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).


All is going well in Zed Towers. We've got Pat back from leave now, so things are allowed to break again which is very exciting. That's about the only really significant thing going on. Evil Zed planning is going well. If you haven't signed up for a vollie shift yet, please do that if you're free. Hot 100 time is rapidly approaching too, so expect an email from Saltz about lending a hand with that too.

I think that's everything I need to say for now. You know the drill though. Hit me up if you've got questions or are even just slightly unsure why something is done the way it is done.

Be well!


Catch of the Week - 10 years of Know Idea

Everyone’s favourite science show turned 10 years old last week with Know Idea marking a decade on air.

Max, Gabe, Peta, Jay and company have built on the legacy of The Professor who started the show. I have no doubt he’s looking on from somewhere, incredibly proud of what the show has become.

It’s an outstanding effort to continue any program for a decade, let alone one like Know Idea that takes so much work to compile. Breaking down complicated science is no mean feat, but the Know Idea crew make it sound so easy! Incredible work Know Idea! Thank you! 

Special mention this week to Nick Jones from The Chart Show who somehow managed to improve that program by forgetting to turn his mic on for half an hour. A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one.

Sub plug of the Week

There was a great plug from Quentin on Friday Neon last week, helping a legend called John sort out a subscription. 

Ace had flicked a text in and was keen to subscribe. Quentin didn’t miss a beat, he thanked them for wanting to support us and said to call 3252 1555 so Tristan on reception could sort him out. 

Ace followed through too! They subscribed straight up and then sent in a text thanking all the vollies for the wonderful work you do keeping 4ZZZ running!
That’s a really fun warm-inner glow double, where we get that at the same time.

Thanks Ace!


Album of the Week - Jesswar with Life's Short, Live Big

Here we go! This week’s Album of the Week is Jesswar’s new album, Life’s short, live big. 

As per usual, the word from the Album of the Week committee: "South East Queensland certainly has a rich vein of fantastic hip-hop and Jesswar has been one to watch. From QMA awards to community radio airplay all over Australia, they are definitely no stranger to Zed airplay either. If you've listened to 4ZZZ enough you would have heard the single 'Savage' mulitple times over the years. Also, who could forget 'Fempress Cypher'. 'Life's Short, Live Big' is the debut mixtape we're featuring all week, and we think you'll enjoy it. Carpe diem."

I’m also eating my words following my hubris last week in predicting a number 1 spot for our last Album of the Week from June Jones. I pegged that for the number 1 spot, but June was edged out, with the Double Happiness bumping her down to second most played.

It’s a brutal game sometimes.


Keeping your show pages fresh

As you’re all aware of, your show pages are the best places for people to find out what music you’re playing and what your show is all about.

You also get a wonderful amount of control over how they look and how people get to experience them, mostly through the image you throw up in the background. 

If you do have a show image and an episode image, remember to check them when you change them so you can be sure they look good on mobile and web. It’s also worth checking to make sure that all the data is correct if you’ve ever moved days or times with your show.


Show applications open now

If you’ve got a bright idea for a radio show now is the time to start talking about it! Show applications are open until Friday the 21st of October (next Friday), so don’t delay.

Here’s the link for apps.

When we’re making decisions on shows, we’re looking for things that help us towards our mission statement of connecting and amplifying the voices of local communities, scratch an itch that other media misses and come from folks helping out around the station. 

You do need to be trained before you can host a show, so send an email to training@4zzz.org.au if you need that hookup (no need if you’ve already spoken to me or Ian though).


Farewell to the COVID sign-in sheet

So the Government requirement to have people signing into places ended a while ago and we’re now at the point where we’re going to take down the sign-in sheet at the back door. This had been optional for a while and wasn’t being used much, so it feels like a good time. 

While this is coming down, you still very much need to be filling out the cleaning sheets in the studios. COVID is still going around so it’s really important you’re cleaning everything down after your show and filling out the logs.

We’ve also got the air purifiers in the studios and around the station to clean the air and we’ve got a supply of masks on top of the pigeonholes. 

Hit me up if you’re not sure about any of this or have 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!