KPTZ Presents Reckoning

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KPTZ Presents Reckoning: A Conversation between BIPOC and Law Enforcement in Jefferson County on Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 7-9pm on KPTZ 91.9FM Port Townsend. This is a radio broadcast of a moderated panel discussion with local Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and Jefferson County Sheriff Joe Nole, a collaborative effort between local BIPOC community representatives, Jefferson County Commissioner Kate Dean, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, and KPTZ Radio.

After the killing of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement in May, The United States has once again had to face the truth that our governing and legal systems are steeped in historic and institutional racism. Jefferson County is also in the process of reckoning with this reality. This radio broadcast intends to provide a platform for an open conversation about racial prejudice in policing, specifically in our county.

Local BIPOC panelists are Sabrina Hill, Paris Jade, Victor Paz, and Sean Vinson. The discussion will be moderated by Darrell Thomas. Sheriff Joe Nole will represent Jefferson County law enforcement. Opening remarks by County Commissioner Kate Dean. This program is supported by KPTZ, Sunfield Land For Learning, and Coldwell Banker Best Homes.

Hear Centrum’s Voice Works on KPTZ

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VOICEWORKS at Centrum this week…… and on KPTZ.
Wed. 11am, hear the music of VoiceWorks artists on Bring Your Records.
Thursday on Discovery Road, 8-10am, Tim Q. will host Elizabeth LaPrelle, and Pharis and Jason Romero.
Friday night, LIVE on KPTZ, the VoiceWorks Concert from Wheeler Theater — Global Resonance 7:30 to 10pm. (It is SOLD OUT, so you can join in on-air on KPTZ)
Thanks Centrum, VoiceWorks artists, and our listeners


Happy Birthday to Us!

May 14th was KPTZ’s 4th Anniversary.  Many thanks to our community of listeners and supporters for helping us make it this far.  Here’s to many more years!  

GLORIOUS FOOD a new program on KPTZ

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Mara Lathrop hosts a half hour exploration of food in our culture, and our region…..featuring interviews, and personal essays, and a recipe or two. Produced by Mara Lathrop and CJ Lazenby.

A program you’ve been asking for since we started.

Dining on Air

Dining On Air is a fun and easy way to reach out to your friends and introduce them to the station.  Sign up to be a Dinner Host on June 19th.  Invite your friends over for dinner, plan a fun menu, and listen to DJ Barney Burke play some eclectic dining tunes. He’ll also mention what dishes hosts are serving and take song requests. At the end of dinner, ask your friends to become members.  It’s easy and fun! KPTZ will give all dinner hosts and your friends KPTZ mugs. Contact to sign up.

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Meet our Interns!

Among the many volunteers behind KPTZ is a small but vital group of young interns to whom we are so grateful.  Meet (pictured below from left to right) Ewan Shortess, Jacob Brown, and Jani Jesenovec.  Ewan is a editor, Jacob is a DJ and Editor, and Jani helps us with our IT.  Beyond their individual skills they bring a terrific spirit, humor, and proficiency to the KPTZ studio.  If you’re interested in becoming a Radio Intern, email us at

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Larry Dennison Joins the Board of Directors

KSEDzsZKPTZ is pleased to welcome our newest Board Member, Larry Dennison. You may know Larry most recently from his bygone but well-loved Dos Okies BBQ, which he co-owned with DJ Ron McElroy. Since moving to Port Townsend in 1974 Larry has been a vital and active member of this community. He has served on boards including the Jefferson Land Trust, Port Townsend Merchants Association, Port Townsend Planning Commission, and the Peninsula Development Council–to name a few. Professionally, Larry was elected Jefferson County Commissioner from 1984-1992, and has had a major hand in the following local businesses: the Town Tavern, Puffin Shoe Repair, Port Townsend Baking Co., Coyote Found Candles, and of course Dos Okie Barbeque. In his spare time Larry enjoys fly fishing, gardening, cooking, reading, writing, and story-telling.

Please join us in giving Larry a warm welcome to KPTZ’s Board of Directors. Welcome, Larry!