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'm going to let this newsletter speak for itself this week, so read on for all the stuff you need to know about zed this week.

The only thing I am going to highlight here is that we have a station meeting TOMORROW AT 6PM at the station. These are compulsory for announcers, so either come along or jump on the zoom.

As always, sing out if you've got any questions and let me know if I can lend a hand at all.

Cheers,
Stocky

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Catch of the Week - Bartzzz in the Belfry

Given yesterday was Goth Day (real thing!), it only feels right to highlight the work of the indomitable Andrew Bartlett on Bartzzz in the Belfry very early yesterday morning. 

The show was a real treat. It was a music heavy selection of goth, post punk and shoegaze that felt like a very fitting way to start such an auspicious day. There was some upbeat music in there too, which was a surprise to be sure, but a welcome one.  

As well as the fantastic tunes, there was an excellent sub plug towards the end of the show too. This came just before a nice run of tracks from the new Babaganouj record to carry through until Roberto took over for Kaleidoscope

For the record, I’d actually picked this for Catch of the Week one before realising the significance of the date (I thought Goth Day was still a week away), so clearly I’ve been guided by the spirit of Robert Smith in this week’s selection. 

Happy (belated) Goth Day!

Sub Plug of the Week - Ska Trek

Tristan and Jayden rolled out an awesome sub plug on Ska Trek last Thursday.
It came towards the end of the first hour of the show and started with some great chat about the value of supporting community radio by taking out a subscription. 


Just before the plug there had been a subscriber request, so Tristan used that to flag one of the many sub benefits, and then when back announcing he reminded bands that they can subscribe as well.
 

Through all that there were a couple of website mentions that meant if someone wanted to seal the deal they knew exactly how to do that. 

We’re still a bit behind our sub numbers from this time last year, so any and all sub plugs over the next week will be super helpful.

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Album of the Week - Moreton with Dog Years

You want local music, we’ve got local music, with another homegrown Album of the Week coming your way. This week it’s Moreton, with the EP The Dog Years. 

Here’s the skinny from the AotW committee. 

"It's great to yet again feature a local act for our AOTW. Moreton, primarily the vehicle for Georgia James Potter's songwriting, has been a presence on our scene for several years now with her captivating undertow. This EP 'The Dog Years', which comes out on Thursday 26th, documents some emotional times for the singer-songwriter, evident in the title. It's classy pop, and working with producer Tom Iansek (Big Scary, Maple Glider) has certainly paid off production wise. Potter describes this album as catharsis, and well, we could all do with a bit of release from time to time." MORETON OUTSING THE BLACK DOG ON NEW EP - THE DOG YEARS Moreton have released their long awaited new EP The Dog Years, an open-hearted 6 track release that threads the emotional heft of everyday life into sonorous, minimalist art-rock. The EP’s title refers to ‘the black dog,’ an infamous mascot for depression and the strongest theme on the record, arcing across the six tracks at first like a confession and ultimately in affirmation. Singer Georgia James Potter writes, “The EP celebrates catharsis, unabashed, which is what I needed from music during this weird personal chapter. The lyric from the title track, “Don’t let the dog years cash in, they’ve got to learn how to heal/heel,” was written on a King St windowsill the day Leonard Cohen died, pondering what his advice might be to me in an imaginary conversation. It’s a prompt, not to let the black dog get the best of you.”

Suicide Country Hour was our most played new release last week, as well as being AotW, with Naaki Soul, Square, Locust Revival and Jem Cassar-Daly rounding out an all local top 5. 

 

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Station Meeting - TOMORROW - 6pm @ Zed

Don’t forget, we’ve got a station meeting this Wednesday evening. Kicking off at 6pm at zed towers. 

We’ll be catching you up on all the latest happenings around the station, what the plans are for the next six months and making sure you’ve got everything you need to have fun around zed. 

This meeting is compulsory for announcers. As usual we’ll be taking attendance and keeping a note of who doesn’t make it. 

If you can’t make it in person, you can jump online and join in through this link - ​​https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84391921534?pwd=dURQeVk4MnZHTTA3Q3phcWFTRzhBdz09

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Reaper helper callout

Do you know how to use Reaper (the audio editing program, not death)? 

Our new training program is skilling up new announcers in the software and we’re looking for people who can hang around on Sunday arvo and help answer any questions that pop up. 

Ben Snaith will be running the training, so you’d only need to be around for an hour or so from 2pm to help out if people get stuck putting their shows together. 

Email me or Ian Powne - programming@4zzz.org.au - if you’re able to help out.

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New production recording light

The more observant of you would have already spotted this one, but if you’ve missed it let me explain our most recent bit of flashing equipment. 

This light is sitting on the wall outside of production and lets you know when spots are being recorded. It’ll flash when they’re about to start - so you can start being quiet - and then go solid red when recording - so you can keep being quiet. When it’s not on you can talk.

This is most likely going to affect you during the week, when we’ve got production volunteers in, but it’s good to remember in case someone is popping in to do some work at a weird time.

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!