Senior Spotlight – Pierre Ballou

(Airdate: June 8, 2021) In another interview done by PTHS Senior Emillia Nunn, Pierre Ballou is a graduating Senior in the class of 2021. His wide range of interests span from the history and lore behind Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings, to a long-time interest in the animal world.  Pierre outlines his upcoming trip to volunteer with an animal rescue organization in Africa.

Senior Spotlight ~ Zinnia Hansen

(Airdate: June 1, 2021) Host-producer Emillia Nunn (PTHS 2021) talks with classmate Zinnia Hansen, PTHS Senior 2021, an active young writer, with stories and poems published in various magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times.

Senior Spotlight – Finn O’Donnell

(Airdate: April 27, 2021) Host-producer Emillia Nunn (PTHS 2021) talks with classmate Finn O’Donnell, who describes his involvement in the Mock Trial program for High Schools.

Senior Spotlight – Sorinna Johnston

(Airdate: April 7, 2021) PTHS Senior Emillia Nunn, host-producer of Redhawk Radio, interviews Sorinna Johnston, a classmate in the class of 2021.

Redhawk Radio: Senior Spotlight

A new radio feature by and about Port Townsend High School students. It’s Redhawk Radio! A series of 10-minute interviews with members of the PTHS Senior class of 2021 who will share their stories of graduating high school in this most unusual year. The program is produced and hosted by Emillia Nunn, PTHS Senior. Episode #1 will air Tuesday April 6 at 5:15pm and will repeat Thursday April 8 at noon.

DJ Spotlight: Mike Pollack from Progressive Tracks

DJ Mike (ProgTracks)-300x225Read our interview with DJ Mike Pollack, in which he talks about what one can’t dance to, the love of two football teams, and the art of question answering. Mike’s show, Progressive Tracks, airs on Monday nights at 9pm.

What can listeners expect to hear on your show?

I play Progressive Rock (or Prog for short), which is a bit hard to define because of all the off-shoots and sub-genres. The sounds range from symphonic to metal to folk to jazz to the avant-garde. But it’s generally a bit more complex and longer than what you hear on popular radio stations – it’s music for active listening vs. background music. Most people relate Prog to the 1970’s and to bands like Genesis, Yes, and Pink Floyd. Well, that was correct back in the 70’s, but Prog is still going strong today…… and it has ‘progressed’. I like to sum up Prog by saying: “It’s all the music you can’t dance to!”

Have you ever regretted playing a song on your show?

I don’t. Some KPTZ listeners might regret some stuff I have played though, you should ask them!

What piece of music do you wish you could play every week?

I like variety, so I’d hate to listen to something over and over. But if you paint me into a corner, it would probably be Jethro Tull’s “Thick As A Brick”, which is a 43-minute epic.

Give us your top three pastimes?

Well, music (listening and concerts) is an obvious one. But other than that, snow skiing (as a participant), and IndyCar Racing, and Unlimited Hydroplane Racing (as a spectator). I’m also a die-hard Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos fan (I can be both, because one is NFL and the other original AFL………yes, I am THAT old). Gee, that’s 6 instead of 3, isn’t it?

Tell us about your favorite local spot in the community?

My favorite nature spot is Fort Worden…….the gun emplacements, the beach, the lighthouse. My favorite man-made place is probably the Tyler Street Café – I’ve lived and died several times when it’s been reopened, only to close again. Oh, and of course the production booth at KPTZ (to be politically correct).

What other KPTZ shows do you like to listen to?

There are so many great, unique shows on KPTZ, but I like to listen to “Stockholm Syndrome” on Monday nights – there’s always new and interesting music on DJ Alexander’s show.

If you could have a super power, what would it be?

The power to answer questions correctly……

Spotlight On Tossed Salad

KPTZ listeners have come to love Fridays on the radio due, in part, to Phil Andrus’ weekly noon-4 variety show, Tossed Salad. Here are some of the highlights for the next two weeks of Salad. And check out this video of NW legends, Phil and Vivian Williams, who will be on Phil’s show Friday, October 4th at 12:30.

September 27

Laura Lewis, Director, WSU Extension for Jefferson County; Jeanie Murphy “Banjo tunes, Tunings, and Lore”; Sylvia Herold, with Chuck Ervin on bass, Songs in many forms; Charlie Bermant, author of “Imagine There’s No Beatles”; Bill Mawhinney, reading “The White Silence” by Jack London

October 4

Sue Ohlson, Sunrise Coffee; Phil and Vivian Williams — fiddle, guitar, and fifty years of Voyager Recordings; Tom Jay, the word of the month; Nancy McDaniel; Catherine McNabb, reading…



KPTZ is an ALL volunteer radio station, and the magic happens through the efforts and gifts people like Germaine bring. KPTZ has so many wonderful volunteers who are committed to making KPTZ the best community radio station it can be.

