4ZZZ launched its glorious tradition of counting down listeners' 100 favourite songs on New Year's Day 1977. More than 10 years later, 2JJJ in Sydney (which employed many ex-Zed staff) began conducting its own Hot 100. Because 4ZZZ held the rights to the name Hot 100, there was a little bit of legal biffo when TripleJ became a national broadcaster, so they changed the name of their survey to the "Hottest 100".
4ZZZ is unique in that we don't use playlists to control what music hits the airwaves.
There are over 80 program on our 102.1FM channel with a further bunch of specialist programs on our Zed Digital channel.
When announcing station volunteers select all of the music you hear. Announcers' are however required to meet certain quotas to ensure adequate representation is given to local, new and Australian music and music with female content.
Hosting a 4ZZZ Program
Firstly, you must be a current 4ZZZ subscriber and all of our announcers are volunteers at the station. Once you show your regular commitment to 4ZZZ as a volunteer, you are eligible to apply for an on air show.
Our Grid (or Program Guide) changes every 6 months, with applications going out to our volunteers each block. Each new grid commences on February 1 and August 1.
4ZZZ Volunteer Info:
- All announcers/volunteers must be current subscribers to the station (and continue to be so while volunteering at 4ZZZ) http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/subscribe
- All announcers must have completed around 50 hours of volunteering before being considered for an on air program and maintain a volunteering commitment outside of hosting an on air program. You can apply to volunteer at the station through our online form www.4zzzfm.org.au/participate
- All announcers must have completed 4ZZZ's In House Announcer Training Program or they will not be eligible to be considered for an on-air shift
Announcer Training is mandatory for all potential 4ZZZ announcers. It covers; station history, media law, station policy, paneling and presenting. Training generally consists of four sessions of approximately 3½ hrs each in length over two weeks and attendance at all four sessions is mandatory to be able to successfully complete the course and become an accredited 4ZZZ Announcer.
(Training offered by 4ZZZ in-house is open to everyone in the community, however access for popular training programs is prioritised toward current, financial subscribers and station volunteers.)
In-House Announcer Training 2017 - Series 3
Saturday, April 1 and 8: 10:00 - 17:30 (10am to 5.30pm)
(Please note that this round is two full days, not four separate sessions as previous rounds)
No foolin'! The next round of announcer training at 4ZZZ is calling...
Please note - you must be able to attend all four sessions held over the two days to apply for this course. If you cannot attend all four sessions, please don't apply. Also, this is the last announcer training before the new six month programming grid starts on Thursday, June 1
Full details and sign-up link are on our training page
Youth Announcer Training (Ages 15 -18, as at December 31 2017)
Exactly the same program as our general in-house announcer training, become a fully qualified 4ZZZ announcer!
Next Youth Announcer Training will be during the Easter school holidays (Tuesday April 4 & 11), full details and sign-up link are on our training page
Making Colourful Radio (Ages 12 -15, as at December 31 2017)
Learn the basics of creating a "colourful" radio program in this two day hands-on workshop
Next workshop will be during the Easter school holidays (Wednesday April 5 & Thursday April 6), full details and sign-up link are on our training page
4ZZZ conducts regular in-house announcer training, alternating between weeknights (Monday/Tuesday) and weekends, approximately 6 to 8 weeks between each series. Special school holiday training programs and workshops are also held and one-off special training programs are often available as well for subscribers, volunteers, current on-air announcers and community group training opportunities.
Please check back regularly for updates.
Further information about 4ZZZ Training - please email the 4ZZZ Training Coordinator training@4ZZZ.org.au