View Post

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 vinyldialogues@kptz.org..

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone
View Post

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.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone
View Post

Blues Journey / Taylor Clark

Blues Journey / Taylor Clark

Each week, Taylor Clark retreats to his Island Fortress of Solitude ‎on Whidbey where he carefully selects and reviews the soulful music he needs for Blues Journey, heard each Wednesday evening from 8 to 10pm on KPTZ. While the music is picked with a critical ear, Taylor loves the process of live radio, particularly the moment after the mike is opened and before the music ends. He says he never knows what’s going to happen. Taylor tries to share not only the music he loves, but also something about the Blues Journey of Solace. Tune in and join the Journey.

You can contact Taylor at taylor@kptz.org.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone
View Post

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.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone
View Post

Broadway Showtime / Don White

Broadway Showtime / Don White

Don says, “When I was nine and lived in New York, my mother took me to my first Broadway musical. It was Oklahoma. It was thrilling. I fell in love with musicals. I went to more, and fell deeper in love. When we moved to Los Angeles, I used to go to the the national tours when they came to town. When I was old enough I used to usher at them so I could see them free. They are still pure magic for me. When the house lights go down and the overture starts, I’m carried away. I hope my listeners are carried away, and feel that same magic.”

Listen to Broadway Showtime Wednesday 3-4pm and Sundays 1-2pm.

You can contact Don at don@kptz.org.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone

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.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone

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.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone

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.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone

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.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone

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.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone
View Post

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!

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone
View Post

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.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone
View Post

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.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone

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.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone

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.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone
View Post

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.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone
View Post

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.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone
View Post

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 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.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone
View Post

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 contactus@kptz.org.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone
View Post

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.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone
View Post

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.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone
View Post

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.”

Marcia also hosts occasional airings of Under the Rainbow, which covers LGBT issues. You can listen to past shows on that podcast page.

You can contact Marcia at marcia@kptz.org

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone