Jerry Osborne

As far back as he can remember, Jerry Osborne has proudly stated “music is my life.” And he isn’t kidding. His desire to play music on the radio became a reality in 1961, when he became the DJ at his high school in Los Angeles. Three years later, he got his first full-time (and paying!) radio show on KREO in Indio CA. Over the next 24 years he climbed the ladder to major markets and top-rated stations like Sacramento (KXOA) and Phoenix (KNIX and KOOL). More recently, Jerry created a one-hour radio program titled “The Class Of…” now heard every Wednesday at 6pm on KPTZ.

Each week this fresh concept spotlights a specific year — from 1940 to 1989 – or even something surprising. For example, every few weeks instead of a year, he’ll have a theme that may span many years, such as “The Class of Duets,” or “The Class of ‘60s Instrumentals” .  Jerry loves doing this show and always delivers an hour of some of the 20th century’s best music, along with interesting trivia and lots of personality.

Click here for a more comprehensive recap of Jerry’s many music-related projects and productions.

If you want to contact Jerry, you can email him at jpo@olympus.net.

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Lukewarm and Big Red

Port Townsend High School seniors Lukewarm and Big Red are a recent addition to our DJ roster.  They host Thursday Night Live from 9 to 10 pm, connecting with teens and announcing school activities.

You can contact them at comments@kptz.org.

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Barney Burke

Barney’s been hosting the Friday Night Blues since KPTZ’s first broadcast in 2011. A long time blues fan, he’s been to not one or two but all three graves of legendary blues pioneer Robert Johnson, and more Centrum Blues Fests than he can remember. You’ll hear all kinds of blues each week, from West Memphis to Chicago, Detroit, Honolulu and Seattle. Tune in or stream Barney from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Fridays, and email him at Barney@KPTZ.org.

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Bill Mercier

Bill Mercier

Whether it’s pre-1920s all the way up to the present day, Bill loves Jazz! He loves it for its spontaneity, its originality, its history of always being eager to push the boundaries of conventionality a little further, and for its ability to make it’s performers really listen to each other when they play together – almost like having a conversation. With all its influences from all the regional and ethnic segments of our society, it truly is, as Duke Ellington said, “America’s Music”.

Whether it’s something as early as Scott Joplin, through Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, to Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, right up to John Zorn, Lucian Ban and David Bowie, join Bill for a taste of this great art form on Jazz Notes every Friday from 6 to 8pm.

You can contact Bill at jazznotes@kptz.org.

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Chris Bricker

Chris Bricker

Morning on the Salish airs every Tuesday from 10 to noon. An actor and performer for many years, Chris graduated from California State University, San Jose, with a B.A. in Theater Arts. After travels around Europe for a year, he did a stint at KTAO FM radio in Los Gatos CA as a show host.

He is a graduate of the Ringling College of Clowns, Class of 1971, and worked with Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus for three years. Later, he traveled throughout Japan, Hawaii, the Virgin Islands and the continental U.S. performing in other circuses, as well. Along the way, his musical saw playing came in handy.  Chris and both his young sons, Christopher & Noah, teamed with their Dad for domestic engagements with various circus producers. As shipboard performers, he and his son Noah also traveled to Finland, Estonia and Sweden.  Chris is a member of Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Radio & Television Artists (SAG-AFTRA), and has worked in film, television and commercials. He is also a saw-playing member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 1000 (acoustic travelling musicians union).

His work experience over the years has included union representation and organizing. He began his Labor Movement career representing hotel and restaurant workers, and later he was a field organizer for California state workers. He has been the opening act for the Western Workers Festival Concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as for the Great Labor Arts Exchange Concerts in Silver Spring, Maryland. As serendipity would have it, Chris moved to Port Townsend, along with his 2014 bride, Keri French (aka Mermaid Keri, who contributes the Tuesday Tide Report on Morning on the Salish).

You can contact Chris at Salish@kptz.org.

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