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Crackin’ the Vault: Centrum’s Musical Archives / Peter McCracken

Crackin’ the Vault: Centrum’s Musical Archives / Peter McCracken

Fridays from 4-5pm you can hear Crackin’ The Vault: Centrum’s Musical Archives hosted by Peter McCracken, longtime Centrum Program Manager. The show features musical nuggets from the last five decades of Centrum programming, including Country Blues, Fiddle Tunes, Voice Works, Slide and Steel, and one-time shows from the 1990s. More than 55 National Heritage Fellows have participated in Centrum programming, and we’ll be broadcasting some of their finest performances.

You can reach Peter at crackin@kptz.org.

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Filter / Paul Rice

Filter / Paul Rice

Live Every Friday from 1-3pm, Filter is a radio variety show featuring good music and real talk. I’m Paul Rice, and I’m not afraid to ask stupid questions of local luminaries and even some out-of-towners who have something to contribute to the great conversation that is our existence as we continue slowly dying on this rock that hurtles through space without any signs of ever ceasing. Except when the sun burns out and we all freeze to death in five billion years. It’ll probably cease then, but I’ll be dead and hopefully Filter will still be on the air. 

You can reach Paul at paul@kptz.org.

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KPTZ Presents Live From Rainshadow

KPTZ Presents Live From Rainshadow

KPTZ Presents Live From Rainshadow is a collaborative effort with Rainshadow Recording. KPTZ broadcasts a live concert every Friday from 3-4pm, with help from a talented pool of musicians, our rotating DJ hosts, and Everett Moran. Everett Moran owns & operates Rainshadow Recording, a recording studio and performance space on the Fort Worden campus.

Booking inquiries & info: ruby@kptz.org

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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 & Dominic Svornich

Fresh finds, deep cuts, and extended instrumentals. Saturdays 4-6pm.

Ruby Fitch was born in Port Townsend. She is the Programming Lead at KPTZ.

Email Ruby at: ruby@kptz.org


Dominic Svornich (last Saturdays of the month) 
A life-long Pacific Northwest native, music has been at the center of Dominic’s life as long as he can remember. Son of a life-long jazz drummer and a musician since age seven, he has been playing, recording, mixing or appreciating all styles of music his entire life. 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 to the DJ booth at KPTZ. His tastes run the gamut, but a few of his currently favorite genres include fusion, prog rock, funk, electro-boogie, jazz, Balearic, post-punk goth rock, IDM, and hip hop. From 2012 to 2019, Dominic co-owned and booked music for the Cellar Door, Port Townsend’s premier music venue. He currently co-owns Salish Sound, a nascent music production, live sound, recording and restoration company in Port Hadlock with a number of other area musicians and producers.  

Email Dominic at: dominic@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 Fridays 9:30-11am. 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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It’s Saturday! / Charlie Bermant

It’s Saturday! / Charlie Bermant

It’s Saturday! airs from 9 to 11am on Saturdays. The show draws from Charlie’s massive music library assembled from a half-century of collecting and enjoying music. This includes oddball cover songs and imaginative flashes that went unnoticed, overshadowed by the trend of the day. Also included will be contemporary music that catches Charlie’s ear, and will accordingly catch yours. In other words, It’s Saturday! continues the KPTZ tradition of musically literate DJs mining their respective musical worlds to present a unique entertainment experience. In addition to his DJ work Charlie has been a member of the KPTZ news team, with two weekly Local News reports. This carries over to It’s Saturday! as each show begins with commentary about the week’s news.

You can contact Charlie at cbermant@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 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 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.