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.

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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Staff / Board

KPTZ Staff

General Manager – Kate Ingram
Chief Engineer – Bill Putney
Director of ProgrammingLarry Stein
Programming Lead – Ruby Fitch
Underwriting CoordinatorCris Wilson
Emergency Team Leader – Barney Burke
News Director – Steve Evans
News / Local Broadcasts – Charlie Bermant
News Reporter Lily Haight
Operations Coordinator – Karen Anderson
Podcasts – Dick Keenan
Production Lead – Taylor Clark
Public Affairs Lead – Randy Lyon
Relocation Coordinator – Monica MickHager
Remote Broadcast / Automation Lead – Mike Carroll
Spinitron / Logs Lead – Dave Long
Spotlight Editor / Graphic Designer – Jacqueline Mention
Station Bookkeeper – Diane DiPrete
Station Events Lead – Buzzy Donahue
System Admin / IT – Rick Thomas
Technical / Web Admin – Matt Woodward
Web Editor / Production / Editor – Pat Rodgers
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Board of Directors

Robert Ambrose (President)

Robert Ambrose moved to Port Townsend in 2014, after 23 years living in rural Alaska and working in various non-profit capacities. One criterion he used to decide where to immigrate was a small town with a community radio station. Robert has been a community radio enthusiast for three decades, introduced to its vibrancy via KPFA while living in the Bay Area. He moved to Talkeetna AK in 1993, just as KTNA signed on the air, and quickly became involved as a novice DJ. It was a golden opportunity to share his passion for music from the African diaspora and his rapidly growing collection garnered via his role as African music columnist for The Beat Magazine. Eventually, following years of volunteer activities as music director and board member for KTNA, Robert became general manager, and thus became intimately familiar with both the challenges facing small community stations, as well as the profound benefits provided to their communities. After integrating into KPTZ’s schedule with Rhythm Connection, Robert thought his experience in community radio might be an asset for its Board, and apparently the Board agreed. He joined the Board in April 2015.

Dominic Svornich (Vice President)

A life-long Pacific Northwest native, Dominic Svornich has been a Jefferson County resident since 2002. Music has been at the center of his life as long as he can remember. A musician since age seven, he has been playing, recording, mixing or listening to all styles of music his entire life; and since the first time he heard Seattle independent radio station KEXP (formerly KCMU), community radio has provided much of the fuel for that fire. Dominic is excited to bring that passion, as well as his experience in finance and with numerous area non-profit organizations, to his position on the KPTZ board. He works as a mortgage loan officer with New American Funding and co-owns popular cocktail bar and music venue Cellar Door with his wife Stephanie, handling music booking and working as a bartender and sound engineer. Dominic joined the Board in October 2016.

Jacqueline Mention (Secretary)

Originally from Los Angeles, Jacqueline Mention moved to Port Townsend in 2010. Since moving here she has immersed herself in the community through her work as a freelance writer for The Leader and in her years working in operations at Centrum in Fort Worden. Jacqueline began her relationship with KPTZ in 2010 when she aided in the planning of the station’s launch party. From there she continued volunteering with the organization by helping with its graphic design, event planning, and even briefly hosting an interview show called “Meet my Friend”.  She served an earlier two-year term, after which she moved to Baja California where she owned and operated an espresso shop. Now back in the Northwest, Jacqueline is thrilled to be returning to the Board in 2018 and involving herself again with quality, independent, community radio.

Victor Dirksen (Treasurer)

Vic Dirksen has lived in Port Townsend since August 1977. He served as CEO/Administrator of what is now known as Jefferson Healthcare from August 1977 to October 2010 when he retired from that position. During his years here he has served on a number of Boards/Committees both locally and outside our community. His family includes his wife, Jeanne, three children (Andria, Dekker, Erica) who grew up and went to school here and 5 grandsons. He sees KPTZ as a true community asset, and the people affiliated with KPTZ as extremely talented and committed to the success of KPTZ. While he brings no prior radio experience with him he hopes to learn and use existing skills to contribute to the continued success of KPTZ.

Monica MickHager

In 1984, Monica choose Port Townsend as her new home to raise her young family. She has been a part of our PT community as a business owner of a landscaping company (Budding Earth Gardening), has raised 4 kids and has been an active volunteer in our schools, in causes she cares about, and on city community boards. She was Operations Manager for the PTFF for 12 years, she is currently on the Port Townsend City Council. She started volunteering for KPTZ by helping to build our current radio station studio in 2011 and has participated in helping to coordinate our bi-annual fund drives.  Monica is looking forward to continuing to build KPTZ.   A top priority in her life is spending as much time as possible hiking this amazing peninsula we all live on and sailing the Salish Sea in the summer months with her partner Taylor.  Monica joined the Board in January 2018.

Nat Jacob

Nat is a long-time KPTZ listener and DJ. His show, The Death of Comedy, has been alternately offending and entertaining the greater Port Townsend area since it first hit the airwaves in 2016. Nat spends his days defending indigent community members accused of crimes, and his evenings with his lovely wife, Ariel and their terrier Sonia. He enjoys Disc Golf, tabletop RPGs, and karaoke. He feels fortunate to live in the same community as the rest of his family.

Ray Serebrin

Ray Serebrin was named the Director of the Jefferson County Library in June of 2002. He served in that position for 11 years, retiring in 2013. Before coming to Jefferson County, he worked for 23 years at the Seattle Public Library. Ray has won numerous awards based on his extensive knowledge of how to apply for awards. He also has worked at a flour mill, a Woolworth’s, managed rock and roll bands, and monitored and regulated a band of unruly semi-rogue chickens (two of whom he had to kill). Ray Serebrin began volunteering at Seattle’s first community radio station, KRAB-FM, in 1969. He was an on-air host and a one-term member of KRAB’s board of trustees over a 13-year time span. In 1992 he was awarded “The Lorenzo” golden plastic microphone trophy in honor of his contributions to the KRAB/Jack Straw Foundation as a Producer/Announcer. His name was misspelled on the award. He joined KPTZ in 2012. Ray’s program, The Midlife Crisis Dance Party, is a mixture of music, vaguely annoying comments, and hallucinatory features. In his spare time (when he ever gets any), he enjoys reading, writing, working in his garden and listening to music. He joined the Board in 2019.

Matt Woodward

Matt’s fascination with radio began when he built a limited-range FM transmitter from a Radio Shack kit as a child, running a radio station out of his parents’ basement. On a very clear day, and if they knew where to tune in, his immediate next-door neighbors on one side of the house might have been able to hear it. When Matt first visited Port Townsend in 2012, he happened to drive by the KPTZ building and tune in, and he’s been hooked ever since. He was an avid listener online until he moved to Jefferson County in 2014, when he immediately signed up as a KPTZ volunteer, editing and reading the KPTZ Calendar, and doing various tech and web work. In an age when the survival of the free press seems far from guaranteed, Matt firmly believes that community radio of, by, and for the people is vital to our safety and democracy. Matt joined the Board in 2018.

Colin Foden (Past President and Co-Founder)

Colin grew up in England on BBC radio and has never separated from the radio. He hopes that his experience with non-profit leadership, business management and technology will help build a station where we can hear friends and neighbors, listen to commentary on our area and feast on the eclectic sounds of this wonderful corner of Washington.
Colin served on the Board from 2007 to June 2018.

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Editor / Production: Pat Rodgers
Graphic Design: Nate Malmgren
Admin: Matt Woodward
Port Townsend photography donated by Jason Squire Photography
DJ host photography donated by Barney Burke,

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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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