Rhythm Connection transports listeners to cultures around the world, through incredibly diverse music from the African diaspora. Since its 1993 inception in Alaska, Robert has presented fresh music every week to make you dance or bring you solace, or both. Email Robert.
The Blue Room with C-Dub, Saturdays from 11pm to Midnight. Music to take you into the late night. Only the most premium electronic music from the 90s and into the future. Tune in for downtempo, ambient, house, techno, breaks, dub, and more.
Email C-Dub at [email protected]
Ward Serrill (DJ WAS) is a filmmaker and writer whose first love is radio. Imagine a radio show dedicated to good lyrics no matter the style. Tune in to WordSongs, every Friday afternoon from 1-3, where the poetics of song matters.
You can contact Ward at [email protected].
Song Club Radio Hour is a show where participants are given a randomly selected song title along with a combination of three prompts and parameters. Using these guidelines, they have one week to write and record a song. Host Joel Myers compiles all of the submissions and the resulting show is a magical potluck of songs and sounds no one has ever heard before! Welcome to Song Club Radio Hour. Most of the club is localized to the Pacific Northwest, with some clubbers on the east coast and California. A few of the members are located right here in Port Townsend. Please feel free to reach out with questions, comments and ideas: [email protected]. Or leave them a voicemail (they may even play it on the show) : 208-595-7664.
Fridays from 3-5pm
Roots & Twang is your weekly dose of Country, Roots and Americana music hosted by Karen Anderson, the “Truck Driver’s Daughter.” Karen brings a diverse mix of artists you won’t hear on commercial Country radio stations, and breaks the stereotypes of the genre with her eclectic musical selections. Some listeners say, “It’s the country show for people who don’t like country.” Tune in on Fridays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm and discover the country music lover in your soul!
“This is my dad Charlie Anderson in 1972 with the steel delivery truck that he loved to drive. I grew up listening to him singing Okie From Muskogee and A Boy Named Sue, among others, and country music just got into my soul. When I was a teenager, I rebelled against the twang and ventured off into the worlds of punk, new wave and reggae. Then in 1981, while working as a clerk at Tower Records, I snapped up a copy of Elvis Costello’s newly released Almost Blue, and the country torch was reignited to burn brighter than ever.” You can contact Karen here.
Under 10: A Mini Intimacy Podcast with Dr. Jessica Tartaro is the podcast KPTZ airs weekly on Thursdays in the 5pm hour, beginning in sequence on 10/29/21. Each of these free episodes includes an intimacy tool you can practice immediately to grow your feelings of connection across all your relationships. To access all of Dr. Jessica’s podcast episodes as well as inquire about her private coaching and public speaking, go to www.DrJessicaTartaro.com.
Bio: Dr. Jessica Tartaro (she/her) is a cis-gendered, able bodied, Sicilian Jewish Intimacy Coach & Connection Facilitator with nearly 20 years of experience in the healing arts working with individuals, couples and groups. A former Fulbright scholar, she passionately believes that everyone can learn how to have closeness with others – whatever your history – through committed practice, connecting with your body, and a good dose of play. In the winter of 2020, she founded the free, weekly intimacy podcast Under 10 so that anyone who wanted it could learn the tools for healthy connection.
Radio Kilombo curates the Earth’s finest collection of seductive African and Afro-Latin grooves. The selections are three parts club culture, one part roots culture, and all parts positive. From Global Bass to Afro-Latin Folkloric to Rare Groove, join us for our weekly convocation, hear the story of the rhythms, and let the music stir your soul!
In 2001, David Bonobo created the program ¡SouLbRosO! for KillRadio.org, an L.A.-based internet radio collective. In 2010, he launched the now defunct Radio Machete podcast network. It included his own program, El Ritmo Subversivo, which he brought to KPTZ 91.9 FM in Port Townsend, WA in 2018. In 2021, it was re-branded as Radio Kilombo with new co-host Thais Oliviera. DJ BoNobO has played for club and festival audiences across Mexico, Cuba, California, and Washington state. As a music journalist, he has interviewed Lila Downs, Rocky Dawuni, Sidestepper, Sandra Izadore, Jeremy Sole, Celso Piña, Antibalas, and more.
