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).
It’s zed newsletter time! Plenty to get through too. There’s announcer training news, the last chance for the disability survey and details about how we want to help promote your show.
First though, April Atonement cometh! We’re only a few weeks away from our mid-year subscriber drive. We’re dusting off the confessional and preparing ourselves to forgive all those who listen without subscribing, haven’t subscribed for a while, or have fallen into the habit of subscribing during April (because prizes I guess). There will be a lot more on April Atonement coming your way soon, so I’ll leave it there for now.
What I will flag is some vollie callouts over the next couple of weeks. We’re going to need folks to help out with Access All Areas on the 2nd of April at The Triffid and with a couple of other events we’ve got that month.
Finally, before you dive into the good bits, please don’t come into the station if you’re not feeling well. If you’ve got cold and flu symptoms you should stay home. We’re more than happy to help find a fill-in.
Thanks friends! Have a wonderful week and hit me up if you need anything!
Catch of the Week - Ben Green on Talking Zeds
I really loved the chat that Miki had with Ben Green on Talking Zeds last Thursday.
Ben is a muso (Tape/Off and Gold Stars) and a music researcher, so he’s particularly well placed for a Talking Zeds chat.
He talked about his life, going from a union rep to an academic researching music. His jobs means he gets to think about music in a really interesting way, ike how it affects and builds community. That’s a real zed vibe, so props to Miki for bringing him in for a chat.
Jump onto the website and listen back. I really enjoyed the chat about the 1996 Market Day riot and the collective memory of the event so keep an ear out for that.
Sub Plug of the Week - The NZ Show
Big-ups to The New Zealand Show for the great sub plug during the show last week.
The sub light went flashing about halfway through the show and that prompted Bernie to remind folks that if they’re keen to support zed, they can jump on the website and subscribe for just $70 a year.
Lindsay jumped in with the prices for Business and Band subs, while Bernie gathered steam to talk about how we’re a proudly independent station that’s run by volunteers.
It was a real delight to listen to. Really quite seamless in the end (although now I’ll never know why Lindsay was cutting through the Basin Reserve in Wellington).
That plug was rewarded too. About half an hour the light went off again! See, the plugs do work!
Subs are going pretty well for March at the moment (thanks NZ show). I hope you’re catching a flashing sub light every now to help thank you for all your sub plug efforts!
Like I said earlier, April Atonement isn’t far away now, so start warming up those sub plug muscles so you can go ham in a few weeks.
Album of the Week - Worker and Parasite, Live at HUM
We’ve got some out of towners taking out Album of the Week this week, with Worker and Parasite taking the title with their record, Live at HUM.
Here’s the AotW skinny:
"Anyone who listens to Workers Power on 4ZZZ knows the probability of hearing a Worker & Parasite song is quite high. But, it's not just our wonderful comrades on Tuesday morning however, who've loved to play them. The love has been well distributed across Zed shows. This live album recorded in May 2022 at the Cactus Room sounds great and full of all the Gang of Four agitation you could hope for. We're glad the Ministry of Social Cohesion at Worker & Parasite has approved this release for circulation. 'Agitate, educate, organise'?"
Give it a rip!
You’ve been spinning some great stuff this week too. The new Locust Revival was the most played track, with Shonen Knife popping up as our second most played and the new Dry Cleaning EP in 3rd.
Help us promote your show
We want to try and get as many people as possible listening to your show, but we need your help! Read on to hear how Ez would like to hear about what’s going on so he can share on socials.
Hello! Ez here just wanting to let you all know about a new Slack Channel called Social-Media.
This is THE channel to let me know what y'all announcers are doing on your shows!
Please send me a description and an image for the episode in the Social-Media channel so myself and/or our beautiful Social Media Squad can make sure your excellent content gets the attention it deserves!
Unfortunately I miss lots of great stuff because I simply don't know it's happening/happened. If you are NOT in the Slack don't panic you can send me the same things at email@example.com
Stocky note: If you want to be on Slack let me know and I’ll add you.
Access All Areas poster run
I’ve got a big stack of Access All Areas posters on the table near my desk at the moment and I’d love a hand spreading them around town.
Pop in and grab a few to swing around town. Drop them into local businesses, your fave record shop or any cafe you think would benefit from one. Hell, if there’s some naked looking walls around the place, go ham (but if you get caught I had nothing to do with it!)
Announcer training reminder - Closes Friday
As I mentioned last week, we’ve opened up some new rounds of training that we’ll run at the end of March/ start of April.
The form is now accepting responses (sorry about that last week) so click here to apply -
Don't delay if you haven't done this yet. We'll be closing the form on Friday so we can let people know early next week.
Being a 4ZZZ announcer is heaps of fun. If you’re not sure about applying please hit me up so I can talk you into it.
Disability Survey Last Chance
Ok, so I know I said I’d close this yesterday, but I’ve had a couple of folks hit me up for the link, so I’ll leave it open for a few more days.
That means you’ve got until Wednesday night to jump in and fill out this survey - It really shouldn’t take too long. We’re doing it so we can find out how to make zed better for people with disabilities and find out how significant that need is.
Even if you don’t live with a disability, or don’t want to identify as someone who does, you can still add notes to that to help guide what we’re doing.
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!