Back on the Zeds

As most readers would be aware, I have a bit more spare time at the moment than I’ve had for many a year, so I am trying to take the chance to do a few fun things that I have let slide. One of those things is having a go at doing a weekly shift on local community radio station 4ZZZ. I used to do this through the 1980s, but let it go in the early 90s as political life got more of a grip on my time. ZZZ has changed a bit in that time (so have I probably), but they still have a strong commitment to playing local Brisbane bands which I think is very important. So this morning I did my first shift for about 18 years.  I was a bit rusty on the equipment and had a sore throat, which didn’t help, but it was good to immerse in playing around with music again (the playlist is here). If you live in Brisbane, feel free to tune in on Thursday mornings from 6-9 am, at 102.1 on the FM dial. I might even play a request for you (if it fits into the rigorously high standards of musical excellence required on the program) (and especially if you subscribe to the station).

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  1. Andrew, since you asked, I haven’t heard The Flamin’ Groovies ‘Shake Some Action’ for a very long time.

  2. Hello Andrew,

    Welcome back to the real world.

    It has been 8 years since my last shift at Zed. At that time they had a really slack collection of indigenous music, much of what I played was what I brought in.

    There are a couple of things preventing Aboriginal music on the airwaves. One reason is stations such as Z don’t put a lot of effort into getting new recordings and even 98.9 does not promote Aboriginal music, especially local music.

    But the main reason, as I see it, is that indigenous musicians do not have the same access to recording equipment or even instruments that many non-indigenous artists have access to. The revolution in the music industry caused by cheaper more accessible recording equipment has not yet found its way to Aboriginal musicians.

    Anyway, a bit if gossip – No Fixed Address have reformed and are re-releasing “From My Eyes”. They played at the Dreaming festival.

    Also, for Briswegians….

    Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter in Musgrave Park 11 July

    The Black Arm Band 18th July 7.30 at the Botanic Gardens River Stage – free

    Dave Arden, Mark Atkins, Lou Bennett, Emma Donovan, Kutcha Edwards, Joe Geia, Shane Howard, Ruby Hunter, Jimmy Little, Rachel Maza-Long, Shellie Morris, Stephen Pigram, Archie Roach, Peter Rotumah, Dan Sultan, Bart Willoughby and Ursula Yovich and many, many more

  3. Thanks Andrew for coming to YADelaide this last weekend, it was inspiring to see you in 3D for the 1st time.

    Good to see you back on the community radio airwaves & don’t forget ELO! [& come on down to KIXFM on Kangaroo Island]

    Cheers, Matthew :)

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