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4ZZZ is one of the most unique independent community broadcasters in Australia, broadcasting a diverse range of programs 24 hours per day. The station began transmission on December 8 1975 as the first FM community broadcaster in Brisbane transmitting in stereo.

4ZZZ was established to provide a radical alternative to mainstream news, to promote a sense of engagement and activism in community life and to promote local and Australian music.

Throughout its history, 4ZZZ has been renowned for putting on live music gigs and events, providing strong community involvement and offering exceptional training services.

4ZZZ continues to support and advocate for musicians, artists and underground culture, providing radio access for community members and issues not often represented in the mainstream media. The radio station is supporter driven and run by a dedicated team of volunteers and announcers who chose their own music to broadcast (no play lists), which makes for diverse and interesting programming.

Check out our program guide or simply tune in to 102.1fm to find out why there's no other station like this in all the world.


4ZZZ Mission Statement
“For 4ZZZ to be an influential player in increasing awareness of the concerns of marginalised communities, their issues and music”


The costs of running a radio station are immense.

All our fundraising is done independently and the major sources of income for the station are subscriptions, promotions, and 4ZZZ events

Our subscribers are what keeps us afloat.

In these times of media consolidation they understand the only way to have an independent, accessible and democratic media is for the people to own the media themselves.

Find out how to become a subscriber here


The station's motto is Agitate, Educate, Organize.

At 4ZZZ we challenge the status quo by providing radio access for community members and issues not often represented in the mainstream media.

We support local bands, artists and initiatives, and independent news and current affairs while training and empowering our volunteers.

The involvement of subscribers in the station is vital. Send ideas and feedback to our email.


The Programming structure of 4ZZZ can be divided two ways; "strip" and "block" shows.

Strip shifts cater for a wide variety of musical tastes and interests. You will hear strip shifts mainly between 6am & 6 pm weekdays and at various times during the weekend.

Block shifts represent one particular musical genre or interest group.

The block programs 4ZZZ features include: The Anarchy Show, Jazz Show, Locked In - Prisoners' Show, Nothing But The Blues, Rock 'n Roll Show, The Punk Show, Eco Radio, Queer Radio, Dykes on Mikes, SkaTrek, Film Club, New Zealand Show, Aussie Live & Local, The Youth Show, Dark Essence (Dark wave), Subterranea (Garage Rock), The Yard, Indigi-Briz plus many more!

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