Alternate Tunings / Tucker

Howard Tucker was born in Detroit Michigan, and until moving to Port Townsend in early 2016, lived in Venice Beach CA. An avid music fan and guitar player, he worked for Universal Music Enterprises, the catalog wing of the Universal Music Group, and produced scores of reissues on both CD and Vinyl, in all genres from Jazz to Blues to Classic Rock.

He always wanted to do radio, and he finally realized his dream when he and his wife retired to Port Townsend.

You can contact Tucker at hscotttucker@gmail.com.

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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

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 Thursday for lively, inspiring conversations.

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Stringband Theory / 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.

Listen to “Stringband Theory” Thursdays from 9 to 10:30am.

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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 4-6 pm during the Spring and Summer. We hope you enjoy it. Thanks for listening!

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That Cardboard Box / Donn Trethewey

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 That Cardboard Box on Monday mornings at eight. Every other week I share that time spot with Mike S. 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. On Spool Going Round, Mondays from 8-10am, you will hear an eclectic mix of rock and roll including new music.

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The 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) 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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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, 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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Jazz Notes / Bill Mercier

Jazz Notes / 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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Morning on the Salish / Chris Bricker

Morning on the Salish / Chris Bricker

Morning on the Salish airs every Tuesday from 10 to noon. 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 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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Sing It, Sister! / Ellen Bonjorno

Sing It, Sister! / Ellen Bonjorno

Beginning in September, from 7 to 8pm each Friday, KPTZ airs encore recordings of Ellen Bonjorno’s excellent Sing It, Sister! show. She’s 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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Bring Your Records / Larry Stein

Bring Your Records / Larry Stein

Larry says, “I’ve been making public radio for almost 30 years, and it has never been as much fun as at KPTZ. Mostly I’ve been an interviewer, trainer and producer of information/arts/performance/news programming. Before KPTZ I never had the opportunity to play music for our listeners. Now I’m hooked.

“I absorbed the “eclectic” style from the master, Tom Schnabel, host of Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW in Santa Monica. His program was the soundtrack for the morning in the LA area and introduced many of the world artists we still hear on KPTZ. Thanks Tom!

“I really love my program, Bring Your Records, Wednesdays at 11am, inviting many of your friends and neighbors to have a live “record party” on the air. Thank you, our community, for making KPTZ such an important part of the Port Townsend area.”

You can contact Larry at comments@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 comments@kptz.org.

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Pleasures and Treasures / Marcia Perlstein

Pleasures and Treasures / Marcia Perlstein

Pleasures and Treasures airs Mondays at 5 pm and Thursday at noon. Says host Marcia Perlstein:

As Your Friendly Neighborhood Interviewer, I consider myself homeroom in bringing our community conversations, which tap the talents and dreams of our neighbors. Treasures and Pleasures cuts across categories and includes people representing all manner of cultural expression, invention and thought. We have our more well known heads of programs as well as rank and file folks who live out their dreams and share them on air with us.

Since 1957, when I hit the streets on my first civil rights march, I’ve been concerned with numerous areas of social justice. In my professional life in education and as a practicing psychotherapist since 1967, I’ve been concerned with helping folks access their strengths for their own growth and the betterment of their communities. KPTZ provides me with the opportunity to unite my past with the present by being in conversation with our rich collection of personalities and as their fan, represent the listener in bringing them into our homes through the airwaves and our streaming computers.

You can contact Marcia at marcia@kptz.org

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Old Time Radio / Wendell Ankeny and Bill Putney

Old Time Radio / Wendell Ankeny and Bill Putney

Wendell Ankeny and Bill Putney are “The Old Time Radio Guys”. Old Time Radio airs Sundays from 6-8 pm, bringing you the best of radios’s Golden Age.

Wendell grew up on the prairies of Minnesota when dust and radio drama wafted across the landscape and washed over the impressionable lad. Later he turned his significant talents to radio broadcasting at KBEW in Blue Earth Minnesota. Now he calls Port Townsend his home and we’re privileged to have him on our air.

Bill by contrast grew up in “The Valley” of Los Angeles and started listening while he fixed discarded vacuum tube radios. Listening late into the night with the glow of the radio on his headboard. Old radio serials were still being aired in the midwest and Bill listened to distant stations. Through High School and College he lent his technical talents to commercial and school radio stations before entering the military. While radio took a backseat over the years, working with Wendell has brought back his passion for the medium.

Do you ever miss the old radio programs you grew up with? Maybe you lived somewhere where television was just a rumor. Radio filled the gap.

From the very beginning radio brought adventure, drama, suspense and humor to homes across america. In the 1930s, 40s and 50s these programs had dedicated followers all across the country.

KPTZ brings these shows to life again every Sunday evening with the best recordings we can find and interesting commentary about the programs and personalities that made radio great. One of the earliest continuing programs on KPTZ it continues to be a favorite.

Tune in and enjoy two hours of vintage radio.

You can contact Wendell and Bill at comments@kptz.org.

