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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
From 11am to noon each Saturday, KPTZ airs Sing It, Sister! Ellen Bonjorno 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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 email@example.com.
Join Tim from 8 to 9:30am Thursday mornings for Discovery Road. Says Tim, “I think it’s so groovy now, that people are finally getting together….If I have one regret, it is my inability to grow a decent beard.”
You can contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gail Pruitt and Robin Ditzler take turns on Unlaced Strings which airs Sunday 10am to noon. 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 email@example.com.
Caleb Peacock, aka Captain Peacock DJs Dance Party in your Living Room Saturday evenings 8-10 p.m.
You can contact Caleb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Putney, Donn Trethewey and Toni Vincent together bring you Old Time Radio on Sundays from 5-7pm, the best of radios’s Golden Age.
Bill 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 Ankeny (who retired in October 2017 after 6+ years on this show) brought back his passion for the medium.
Donn Tretheway’s photo and bio are listed under his other show on KPTZ, Music from that Cardboard Box.
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 along with interesting commentary about the programs and the personalities who 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 the Old Time Radio Team at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
You can listen to past Our Town shows at KPTZ’s podcast page.
Free Spin airs Fridays 5-7pm. 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’.
You can contact Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early Music airs Sundays from 9 to 10am and 7-8pm Sundays. Says Don: “Like many of us, I’m pretty eclectic when it comes to music. I dug R&B as a kid. In the 60s; Dylan, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, etc. From Folk to Celtic to Lightning Hopkins to Ernest Tubb in the 70s. I heard my first Early Music in the 80’s on KPFA fm, community radio in Berkeley, CA., where I grew up. There were two EM programs then, Mary Berg had Sunday morning and Joseph Spencer had a weeknight program.
“It was Mr. Spencer that turned me on to Jordi Savall and other noted EM musicians…I was hooked! I was a member of the San Francisco Early Music Society for years; J. Spencer was the director back then. He also had the Recordstore/Cafe, “The Musical Offering” in Berkeley.
“I love to sing and got into singing music of the old masters of the Renaissance and Baroque eras with various chorus in the area, including The San Jose Symphony Chorus, Stanford University Chorus, and others in the Bay Area.
“Here in PT, I’m part of Rain Shadow Chorus and sing and play the harmonium in a local Kirtan group.
“Early Music is about simple harmonies, clear, pure lines. Music that entertains the performer and the listener alike. I’m kind of an EM junkie; Oma and I go to Seattle and Victoria among other places today to enjoy this passion.
“Let me know if you have any questions or comments: this is OUR Community Radio Station.” You can contact Don at email@example.com.
Dr. Dave graces the KPTZ airwaves Drift Away, airing Mondays from 3-5 pm. In lieu of a proper biography here’s some rock’n’roll trivia courtesy of the Doctor himself:
Q: What major record company turned down the Beatles saying three guitars and a drum groups were going out?
Q: What was the name and what was the song that Simon and Garfunkel recorded before they were famous?
A: They were known as Tom and Jerry and recorded a song called “Hay School Girl” in their teen years.
Q: In order to get the Jefferson Airplane to play at Woodstock, what unknown band did their manager, Bill Graham, insist play also?
Q: Before Roger Mcguinn, founder of the Byrds, founded the Byrds, who did he back up?
A: Bobby Darin and the Limeliters
Q: The Kingston Trio’s most famous song, “Scotch and Soda,” was written by who?
A: No one knows, as the song was given to them by the parents of a girl one of them was dating. The parents had heard it on their honeymoon and although they had the sheet music, it lacked a name.
Art is a Viet Nam Veteran and a lifelong music lover. He has practiced his electronic skills setting up radio stations all over the country. Now, he records his Classic Jazz show for KPTZ in his home studio. Being deaf, he uses multiple computers to show him the sound and when to flip the switches. Classic Jazz airs Sundays 3-4pm.
Wednesdays from 4 to 5pm it’s Music To My Ears with a repeat Saturdays at 1pm – which means I play music from multiple genres and generations. Music that moves me to dance, cry, laugh, think, get goosebumps, reminisce, or to join in with harmony. You can expect to hear everything from the Mills Brothers to Led Zeppelin. Born to a burlesque performer, I grew up around musicians, dancers, comediennes, and have, since I can remember, been performing or writing for the stage, singing in clubs in the mid-and northwest. This is my first time actually at the controls in a studio, but I’ve written and been the voice talent for hundreds of radio commercials. This is quite the challenge and I’m having the time of my life! The best day of my life? When I met The Beatles. I wasn’t born in Port Townsend, but I got here as fast as I could. You can contact Dalana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Briceman, aka Brice Embree says, “My love for music goes back to early childhood and I am grateful to share my diverse collection with the listeners at KPTZ. From rock & roll to blues, jazz, bluegrass, world music and yes even some country thrown in I try to enhance your listening pleasure with my Boxed Chocolates show, Mondays 1 to 3pm.
You can contact Brice at email@example.com.
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.”
Don is also a past chair of the Port Townsend Arts Commission and has served on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce, the Port Townsend Economic Development Council, The Port Townsend Marine Science Center, and as President of Port Townsend Friends of the Arts. He first became involved with KPTZ when he began reading stories on Phil Andrus’ Tossed Salad some years ago.
Listen to Broadway Showtime Wednesday 3-4pm and Sundays 1-2pm.
You can contact Don at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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