Virus Watch Podcasts

Through Science to Health ~ 9/04/20

Through Science to Health continues into September with Lynn Sorensen, RN and Chris Bricker, KPTZ Host discussing and commenting on the latest pandemic developments.

Lynn reiterated a number of talking points from Dr Tom Locke, Jefferson County Health Officer’s briefing to the BOCC on Monday, August 31st.
The University of Alberta researchers have developed a possible anti-viral treatment drug that works by stopping the novel coronavirus replication within human cells, thereby stopping the infection process. Also discussed is Dr Scott Atlas, a newly favored consultant to the president, regarding ‘herd immunity’.

KPTZ’s Through Science to Health ~ 8/21/20

Through Science to Health, a continuing bi-monthly interview and commentary with Lynn Sorensen, RN and KPTZ Host Chris Bricker began today with a public service announcement from the Jefferson County Public Health Dept. The announcement, authorized by Dr Tom Locke, Health Officer, was sent to KPTZ on August 20 asking for people who had attended a social gathering at Tarboo Lake on August 15 and 16 to contact their provider or call the Nurse Hotline at JHC at 360-344-3094 for possible exposure to coronavirus. Two persons from these gatherings were positive for COVID-19. The Health Dept has already identified 23 contacts at this party and is working quickly to get these people into isolation and quarantine.

Other topics include clinical studies of trial therapeutics for those already infected with coronavirus: Convalescent Plasma Therapy, and Remdesivir (antiviral) and Interferon beta in combination. Both of these therapies may prove to shorten hospital stays for those with COVID-19 by 4 days. The ongoing issue of masking included the care and feeding of your mask. Local case numbers are compared with Kitsap and Clallam county.

Through Science to Health ~ 8/07/20

Today’s Through Science to Health program with KPTZ host Chris Bricker and Lynn Sorensen, RN discussed local and national news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Articles from the National Institute for Health (NIH), NPR, and The Atlantic were sources for their discussion regarding vaccine development, therapeutic tests, infection and death projection numbers through 2020, and the human immune system – its usual response to pathogens and its unusual response to coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) where it over-performs, causing more damage to the human body. The question of school re-opening is still that – a question. Local school districts have yet to announce their plan for this academic year.

Through Science to Health ~ 7/24/20

Today’s Through Science to Health conversation between Lynn Sorensen, RN and Chris Bricker, KPTZ host, touched on many topics: the local and national numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S.; the rapidly increasing rate of confirmed cases from 3 million to 4 million in the past 15 days; travel advisories with 14-day quarantine rules now in place in states with fewer COVID-19 cases for travelers from ‘hot spot’ states, Washington state included; vaccine development and eventual access to a COVID-19 vaccine; who will get it and who can afford to get it; and the question of how schools will re-open this academic year, virtually or in person.

Through Science to Health ~ 7/10/20

Lynn Sorensen, RN, and Chris Bricker shared commentary regarding continued issues around masking to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the future of international travel, what a Quaran-team is, and the government’s Operation Warp Speed program financing vaccine development.


Through Science to Health ~ 6/26/20

Lynn Sorensen, RN, joined Chris Bricker and had a lively conversation regarding recent developments of the pandemic. They discussed the rise in young adults testing positive for Covid 19 and possible reasons for it. Politics have played a significant role in the country’s response to the pandemic and the wearing of masks has been front and center to a divisive controversy. June 26th is the first day of the governor’s order mandating the wearing of masks in public. Also the Jefferson County Phase 3 application has yet to be sent to the DOH. Jefferson County and Clallam County are still in Phase 2 and may be there until after the 4th of July weekend.

Through Science to Health ~ 6/12/20

Lynn Sorensen, RN, retired is a long-time community member of Port Townsend and an advocate for public health awareness and promotion. She is also a member of KPTZ’s Virus Watch and Emergency Response Team and offers information and commentary on the current COVID-19 pandemic response during interviews every other Friday this summer. Lynn and Chris Bricker, DJ host of Morning on the Salish continue KPTZ’s Through Science to Health series in a new time slot and day.

Their major topic of discussion this day was about Dr Tom Locke’s county-wide directive for people to wear a cloth mask if inside a business or outside when a 6-foot separation is not possible. Dr Locke issued a press release FAQ on June 9 about the mask directive that is now available on the Jefferson County website. The Black Lives Matter protests in Seattle and within Jefferson County are also addressed in the FAQ document. The reopening of Jefferson County to Phase 3 next week along with Clallam and Kitsap Counties will allow for larger group gatherings, thereby increasing the importance of wearing a mask. Cloth masks provide the most effective “source control” measure we have against the spread of the coronavirus.

Through Science to Health ~ 5/29/20

Today Lynn Sorensen, RN and Phil Andrus discussed the recent directive, dated 5/28/20, by Dr Tom Locke, Jefferson County Health Officer regarding the ‘mandatory’ wearing of cloth masks in public if unable to keep the social distance and always to enter a business or restaurant. Phil asked: if visitors arrive without masks, what can be done for them? Lynn suggested that the Visitor Center have free masks to give out to visitors. She also commended all the seamstresses who have given of their time and sewing expertise to continue to offer free cloth masks to the public.

Other counties, Clallam and Kitsap will both be in Phase 2 as of June 1st. Phil asked how will this affect Jefferson County. Lynn spoke to the divisiveness of cultures and the risk of ‘vaccine nationalism’; that is, when a working vaccine has been produced, will that country share it with the world? The U.S. and China are in a competitive stance at this time.

Through Science to Health ~ 5/22/20

On Tossed Salad, host Phil Andrus and guest Lynn Sorensen, RN, discussed the Safe Start plan’s Phase 2 variance for Jefferson County, which is expected to be approved by the Washington Board of Health to begin after Memorial Day.  They also talked about the difficulty in producing a COVID-19 vaccine. Lynn explained that the best possible vaccine would be one dose, would not have to be refrigerated, its production and distribution would be well coordinated, and all 7.5 billion people on earth would get vaccinated. That would be a miracle. And it’s not expected to happen.

Through Science to Health ~ 5/19/20

On today’s Morning on the Salish, Lynn Sorensen, RN, BSN and Chris Bricker expressed how they feel constantly on overload – or have a case of COVID or Pandemic Fatigue from the constant news and media barrage about the pandemic. They agreed how important it is to take a periodic sanity break in order to not burn out. Turning off the relentless news and going for a walk, or working in your garden can help create balance in this upside down world.

We are still in the early stages of this pandemic according to Dr Tom Locke and now is not the time to let our guard down or relax the prescribed mitigation practices of hand washing, social distancing and wearing masks.

Their conversation concluded by reading the poem Pandemic written by Rev. Lynn Ungar.

Through Science to Health ~ 5/15/20

On Tossed Salad, host Phil Andrus and guest, Kate Keenan, Retired Communicable Disease Investigator from San Diego County, discussed a recent article by Dr.  Erin Bromage characterizing elements of environments that provide from the safest to the most risky chance of exposure to an infected person with COVID-19…..where as many as 50% of people with active infection are asymptomatic. 

As the state proceeds through the four phases of re-opening our community, outside settings with continued social distancing appear to provide the least risk of exposure, while small crowded settings with poor ventilation and crowded with people appear to be the most risky.  All individuals 65 of age and older are still advised to shelter in place and limit themselves to essential outings.  Outdoor activities still remain a good source of protection as well as a boost to one’s mental  health to everyone, along with continued hand-washing, masks and social distancing.

Through Science to Health ~ 5/12/20

Lynn Sorensen, RN, BSN joins Chris Bricker for a conversation and to share new developments related to the variance potentially offered to Jefferson County. On Morning on the Salish, host Chris Bricker and she discussed various aspects of the phased re-opening process defined by Governor Inslee and the possible option of a variance for Jefferson County. Expanded testing, increased hospital surge capacity, expanded capacity to conduct contact tracing, and support for those isolated and quarantined all need to be in place as a condition for application. All communities are moving from drastic mitigation practices to manageable suppression of COVID-19 infections.

