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).
Hope you're not sweating it too much at the moment. The top floor of zed is working it's way back to sauna levels, so it's been a week while I get used to that again.
There's a heap going on over the next few weeks. We're hosting the Valley Fiesta Carpark Spectacular this Sunday, then Hot 100, then our birthday party and our end of year vollie party. It's all happening!
(Kinda important: We need some people to help with gear pickup for the Valley Fiesta show on Sunday, so if you've got a van/ 4WD please let me know asap).
It was wonderful to hang out with everyone who made it to the AGM last week. That was a really great night and we've welcomed Ez Dos Santos and Sam Kretschmann onto the zed board. At that meeting our archivist, Kate, asked about whether we should think about bringing back the old motto, Agitate, Educate, Organise, in some formal capacity. This one was replaced with Connecting and amplifying the voices of our local communities about 10 or so years ago, something we've lived up to, but I think we're very true to agitate, educate, organise. That'll come up for a more formal chat at our next strategic planning, but I might drop it in here and then while we're getting there.
We've got a bit of people movement around this week. Sass is away, so hit up Alison for any sponsorship needs (firstname.lastname@example.org) or me if she's not around. I'm alway going to be away from Wednesday to Saturday at the Converge First Nations Media Conference. I'll still be on the phone and checking emails if you need me for anything urgently though.
As always, have a wonderful week. Please hit me up if you need anything or have any questions. Hopefully I'll see you all next week at the station meeting.
Until then, agitate, educate, organise (and stay hydrated),
Catch of the Week - Las Gidi Vybes
I wound up my Sunday with the dulcet tones of Deola bringing us another packed Las Gidi Vybes and it really made my weekend. It’s got such a positive vibe.
If you haven’t spent much time with this Zed Digital show yet, it’s absolutely worth jumping back in to check out. Deola tracks down the best in afrobeat music and culture, always bringing in new stuff while making room for a bracket of bangers.
I love how accessible Deola makes this show. My knowledge of afrobeat is patchy at best, but that wasn’t a barrier at all. I always knew what I was listening to and there were some really cool details in there too.
It was also awesome to hear some chat about the Brisbane Afrobeat Festival coming up (this Saturday at the Triffid). You know I’m all about that community connection.
Love your work, Deola! Thank you! Everyone else, make sure you’ve got Zed Digi on from 9-10 on a Sunday night (or jump into the on demand).
Sub Plug of the Week - Unncessary Knowledge
Branko is taking this out again this week, with a clever sub plug from last Monday on Unnecessary Knowledge.
He started the show with some Leonard Cohen, Everybody Knows to be specific, and during the back announcer had a very smooth, "everybody knows you should subscribe to 4ZZZ."
There was the website after it, but that was it, really nice and simple.
It's is great reminder to try and roll out at least one sub plug a show, but they don't need to be really heavy handed. Just make sure people know that we can only do this with their support.
Subs are tracking really well for November at the moment, so thanks for keeping up the messaging. We’re going to continue the Hot 100 special present for subscribers, where their votes get double the weight when they pick their faves, so feel free to give that a mention when you’re chatting Hot 100.
Album of the Week - Gordon Koang's Unity
You know the drill! It’s a new week, which means new album of the week. This week we’ve got Gordon Koang’s latest shout, Unity.
Here’s what the Album of the Week committee have to say about it:
“Gordon Koang's last release 'Unity' was an undisputed hit here at 4ZZZ in 2020. It's great to finely have the follow up to that, the album 'Community', in our hot little hands. Now calling Australia home, he is a South Sudanese artist of high-renown who incidentally wowed us when he performed as part of the first Sounds Like Community Radio day held at the station in 2019. On 'Community' we have a perfect blend of East African pop and vintage psychedelia courtesy of recording with some of Melbourne's finest musicians found in acts such as Traffik Island, ORB, Leah Senior and more. And as always, Gordon Koang brings that great energy he's known for. Get ready to move."
Ethan Enoch took full advantage of being AotW last week, topping our most played new releases and knocking Full Power Happy Hour down to number 2. Our number three most played is the new single, Poison, from Baby Cool.
Happy Birthday to Us!
We’re turning 47! How about that! We’ve had a pretty incredible run for our almost half-century, so let’s get together and hang!
Our actual birthday is December 8, so on that Thursday evening we’re heading to The Brightside to be treated to performances from Sali Eri, Ethan Enoch, PHD and The Double Happiness.
You can grab tickets at this link and pop in this code for sub tickets - 4ZZZBDAY - but because we really appreciate all your work we’re making it free for zed volunteers.
If you’re keen to be put on the door, just flick me an email with “BDay Party RSVP” as the subject and I’ll pop you on the list.
Station Meeting next Wednesday - 6pm
It’s time to hang! We’ve got our station meeting in just over a week. Because of the date change, I’m going bold.
WEDNESDAY NOV 30 - 6pm - Zed Towers (and Zoom if you can’t be there in person).
Zoom link - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83509373523?pwd=K1pJK1p4eWdOaGI0R2cyS29Ed2xKZz09
This meeting is compulsory for announcers, so make sure you’re there or on zoom. We’ll do attendance on the night, so make sure you’re there for that.
This isn’t just an announcer catch-up though. All volunteers are welcome to come along. We’ll have some drinks and snacks around to make it worth your while.
Also, make a note in your diary for Sunday the 11th of December. We’ve got our end of year vollie party on then at The Cave Inn from 1pm, with more deets to come for that.
Thank you Marisa!!!!!
This is Marisa’s last week with us! As of this Friday, their placement will be over and they’re off to the UK for a holiday.
They’ve been absolutely wonderful for us. I know that we would never have ended up with a Rights Framework without them, let alone one that’s as zed as the one they’ve helped produce.
Their placement finishing means that from Friday the email@example.com and Marisa’s slack will go to sleep. They’re going to continue to hanging around zed as a volunteer, but that will be a different role.
I know Marisa has been a contact for a lot of you when you’ve raised anything. If anything comes up now Marisa has finished please let me know or chat to someone around the station you trust (like a coordinator) who can bring it to me on your behalf.
If you didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to Marisa last week, pop in sometime during the week this week to say hi and thanks!
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.
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Have a great week connecting and amplifying the voices of our local communities!