Before 4ZZ could start broadcasting in 1975, a transmitter was ordered from the U.S. But after it was lost on the dock in New York, 4ZZ's chief engineer at the time Ross Dannecker built the station's first transmitter.
Based in Brisbane by way of Pennsylvania, Tom Albert is a latter-day troubadour with cabaret credentials and punk sensibility. His solo output is full-throated folk-punk with knife-sharp lyrics and vaudevillian flair. In the last year, Tom's cabaret shows Dirty Sexy Politics and Dancing With Dinosaurs have played at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Queensland Cabaret Festival, Judith Wright Centre and Brisbane Powerhouse. His performances have been described by Aphra Mag as “Post-apocalyptic chaos...with a side-order of gratuitous nudity.” Tom is a co-founder of Velvet Helmet, Brisbane's best and only underground cabaret night.