Thais Oliveira hails from Sao Paolo, Brazil’s largest city. Her father was a Jazz musician, and she has absorbed much of his musical knowledge through osmosis. After working as a journalist in Sao Paolo for several years, she set out to see the world. While traveling, she met her husband in Alaska before going on to visit Europe, Mexico, and Cuba. She has long held a deep fascination with African culture within her native Brazil, and she considers herself to be a student of that and other forms of African rooted culture across the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa. Thais brings a wealth of experience and first hand knowledge of Brazilian music with her as she embarks on this new adventure as co-host of Radio Kilombo.
An exhilarating trip around the rock ’n’ roll universe, Interstellar Underwear is the cheeky name of the weekly radio program hosted by DJ Mars (aka Marsh Gooch). You’ll hear classic, garage, punk, and psychedelic rock from the 1960s until now, mixed with rock outliers like reggae/dub, doo wop, and more to make it a unique journey worth taking. Listen a few times and you might even be able to say Interstellar Underwear without wincing!
DJ Mars is known to his relatives and friends alternately as Mars, Marsh, or Marshall, he’s originally from California but has lived the majority of his life here in the Evergreen State. Marshall has DJ’ed at KCMU Seattle (the pre-KEXP college radio station) and at KJET Seattle. He lives with his partner, Barbara, and their three cats in Chimacum, and writes a music blog called NuDisc.net.
You can contact Mars at [email protected].
“Round and round she goes, where she stops, nobody knows. But when the music stops, be sure to grab your chair so you can stay in the game.” Often times during Musical Chairs you are bound to hear an eclectic mix of Soul, Rap, R&B, Punk, Metal, Noise, Retro and hints of classic rock. Always looking toward the future and featuring new releases, Musical Chairs is fearless in curating a wide range of sounds to keep you informed, interested and entertained. Tune in every Saturday evening from 6 to 8pm.
Deeper Blues is a time set aside for an in-depth focus on various aspects of blues culture: performers, styles, social issues and more, with about 2/3 music and 1/3 stories of background and context. Every Tuesday at 7pm we will focus on a different performer or topic for an hour to enjoy learning more of this uniquely American culture. Chicago Bob has been immersed in the blues for decades, playing, teaching, hosting jams and always learning.
Born in Tacoma, Bob lived in Chicago for over 40 years before coming “home”, drawn by Port Townsend’s creative spirit and by Puget Sound. Deeper Blues is his chance to share music and stories that underlie the blues, toward a better understanding of those who shaped it, enjoyed it, and developed it over the decades.
Starting out as a pretty bad guitarist in the early 1960s, he has stayed with the playing of music ever since. Along the way he picked up harmonica, fiddle, dobro, and lap steel. Chicago Bob fronted the Midnight Train Blues Band for ten years, and has led blues jams in Chicago and Port Townsend. He’s taught and recorded, played and heard a lot of blues. Bob has done one previous radio show, “Blues You Can Use,” with live interviews and performance with musicians in Chicago and Mississippi.
Email Chicago Bob at [email protected]
Airing noon to 12:30pm, and repeating 5-5:30pm on Mondays and noon to 12:30pm on Saturdays, this feature program gives voice to upcoming events and campaigns of interest to the listening community, through interviews with sponsoring organization spokespersons. Interviews are conducted by rotating KPTZ hosts Jim Burke, Phil Andrus, Larry Stein, and Steve Evans.
Exploring Music with Tigran Arakelyan, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Port Townsend Symphony.
From Tigran: Although my passion and work are in classical music, I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Growing up in post-Soviet Armenia and Los Angeles, I was exposed to genres ranging from folk, jazz and pop to rock, classical, hip-hop and more. On this show I will share music that has inspired me throughout the years but will also challenge myself to discover new works in all genres to share with all of you. There will be occasional guests from the vibrant Port Townsend arts scene or artists who are visiting to perform. Sundays from 3-4pm on KPTZ.