Please join us in thanking Germaine Arthur, and countless others who show every day, together we are – KPTZ Eclectic, Authentic Community Radio!

ABOUT GERMAINE: Germaine is a great contributor to our community. Germaine not only volunteers her time here at KPTZ, she also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and is very involved with the Port Townsend Community Chorus and Ukuleles Unite.

Germaine and her husband Bernie moved to Port Townsend in 1969 to start a boat building company, Skookum Marine Construction. They have four children and six grandchildren, and recently celebrated their 52nd anniversary. She says her favorite KPTZ show is Ruby Fitch’s Beach Rubble – ” truly eclectic and very interesting.” says Germaine.

How long have you volunteered at KPTZ? I have been coming for the past year and a half. Just a couple of months from when KPTZ first aired.

Why did you decide to volunteer with KPTZ? I was talking with a friend of mine who is on the board of directors and told me they were looking for volunteers to help answer phones.

What do you like most about volunteering here? I like meeting and working with interesting people I would not otherwise meet.

I understand you play a ukulele, so you must be a lover of music. What genres of music do you like best? Classical, especially Choral music, Big Band music from the 40’s and Blue Grass.

Will we ever be able to hear you play your ukulele on air? NO!

Haha, we will try and get her to come in sometime we hope with her ukulele… You can find out more about Germaine and her Ukulele friends at

DJ Spotlight: Seth Raymond


photo credit: Holly Varah

KPTZ DJ Seth Raymond ruminates on cheap burritos, CCR, and pounding on the drums. See what else he has to say as you get to know a DJ. . .

What can listeners expect to hear on your show? I try to mix it up as best I can, but you will certainly hear some catchy rock n’ roll tunes. I love finding a song that has a certain quality. That good, honest quality that gets you moving, or breaks your heart, whatever the artist really intended. When a song really nails that, then it doesn’t matter what genre it is, it just works for me. You’ll just have to tune in and check it out.

Do you play music yourself? Not a lot at the moment, but over the years I have played in several bands. Guitar mostly, but I have played bass for a couple of projects, and I love to pound on the drums when ever I get the chance. Not much in life feels quite as good as finding a groove and banging out a beat. That said, I’m really not a very good drummer.

If you could have one super power, what would it be? Shape shifter.

What’s your favorite local spot? I grew up running around in the bunkers and there is still something satisfying about running around up there. Nostalgic maybe. The bunkers really haven’t changed much over the years and I love that. Hats off to the Uptown Pub though. I’ve been frequenting that burrito stand up at the gas station too. Not bad.

Who would be your ideal radio guest? Mike Watt of the minutemen. Or maybe Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. Hard to pick just one. I have yet to do a real interview on my show, but both of those musicians seem like people that I could really chill with. Have them up to the station and then have them over for dinner, you know what I mean?

Top three pastimes: Listening to music seems a bit too obvious here so I’ll skip that. I bought a boat a couple of years ago. That has to count as two right there: sailing the boat and fiddling around with the boat. I love partaking in a killer BBQ. Hanging out with friends and eating good food. That’s defiantly a favorite pastimes. It’s winter, so I should say reading books and taking baths, things like that, but I can’t. I really miss summer.

What is the last thing you regretted playing on your show? I played that Credence Clearwater Revival song Don’t Look Now. I messed up and somehow cut the first few bars out of the song. I don’t regret trying to play the song–I love that song–but I regret playing it and messing it up. It would have been a sweet transition from the last song too. I blew it.

What song do you wish you could play on your show every time? Oh, there is no way that I can pick just one. I could pick about five Kinks songs and be happy playing them week after week (and I do actually). There is a song by The Nerves called When You Find Out that I’m in love with right now. Or there’s I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight by Richard and Linda Thompson. That song really got under my skin in the best kind of way. I’ll stop there.

What is the last piece of music you listened to? Fleetwood Mac–The Chain.

Seth Raymond can be heard on Wednesdays from 10am to Noon.

Catching up with KPTZ’s Ellen Bonjorno, host of Sing it, Sister!

Ellen & Georga’s wedding in July 2020

When did you move to New York City?

I moved here in the autumn of 2017, after meeting Georga at a wedding here 6 months before. Happy to report that all worked out, and we were married this past July in a small outdoor ceremony, with 100 additional guests on Zoom.

How has your pandemic experience there been?

I contracted COVID-19 in mid-March last year, and stayed home from work with a mild case. That early on, no one could access testing, even healthcare workers like me. I confirmed that I had COVID-19 through antibody testing a month later. For an in-depth dive into my experiences last April, listeners can find my 20-minute interview with Phil Andrus on Tossed Salad “Special Guests” archive at the KPTZ website.

