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The Subversive Rhythm / David Bonobo

The Subversive Rhythm / David Bonobo

Our newest DJ on KPTZ is David Bonobo, presenting The Subversive Rhythm Sunday evenings from 7-9pm. Says David: “The ancients used it as a means to commune with the gods. In colonial era, it held communities together in resistance against the dark forces of racism and empire, and it continued that role through the Civil Rights era. Today, it serves as a tool to tear down the illusory borders that divide us as it incites passion, revelation, and joy. From the tribal fire circles to the clubs: This is it! – The Subversive Rhythm.”

Los antiguos lo usaron como un medio para comunicarse con los dioses. En la era colonial, mantuvo unidas a las comunidades en resistencia contra las fuerzas oscuras del racismo y el imperio, y mantuvo ese propósito durante la era de los Derechos Civiles. Hoy, continúa como una herramienta que derriba las fronteras ilusorias que nos dividen a medida que incita la pasión, la revelación y la alegría. De los círculos de fuego del tribo a los clubes: ¡Esto es! – El Ritmo Subversivo.

You can contact David at bonobo@kptz.org.

Beach Rumble / Ruby Fitch

New finds, deep cuts, surf tunes, extended instrumentals and a little grit – something for everyone. Live music guests & interviews when available! Saturdays 4-6pm. Ruby Fitch was born in Port Townsend. She is the Music Director at KPTZ.

email: ruby@kptz.org

Coastal Café / Aaron Barnett and MaryAnn Wagner

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 once a month on alternating Thursdays at 12:10pm and 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.

MaryAnn Wagner
Aaron Barnett

Ethereal Excursions / Ray Schroff

Ethereal Excursions features works of contemporary composers such as Robert Simpson, Toru Tekemitsu, Iannis Xenakis, Tristan Murail, and Erkki-Sven Tüür. In addition, you’ll hear jazz from the likes of Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Willem Breuker Kollektief, and Sun Ra, as well as sounds from ambient composers Steve Roach, Forrest Fang, Craig Padilla, and others. Plus, there may be a surprise or two from other musical places. Tune in Saturday nights from 10 until midnight, and enjoy the ride. You can contact Ray at excursions@kptz.org.

Biographical Information: I was born on the South Side of Chicago, but really grew up in Tucson AZ. There always seemed to be 78 rpm phonograph records around the house, mostly pop music of the day. By the age of eight I had become a serious radio listener, and in addition to all the “old-time” radio programs, music on the radio, especially country music, became very important.

Bob McKeehan’s “Arizona Hayride” program on KCNA in Tucson was my earliest influence; at night, stations all over the country came through the ether. There was Frank Page at KWKH in Shreveport; Wolfman Jack and Paul Kallinger on XERF; across the river from Del Rio, The Old Tumbleweed at KPMC in Bakersfield; Wes Bowen’s jazz program from KSL in Salt Lake City’; “Music ‘Til Dawn” with classical music from KRLD in Dallas; and Tucson’s own David Graham, whose “Hootnanny Tonight” show on KTUC turned me on to early Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, and The New Lost City Ramblers. Saturday afternoons sometimes included mowing the lawn while listening to the live Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts.

Later, living in Southern California (where my wife Nancesca and I met) as FM took over from AM, KBCA jazz DJs Les Carter and Mike Powell were big influences, as was Don Hall on KPPC and Jazzbeaux Collins on KMET. In the San Francisco Bay Area, it was Bob Prescott on KMPX, Roland Young on KSAN, Dan McCloskey on KJAZ, Phil Elwood, Chris Strachwitz, Tom Diamant, David Mayers, Charles Armikahnian, and too many others to mention on KPFA. And of course, magic evenings at dance halls like the Shrine in L.A., and the Avalon and Fillmore in San Francisco.

The public library has played an important role in my musical education, and adventurous record labels like the Nonesuch Explorer Series made available amazing sounds from places like Afghanistan and Bali. Shortwave radio opened my ears to haunting huayno music from the Andes, joropos from the llanos of eastern Columbia and western Venezuela, and the exciting guitar bands from the Congo. Most important of all have been the many wonderful friends who shared my enthusiasm for music and turned me on to the exciting sounds they discovered.

Port Ludlow Project / Team

Above: Some of the criminals in the Port Ludlow Project include (L to R):   Suki, Blythe, Mari (or perhaps that’s Holli), Maxine and Charlie.

