KPTZ Presents Reckoning

Original art by Rose Burt

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.

May 14: Broadcasting Begins 8 AM, Celebrating Begins 8 PM!

On Saturday, May 14 2011, KPTZ invites all Jefferson & Clallam County community, family and friends to join in a night of festivities and merriment. Celebrate Radio Port Townsend’s long-anticipated entree onto the airwaves.

From 8 am that very morning, on 91.9 FM, KPTZ will begin formal broadcasting that reaches from Port Angeles and Sequim, to Port Townsend, Chimacum and Quilcene. Even places like Port Ludlow and areas like Queen Ann in Seattle may get clear reception. The morning’s radio schedule will repeat from 2 pm to 8 pm. Check out our weekend’s programming schedule.

Launch Party

Then at 8 pm until midnight, KPTZ’s Launch Party and Fundraiser takes over at the NW Maritime Center, 431 Water Street, to celebrate.

Launch Party Entertainment

The Launch Party’s musical entertainment includes Port Townsend’s very own Solvents.
As Seattle Weekly said March 30, “With their classic-rock leanings, Solvents have more balls to their sound than many bands with more buzz.”

Also performing: the Crow Quill Night Owls jug band, and DJs Caleb Peacock and Ruby Fitch with The Party Club.

This is an all-ages party meant for dancing.

We will also have a special “Audio Booth,” where you can record your very own KPTZ station ID, special messages for the new station and have interviews conducted by KPTZ field reporters!


Don’t miss this historic occasion. KPTZ suggests that guests contribute a $25 donation and kids 12 and under are free. But everyone is welcome to join the fun. Tickets are available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets online as well as locally from Quimper Sound, the Food Co-Op and at the door starting at 7 pm.


Light food will be prepared by Lil This, Lil That Catering thanks to the generous donations of many local eateries including (but not limited to!) Pane d’Amore, The Silverwater, The Fountain Cafe, Perfect Endings Cupcakes, Bob’s Bagels, and Candace Uptown Catering. A no-host bar will include beer from Port Townsend Brewery and a selection of regional wines from The Wine Seller. The gorgeous waterfront views of the NW Maritime Center will be complemented by the artful decorations and banners of Peter Gritt.

Max Grover Launch Party Poster

Prints of the Max Grover launch party poster will be available for purchase at the Launch Party. Additionally there will be a drawing for a pair of tickets to see Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion live at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville on June 11th. The winner will be announced at the launch party. The drawing is now closed.

At the party there will be opportunities to purchase limited edition, signed Max Grover posters as well as KPTZ’s first ever T-shirt, with the design based on Max’s painting in his new, evolving style and other special items.

Email or call the KPTZ office at 360-379-6886 for questions or additional information.