KPTZ/JCHS Live Event and Broadcast

Every holiday season should have at least one festive party, so this year we here at KPTZ put together our own Holiday Extravaganza with the Jefferson County Historical Society (JCHS). On Saturday, December 11 from Noon to 4pm, KPTZ DJ Phil Andrus will host this live event from Jefferson Museum of Art & History in downtown Port Townsend and you’re invited! The event will be broadcast “live” on KPTZ and will feature music and a whole lot more.

Live music will be provided by:
– The Alternators (Peter Evasick and George Radebaugh)
– Le Coeur Criminel
– The Summer Band Brass Quintet
– Jean Lenke Jazz Quartet 
– Guitarist Trevor Hansen
Other events include holiday card-making and other wonderful winter activities.

There’ll be plenty of room for one one and all to join in the fun while observing safe social distancing. Room capacity is limited due to Covid-19 restrictions, and all attendees must provide proof of full vaccination status. If you can’t make it in-person, listen to KPTZ’s Holiday Extravaganza at 91.9 FM or stream it at

Thanks-Giving for Painters’ Progress!

As you may know, we’re in the midst of preparing for the big move to Fort Worden. The first big task has been all of the painting that needed to be done, ahead of furnishing the 2500-square foot square new station. KPTZ gives special thanks to our supporters at Peninsula Paint, including Port Townsend store manager Greg Hope and owners Ray and Diane Donahue for their significant contribution of all the paint, primer and supplies. “They were so easy to work with, they were awesome,” says KPTZ board member and relocation coordinator Monica MickHager.

Monica is pictured above (at right) with volunteer paint lead Sheila Long, who is president of Quimper Grange. “Sheila was a huge help,” says Monica. “She showed up for every single paint party.” 

We’re so very grateful to all the KPTZ volunteers who pitched in to help paint our new studios and offices.

Stay tuned to this page and our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates on the transformation of KPTZ’s new “Studio 305.”

Compass for the Week of 11/25/2019

Since April of 1997, the Buffalo Field Campaign has been standing in defense against the harassment and slaughter of our country’s last wild buffalo: the Yellowstone herds. This week on the Compass, KPTZ reporter Chris Bricker talks with the Campaign’s co-founder and coordinator, Mike Meese, who came through Port Townsend with the Buffalo Field Campaign Road Show, to raise awareness of the natural habitat of these wild, free-roaming buffalo and other native wildlife. Joining him is Patrick Johnson, Montana Native and Co-Chair of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Green Sanctuary Environmental Action Committee.

Nature Now #437
Robert Pyle, Part 2

(First airdate: November 20, 2019) Nature Now presents Robert Michael Pyle, interviewed by Mary Robson, in the second part of their interview about his 50 years of writing FOR nature.

Jennifer Pharr Davis

(First airdate: November 20, 2019) Jennifer Pharr Davis is an American long-distance hiker, an author, a speaker, a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and an ambassador for the American Hiking Society. She has hiked more than fourteen thousand miles on six different continents. In 2011, Pharr Davis set the unofficial record for the fastest thru hike of the Appalachian Trail with a time of 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes, an average of 47 miles a day. Cris talks with her about her book The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilence. We all need some of that!

Tossed Salad for 11/22/2019

For our pre-Thanksgiving warm-up, Phil Andrus brings us a Tossed Salad that will take the chill off your soul:
1:00Allison Arthur on homeless issues and the PIT count
1:30 – Judith-Kate Friedman, “Songs from the Sound”
2:30 – KCPT: cast of Mercy Falls
3:00Linda Yakush, Pan Waterfront
3:30Virginia Hand, real honest country music
4:30 – Catherine McNabb, reading

#146 Daniel Knudson, Chef

(First airdate: November 19, 2019) CHEF TALKS TASTY TURKEY. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Daniel Knudson, well known regional chef & Retail Manager for Key City Fish. Daniel came to Port Townsend in the 1970s and somehow never left. Over the years he transitioned from being a card shark to a restaurateur and chef. Today he talks turkey – outlining the way to make your Thanksgiving a succulent feast. Put that bird in brine in a five gallon bucket and stuff butter between the skin and meat. Oh, don’t forget about spatchcocking the bird (splitting it open). Then there’s guidelines for three kinds of stuffing and the perfect gravy. Daniel even spills on how to create fluffy crust for your pies.

Compass for the Week of 11/18/2019

Earlier this month John Mauro, who last worked in New Zealand, took over the job of Port Townsend city manager following David Timmons, who held the job for 20 years, an unprecedented term of service for that particular position. On this week’s Compass, Charlie Bermant talks to Mauro live on the air to hear his views about Port Townsend’s future direction. Note: This program will be rebroadcast not only Saturday, November 23 at noon, but also an additional airing on Thursday, November 21 following the KPTZ Local News broadcast at noon.