You can contact Tigran at [email protected].
Cats in Our Laps, hosted by Phil Andrus presents two hours of music, short readings, and conversation. Open to humans and cats of all ages and critters of all species. On Sundays from 8-10pm.
You can email Phil at email: [email protected]
Find out what’s happening along our shorelines and coast. Coastal Café explores cutting-edge marine science and related topics with researchers, policy experts, and people who live and work on the Washington coast. Hosts Aaron Barnett and MaryAnn Wagner bring you the latest in marine news. From predicting ocean weather and removing derelict fishing gear to the art of drawing fish and boat building, they dive into a broad range of marine topics that impact those living along the coast. Coastal Café airs every other Wednesday at 5:30pm, and is a joint production of Washington Sea Grant at the College of the Environment, University of Washington and KPTZ 91.9 FM.
Listen to past Coastal Café shows at KPTZ’s podcast page.
The Buzzy Donahue Show airs Fridays 9-11am and Wednesdays 1-3pm. Says Buzzy, “We are so lucky to have our own community radio station here in Port Townsend. Radio is a powerful medium that connects people with the place where they live and the rest of the world. I love radio, I’m a radio baby. I grew up in the 60’s in San Francisco which opened my eyes to great music. Rock and Roll, R&B, world music, I love it all. Let’s start Fridays together, rocking out.”
You can contact Buzzy at [email protected].
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), San Francisco (KYA), and Phoenix (KNIX-FM and KOOL-FM).
In 2014 Jerry created The Class Of ?? for KPTZ-FM and that ran through 2018. Each of those shows is now heard every Sunday at 2pm, on the Class Reunion.
Jerry Osborne’s Vinyl Village is his new Wednesday show (7pm) for 2019 and beyond. As the name implies, Jerry focuses on the original Vinyl Era – the 1940s to the 1980s – but he will expand those parameters in both directions when necessary.
Listeners can participate via a Facebook Message, or an e-mail to [email protected]. Just say you’d like to pick one. We’ll contact you, record your request, and you’ll be on the show.
For a more comprehensive recap of Jerry’s many music-related projects and productions, click here.
Tuesdays at 12:10pm and Sundays at 12pm
Booklovers’ Cafe airs Tuesday at 12:10pm right after calendar and Sundays at noon. Join Cris as she interviews authors from the northwest and more. Discover fascinating people and great reads!
You can contact Cris here.
You can listen to past Book Lovers’ Cafe shows at KPTZ’s podcast page.
Disco Geezer (aka Pete Lack) crafts a perfect union of 70s disco, 80s dance- and floor-shaking House. Disco Geezer is blazing down the boogie trail to thrill the many funk soul brothers and synth pop sisters who hunger for those days when it was cool to shake your booty and get down on it. Tune in to DJ Disco Geezer Thursdays 7-8pm.
You can contact Disco Geezer here.
Peter Robinson is a lifelong music lover and collector, and closet noodler on guitar, banjo, and drums. He started Out of Nowhere many years ago with the encouragement of Bill Kiely and Phil Andrus, and with tutelage from Mike Schleckser and Nora Petrich. A Port Townsend resident since 1979, he has had the benefit of countless musical pleasures at the Ace of Cups, the Town Tavern, the pubs of Port Townsend, and wonderful Centrum programs to fertilize his already highly addicted love of many genres of what he calls proof of intelligent life in the Universe – harmony and music!
Out of Nowhere is Peter Robinson’s indulgence in the freedom KPTZ offers its volunteer DJs to air whatever they want (FCC regulations limiting). His many musical loves include, in no special order: Blues, Jazz (earliest to current), Country, Country-Western, Old-time, Roots Rock, Rockabilly, all the many genres resulting from the amazing African musical diaspora throughout the world, Singer-songwriter, Folk, Latin, Reggae, and more. It’s really about roots. To quote Tony Allen, great Afrobeat drummer, arranger, band leader, composer: “One Tree, Many Roots”. And to quote Earl Lindo, longtime colleague of Taj Mahal: “Music Keeps Me Together”.
You can reach Peter at [email protected].
