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 already been a bit of a week! As you might have heard we spent a bit of time yesterday morning broadcasting some static across town. We're lucky enough to have some amazing techs around so this was fixed with lightning speed considering the fault (more on that below). There's still loads happening around the station though, we've got Evil Zed this weekend, the AGM coming up and a new Rights Policy that I'd love you to read (again, more below).
Sass and I are going to be jetting off to Cairns on Thursday and Friday for the CBAA conference. I will still be available on my emails and the phone, so please feel free to hit me up if you need anything.
You know I love all your work! Keep it up!
Technical difficulties update
So things went a little quiet on 102.1fm yesterday morning after our transmitter experienced a fault.
This happened around the middle of Roberto’s 2-6am and meant for a few hours you could only catch zed through the online streams and DAB+.
Thanks to the incredible work of Ben Ryan up at our transmitter site, we weren't off air for too long. Thanks so much to Ben for getting up the hill so quickly and working with Chris Naimby (a broadcast park tech) to get everything going again.
Robert deserves a shoutout too. He was on-air when the transmitter went down and did a really through check of everything before calling Pat with the bad news. He’d checked the online stream, so he already knew it was a transmitter problem, not something in the studio. Excellent detective work.
We were off-air again this morning for a bit to finalise the repairs (we had to take something out, fix it and put it back) but everything went really well and, as I’m sure you could tell today, we’re sounding as good as ever!
Catch of the Week - 10 years of Radio Reversal
Another exciting anniversary this week with Radio Reversal celebrating its 10th Birthday!
This is an outstanding effort for such a high quality show, with a truly mammoth amount of work going into the program each week.
To mark this occasion Anna was joining by RR OG announcers Briohny and Fern. The three of them talked through what’s happened over the ten years the show has been running punctuated with wonderful chat of their friendship and work over that time.
It’s not often we sit down a look back on where we’ve come from and what we’ve achieved over that time, so I really enjoyed these reflections.
Radio Reversal, you should be outrageously proud of what you’ve achieved. You’ve taught me loads of stuff and challenged my thinking, so thank you for that. I know I’m not the only one.
Jump into the OnDemand and listen back here.
Sub Plug of the Week - Full of Air
I’m not sure I’ll ever give out a sub plug of the year award, but if there was one going I reckon Bona from Full of Air would be a finalist.
Not only did Bona put together an outstanding show on Saturday night, but they also brought some of the most empassioned and consistent subscriber messaging I think I’ve heard outside of Radiothon.
This wasn’t just a one off, Bona was popping in and out of the mix to remind people of the value of 4ZZZ and asking them to support the station with a subscription if they can. There was a great runthrough of all the ways people to engage with the station once they’re subscribers. Bill was also there helping make the show sound spectacular, bringing in a great interview and guest mix from Jenna Warwick.
Bona and Bill are some of our recent announcer training graduates, so it’s awesome to see the station repped so well by the newer members of our community. Thank you two!
Also, special mentions to Branko, Jack and Luci who all managed to turn our transmitter dramas over the last couple of days into a sub plugs. They all talked up that the static featured during those breaks as a reason to support your favourite community station. Nice!
Album of the Week - Guppy with 777antasy
We’ve got some new friends taking out Album of the Week this week, highlighting Guppy’s new release 777antasy.
Here's the Album of the Week Committee write-up.
"Local no wave art punksters Guppy were getting played on the Zeds before even releasing their singles proper, and the buzz for the band was palpable. 4ZZZ shows such as Underground Australiana and The Happy Hour led the way with the single 'Creepin', and other tunes leaked out such as 'Lipshitz'. '777antasy' (pronounced zan-ta-see) is the debut album we've been waiting for, and also the first release of new local imprint Gimmie Records. Vocalist Pamela Rosel leads the band in style through 7 tunes, including the aforementioned, and the upbeat ‘Manila Pussy’ which tells the rollicking tale of a street cat in the Phillipines doing it rough. Whatever a 777antasy is, we're there for it."
It’s in the usual spot so jump in and give it a spin when you’re around.
Thank you Kelly!
It’s with a very heavy heart that we have to farewell Kelly Smith.
You’d almost certainly know Kel from around the station and at any 4ZZZ. She’s been our Merch Magician, Reception revelation and all around wonderful helper.
