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.

Jefferson County February 2021 Case Numbers

This graph shows the monthly and cumulative number of COVID-19 infections reported in Jefferson County, from March through February, 2021. Data source: Jefferson County Public Health Department website, graph created by KPTZ.

As of February 28, 2020 the total number of COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County was 335. There were 28 cases in January, slightly more than the spike of 79 in November.

DJ Makes Major KPTZ 2.0 Donation

KPTZ is excited to announce that one of our volunteer DJs has jump started our new Capital Campaign – called KPTZ 2.0 – by donating $100,000 towards our planned move to Fort Worden. Last November, KPTZ received a $500,000 challenge grant from the Sage Foundation. In addition, this grant provides a double match for dollars raised during our capital campaign. It was that generosity that spurred this anonymous gift. And we just have to brag, because we are blown away by all this generosity!

Our donor DJ says, “I had already planned to make a significant donation to the campaign eventually, but the opportunity to turn a $100,000 contribution into a total gift of $300,000 was too spectacular to let get away. I urge anyone who can make a donation to do so while Sage Foundation’s generous double match offer is still on the table.” KPTZ is grateful for this pace-setting gift.

The funds will be used to construct state-of-the-art studios and secure a permanent transmitter site, allowing us to leave our cramped Mountain View portable classroom and become part of the new Makers Square arts campus at Fort Worden.

If you are similarly inspired to triple your contribution while the Sage match is available, we invite you to make your check out to the “KPTZ Capital Campaign” and either mail it to KPTZ, PO Box 2091, Port Townsend 98368, or bring it in to the station so we can also thank you in person.

Lyanda Lynn Haupt

(First airdate: February 6, 2019) Lyanda Lynn Haupt visits with Cris Wilson to talk about Mozart’s Starling who is said to have inspired the theme in the Piano Concerto #17 in G!  From Vienna to Seattle, Lyanda helps us fall in love with a much maligned member of the avian tribe.

Tossed Salad for 2/08/2019

For our pre-Valentines Day enjoyment, Chris Bricker brings us a Tossed Salad array that’s full of heart. We’re sure you’ll enjoy this afternoon’s variety:

1:00 – Four Tunes for the Heart from Chris’s music library
1:15 – Storyborne’s Heart Stories: Bonnie Obremski with Aki and Amy Sousa
2:00 – Melody Eisler, Director of the Port Townsend Library,  announcing the 2019 Community Read
2:30 – One Time Players Director David Hillman and cast members from The Cripple of Inishmaan, on the process of developing a character
3:00 – Bertram Levy on concertina and bandoneon
3:30 – Blue Heron Presents Students from the Writing Program, with Brett Navin
4:00 – Phil Andrus from Manzanilla! (musical interlude)
4:30 – Don White reading Girlfriend Repair Shop by Simon Rich

Behind the Microphone with Kate Ingram

(First airdate: February 5, 2019) KPTZ’s own Kate Ingram reveals to Everybody Can host Missy Nielsen the many working parts behind the microphone at KPTZ. From the history of KPTZ to the many scores of dedicated volunteers, find out how this local public station keeps our community informed on local and global issues.

Compass for the Week of 2/04/2019

This week on the Compass we talk with award-winning journalist Dahr Jamail about his new book titled The End of Ice, for which he circled the globe to document in devastating detail the heartbreaking realities of runaway climate disruption.