Tossed Salad Archive Presented to JCHS

JCHS Archivist Ellie DiPietro and KPTZ DJ/host Phil Andrus (Photo credit: Barney Burke)

In December, Phil Andrus, host of KPTZ’s Cats in Our Laps presented the Jefferson County Historical Society with a complete audio archive of the Tossed Salad radio show. Tossed Salad was hosted by Andrus and aired every Friday on KPTZ for ten years. The show spotlighted regional non-profits, musicians, public service groups, artists, thinkers and organizers. The Tossed Salad archive will be part of the JCHS’s collection and was received by Ellie DiPietro, Jefferson County Historical Society Research Center Director. Listen to Phil Andrus on Cats in Our Laps on Sundays from 8-10pm on KPTZ.

Ten years of Tossed Salad was a close-up lens on ten years of life in Port Townsend and Jefferson County, from 2011 to 2020. The audio archive which KPTZ and I are presenting to the Jefferson County Historical Society includes interviews of history made and history in the making, as well as music made very much in the moment in the tiny KPTZ studio. There will come a time when these ten Salad years will bring the past, our present, alive for our descendants in voice and song.”
~ Phil Andrus, host & producer of KPTZ’s Tossed Salad

People often do not think about the times that we are living through as historic, but so much of what we experience day to day will be invaluable to people looking back at these times. Radio is such a great snapshot into our daily lives – it captures a unique perspective of what people want to engage with and share with each other. Tossed Salad has captured a decade of local perspective and we are very excited and honored to accept that into the JCHS collection!
~ Ellie DiPietro Jefferson County Historical Society Research Center Director

The Klallam Word of the Week

Beginning in January! KPTZ proudly partners with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and KSQM Sequim to bring you The Klallam Word of the Week, spotlighting a Klallam language word by pronunciation, definition and use. The Klallam Word of the week airs on KPTZ every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:15pm, immediately following the station’s evening news block (consisting of KPTZ Local News, the day’s Community Calendar, and National Native News).

This week’s Klallam Word of the Week is Cat

Vocal talents for Word of the Week provided by Mary Norton, Charlene Dick and Loni Greninger, including Music performed by Joshua Little Sunday.  

KPTZ Expands Local News Coverage


You, our valued audience, have asked for more local news coverage, and KPTZ delivers. As many want to know more about our community, we have recently expanded our local news offering with a twice weekly headlines program. KPTZ News now airs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:05pm.

Hosted by journalist Charlie Bermant, the 5-minute program summarizes stories from local media including the Port Townsend Leader and Peninsula Daily News, along with original stories produced by the KPTZ news staff.

“Not everybody reads the local papers, so they can miss what is going on around them,” says KPTZ Program Director Larry Stein. “We monitor the local media and report those stories of greatest interest and relevance to area residents.”

During our first month of operation nearly half the reported stories were written and produced by Bermant, who worked as the Peninsula Daily News Port Townsend bureau chief for 6 years before retiring in 2016. Other members of the KPTZ News team will contribute over the next few months.

The short bursts of the KPTZ News program complements the deeper coverage of KPTZ’s weekly half hour Compass program, which highlights more in-depth, feature-oriented stories.

Bermant has retained many of his PDN sources, adding “I still have the same cell phone.” He also has held on to many of his previous Facebook friends, as the social network is a tremendous source for news tips.

While Bermant has written a fair share of longer pieces, this program caters to the prevailing short attention span of the listening public. “People don’t have the time or inclination to learn about issues in depth,” Bermant said. “So we are boiling down these stories to the barest bones. Still, it plugs listeners in to the latest issues, and they know where to go if they need more information.”

Tossed Salad for 9/28/2018

Phil Andrus has an overflowing Tossed Salad bowl for us this week. Can’t Wait for Salad starts at 12:40pm with Siobhan Canty, Jefferson County Foundation Executive Director. Thereafter we’ll hear:

1:00Amijai Shalev, Bandoneon player from Buenos Aires
2:00Suzanne and Richard Friedrichs, music of Asia west to east
3:00 – Cast members of KCPT’s “Annapurna
3:30 – GARRETT, visiting from British Columbia. Sean Garrett on guitar, and Brian Jones on guitar and mandolin
4:30Bill Mawhinney, reading …

#120 Anita Schmucker, First Security Bank

(First airdate: September 25, 2018) ANITA SCHMUCKER: 100 KIDS & A BANKING CAREER. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Anita Schmucker, manager of the Port Hadlock Branch of First Security Bank. Anita switched from waitressing to banking and is excelling – she’s worked her way up the ladder to be branch manager. Along the way, Anita and her retired firefighter husband Andy have fostered around 100 kids. She’s passionate about children’s causes and works constantly to try to see that no kid slips between the cracks. She brings that same passion and enthusiasm to her bank. According to Anita, excellent customer service is the key to her career success.

Compass for the Week of 9/24/2018

This week on the Compass: In the afterglow of the Port Townsend Film Festival, we revisit our interview with a local philosopher about his lecture entitled “Seriously Funny: Humor, Film and Philosophy.”

KPTZ Goes to the Movies

It’s a Tradition!*

KPTZ’s Live Broadcast from opening night at the Port Townsend Film Festival will feature interviews with filmmakers by hosts Larry Stein, Cris Wilson, and Chris Bricker. The show airs Friday, September 21 from 5 to 7pm. Tune in! And if you’re at the festival, visit us at our remote studio. We will broadcast from our temporary studio in the lobby of Gooding O’Hara and Mackey, Accounting Corp, at Washington and Taylor Streets. Guests will have just arrived in a parade of classic cars down Washington Street, then celebrated the opening of the festival with the traditional Salmon dinner on Taylor Street. We’ll bring a number of them into our studio to catch the excitement of the Festival. Always an exciting night of film and radio!
*We continue the inspiration and spirit of our longtime partner in Film festival coverage, Marcia Perlstein.

Pre-Festival interview programs air the following times:
Program #1 – Tues Sept 18, 5:05pm & Wed Sept 19, 10:30am – interviews with director Sarah Menzies of Afghan Cycles; and composer David Keenan and performer Nova Devonie of Steamboat Bill Jr
Program #2 – Wed Sept 19, 9:30am & Thurs Sept 20, 12:10pm – interviews with director Arwen Curry of Worlds of Ursula K. LeGuin; and director Dan Habib of Intelligent Lives
Program #3 – Wed Sept 19, 10am & Fri Sept 21, 12:10pm – interviews with directors Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown of United Skates; and director V. Scott Balcerek of Satan & Adam

Tossed Salad for 9/21/2018

Tossed Salad host Phil Andrus launches us into the Fall season with Can’t Wait for Salad at 12:40 featuring Amanda Milholland of the Farmers Market and the closing of the PT Wednesday Market season. Thereafter:

1:00Jeanie Murphy, “Banjo Tunes, Tunings, and Lore”
2:00Jasmin Faulk-Dickerson, with Eros and Dante Faulk
3:00Holly Near and Laura Love, with Ellen Bonjourno
3:45Summer Love Cajun Band, sending summer off to good memories
4:30Don White, reading “ A Fable with Slips of White Paper Spilling from the Pockets”, by Kevin Brockmeier