Locked In made an exception, played the song and read out the shout-outs. Absolutely the right call!
The texts kept going too, with Nel reading the shoutouts as they came in through the Punk Show. While most radios are off, some of our listeners inside are tuned in right across the zed grid.
This a great example of the incredibly important connection that Locked In offers between folks in prison and their friends and family on the outside. I know I said I had no idea what my favourite show would be in the announcer meeting, but tbh Locked In would be up there for exactly this reason. It’s a show that would only ever have a home on community radio and I’m incredibly proud it’s part of zed.
If you want to have a listen to the track, or even play it on your show, you can find it in stings in the Locked In folder on temp.
Sub-plug of the Week - Friday Neon
Quentin rolled out one of the most fulsom sub-plugs that I’ve heard for a while during Friday Neon last week.
It snuck up on me a bit because it started as a donation chat, before rolling into talk of subscribing.
Q did the works. He talked up the value of subscribing to zed, how we need subscribers to stay on air and then rolled through every category to folks know what their options are. To round it out, there was a point to the website at the end.
Messages like that are really important to get on air regularly, so listeners know their support is really important to us. Having a sub plug that rolls through all these details is a great part of every show, so please try and squeeze one in.
I was also stoked to hear Quentin chatting about donations at the start of this one, because we do run a bit of a soft donation campaign through June. All donations to zed are tax deductible and as the end of the financial year rolls up we like to remind folks of that. You’ll get some more donations spots rostered this month, but feel free to talk this up during mic breaks as well.
Album of the Week - Sachem - The Bigger Picture
Another great selection from the Album of the Week committee this week, with Sachem’s latest release, The Bigger Picture, taking out the title.
Here’s what the committee has to say about it:
"Longtime listeners to 4ZZZ will already know of local rapper/producer/singer/emcee/poet and engineer Sachem. He's recently been teaming up with Matt Hsu (our former Community Engagement Coordinator) and his Obscure Orchestra, performing on stages big enough to fit the whole production (RPAC, QPAC). 'The Bigger Picture' also captures the collaboration realised in all the technicolour audio brilliance you'd expect wrapped around an important message. Sachem was recently on the Zeds chatting to Friday Neon's Quentin Ellison, sharing his love for Spaghetti Bolognese. Sounded enticing, like this EP."
The latest release from RVG was our most played new release over the last week, with Sarah Stockholm in number two and Sali Eri rounding out the top three.
Radiocraft Success Story
I’ve got no doubt you were hanging on every word about Radiocraft at the announcer meeting a couple of weeks ago and didn’t doubt the point of it.
(As a quick reminder, radiocraft is things like reminding people what station/ show/ host they’re listening to, back-announcing music and letting people know how they can listen to your show - things like smart speakers, etc).
Despite your faith in my teachings I want to share this message from a listener last week who has heard someone, at some point over the last few weeks let everyone know that you can listen to zed through a smart speaker as well as the radio.
It sorta speaks for itself:
Hey gang. Past and soon a subscriber again. ZZZ and I go back to the uni days. Anyway, I was listening on my fm radio in my 'yoot' and heard about the community radio app. Now I can bluetotth my phone to the speakers outside my bus and listen to the zeds next to the fire. Luv yas.
Thanks to everyone who’s been playing the spots and reminding people how to listen. You’re helping folks enjoy zed in new ways, which is really all we want!
(Yes, I know this looks like I made it up - because it’s pretty much the exact stuff that I always say - but I swear I didn’t and can show you in the text database if you don’t believe me).
(No, I didn’t text it in myself either - I didn’t even realise I could do that until just now - brb, getting burners).
Monday Night Announcer training
We’ve got more training coming up! If you’re keen to make a show at zed or are already involved and need to get trained, this is your chance!
The sessions are running over Monday nights in late June and early July, starting next week. If you’re keen hit the link below to apply.
Announcers, if you’ve got people in your show who need to get trained, please send this on to them (and then send their email to me so I can get them on our internal mailing lists).
We’ve had more applicants than spaces over the last few, so we’ve prioritised people already involved with shows and with a volunteer commitment at the station. When you apply please tell us what you’re doing so we can make sure you get a spot.
There are going to be some new times opening up on the Zed Digital grid soon, so if you’ve got an idea for something you want to make now, get into this and you could be on-air in the next month or so!
Hit me up if you’ve got any questions.
Ska Trek turns 30!
Ska Trek turns 30 this week so it’s time to get your skanking boots on!
There’s going to be a very special show this Thursday from 8-10pm on 102.1 (and DAB+, smart speakers and OnDemand) and a party at the Cave Inn on Saturday (the 17th)!
I’ll absolutely be at that gig because it’ll be an absolute corker. Ska Trek stalwart, Sammy, has lined up The Snouts and Fiesta Fiasco to play and will be spinning a heap of ska with Victor to keep everyone skanking in between.
The whole thing is free, the Cave Inn does pizza and has great beer, so you don’t really have an excuse.
Get along and support this incredible milestone!
First Nations Carpark Show - June 24
As you might have seen in the vollie callout last week, we’re throwing another First Nations carpark show on Saturday the 24th of June.
This will be a really fun day with the likes of Sunny Luwe and Chloe Terare (so far) playing in the carpark from around 12-4pm
We’ll also have a very special Souljah Sistars on at the same time, ideally broadcasting some of those sets live
Still, it’ll be even more fun in person, so pop it in your diary and try to make it down.
Community Cup Launch - This Saturday
Another one for your Saturday, the launch of The 2023 Brisbane Community Cup at Netherworld from 3-9pm.
The Community Cup is a charity aussie rules game between musicians and the media that raises money for Reclink, who run sports programs for disadvantaged people. It’s an awesome cause.
The launch is going to have a karma keg to raise money for Reclink and a host of media/ muso DJs (including me), so get along if you’re free.
All zed volunteers are also invited to play in the game too. Jump into this link to fill out the EOI - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe4YpYnm9sVSNjkoBGjb4wkV-8PF2_ADDwC3gmAbboZ1F6tYw/viewform
Wednesday night training has started at Moorooka now as well, so get there from 7:30pm if you can’t make the Sunday training at Everton Park.
All the details for these are in that EOI, but let me know if you’ve got any questions. No matter your skill level you’ll be good enough to play, so please get involved if it’s piquing your interest.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!