The Port Ludlow Project is a a local radio-serial fictional dark comedy that airs alternate Tuesdays in the noon hour, repeating on opposite-week Thursdays in the 5pm hour following the KPTZ Calendars.

With everyone “cutting back,” the friendly folks at the Department of Justice jumped on the bandwagon, bought up a bunch of homes in Port Ludlow WA, and started funneling in members of the Witness Protection program. Hard to get to, hard to get out of, easy to protect.

Join five woman criminals who meet in group therapy, in our original continuing story.   You never know who your neighbors are, when you live in Port Ludlow….”

Above: The Port Ludlow Project Players include (L to R): Erin Lamb, Catherine McNabb, Amanda Steurer-Zamora, Susan Solley, Michelle Stay, Chris Bricker, Zach NeSmith, Kristin Wolfram, and Taylor Clark.

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Buzzy Donahue Show / Buzzy Donahue

Buzzy Donahue Show / Buzzy Donahue

The Buzzy Donahue Show airs 9:30 to 11am on Fridays. 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 buzzy@kptz.org.

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Vinyl Village and Class Reunion / Jerry Osborne

Vinyl Village and Class Reunion / 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), 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.

Also new for 2019 is a fun feature Jerry calls “You Pick It … and I’ll Play It.” At least twice on each show listeners can call, give their name and location, and request a song – anything by anyone from any time. His challenge is to find it and play it, along with their recorded request.

Listeners can participate via a Facebook Message, or an e-mail to jerry@kptz.org. 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.

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LIVE! and Kicking / Charlie Bermant

LIVE! and Kicking / Charlie Bermant

The rock era has resulted in some tremendously imaginative studio craft, but subsequent performances are where the songs really come alive. This view from the stage will include recordings from major festivals such as Monterey and Woodstock, a peek inside the voluminous BBC archives, or explorations of newly released archival material. One-off benefit performances and oddball collaborations will spice up the mix. Anything that was recorded in one take, on a large stage or in a living room is fair game. Future shows may include comedy, musicals or recordings made in the 21st century.

LIVE! and Kicking happens every Saturday from 9am to 11am. Some days we’ll start out easy, while we occasionally may decide you need an early kick in the pants.

You can contact Charlie Bermant at contactus@kptz.org.

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Disco Geezer / Pete Lack

Disco Geezer / Pete Lack

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 7-9pm.

You can contact Disco Geezer here.

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Out of Nowhere / Peter Robinson

Out of Nowhere / Peter Robinson

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 contactus@kptz.org.

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KPTZ Goes to the Opera / Colin Foden

KPTZ Goes to the Opera / Colin Foden

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 colinf@kptz.org

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Vinyl Dialogues / Dick Keenan

Vinyl Dialogues / Dick Keenan

I grew up in Northern Illinois listening to the Clancy Brothers at home and to WLS-AM on my transistor radio. I have always wanted to be a DJ. I have collected a lot of records but little on air experience. The Rooster was born in Macomb IL, moved to San Diego, and then to Port Townsend in 2016. What a great opportunity to be on KPTZ! It is here that the Rooster and Vinyl Dialogues began to flourish. On my show, Vinyl Dialogues, you can expect to hear some rock, folk, country-rock, blues, jazz, do-wop, easy listening…a little bit of everything. If it sounds good to me I will play it. If you like the sound of albums sizzling on the turntable then turn it up and enjoy the show.

You can contact Dick at dick@kptz.org.

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Compass / Steve Evans

Compass / Steve Evans

KPTZ 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 noon or 5pm on Mondays, or Saturdays at noon.

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 news@kptz.org.

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Music to Drink Coffee to / Al Bergstein

Music to Drink Coffee to / Al Bergstein

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 contactus@kptz.org.

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Everybody Can / Missy Nielsen

Everybody Can / Missy Nielsen

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!

To contact Missy, send your email to everybodycan@kptz.org.

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In Conversation / Sheila Bender

In Conversation / Sheila Bender

Sheila Bender’s In Conversation program is an extension of the work she loves to do: teaching writing, writing about writing for her website, and writing her own poetry and memoir. She loves to facilitate people in understanding the writing life and creating writing lives for themselves. Readers are certainly part of the writing life, so she hopes her program appeals to any who want to learn more about what writers do and what they think about. She casts her net for interviewees widely, reaching poets, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, journalists, screenwriters, playwrights, editors and writing program directors young and old from all over the country. Join her every other Tuesday and Sunday for lively, inspiring conversations.