As a hospital pharmacy technician, I’ve been working throughout the pandemic, riding the subway downtown every day, Monday through Friday. Everyone in the subway is wearing a mask, with very few exceptions. New Yorkers have been very compliant in that way.

For several weeks last spring, I was “deployed” to a neighboring hospital where many COVID-19 patients were being cared for. It was very intense, and patients were dying every day. Nevertheless, it did feel good to be helping in some small way, to take care of these very sick people.

Do you listen to radio in New York?

I don’t listen to radio, per se. I do listen to podcasts on my walking and subway (and sometimes bus) commute. My daily trip to work takes about 30 minutes, since I live in Hell’s Kitchen, which is in midtown Manhattan, and I work in the East Village. I listen regularly to NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and to Rachel Maddow, which is the podcast of her TV broadcast on MSNBC. I often tune in to another NPR program, All Songs Considered, where I learn about lots of artists I’m not familiar with, many of whom eventually appear on Sing it, Sister!

Are you producing Sing it Sister! at home? Did you have to invest in special equipment to create the show at home?

Yes. I record Sing it, Sister! at my desk in our apartment on the 42nd floor. We’ve got a terrific view of the Empire State Building! And yes, I did purchase a good microphone, headphones, and an audio interface, which improves sound quality. Larry Stein advised me on exactly what items to look for, since the options are really overwhelming. Thanks, Larry! So, I use my MacBook with the interface, and record the show with Audacity, which is free software available on the internet. It’s the same program I used at the KPTZ studios when I used to record Sing it, Sister! there.

Do you have a recent musical discovery that you’d like to share?

Yes! I recently discovered The Johnson Girls, “an energetic all-woman mostly a cappella group performing folk music with an emphasis on songs of the sea and shore” (from the Johnson Girls website). I played their song “Goodbye, Fare You Well” a few weeks ago, and my listeners loved it. I was delighted to discover that the Girls are based in New York, so I reached out to them and asked for more music. They responded, and Bonnie actually dropped off CDs at work for me! I think they’d be a big hit in PT, and am visualizing bringing them out to PT to perform at a future Wooden Boat Festival. We’re going to have a conversation about that once things normalize a bit more.

Do you have a vision for the future? For the show? For yourself? For the world?

Well, I’m looking forward to retiring from my “day job” in 2 1/2 years! In the meantime, I’d like to find a way to syndicate Sing it, Sister! I truly enjoy nothing more than putting together playlists of music by female artists, in all their infinite variety.

After I retire, I’m envisioning becoming a booking agent or producer of music shows. I also love the idea of having more time and freedom to travel with Georga. We had to postpone our European honeymoon, and we are both looking forward to that. We do plan to spend some time in Port Townsend this summer, and I’d like to have a big party to see everyone and celebrate our marriage.

My vision for the world? That peace and joy, love and respect spread across the world like warm honey in the sun.

This interview appeared in the most recent edition of the KPTZ Spotlight, KPTZ”s bi-monthly newsletter. Check out the entire Spotlight here.

Sing it, Sister! airs every Saturday from 11am ’til noon on KPTZ.

Tossed Salad Archive Presented to JCHS

JCHS Archivist Ellie DiPietro and KPTZ DJ/host Phil Andrus (Photo credit: Barney Burke)

In December, Phil Andrus, host of KPTZ’s Cats in Our Laps presented the Jefferson County Historical Society with a complete audio archive of the Tossed Salad radio show. Tossed Salad was hosted by Andrus and aired every Friday on KPTZ for ten years. The show spotlighted regional non-profits, musicians, public service groups, artists, thinkers and organizers. The Tossed Salad archive will be part of the JCHS’s collection and was received by Ellie DiPietro, Jefferson County Historical Society Research Center Director. Listen to Phil Andrus on Cats in Our Laps on Sundays from 8-10pm on KPTZ.

Ten years of Tossed Salad was a close-up lens on ten years of life in Port Townsend and Jefferson County, from 2011 to 2020. The audio archive which KPTZ and I are presenting to the Jefferson County Historical Society includes interviews of history made and history in the making, as well as music made very much in the moment in the tiny KPTZ studio. There will come a time when these ten Salad years will bring the past, our present, alive for our descendants in voice and song.”
~ Phil Andrus, host & producer of KPTZ’s Tossed Salad

People often do not think about the times that we are living through as historic, but so much of what we experience day to day will be invaluable to people looking back at these times. Radio is such a great snapshot into our daily lives – it captures a unique perspective of what people want to engage with and share with each other. Tossed Salad has captured a decade of local perspective and we are very excited and honored to accept that into the JCHS collection!
~ Ellie DiPietro Jefferson County Historical Society Research Center Director

The Klallam Word of the Week

Beginning in January! KPTZ proudly partners with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and KSQM Sequim to bring you The Klallam Word of the Week, spotlighting a Klallam language word by pronunciation, definition and use. The Klallam Word of the week airs on KPTZ every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:15pm, immediately following the station’s evening news block (consisting of KPTZ Local News, the day’s Community Calendar, and National Native News).