Kel really has been an incredible volunteer for zed. Always putting so much into the work she was doing around the station; be that painstakingly checking new subscriber details, making sure we’ve got everything we need to put up great merch stalls at events, stepping up to help with show fill-ins and making sure as many people as possible know about the work zed does. All of this was done with a seemingly unending amount of energy and so much goodwill!
Thanks so much for everything you’ve done for us zed, Kelly! I’m really sad to lose you to your new gig in Ipswich, but I can see why they were so keen to get you onboard! They’re very lucky to have you!
We’ll be farewelling Kelly in true 4ZZZ style with beers at Netherworld soon. We just need to find time in her now very busy schedule. I’ll keep you updated with those plans here.
It’s AGM time! That’s going down in three weeks from today. 7pm, Tuesday, November 15th at The Triffid.
This is a really exciting time! As a 4ZZZ subscriber, you basically own a bit of 4ZZZ and get a say in how it’s run. The AGM is your chance to have an impact by deciding who should be on the 4ZZZ board.
Jump on this link to RSVP and check out 4zzz.org.au/governance if you want more details.
Please comment on our draft Rights Policy
First the AGM and now policy! Please read on for this because it is really important.
I’m a very strong believer in the fact that people do their best work when they feel safe and supported, which is why I’m really proud to introduce the draft of our new Rights Framework. This will replace the complaints policy that didn’t really match our values.
This document outlines what rights you can expect to be upheld when you’re around the station (or working remotely) and what processes we’ll follow if someone doesn’t respect those rights.
It’s still a draft at this stage because we’re really keen for your feedback on it. You can review the document linked below and have until Monday week (November 7th) to let us know your thoughts before we finalise it.
Here's the link to the draft policy.
Huge props to Marisa who’s worked really hard on this document for the last 4 or so months. It’s been amazing having them around and dedicating their time to this. Thank you!
If you’ve got any feedback on this document you can email me, firstname.lastname@example.org, the board, email@example.com or Marisa, firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also pop up and chat with Marisa or me at any time over the next couple of weeks if you’d prefer that or flick either of us a message on Slack.
4ZZZ at OWP's BFF
We’ve got a vollie submission this week, with CJ from Locked In writing this awesome review of the Brisbane Feminist Festival last week. Enjoy. In the pic we’ve got Cai and Ez from Tranzmission with Heidi Le Fay and Charlie, which as you'll read was just a smattering of the zedders who were there.
That title had more letters than a Locked In show! If you haven’t heard of the One Women Project (OWP) Brisbane Feminist Festival (BFF), that’s probably because the last was in 2019, before COVID changed us forever. Last weekend, the 2022 festival returned to Events on Oxlade at New Farm with panels, workshops and networking galore, all focused around the theme of Continuous Learning, Meaningful Growth and Radical Love.
Not only was it a great networking opportunity to meet radical loving women and non-binary folk from all around Meanjin, the 4ZZZ family showed up with buckets of love to share around. On Sunday, The Resistance moderated a panel titled “Prison Abolition and Transformative Justice” featuring our announcers Heather Anderson (Talking Zeds, Locked In) and CJ (Locked In) alongside abolition heavy-weight Debbie Kilroy (Sisters Inside). Recorded by Anna (Radio Reversal), stay tuned for some snippets from the panel on 4ZZZ soon.
Next up, Alison Maclean (Only Human podcast training graduate and occasional announcer) joined a panel of experts on “Disability Is Not A Fringe Issue: The values of lived experiences and inclusivity”. The panel centred the voices of women with intellectual disabilities, who shared their peer support work at organisations WWILD and Community Living Association (CLA). Alison showed off her audio skills sharing the podcast series she made with other members of WWILD.
Finally, it was time for some sex without shame, with zedders Ez & Cai from Tranzmission and CJ from Locked In getting a front row seat for the action. Officially called “Deconstructing Sex and Shame”, the panel included sex worker advocate, regular guest and friend of the station Elena Jeffferys and potential future guests writer Nadine Chemali, community and sexual health advocate Heidi Lefay and Burlesque dancer Bizzi Lavelle.
In person networking is back!
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 email@example.com 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!