Song Club Radio Hour Live! 

KPTZ announces Song Club Radio Hour, LIVE at Wheeler Theater on the Fort Worden campus in Port Townsend, featuring performances from artists heard on KPTZ’s weekly program Song Club Radio Hour.  Presented by Rainshadow Recording, the live performance is  on Friday May 20 at 7:30pm. The Friday Night Song Club is a collective of songwriters from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Participants are given a word or a phrase around which to write a song. The results are presented weekly online at the Song Club Radio Hour livestream, as well as here on  KPTZ. Song Club is the brainstorm of Seattle-based Joel Myers, lead guitarist for Port Townsend’s own Kilcid Band. This is only the second-ever Song Club live show, this time in the beautiful, intimate Wheeler Theater in Port Townsend at Fort Worden State Park. Celebrating 70+ episodes of Song Club Radio Hour, Song Club Live! will feature performances from MarCo (aka Maram Arifi & Conor Sisk), Wilderness Carwash, Von Wildenhaus, Memory Land, Night Wizards, Dustin Lanker, Nico Janssen, Caleb Thompson, Stephen Gilbert, Oxy The E, Justin Tamminga and more! Song Club Radio Hour airs weekly on KPTZ, Fridays at 10pm.

It’s Time for Rhody!!

It’s that time of year when all residents of the Olympic Peninsula come out of winter hibernation. The sun starts shining and the rhododendrons and lilacs are in bloom.The third week of May hosts the local, grass-roots, week-long festival, The Rhododendron Festival, often nick-named “Rhody.” It’s a celebration for all who currently live in Port Townsend and Jefferson County, as well as those who have ever lived here. It is a festival not for tourists, but for each other. The Rhody Festival, in its nearly 90-year history has never fully been interrupted, with the exception of COVID-19. Rhody has been on pause for two years, but now it is back. There are new faces in town, folks who have never experienced Rhody. Welcome! What makes the festival special is the participation by residents. There are trike races, bed races, a pet parade, Kiddie parade, Grand Parade, hair and beard contest, a golf tournament, and a 10K run and more!  Join in! Complete Schedule here: Plus KPTZ’s News Bulletin board Attention Please hosts a Rhody Special Monday May 16, airing at noon and 5:00pm.

Nature Now #567
Ann Soule, Sequim Water Resource Manager

(Airdate: May 18, 2022) Guess what? Rains will cease and Summer’s coming, with predictable challenges to local water supplies. Listen to Nature Now with Ann Soule, Water Resource Manager for the city of Sequim, as she joins Mary Robson to evaluate what’s known about these strange cold weeks, current snowpack, and suggestions for managing during limited rain months. She’s watched that snowpack for over twenty years.

Monika MickHager, PT City Council Member

(Airdate: May 17, 2022) Our Town host Maryanne McNellis interviews Monica MickHager, a  first-term Port Townsend City Council member. Monica has been involved in city politics for years, serving over a decade on the Planning Commission, many years on Parks & Recreation and School District committees plus 19 years with the PT Film Festival. But running for elected office was a big step. She took office in January 2020, just before the pandemic shut everything down. Monica had campaigned aggressively on getting the town’s debt load under control and repairing our pothole-riddled streets. But with the city under strict emergency orders, there was little chance for major change. Still, Monica’s stint as a council member has been eye-opening. She understands more fully why it takes so very long for the city to change policies. That doesn’t mean she has given up on her goals. In addition to focusing on debt reduction and streets, she is also working on affordable housing, renters’ rights, and parking management. And then there’s the ever-growing deer herd in Port Townsend. Monica has meticulously studied every issue and is ready to suggest what she sees as better solutions. Not everyone agrees, of course.

County Public Health Report – 5/16/22

The following is a summary of the presentation during the Public Health briefings at this week’s Board of County Commissioners meeting made by Jefferson and Clallam County Public Health Officer Dr. Allison Berry. Also Willie Bence, Director, Director of Emergency Management, gave a report. The summary below was provided by and used with the permission of Jefferson County Government.

Click here to read complete notes on the day’s briefings

From Bed Races to the Grand Parade

(Airdate: May 16, 2022) This week’s Attention Please! is all about Rhody, the Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival. Joining host Phil Andrus are Festival organizers Laina Amerson, Mary Baker Crozier, Melanie Bozak, and Wyatt Ranson.

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