KPTZ is thrilled to announce that Mari Mullen Executive Director, The Port Townsend Main Street Program, has joined our Board of Directors. She is experienced in all four areas of the Main Street Four-Point Approach (Organization, Design,Economics, Promotion), with special expertise in marketing and public relations, fundraising, promotions, heritage tourism and event planning. The Port Townsend Main Street Program is anaward-winning, fully accredited Main Street Program with a national profile. Mari has served as aconsultant to the Washington State Main Street Program, the New Mexico Main Street Program,and the Dubois Wyoming Main Street Program. Prior to her work at Main Street, she served as the Marketing Director for Centrum, a center for the arts and creative education at Fort Worden State Park, and she was a special event/program planner at the Seattle Art Museum and at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. She has a Bachelor of Science in Communications (Radio, TV and Film Production)from Northwestern University in Evanston IL. Her first job was working in the communicationsoffice (electronic media) for the Archbishop of Chicago.
On a personal note: I believe in volunteerism and am excited to join the board of KPTZ 91.9 FM Radio Port Townsend. Past volunteer gigs have included the Port Townsend Film Festival (12 years!) and the marketing committee of Sound Experience/the Tall Ship Adventuress. Other interests include photography, writing, attending concerts, road trips to small towns, and fixing up my Victorian fixer upper.
KPTZ has always been committed to being a key resource when a disaster strikes our area. Located close to the Red Cross, police, and food bank, our studio is in an ideal place if and when our community is faced with an emergency. We have been working with the Jefferson County Emergency operations center, KROH and consultant Rita Kepner to make sure we are ready when needed. The experience from areas hit by emergencies has been that radio is one of the best resources, sometimes the only resource. Our role will be to provide accurate and timely information that can be valuable to everyone in the listening area for as long as necessary. We are linked in to the emergency networks and will get information directly from the emergency command centers.
We are in the process of making sure we can stay on the air even if it means broadcasting directly from our transmitter. The key, however, will be to make sure all our volunteers are trained and available. We have had a couple of trial runs of our system and we’re using the results to improve our documentation and training. Our volunteers would first make sure they and their families are safe and then we hope that enough of them would be available to get to the station. Let’s hope it’s not needed but if it is we want to make sure we’re ready to help.
KPTZ Community Radio. More than music.
Read our interview with DJ Mike Pollack, in which he talks about what one can't dance to, the love of two football teams, and the art of question answering. Mike's show, Progressive Tracks, airs on Monday nights at 9pm.
What can listeners expect to hear on your show?
I play Progressive Rock (or Prog for short), which is a bit hard to define because of all the off-shoots and sub-genres. The sounds range from symphonic to metal to folk to jazz to the avant-garde. But it’s generally a bit more complex and longer than what you hear on popular radio stations - it’s music for active listening vs. background music. Most people relate Prog to the 1970’s and to bands like Genesis, Yes, and Pink Floyd. Well, that was correct back in the 70’s, but Prog is still going strong today…… and it has ‘progressed’. I like to sum up Prog by saying: “It’s all the music you can’t dance to!”
Have you ever regretted playing a song on your show?
I don’t. Some KPTZ listeners might regret some stuff I have played though, you should ask them!
What piece of music do you wish you could play every week?
I like variety, so I’d hate to listen to something over and over. But if you paint me into a corner, it would probably be Jethro Tull’s “Thick As A Brick”, which is a 43-minute epic.
Give us your top three pastimes?
Well, music (listening and concerts) is an obvious one. But other than that, snow skiing (as a participant), and IndyCar Racing, and Unlimited Hydroplane Racing (as a spectator). I’m also a die-hard Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos fan (I can be both, because one is NFL and the other original AFL………yes, I am THAT old). Gee, that’s 6 instead of 3, isn’t it?
Tell us about your favorite local spot in the community?
My favorite nature spot is Fort Worden…….the gun emplacements, the beach, the lighthouse. My favorite man-made place is probably the Tyler Street Café – I’ve lived and died several times when it’s been reopened, only to close again. Oh, and of course the production booth at KPTZ (to be politically correct).
What other KPTZ shows do you like to listen to?
There are so many great, unique shows on KPTZ, but I like to listen to “Stockholm Syndrome” on Monday nights – there’s always new and interesting music on DJ Alexander’s show.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
The power to answer questions correctly……
KPTZ listeners have come to love Fridays on the radio due, in part, to Phil Andrus' weekly noon-4 variety show, Tossed Salad. Here are some of the highlights for the next two weeks of Salad. And check out this video of NW legends, Phil and Vivian Williams, who will be on Phil's show Friday, October 4th at 12:30.
Laura Lewis, Director, WSU Extension for Jefferson County; Jeanie Murphy “Banjo tunes, Tunings, and Lore"; Sylvia Herold, with Chuck Ervin on bass, Songs in many forms; Charlie Bermant, author of “Imagine There’s No Beatles"; Bill Mawhinney, reading “The White Silence” by Jack London
Sue Ohlson, Sunrise Coffee; Phil and Vivian Williams -- fiddle, guitar, and fifty years of Voyager Recordings; Tom Jay, the word of the month; Nancy McDaniel; Catherine McNabb, reading...