Through Science to Health ~ 5/08/20

Phil Andrus speaks with Lynn Sorensen on Coronavirus updates, including cases of “COVID Toes” now added to the list of COVID symptoms. They discussed the pros and cons of the variance offered to Jefferson County in the governor’s phased rollout to the Safe Start order.

Through Science to Health ~ 5/05/20

Lynn Sorensen, RN, BSN joins Chris Bricker for a conversation and to share new developments related to the variance potentially offered to Jefferson County in Gov. Inslee’s May 4 COVID-19 order for the 4-phase “Safe Start” plan.

Through Science to Health ~ 5/01/20

Phil Andrus spoke with Kathleen Keenan, to discuss the pros and cons around the current testing practicality and efficacy in our local area.

Through Science to Health ~ 4/28/20

Chris Bricker asked Kathleen Keenan to comment on an article that appeared in The NY Times on March 20, 2020 in an oped piece regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The article was written by Dr. David L. Katz, a preventive medical specialist. His article described an alternative to reopening society based on what was known at that time about the virus. He proposed that those not infected and with the least risk of severe disease consequences, be able to go back to work and acquire the infection, thus developing more herd immunity. Those at higher risk (the elderly or immune-compromised) would remain isolated until a vaccine was developed.

A comparison was made between March 20 and today, April 28, about what we now know and whether this is still an alternative solution. Younger persons with the disease are being hospitalized from COVID-19 infection, dose exposure to the virus can cause more severe disease as seen in the deaths among our frontline responders and medical staff, and the infrastructure for reopening is not in place. We would need ramped-up testing for the virus, an army of contact tracers, and sufficient personal protective equipment to protect frequently exposed workers until herd immunity is achieved with the development of a vaccine.

Through Science to Health ~ 4/24/20

Host Phil Andrus welcomed KPTZ Virus Watch Team member Lynn Sorensen, RN. Lynn has worked in hospitals, clinics, public health, and home health settings during her nursing career. She retired in 2016 from UW Medicine and returned to Port Townsend to live. Lynn shared with Phil this list of Mental Health Resources from the Local 2020 website that are available during this time:

Volunteers of America Crisis Response Services
For Jefferson County, call 888-910-0416
Click here for Online chat support – 24/7 free, confidential emotional support for individuals in crisis and/or considering suicide.

CDC Covid-19: Managing Anxiety and Stress

Discovery Behavioral Health, serving East Jefferson County
360-385-0321 M-F 8am-5pm
24-Hour Telephone Crisis Services 360-385-0321
(forwarded to Volunteers of America after hours). Available to all. Their primary focus is meeting the mental health needs of those covered by Medicaid.

The Benji Project – For middle and high school age students. Trained teachers host free 1-hour sessions to share stress relief, connection, and coping practices, twice a week. Questions? Contact Teresa, 360-821-1960.

Through Science to Health ~ 4/17/20

Host Phil Andrus welcomed KPTZ Virus Watch Team member Kate Keenan, San Diego Public Health Communicable Disease Investigator, retired after 20 years. Topics discussed were the efficacy of COVID-19 testing and the need for hand washing stations. This segment is a weekly feature at 1pm opening up the Tossed Salad mix each Friday, alternating between Kate and KPTZ VTeam member Lynn Sorensen, RN, BSN, who worked in hospitals, clinics, public health, home health, Group Health and other facets of the health care field, until she recently retired after 36 years.

Through Science to Health ~ 4/10/20

Host Phil Andrus welcomed KPTZ Virus Watch Team member Lynn Sorensen, RN, BSN. Lynn has worked in hospitals, clinics, public health, home health, Group Health and other facets of the health care field, until she recently retired after 36 years. Topics include the current COVID-19 case count in Jefferson County and local recommendations to avoid contamination, and speculation for community practices over the coming weeks and month. This segment is a weekly feature at 1pm opening up the Tossed Salad mix each Friday, alternating between Lynn and KPTZ VTeam member Kathleen Keenan, who retired after a 20-year career as communicable disease investigator for San Diego Public Health.

