Deeper Blues

A new locally produced program on KPTZ! Tune in for Deeper Blues with Chicago Bob Longmire, a time set aside for an in-depth focus on various aspects of blues culture: performers, styles, social issues, and more. Every Tuesday at 7pm Bob will focus on a different performer or topic for an hour to enjoy learning more of this uniquely American culture. Please also note Bill Mericier’s Jazz Notes new start time of 8pm on Tuesdays, following Deeper Blues.

Born in Tacoma, Bob Longmire lived in Chicago for over 40 years before coming “home”, drawn by Port Townsend’s creative spirit and by Puget Sound.  Deeper Blues is his chance to share music and stories that underlie the blues, toward a better understanding of those who shaped it, enjoyed it, and developed it over the decades.

County Public Health Report ~ 3/01

Today, March 1, Jefferson County Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke shared his assessment of the pandemic in Jefferson County and answered questions submitted by KPTZ listeners. Department of Emergency Management Director Willie Bence also gave an update on current Emergency Operations actions, in light of the most recent developments.

Even though broadcast of the March 1, 2021 Public Health Briefings was incomplete, the entire segment is now included in this audio recording. 

Click here to read complete notes on today’s briefings

Submit your Public Health questions to Dr. Tom Locke by emailing Note: The weekly deadline for these to be submitted is on Fridays at noon, to be answered at the following Monday’s BOCC meeting.

Ray is Back with Ethereal Excursions

Spring fast approaches, though all that white stuff out there seems to belie the fact. The force of nature is a remarkable thing – you never know exactly what is coming. Here at KPTZ we have our own returning Force of Nature. Fortunately, we know both when he is coming and what his intentions are. Humans have to bear Mother Nature’s frequently fickle behavior. Ray Schroff, on the other hand, is a consistent joy to behold. A seasoned DJ from the old school of late night broadcasters, Ray has delivered to his listeners great music for decades.

KPTZ first broadcast on May 14, 2011. The next morning, Ray Schroff started the broadcast day introducing his fondly remembered show, Dream City Jukebox. Along the way, Ray settled in as a perennial favorite on Thursday afternoons from 1 to 3.

We are pleased to announce that, after a brief period of R and R, Ray is returning to KPTZ and his legions of devoted listeners ~ starting on Saturday, February 16 in the 10 pm – midnight slot with his new show, Ethereal Excursions.

Ray promises to play progressive jazz classics such as the work of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra. There’ll be choice selections from ambient composers Steve Roach, Craig Padilla and Forrest Fang among others and a strong selection of lesser known but equally worthy work of composers like Errki-Sven Tuur, Tristan Murail, Robert Simpson, Toru Tekemitsu and Iannis Xenakis.

Do tune in this Saturday and every week thereafter to hear one of this station’s pride and joys: Mr. Ray Schroff and his exotic and intriguing new endeavor, Ethereal Excursions ~ and take a super aural trip with a master radio host.

Love Is Alive @ KPTZ

We hope you’ll spend Valentines Day with 91.9FM KPTZ as the soundtrack! We’ve put together 15 hours of very special programming full of heart and soul, so we hope you’ll tune in to enjoy the ride!

And yes, we’re passing a 10-gallon hat asking for your donations today, all towards the ambitious goal for construction of KPTZ’s new home. Be Our Valentine and make us better able to serve the needs of this awesome community!

This is a huge opportunity since right now, all donations to help Build KPTZ a New Home are being tripled by the Sage Foundation grant match. We welcome you to bring in heartfelt contributions during today’s Love Is Alive. Feel free to mail them to our address (below), or use our online Donate 2.0 form. 

Check out these Love Is Alive highlights you’ll hear today, along with featured Donor Gifts every hour ~ our Thank You for stepping up in support of the exciting plans we’re making to Build KPTZ a New Home.

7-9am – Stringband Theory ~ Dave Long & Donn Trethewey
Janet Beazley & Chris Stuart (8:20am)
Jack Dwyer, Pane D’Amore and the Food Co-op (9am)
9:30-11am – Discovery Road ~ Tim Quackenbush & Buzzy Donahue
Stringology (10am)
Elevated Ice Cream Candy Shop
11am-12noon – Democracy Now
1-3pm – Vinyl Dialogues ~ Dick Keenan & Ruby Fitch feature 45s
Sfondo. Italian Music (2pm)
Glow Natural Skin Care and Finnriver Farm & Cidery
12-12:30pm – Larry Stein & Compass hosts Dave Cunningham, Charlie Bermant, then new show:
12:30-1pm – Coastal Café, Aaron Barnett
Safeway Floral Department
3-5pm – Mid-Life Crisis Dance Party ~ Ray Serebrin & Robert Ambrose, Ray Schroff (new show!), Ron McElroy (new time!)
Paul Rogers (3pm)
Spirits Bar & Grill at Old Alcohol Plant and Pourhouse
5-5:30pm – Chris Bricker & Nature Now hosts Nan Evans, Mary Robson Laminated Fine Bird Checklists
“Olympic Peninsula Birds” waterproof checklist
5:30-6pm – Port Ludlow Project (new show) Susan Solley & cast
Farm’s Reach Cafe
6-7pm – Unexpectedly All Over The Map ~ Kurt Munnich & Fish Stick
Unexpected Brass Band (6:15pm)
7-8pm – Disco Geezer ~ Pete Lack & Frank DePalma (Lowire)
PT’s DJ club scene
8-10pm – LoveLine ~ Captain Peacock & Lizz P
Cosmic Valentine Dedications

Captain Peacock’s LoveLine Waits for You

Dance Party in Your Living Room DJ Captain Peacock will be on the air Thursday, Valentines Day from 8 to 10 pm for the Love Is Alive Special KPTZ LoveLine! To make a dedication, call the LoveLine phone number (360-912-8123) and record your special message. First come, first serve! Dedications need to be less than 30 seconds long to be played during Captain Peacock’s Valentine “LoveLine” Special.

Nature Now #399
Megan Anderson

(First airdate: February 13, 2019). Mary Robson and Dr. Megan Anderson discuss the geology and geophysical forces that shaped our region, hoping to make an accurate map of the underworld here.

#129 James Kennedy, Jeffco’s New Prosecutor

(First airdate: February 12, 2019) Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis, interviews James Kennedy, Jefferson County’s new Prosecuting Attorney. He’s a decorated military veteran and a father of three. He brings to the office boundless enthusiasm and a determination to get the job done. Kennedy wants to revitalize the prosecutor’s office. He has openly questioned the turnover in the office under previous leadership.

Compass for the Week of 2/11/2019

This week on the Compass, the publisher of the Port Townsend Leader newspaper tells us what went wrong last year, takes most of the blame himself, and explains why he expects a bright future for local journalism.