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Nature Now Team

Left to Right: Paul Ruben, Mary Robson, Debaran Kelso, Nan Evans (seated)

KPTZ’s Nature Now presents eclectic and authentically local news, insights and observations about the natural world around us. Anything that grabs the attention of the Nature Now team can be heard on these weekly shows: birds and bees, flowers and trees, the weather and the stars – everything from microscopic Salish Sea plankton to ecosystem dynamics in a changing world. Listen at noon on Wednesdays, 5:00 pm on Thursdays and 11:30 am on Saturdays.

Every member of the Nature Now team is fascinated by the wonders of the natural world around us, is endlessly curious, hungry for new knowledge, and loves to share these passions with KPTZ listeners.

After training as a marine scientist, Nan Evans spent her professional career in natural resource management policy and government affairs for the federal government, the State of Oregon, and The Nature Conservancy.

Debaran Kelso holds a Master’s degree in Ecology. She has worked as a field biologist in various parts of the world, but has made the Olympic Peninsula home for the past 30 years, focusing her study on Northern Spotted Owls.

Mary Robson taught college English on the east coast and then made a life switch to horticulture. She taught at Edmonds Community College, and then for 18 years at Washington State University where she applied her master gardener talents through the cooperative extension service.

The newest member of the team, Paul Ruben, recently relocated from Florida. Paul is a wetland ecologist who has conducted threatened and endangered species surveys, monitored wetland mitigation efforts and made wetland determinations.

When not at KPTZ, you can find team members out in nature with hiking boots or waders, binoculars, cameras, and notebooks. Contact the team at naturenow@kptz.org.

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All Over the Map / Kurt Munnich

All Over the Map / Kurt Munnich

All Over the Map airs Thursdays 7-9 p.m. Says Kurt, “There’s a lot of music out there; I try to share the music that moves me. Listen for interesting rhythms and strong emotions. You’ll hear a wide variety of music on my show: New Orleans; world; blues; gospel; jazz; funk; folk; bluegrass; klezmer and more. Thanks for supporting KPTZ, your community radio.”

You can contact Kurt at kurt@kptz.org.

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Progressive Tracks / Mike Pollack (DJ Mike)

Progressive Tracks / Mike Pollack (DJ Mike)

Progressive Tracks airs Mondays, 9 to 10 pm. Says DJ Mike, aka Mike Pollack:

Having an older sister (Elvis era) and brother (Beatles era), I started loving music at an early age. But when I first heard Ian Anderson growl those famous lyrics from “Aqualung” (“Snot is running down his nose……greasy fingers….smeary, shabby clothes.”) I knew I’d found MY music – Progressive Rock (or Prog for short). Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Emerson Lake & Palmer, and King Crimson all proved highly annoying to my parents – an added bonus! But that was years ago……

So what does my love for 70s Progressive Rock have to do with being a DJ at KPTZ in 2013? Prog is long dead, right?

Wrong! Progressive Rock survived the 80s and 90s as underground music in one form or another, and is experiencing a significant resurgence in this millennium.

So that’s where I come in. I’m your Prog connection to artists like Steven Wilson, The Flower Kings, IO Earth, La Maschera Di Cera, Glass Hammer, District 97, IQ, Astra, Izz, RPWL, and hundreds of others you’ve probably never heard of. It’s different, complex and interesting music…….listen enough and you might find yourself becoming a fellow ProgHead.

Prog is Dead! Long live Prog! On KPTZ…..91.9 FM…..Port Townsend’s Eclectic, Authentic, and now Progressively Rockin’ Community Radio.

P.S. If you know the significance of Heracleum mantegazzianum, you may already be too far down the “Prog Rabbit Hole”!

You can contact Mike at ProgTracks@KPTZ.org.

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Our Town / Maryanne McNellis

Our Town / Maryanne McNellis

Our Town airs Tuesdays from noon to 12:30 and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6 pm. Host Maryanne McNellis has worked for the Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Business Week Magazine and several other American publications. She lived in Canada for many years and edited The Financial Post, the Canadian equivalent of the Wall Street Journal. In addition, she has taught journalism at universities in both Canada and the USA, including a stint as a Distinguished Professor at the University of Montana.

About OUR TOWN. Have you ever wondered about the people you see every day around Port Townsend? The clerks at Safeway or QFC? The fire fighters or police officers? The barista who serves your favorite coffee just right? KPTZ’s new show “Our Town” profiles some of the fascinating people who live, work and play in Port Townsend. It’s not about the ‘big shots’ – it’s about the real people who make up the texture of the community. Host Maryanne McNellis talks to some of Port Townsend’s finest – from fire fighters to foodies, from artists to animal handlers, and even the occasional bus driver or teenage beauty queen. Listen in and meet someone new. “Our Town” gets you out and about, meeting someone new each time you tune in.

You can contact Maryanne at contact@kptz.org.

You can listen to past Our Town shows at KPTZ’s podcast page.

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Free Spin / Ron McElroy

Free Spin / Ron McElroy

Free Spin airs Fridays 4-6 pm. Ron McElroy says: The dictionary defines free as loose, able to move in any direction and spin as a ride, as in an automobile. I named my program Free Spin because I’d like to take you all on a musical ride to some of my favorite places. Join me for two hours of funky, bluesy rock with a few spicy extras thrown in. Maybe some R & B, a little Zydeco or Tex-Mex, all of it guaranteed to keep you groovin’.

My 100 Favorite Songs.

You can contact Ron at freespin@kptz.org.

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