4ZZZ On-Air

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 June 1 and December 1.

4ZZZ Volunteer Info:
- All announcers/volunteers must be current subscribers to the station (and continue to be so while volunteering at 4ZZZ)
- 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
- 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

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.)


Announcer Training for 2017 has now ended. Please check back here soon for the first training sessions in January 2018


Help us help you help us:

If you are not a current, financial 4ZZZ subscriber, you can subscribe online now to be a member of the 4ZZZ family! 

If you are not a current volunteer at 4ZZZ, make sure you are a subscriber and have filled out the volunteer application form online 

Announcer training is an interactive, hands-on course, running over four sessions, delving into different areas that cover everything from on air etiquette and broadcast panel operations, to radio regulations and public relations. Everything you could possibly bear to learn about being an announcer and working in the wild world of community radio!

Reminder - you must be able to attend all four sessions to apply for this course. If you cannot attend
all four sessions, do not apply.

If you require further information, please contact the 4ZZZ Training Coordinator -

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 Summer school holidays comprising four sessions over two days (dates to be announced), full details and sign-up link will be available later this year 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 Summer school holidays (a two day course - dates to be announced), full details and sign-up link will be available later this year 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