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 groovers,

Just your friendly neighbourhood 4ZZZ manager here with the latest happenings around the station. As always, lots of wonderful stuff in here and plenty of things going on. Biggest one is the First Nations Carpark Show we've got going down this weekend. We do need some more vollies to help with that, so I've popped the vollie callout below.

Also, like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives, with 4ZZZ approaching 50 years old. We're into the planning of those 2025 celebrations already so I've also got a link in here for you to throw your birthday ideas into. Check that out too if you're keen.

Have an awesome week. If there's anything else you need from me, please sing out so I can lend a hand.



Catch of the Week - Ska Trek 30th

Not only did Ska Trek dish up a wonderful show last Thursday for their 30th Birthday, but they put on a ripper gig on Saturday night too!

Sammy did an outstanding job of coordinating both of these events. The program last week was an absolute treat with a host of former Ska Trek hosts coming back into the studio to share their stories and those who couldn’t sending through messages. 

There were some really lovely moments, including the tit-bit that the 4ZZZ ID with the guy talking about the mattress on the wall comes from an interview on Ska Trek (and the guy is Lee Thompson from Madness, no less!). 

The Cave Inn show was great too, giving a much needed focal point for ska fans to get their skank on to The Snouts and Fiesta Fiasco (and Sammy’s DJing). 

30 years is a fantastic achievement so it’s great to mark it with such a fulsome celebration. 

Sub Plug of the Week - Ska Trek

First the first time in my Newsletter Formerly Known As! history, we’ve got a Catch of the Week and Sub Plug of the Week double act!

After that station ID about the mattress I just mentioned, Sammy came back on air and used that as an example of why community radio needs your support. There was clarification that we’re in a much more professional state than we were when that was recorded, but we certainly still needed listener support. 

What I loved about this plug is how Jay Z came in with the website and subscription particulars after Sammy had laid the groundwork. It was a really beautiful sub plug dance.

Also, to prove I’m not being lazy or that I only heard one sub plug last week, honourable sub-plug shoutouts to Robert Anderson from This! who rolled out a cracker on Friday and to Luci from Zedgiest who had a couple of great one’s last week.


Album of the Week - Sarah Stockholm, Trace of Humanity

It’s Album of the Week time! This week: Sarah Stockholm with their new album, Trace of Humanity.

Here’s the skinny from the AotW committee:

"Sarah Stockholm has cemented herself on the 4ZZZ airwaves these past several weeks with standout singles 'Soldiers' and 'Wonder'. They're just two singles off a fantastic long player Sarah has just released called 'Trace of Humanity'. Announcers have been digging it, we think you will too. Especially after this dark and danceable electro pop intertwines it's way into your playlists. As always, we love supporting local artists such as Sarah and this release fits nicely alongside another recent local artist we spotlighted, Moreton. Enjoy."

As usual, last week’s Album of the Week from Sachem, came out as our number one most played release, followed by Sali Eri and LALKA. So good!


First Nations Carpark Show and Open Day

Speaking of Sachem, he’s going to be headlining our First Nation’s Carpark Show and Open Day on Saturday, alongside Sunny Luwe and Chloe Terare. 

That’s all going down in the zed carpark from 1-4pm and will be an absolute treat of an afternoon. There will be plenty going on! 

We’ve also done a reprint of the 80s era Murri Time t-shirts (which we’ll announce in the next couple of days, so keep that secret) with them going on sale first at this gig on Saturday. Keep an eye on our socials for more details on that.

If you can’t make it down, we’ll be broadcasting it all live through a very special Souljah Sistars, so make sure to tune in.
We do still need some vollies to help out, so if you're free jump into this link. This has some other events in it, so skip past them to get to this one.


Textline Issues

As all announcers would be familiar, the textline is a wonderful tool for audience feedback. You get requests, fun engagement and even emojis!

It also opens you up to the oft unfiltered thoughts on our listeners, which can sometimes be a bit shit. The textline is not a medium for abuse or harassment, so if someone is sending through something that is upsetting please let me know.

We’re able to ban people, so if there is something upsetting or inappropriate, let me know so I can check it out. If something is out of line you can also ban that texter. If you do this, please let me know so I can understand the context and don’t unban them when I notice. 

Also, with texts, keep in mind that not everyone who is listening knows our regular texters. In the same way you should avoid in-jokes with co-hosts and guests, try to avoid this with texters as well. 

Hit me up if you’ve got any questions or thoughts on this. The textline is a privilege  


Studio Cleaning Reminder

Ok, so we all know someone who has COVID at the moment (maybe even yourself), so it’s important you keep up the cleaning in the studios.

We’ve got the sheets in there for you to fill out, so please give everything a good clean and mark off what you’ve done. 
Yes, this still need to happen even if you are a shark.

I am going to have a think about whether we can retire the studio cleaning sheets, so please sing out if you’ve got any feelings or thoughts on this idea. That probably won’t be until we’re through winter, so you’ve got time.


50th Birthday Ideas

Somewhat surprisingly, 4ZZZ is not immune to the passage of time. We’re only a couple of years away from our 50th Birthday, which is a kind of wild achievement for somewhere like us. 

Because this is such a big deal, we want to organise celebrations that will honour the zed legacy and also highlight the importance of what we do now (and into the future).

To try and get everyone’s ideas and thoughts in once place, I’ve followed Salty’s lead and created, you know it, a google form! 

Please jump into that here and add your thoughts.

I know a bunch of you have already done this, but if you haven’t please jump into the link to make sure your ideas are in the mix.


CBAA Award applications are open!

The Community Broadcasting Awards are open now! As I say a lot, what you all do here is really incredible and I reckon some of the best in the country. 

These awards are your chance to get that recognition too. We’ve won at least one award at these over the last few years, so it’s really worth applying. 

You can read more about the awards at this link and you can enter the awards here.

If you are thinking about applying, please let me know. We can only submit one in each category, so I just need to make sure we don’t double up. 

Hit me up if you’ve got any questions! 

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!