From A to Triple Zed

From A to Triple Zed

An original 4ZZZ podcast series diving into the station's archives to explore the patchwork past, cultural significance and incredible stories of Brisbane community radio 4ZZZ.


April 22, 2021 32 min
The Punk Marketplace

The future is bright for 4ZZZ, but sometimes we get stuck in the golden days.

Honestly, could you blame us?

After all, there was lots to be excited about in the age of Market Day festivals and the collective - where 4ZZZ was run by it's members as opposed to one person or set committee.

But now those days are over, so where did we go from there? Where are we now? And what's gotten us through these ups a...

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Queering the Airwaves

Gaywaves was a lifeline for queer people in Brisbane in the early 90s.

Listeners from out of town would drive just within range of the 4ZZZ signal every Wednesday evening to be part of an accepting community - in fact they still do. 4ZZZ has had continuously running programming for the queer community in Queer Radio & Dykes on Mics since the early 1990s, both programs are still on air to this day.

In th...

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As 4ZZZ entered the 1990s, there was a whole lot of change afoot. We had been forced to find a new home after being booted from the University of Queensland, we had little to no cash or volunteers, and another public radio station in Sydney was about to go national - and make a 4ZZZ tradition their own.

The music you hear in this episode is from the compilation album 'Behind the Banana Curtain', from Brisbane artists like ...

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Hear the original 1986 report by 4ZZZ journalist Claire Grenet into the second major riots of the decade at Brisbane's notorious Boggo Road Gaol, which would be permanently shutdown just 3 years later.

The music you can hear in this episode is 'The Girls' by Xero.

The bonus episode has been produced by Scott Mercer, and the original report was produced for Brisbane Line in 1986 by Claire Grenet. Brisbane L...

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Hear Kristin's uncut interview with the Bard of Barking: Billy Bragg.

If you enjoy this, go back and listen to the episode 'Billy Bragg and the Deep North'.

If you want to hear more from Kristin Black listen her radio program on 'Heyday' 4ZZZ, on demand here:

You can hear snippets of Billy's track 'Love Gets Dangerous' performed live at the Easts Le...

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Go even deeper into the music, voices and politics from the Murri Hour program with Warinkil Aunty Glenice Croft and Shellar MB Barney Croft as they take you through the pioneering radio program helped establish on 4ZZZ in the 1980s.

What began as a short shift for First Nations voices on 102.1FM in 1984 grew into an hours-long block of Murri perspectives by the late 80s, and eventually led to the establishment of the...

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The 4ZZZ newsroom asked questions daily of Queensland's notorious premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

Through the riots, protests and police intimidation, an unstoppable group of 4ZZZ journalists remained bent on exposing the murky underbelly of Queensland politics during the Bjelke-Petersen reign, which would be a laughing stock if the consequences weren't so serious.

Thanks to Xero, Ironing Music, The Parameters a...

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December 9, 2020 27 min
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In the Deep North - the conservative Brisbane of the 1970s & 80s - 4ZZZ was the radio station that spoke directly to the disenchanted, told their stories and played their music.

Not only did 4ZZZ champion local bands on air, they brought acts to Brisbane at a time when international - even interstate - touring artists would overlook the city.

That's how Billy Bragg, the bard of the working class, ended up at...

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December 9, 2020 20 min
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What began as a short shift for First Nations voices on 102.1FM in 1984 grew into an hours-long block of Murri perspectives by the late 80s, and eventually led to the establishment of the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association that still exists today (98.9FM on the dial).

In this episode you will hear speakers like Warinkil Aunty Glenice Barney Croft, Shellar MB Barney Croft, Selwyn Johnson, Mervin Riley, Alfred Shilli...

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From A to Triple Zed dives into the archives of 4ZZZ (otherwise known as 'Triple Zed') to hear how one community radio station has been shaped by the passion, punks and politics of Brisbane over 45 years.

This episode is a taste of what's to come - from how our fiercely independent newsroom thrived under a corrupt Queensland government through the 1980s, to the legendary 4ZZZ gigs in the halls, pubs and ru...

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