This week’s Klallam Word of the Week is Cat

Vocal talents for Word of the Week provided by Mary Norton, Charlene Dick and Loni Greninger, including Music performed by Joshua Little Sunday.  

Community Tides ~ 12/04

In honor of this year’s Give Jefferson Campaign, in this edition of Community Tides, we decided to spotlight a very special organization here in Jefferson County—The Benji Project. We speak with instructor Heather McCrae Wolf about the Project’s mission and its eight-week program aimed at ages 11 to 19 and their parents. It’s called “Making Friends with Yourself” and it offers stress management and resiliency training to teens, using mindfulness and self compassion. The Benji Project is dedicated to the memory of Benji Kenworthy, who died at age 15 by suicide.

PT Film Festival

(First airdate: August 20, 2019) The Port Townsend Film Festival is celebrating its 20th Anniversary! Volunteer Coordinator Chuck Moses spotlights for Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can a few of the special opportunities to get involved with this signature Port Townsend multi-day event of over film, food and fun.

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Sing It, Sister! / Ellen Bonjorno

Sing It, Sister! / Ellen Bonjorno

From 11am to noon each Saturday, KPTZ airs Sing It, Sister!  Ellen Bonjorno has been a dance & party DJ for over 30 years, and has always enjoyed introducing her audience to music they may never have heard, putting those “new” songs together with classics we all know and love. Inspired years ago by 2 male friends who only listened to music by women in their home every Sunday, she decided to do a program featuring all women’s voices. You’ll hear songs from every genre, from jazz to gospel, bluegrass, disco, folk, rock and reggae and from every era, from the 1920s to today. Thanks for tuning in to Sing It, Sister!

Click here to read the interview with Ellen Bonjorno from the March 16, 2021 KPTZ Spotlight.

You can contact Ellen at [email protected].

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Become an Underwriter

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Let KPTZ help put your business in the Spotlight!

Underwriting is a noncommercial acknowledgement of your business’s support of KPTZ Community Radio, which uses on-air announcements about you and your business.

While KPTZ’s on-air underwriting is limited by FCC regulations to value-neutral scripts, your specific marketing message of location, business hours, products and contact information will be played to thousands of listeners at a time.

Radio’s greatest strength is frequency. Frequency is the ability to reach a prospect many times over a given period, with the end result being awareness, familiarity, recall and having a positive association with our committed listeners.
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Contact our Underwriting Accounts Coordinator, Cris Wilson at [email protected].

Becoming a KPTZ Underwriter is Good for Business!

It’s good for business, good for your image and good for our community.

Underwriting at community radio stations has been proven to be an effective way of marketing businesses. Is it the right move for your business? Here are some things to consider:

    • Radio is the best medium for building name or brand awareness – it is pervasive (nearly everyone in the US still listens to radio during any given week) thereby being most effective in reaching a broad audience. It is subliminal (in a good way). Even when you are not actively listening, you are hearing information and it is being absorbed.
    • The key to radio marketing is the frequency of your message – the more often it’s heard, the more effective it will be. Radio should be an integral part of any well-designed marketing plan.
    • Whether listeners are tuned in at home, at work, or while driving in their cars, your on-air underwriting spots will reach thousands of listeners and shoppers located in: Port Townsend – Sequim – Port Angeles – Whidbey Island – San Juan Islands – Port Hadlock – Quilcene – Edmonds and even parts of Seattle; plus listeners from all over the world who stream live through this website.
    • Our KPTZ audience are educated, creative, tech-savvy, active, discerning listeners, members, donors, and other underwriters who support a community radio station that offers consistent, high-quality independent radio programming.
    • Perhaps the biggest reason underwriting works is positioning. By supporting KPTZ, you are making a statement about your business and how it fits into the listening community. A company’s support of community radio has a positive influence on the listener’s decision to purchase your products or services. When your business gives financial support to KPTZ, you are seen as part of our community radio family.
    • You can target the placement of your on-air spots around specific music programs, community interest and news segments, time of day and/or a host of variety shows.
    • And underwriting on KPTZ really is affordable.

Beyond thoughtful scheduled placement of your underwriting copy, KPTZ would also like to be a partner in promoting your business within our community through a number of available avenues, including presence on our website, social media opportunities, and announcements of any community events your business may offer.

I look forward to creating a mutually positive, prosperous, and long lasting business partnership.


Cris Wilson
KPTZ Underwriting Coordinator