Stringband Theory / The Melting Pot / Dave Long

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.  The Melting Pot is Stringband Theory on steroids.

Listen to Stringband Theory on Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30am.

Listen to The Melting Pot on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:30am.

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Midlife Crisis Dance Party / Ray Serebrin

Midlife Crisis Dance Party / Ray Serebrin

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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Unlaced Strings / Robin Ditzler

Unlaced Strings / Robin Ditzler

All throughout her personal and professional life, Robin has rarely claimed to be an expert at anything, but she often knows a little bit about a lot of different things. The same holds true with Classical Music – she may not be an expert, but she knows what she enjoys listening to.  And she also likes to learn more about the people who write and perform such beautiful sounds. That’s what she shares with you each week on Unlaced Strings on Sundays 10am to noon and 8-10pm during the Spring and Summer. We hope you enjoy it. Thanks for listening!

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Music from that Cardboard Box / Donn Trethewey

Music from that Cardboard Box / Donn Trethewey

Donn Trethewey grew up in a home filled with classical music. And music from Chuck Berry and Little Richard, Buddy Holly, and Elvis what’s-his-name. All kinds of music. Still, it all still makes perfect sense. Bartok, Berry, The Beach Boys, and Beethoven, and Gavin Bryars . . they all work together. It was easy to hum parts of Copland’s Appalachian Spring while riding a loud scooter down Sunset Boulevard on a balmy night in LA back in the day. Or to hum in one’s head Johnny B. Goode during a Lutheran Church sermon. It’s all relative. Music simply is. It simply IS.

So, tune in to Music From that Cardboard Box on Mondays from 8 to 9:30am. You’ll hear lots of music and little of me. As it should be…

In a former life, he worked on cars and rode loud motorcycles.

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Spool Going Round / Mike Sierociuk

Spool Going Round / Mike Sierociuk

Mike started his broadcast career in Community radio at KRVM in Eugene OR. He then had the good fortune of being a DJ on commercial radio stations: WRNR in Annapolis MD, KINK FM 102 in Portland OR, and KMTT “The Mountain” in Seattle WA. He finds himself back on a great community radio station in this wonderful arts community of Port Townsend WA. From November 2016 to December 2017, Spool Going Round (an eclectic mix of rock and roll including new music) aired Mondays from 8-10am. Mike is currently on sabbatical, but will rejoin us shortly.

Friday Night Blues / 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, plus 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 8-10pm Fridays.  You can email him at Barney@KPTZ.org.

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Jazz Notes / Bill Mercier

Jazz Notes / Bill Mercier

Bill was originally an East Coast guy. He was born and grew up in New Jersey, and has lived in New York, Maryland and Indiana before moving to Port Townsend in 2014. He’s been on the air at KPTZ doing the Jazz Notes program since 2015. He’s been a fan of jazz since college, starting with players like John Coltrane, The Modern Jazz Quartet, and Chick Corea and expanding his interest from there. His attraction to jazz comes from its spontaneity, its originality, its history of always pushing the boundaries of conventional music a little further, and for its ability to make its performers really listen to each other when they play – almost like having a conversation.

On Jazz Notes Bill plays all the classics like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and Charlie Parker to name a few, but he also plays people you might not be so familiar with, like Ike Quebec, Tomasz Stanko, or Michael White. In addition, you’ll hear from today’s stars like Christian McBride, Wadada Leo Smith, and Cecile McLorin Salvant.

So, whether your taste in jazz runs to the “Hot” music of the 1920s, Swing, Bop, Cool Jazz, Fusion or the Avant Garde, tune in to Bill on Jazz Notes Tuesdays from 7 to 10pm. It’s jazz you just won’t hear anywhere else.

You can contact Bill at jazznotes@kptz.org.

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Morning on the Salish / Chris Bricker

Morning on the Salish / Chris Bricker

Morning on the Salish airs every Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11am. An actor and performer for many years, Chris Bricker 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 also 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 MD. He has also toured with the New Old Time Chautauqua.

Keri French (aka Mermaid Keri) contributes regularly to Morning on the Salish with her sultry Tuesday Tide Report.

You can contact Chris at ChrisBricker@kptz.org.