Hello, my name is Colin Foden. I’d like to invite you to listen to some opera. Each month KPTZ Goes to the Opera to preview the upcoming live from the New York City Metropolitan Opera performances at the Rose, the Seattle Opera, or simply to enjoy the best that Opera has to offer. As I did when I first heard Saturday afternoon Met broadcasts, I’m sure your eclectic tastes will find something dazzling about the drama and the music. The show is on the first Sunday of each month at 4pm and then repeated at 7pm on the Tuesday 9 days later. I have a seat reserved for you and I look forward to your company.
Comments can be sent to [email protected]
Note: KPTZ’s Compass is on hiatus until later in 2022.
KPTZ’s Compass is your local radio news magazine, its name carefully chosen to convey the unpredictability of the directions or stories you might find when you tune in at Saturdays at noon or Mondays at noon or 5pm .
Also like a compass, the stories often tell something about where we’re all headed. Compass producer Steve Evans also wears the hat of news director for KPTZ, and appreciates the freedom this allows him to tell himself what to do each week. In the past, Steve has been a printmaker, a reporter on a daily newspaper, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, an editor and publisher of environmental resource guides, an information resource specialist for a nonprofit organization, a fair-to-middling player of Irish tunes on the mandolin, and a fool for wooden boats.
KPTZ’s weekly editions of Compass are hosted on a rotating basis by Steve, Charlie Bermant, Dave Cunningham, and Chris Bricker.
You can listen to past Compass podcasts on the Compass podcasts page.
If you want to pitch a story idea to the Compass, you can reach the Compass team at [email protected].
Al Bergstein hosts Music To Drink Coffee To on Wednesdays at 8am. His radio experience started in high school where, after hosting a late night show on Fridays, he was fired for playing Jimi Hendrix’s version of the National Anthem. He has been a professional photographer, filmmaker, writer, amateur musician, and he spent 25 years in the computer world in various technical roles. He arrived in PT in 1999 after spending years here at Centrum events.
You can contact Al at [email protected].
Missy Nielsen has worked in the nonprofit sector over the past 20 years, from leading a social services organization for expatriate families while living in China, to driving development efforts for an afterschool STEM program. Her work consistently focuses on helping others thrive and grow, thus her passion for volunteerism. With a degree in Human Behavior and Ethics, her life work has also included Career Counselor at the University of Washington in Washington State.
When not working on behalf of the youth of Port Townsend, Missy can be found scrambling up a mountain, galloping down, creating art from salvaged objects and capturing stories from newly made friends over a cup of mocha. Most importantly she loves connecting folks to opportunities that ignite passion and purpose in life — indeed Everybody Can!
Everybody Can airs alternate weeks on Tuesdays or Thursdays, in the noon hour. Listen to past shows on the podcast page.
To contact Missy, send your email to [email protected].
Dave Long comes to KPTZ with more than 25 years of community radio experience, all volunteer. Dave’s musical passion is to share traditional styles and sources revolving around fiddle music. Stringband Theory is an eclectic mix of traditional songs, ballads, hoedowns, and dance music from Celtic lands, Canada, Appalachia, and all across the US.
Listen to Stringband Theory on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30am.
Ray Serebrin began working at KRAB-FM in Seattle in 1969 and was involved in community radio on and off until joining KPTZ in 2012. Ray’s program, the Midlife Crisis Dance Party, is a mixture of music, vaguely annoying comments, and hallucinatory features. Ray worked in libraries for 40 years, starting as a janitor and finishing as the director of the Jefferson County Library District in Port Hadlock. (Both the janitor and the director jobs allowed him to indulge his fetish for wearing yellow rubber gloves.) He also booked and managed rock & roll and rhythm & blues bands and monitored and regulated a band of unruly semi-rogue chickens (two of whom he had to kill). He has won numerous awards based on his extensive knowledge of how to apply for awards. In 1992 he was awarded “The Lorenzo” in honor of his radio contributions to the Jack Straw Foundation as a Producer/Announcer. His name was misspelled on the award.
You can contact Ray at his email address.
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