KPTZ Radio Celebration

Your local community radio station is 10 years old! KPTZ is hosting an on-air celebration Thursday, May 13 through Wednesday, May 19. We’re looking back on a decade of achievements and talking about What’s Next for the station. This is a pivotal moment for KPTZ, as we embark now on our relocation to KPTZ’s new studios at Fort Worden’s Makers Square, to be complete later this year.

Thanks to generous donors, including our own KPTZ DJs, who contributed to a pool of matching funds, all new donations during What’s Next week are being matched, essentially doubling each and every donation! Our goal is to raise $50,000 to fund the station’s budgetary needs, stay tuned and we’ll update on progress!

We’ll be asking for your support throughout the week. Please help us continue and expand what we do best—RADIO! Everyone who donates to KPTZ will receive a sticker with our new logo. Also, Pane D’Amore is offering their much appreciated and sought after prize: A Loaf of Bread Every Week for a year! All What’s Next week donors are eligible, online donors will be entered automatically. All listeners can email to enter. The winner will be announced on Thursday May 20th.

KPTZ thanks our special anniversary programming sponsors as we build community together, through lasting connections:
Corvus Crafts
Goodman Sanitation
Port Townsend Garden Center
Power Trip Energy
Rainshadow Recording Studio
San Juan Villa
Sunshine Propane
Uptown Pub

Class of… Special: Nino Tempo

Okay boys and girls, prepare yourselves. Jerry Osborne will interview Nino Tempo on a very special Class of… show on Wed, May 16, 1-2pm during the KPTZ Spring Fund Drive.

Nino will talk about the hits he had with his sister, April Stevens, as well as the countless sessions on which he played sax and/or piano. Of special interest are his many sessions with Phil Spector and the legendary Wrecking Crew.  You do remember that 2008 documentary, don’t you?

The photo here is from his new (2018) CD album Purveyor of Balladry, and we will have the radio premier of three tracks from that collection on the show.

Help Us Celebrate Our 7th Birthday!

To celebrate our seventh birthday, we’re kicking off the KPTZ Spring Fund Drive week with an ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE on Monday the 14th from noon to 4pm.

May 14, 2011 was a momentous day in Jefferson County history!  Why? Because that’s when Port Townsend Radio first went on the air with eclectic, authentic community radio.

So it’s party time! And it’s time to ask for your donations to keep KPTZ alive and kicking as the soundtrack to life on the Quimper Peninsula.

In seven years we’ve grown and, with your help, home-grown radio will continue to thrive both on the air at 91.9FM and streaming at

Stop in this Monday for our Anniversary Open House right here, in the portable building at Mountain View Commons. And be sure to listen for radio treats all this coming week at your favorite station – KPTZ.

Heart of Learning: Jen Nielsen, PTHS Drama Director

(First airdate: May 3, 2018) Heather McRae-Woolf talks with Jennifer Nielsen, Drama Director at Port Townsend High School. Jennifer’s last production, after 15 years of work with students, is Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Performances continue through May 19, 2018 at Port Townsend High School.


Tossed Salad for 5/11/18

Tune in to hear Phil Andrus bring us another outstanding show featuring:
1:00 – Nhatt Nichols, vinyl surprises
2:00 – John Collins (former Port Commissioner), Jake Beattie (NW Maritime Center), & Gwendolyn Tracy (PTMTA), with Scott Wilson
3:00 – Evan Bombardier of One Earth Tree Care
3:30 – Claudia Schmidt and Judith-Kate Friedman
4:00 – Blue Heron Middle School Students, thanks to Brett Navin
4:30 – Catherine McNabb reading “In a Cafe” by Mary Lavin

#110 Angela Hewitson, NW Maritime Center

(First airdate: May 8, 2018) PARTY TIME AT THE MARITIME CENTER. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Angela Hewitson, the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Northwest Maritime Center. That tongue-twister title means that Angela is in charge of running down a list of some 1,400 “active volunteers” and getting about 500 of them lined up for the annual Wooden Boat Festival. She’s also helping out with the R2AK race, now in its fourth year. Hopefully Angela’s love of woodworking and her hospitality industry background will help her bring off the parties (and, yes, the Festival too).

Compass for the Week of 5/07/18

May is National Bicycle month, in recognition of which fact we are bringing you a reprise of a program on bicycle safety originally aired on Friday, April 13th as part of Phil Andrus’ Tossed Salad program.