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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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Class of / Jerry Osborne

Class of / 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 and KOOL). For KPTZ, Jerry has created a one-hour radio program titled The Class Of… now heard every Wednesday at 7pm.  And, on Sunday at 2pm, Jerry presents a Class Reunion.  This show, and its music, is always different from the previously aired Wednesday show.

These Class shows spotlight 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 these shows 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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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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Nutrition Matters / Daniella Chace

Nutrition Matters / Daniella Chace

Nutrition Matters is a little morsel of health science information covering hot topics in toxicology, medicine, and nutrition, all in a compelling two-minute module.

Host Daniella Chace is a clinical nutritionist with degrees in Natural Health Science as well as Nutrition from Bastyr University in Seattle WA. She lives in Port Townsend where she reads mountains of research and translates new scientific discoveries into practical health guidance for her radio show, the health books she writes, and classes she teaches. Most locals know her for her clinical practice in which she works with individuals to help them find the underlying cause of their diseases via lab testing and helps them heal through a plant-based diet.

About Nutrition Matters: The show presents compelling studies that shed light on the cause of disease as well as key factors in healing and wellness. Topics often covered are new developments in the fields of nutrigenomics, epigenetics, environmental medicine, and microbiology. Nutrition Matters is also played on NPR (National Public Radio) stations across the United States via the PRSS (Public Radio Satellite System).

You can contact Daniella at daniellachace@gmail.com and learn more at her website.

Listen to Larry Stein interview and introduce Daniella to the KPTZ audience.

      Introduction

You can listen to all of Daniella’s programs here.

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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.

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 Steve 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 / Sheila Ramsey and Missy Nielsen

Everybody Can / Sheila Ramsey and 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!

(photo and information about Sheila Ramsey are coming soon)

To contact either host, 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 8 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.

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Sing It, Sister! / Ellen Bonjorno

Sing It, Sister! / Ellen Bonjorno

From 7 to 8pm each Friday, KPTZ airs encore recordings of Ellen Bonjorno’s excellent Sing It, Sister! show. She has been a dance & party DJ for over 30 years, and has always enjoyed introducing her audience to music they may never have heard, putting those “new” songs together with classics we all know and love. Inspired years ago by 2 male friends who only listened to music by women in their home every Sunday, she decided to do a program featuring all women’s voices. You’ll hear songs from every genre, from jazz to gospel, bluegrass, disco, folk, rock and reggae and from every era, from the 1920s to today. Thanks for tuning in to Sing It, Sister!

You can contact Ellen at ellenb@kptz.org.

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Odds and Ends / Phil Rome

Odds and Ends / Phil Rome

“The unusual is my bag,” says Phil Rome of his show, Odds and Ends, which airs Wednesday afternoons 1 to 3. His music is hard to contain in a single designation. It seems to cover nearly everything under the sun and you will rarely hear his selections played anywhere else. Forced to define his taste, he says it’s mostly music of the 20s to the 60s. Phil also invites local musicians in and lets the music go where it will.

You can contact Phil at philr@kptz.org.

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Unlaced Strings / Gail Pruitt

Unlaced Strings / Gail Pruitt

Gail Pruitt and Robin Ditzler take turns on Unlaced Strings which airs Sunday 4-6 pm. Says Gail, “It became clear at an early age I wasn’t a child prodigy or genius. And the prognosis hasn’t changed, though I’m still working 50 years later at becoming a child prodigy. My mother did say I showed interest in music at a very early age by humming with the blender, harmonizing with its high wheeze as the eggs and flour were mixed. That’s not music aptitude, that’s just plain weird in my book. What you might want to know about me is I love all music, but especially classical music for its ability to so perfectly express all human experience and emotions, joy, sorrow, angst, love, and all those we can’t identify or don’t know we’re feeling. In putting together a show each week, it’s my goal to find something – whether it be a fiery, complicated piece by Shostakovich or a simple Bach Adagio – that will touch you in ways you don’t expect or reminds you and me about the common, yet distinct journey we’re taking as humans.”

You can contact Gail at contactus@kptz.org.