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).
Quick write up here, becuase there's so much good stuff below. Make sure to have a read so you know what's happening around the station (changed locks, new spot roster, more training).
Also, make sure to jump into this form to see all the stuff we need some vollies to help out with in July. There's heaps of fun stuff coming up.
Hit me up if there's anything I can help out with, otherwise I'll hopefully see you around the station.
Catch of the Week - Saturday Brisbane Line
I really enjoyed Brisbane Line on Saturday this week, with Bianca hosting some really great interviews in between some great chat and lovely music.
The first interview with neurodivergent artist Oliver Hertherington Page about his recent regional tour was a really interesting conversation about disability in the arts. He had such interesting points about what he’s doing to make his shows more accessible (and the challenges he’s faced trying to do that) and what he thinks about disability representation in the arts.
I also loved the chat with Nature Freedom CEO, Matthew Townsend, expanding the work they do helping people with disabilities getting into nature.
Zed is such a great place to have these conversations and support folks with disabilities because, as Oliver points out, the arts aren’t necessarily that accessible.
Props to the zed newsroom which is constantly turning out really excellent content! It’s well worth going to listen back to these interviews, so check them out here.
Sub Plug of the Week - Unneccesary Knowledge
Branko trotted out a really lovely sub plug during the show last week, talking about how you can reinvigorate your workplace convos about weekends and whatever show you’re watching by walking in, grabbing everyone’s phone and sending them to 4zzz.org.au/support so they can subscribe.
That really doesn’t convey how good that sounded, so you should really have to listen for yourself. Go here and jump to about 138 minutes in.
There was also a really nice mention earlier in the show about how he’d met a friend answering the phones to take subscriptions during Radiothon. Very subtle, but that works well when complemented by the more direct plugs.
I really like how Branko always builds at least one mic break built around a sub plug during the show and often one or two of these little bonus plugs that get worked into the convos. Really great.
Our subs in June were down a touch on 2022, but given how much everything is costing at the moment I think the fact we’re breaking even is a really great sign. Thanks to all of you for continuing to explain the value of what we do to build this support from our community.
Album of the Week - Divide and Dissolve, Systemic
This week we’ve got a new release from Divide and Dissolve, Systemic, taking out the AotW mantle.
Here’s the word from the Album of the Week committee:
It is a pleasure to be showcasing Naarm/Melbourne's Divide and Dissolve's new album "Systemic". This powerful record examines the systems that intrinsically bind us and calls for a system that facilitates life for everyone. It’s a message that fits with the band’s core intention: to make music that honours their ancestors and Indigenous land, to oppose white supremacy, and to work towards a future of Black and Indigenous liberation. There are many adjectives that could be used to describe this record but 'haunting', 'doomy' and 'monstrous' are the first that spring to mind. We will let the album speak for itself though over the next week of airplay!
Cable Ties have taken out the most played new release title with their Album of Week from last week, All her Plans. Tjaka and Slowdive rounded out the top three. Thanks to Nick Jones, of The Chart Show fame, for giving me these stats to throw at you.
Interview Booth Glow Up
The level one voice booths glow up has continued over the last week, clearly labelling them as the red and green booths. This is on top of the new monitors and mics.
We’ve updated the wiki page for the booths as well, so if you’ve got any questions about how all that works, head to this link - https://wiki.4zzz.org.au/index.php/Interview_Booths (login: zeduser/ pw:4zzzrules).
Huge thanks to Joe Hogar for this wonderful paint job. He’s been slaving away over the last couple of weeks to get these coats done. They’re looking really schmick now! Massive props to Pat as well for installing all this new kit and updating all the instructions.
Also, let us know how you go when you’re using these booths. If you have any issues please let either Pat or I know.
Pass the Mic training
Our Pass the Mic training is back! This is free training for First Nations people that’s run from July 24 to 29. The first part is over at Triple A, with the last two days at zed.
We’ve also got flyers and posters which you’re very welcome to distribute. They’re right next to my desk, so come and grab some if you’re able to spread them around.
Feel free to send this around to anyone you think would be interested. They can sign up at this link
Hit me up if you’ve got any questions.
Radiothon Reminder - August 11-20
Radiothon is a little over a month away! It’s a very exciting time. The theme for this year is Radio against the Machine and it’s all happening from Friday August 11 to Sunday the 20th.
Mark it in your diaries and start thinking about your shows now. Ian will be in touch with more details in the coming weeks.
There will be plenty going on too, with Sonic Masala kicking the whole thing off on August 12 at The Triffid, there’s a potential show on the 13th and we’ll be hosting all our vollies at the station on the afternoon of the 20th to say thank you with a party here.
George Levi is working on the artwork at the moment and it’s looking coooool! I’ll be able to give you some sneak peeks of that in the next couple of weeks.
Spot roster changes coming soon
No need for any action just yet, but in the next few weeks we’re going to be rolling out changes to how announcers find and play spots.
The change is actually pretty exciting. Pat has built sponsorship tools into the zed database (just a couple of clicks from the digital pigeonhole)and has been working with Ali to make it really easy for you.
This means that over the next few weeks you’ll be able to load your spots into MAirList with just a couple of clicks, instead of searching through the folder.
There will be an email with much more information about how this works when we make the change. This is just a quick heads up that a change is coming so you can brace yourself ahead of time. We’ve come a long way since the minidisks that I used to play spots from and the old cart players this place was built on.
Dad changed the locks
We’ve got a new lock on the back door! This doesn’t mean much to most of you, unless you’ve got a key and you’re surprised when it doesn’t work anymore.
The people who have keys now are zed staff, a couple of key technical vollies and the breakfast announcers. The only other folks who’ll be in the building will be the folks you let through the door, and as I know you do you’re always making sure they’re a zedder before.
I’ve been in touch with everyone who I think needs a key, but if you think I’ve forgotten you please hit me up.
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!