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 promised you a huge vollie newsletter and this is what you've got! I think this is the biggest one I've ever written.
We've got a heap of news in here about whats sounding great, what's happening and some really cool opportunities. Read on (especially if you haven't done the vollie survey yet. You've only got ONE DAY left, so scroll down and do that right now).
The only thing that isn't in here is the news of our Birthday Party and Vollie party. They're both going to be happening in early December but I still need to finalise a few more details. Once I sort that you'll be amoung the first to know.
Finally, let me know if there's anything you're keen to do or you want help with. I'm really keen to help you make fun radio and do cool stuff, so don't be afraid to get in touch.
Catch of the Week - RHRN with Xani
We had a lovely reunion show on Right Here, Right Now last week with Ez hosting while one of his old friends, Xani, played live.
This was such a treat to listen to. Xani has this incredible power over the loop pedals and was able to create a sound that was like a one person symphony.
There was great chat after the set too, because while Ez and Xani are friends they hadn’t seen each other for years. It was wonderful listening to how they’ve kept that friendship and bond going for so long.
It’s a really sweet hour of radio, so jump in here to check it out.
Sub Plug of the Week - Souljah Sistars
Another sub plug of the week to some of our newer announcers today, with Pass the Mic trainees Becca and Tessa bringing it home on Souljah Sistars on Saturday.
Under the expert tutelage of Tab and Michelle, there was a fantastic run through of all the categories, some great chat and then a dogleg into how any donation you make to zed is a tax deduction.
This dogleg almost distracted from the most important part, the directions on how to subscribe, by they circled back and gave the website a great plug (while mentioning that if you subscribe during the week you can pop in and do it in person at reception).
This plug worked too! When I jumped into the database earlier today I noticed we’d had a subscriber sign up just after this chat. Welcome Mark!
Ben also had an absolute ripper on The Brown Couch Thursday arvo as well, spending a good 20 minutes in and out of songs talking up why zed is worth supporting. This was easily one of the best sub plugs of the week, but Ben is smashing them out so regularly I need to be careful this section doesn’t become Ben’s sub plug of the week.
Sub-wise, October was a good month for us where we matched the number of subs we got in October last year (which is a great effort because that was a good month!).
Album of the Week - Full Power Happy Hour - Bit of Brightness
Station faves, Full Power Happy Hour have just dropped their second album, and given the love they get from you it’s hardly surprising to see them take out our Album of the Week.
Here’s the skinny from the AotW committee: "Full Power Happy Hour had already illuminated us to new tunes during Radiothon this year, when they played a rollicking set for Right Here Right Now. We had also the singles 'Siblings' and 'Measurements' which were just upping the formula a bit more, and building the anticipation for the second album. 'Bit of Brightness', the second album, is a perfect encapsulation of what we've come to love from this cherished group of players. It's a bit country, it's a bit jangle pop, it's a bit personal, it's got the distinctive voice of Alex Campbell out front. We love hearing local bands just building on what they do with each release at the Zeds. Full power ahead!"
Announcer Meeting rescheduled - November 30 at 6pm
Ok, so because I can’t work a calendar I double booked myself for the announcer meeting.
I’ll be away at the Converge First Nations Media conference on the 23rd of November, so we’re going to move this meeting to the following Wednesday, the 30th of November.
Everything else stays the same. There will still be drinks and snacks, it’s still compulsory for announcers and it’ll still be at zed towers (with a zoom link for those who can’t make it).
I’ll send around another email admitting my calendar crisis before that meeting. I don’t want to do that too soon because it’ll make me look like I can’t handle my own diary, so hopefully if I give it a week and bury the update in this vollie newsletter no-one will notice the change. This can be our little secret.
Evil Zed wrap-up
Hot damn! What a great night! Thanks so much to everyone who was a part of Evil Zed the other weekend. It went off.
All up I think we had something like 500 people rolling through the doors at Greaser and it was such a wild time. I was pretty happy with the showing around 5 or 6pm, but things hit another gear when the sun went down and you could barely move through the venue.
I had a really wonderful time walking around and seeing just how much fun everyone was having. It reminded me of the Brain Banana shows we used to throw at the Jubilee, which are some of my most treasured zed volunteer memories.
It was also an incredibly successful fundraiser, which I guess is pretty handy too. Again, thanks so much to everyone who volunteered their time, all the bands and DJs and especially Sam, Samie and Converse who put in a load of work to make this happen.
I’m really hopeful Evil Zed will become a regular part of our calendar (I’ve already pencilled in Halloween Saturday at Greaser for next year). There’s also a few other really fun ideas we’ve got rolling around as well, so keep your eyes and ears out if you’re keen to help. Did someone say pool party?
Pictured: Josh from the Punk Show with Bridget and two people dressed as them. Not sure who is who tbh.
Volunteer Survey - Last days!
There’s only a few more days for you to jump into our volunteer survey and tell me what you really think. I’m going to close that on Wednesday night and start working through all the responses.
There’s been some really great things to come out of that. A few folks have mentioned they’d like some refresher panel training, so I’ll chat to Ian about how we can get that going. The feedback on how we can make you feel valued is fantastic as well (people weren’t as keen on free beer as I was expecting).
If you’ve got 10 minutes please jump in and have a crack at this. Don’t pretend you’ll come back to it, just do it now. Here’s the link.
I know these surveys feel like some vapid management tool, but I promise I take the responses really seriously and will try to action as many as possible.
Punk Show Carpark Show this Saturday
Those ne’er do wells on the Punk Show have decided that studio 1 for two hours on a Monday night isn’t enough for them and are throwing an all-ages gig in the 4ZZZ carpark this weekend.
That’s going down this Saturday from 1pm with the likes of Whoroboros, Being Jane Lane and Flangipanis, so if you’re free feel free to hang out (and if you’re doing a show on Saturday arvo be prepared for a bit of a crowd.
If you’re interested in helping out you can hit up Josh and Nel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kel’s going away - Next Thursday arvo at Netherworld
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, our Merch Messiah Kelly Smith has got herself a job and is stepping back from zed (for now).
Now Kel has settled into a bit of a routine I’m keen for us to give her a farewell to remember, from 4pm/5pm next Thursday, the 17th of October, at Netherworld.
If you’re around next Thurs it’d be amazing to see you there and give thanks to Kel for one of the most outstanding 4ZZZ volunteer commitments I’ve ever seen.
School-based Trainee callout
We’re on the hunt for our next School-based Trainee! This would be someone heading into grade 12 who’s interested in getting a Cert III in Screen and Media while working from zed one day a week.
It’s a really cool gig. You get to produce Zed Youth, work on other station projects and get that training at the same time.
There’s only a few more days to apply. If you know of anyone who you think would be interested in this, get them to send me (email@example.com) a 100 word application on why they’d like to do this at 4ZZZ and who their favourite Brisbane band is before Monday (November 14).
If you love music and getting paid to do stuff, then there’s not one, but two jobs going at QMusic.
First is an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, who will work year round leading the operations and delivery of our major music industry events BIGSOUND, the Queensland Music Awards and Valley Fiesta - https://www.seek.com.au/job/59073600
The second is a Marketing Coordinator (Digital Lead), who will join the marketing team here across everything that we do - https://www.seek.com.au/job/59082473.
iPad found with a zed sticker
We had a very kind Uber driver get in touch last week saying they’d found a lost iPad at the airport with a zed sticker.
If this sounds like an iPad you’ve lost, flick me an email with some details about when it was misplaced and the sticker that’s on it and I’ll hook you up with our man Rik.
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!