Through Science to Health ~ 4/07/20

On Tuesday mornings at 10, Morning on the Salish DJ host Chris Bricker offers an edition of KPTZ’s Through Science to Health, in addition to the Tossed Salad segment Fridays from 1 to 1:30pm. Both time slots provide live updates featuring Lynn Sorensen, RN, BSN, retired after 36 years and Kate Keenan, San Diego Public Health Communicable Disease Investigator, retired after 20 years. Members of KPTZ’s Virus Watch Team, they take turns sharing information on how to strengthen ourselves individually and collectively as we all work to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Jefferson County. 

KPTZ’s Through Science to Health ~ 4/03/20

Host Phil Andrus welcomed KPTZ Virus Watch Team member Kathleen Keenan, who retired after a 20-year career as communicable disease investigator for San Diego Public Health. Topics include the current COVID-19 case count in Jefferson County and local testing capacity, along with recommendations to avoid contamination. This segment will be a regular feature at 1pm opening up the Tossed Salad mix on upcoming Fridays, alternating between Kathleen and KPTZ VTeam member Lynn Sorensen, RN, BSN, retired after 36 years.

County Public Health Report ~ 2/08

Today, February 8, 2021, our local Public Health Officer, Dr. Tom Locke shared his assessment of the pandemic in Jefferson County and answered questions submitted by KPTZ listeners.

Submit your Public Health questions to Dr. Tom Locke by emailing [email protected]. Note: The weekly deadline for these to be submitted is on Fridays at noon, to be answered at the following Monday’s BOCC meeting.

General Remarks:

  • Nationally, new COVID-19 are declining rapidly, noting a 31% drop from two (2) weeks ago, with an average of 118,000 new cases a day, which was last seen in November 2020.  There has also been a decline in COVID-19 testing, suggesting many actual cases may go undetected. 
  • Washington, having seen a surge in December and January, has seen a similar drop (27%) in new cases detected, with 298 cases per 100,000 population and 7% case positivity.  Washington state ranks third (3rd) in the nation behind North Dakota and Hawaii in the decline of new cases. 
  • As of this day, Jefferson County has reported 321 cases, up from the previous two (2) weeks. Our case rate now stands at 125 per 100,000 population, up from 72 per 100,000 population in the previous reporting period, with an increased case positivity of 4.46%.  Increased cases are driven by cluster outbreaks, with 23 cases within a contained, non-public setting and the others by small non-household gatherings. These clusters, investigated quickly, limit spread to the wider community, making containment possible when close contacts are quarantined prior to testing positive. Dr. Locke reaffirmed the efficacy of the PCR test with regard to the cycle threshold (Ct) criticism mentioned during public comments today. 
  • Neighboring Clallam County has 82 cases per 100,000 population with 3% new case positivity.  Kitsap County reported 132 cases per 100,000 and 5.7% new case positivity, while Mason County recorded 143 cases per 100,000 population and 8.1% new case positivity. 
  • Vaccine supplies from the state continued to be limited, with 5,945 vaccinations given by Jefferson Healthcare(JHC) to date, while local pharmacies have vaccinated an additional 890 county residents. Our allotments locally have been reduced temporarily to give previously under-allotted counties their fair share. Currently, nearly two-thirds (2/3rds) of supplies ordered have been left unfilled. Vaccine allotments and shipments are expected to stabilize towards the end of February with an expectation that counties will know the allotment quantity weeks ahead of planning appointments.  Although JHC is set up to vaccinate large numbers of residents a day, they have not received a supply for prime doses for a few weeks.  This is expected to be resolved over time, with expectations of receipt of supplies to match the demand for vaccinations, including the Johnson & Johnson vaccine candidate that is seeking an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) hearing from the FDA scheduled for February 27, 2021. 
  • Three (3) variants currently found in the US, discovered by genomic sequencing, are being tracked. Mutations in viruses are expected due to the high frequency with which they replicate, however, these changes appear to make these variants more readily transmitted to another person by as much as 30%.  These strains have varying sensitivity to the current vaccines being used. Hence, strenuous control efforts need to be increased, to reduce chances for replication and the virus “escaping” the vaccines’ mechanisms of mounting an immune response. 
  • The current focus to reduce the spread of the new variants revolves around  improving the science behind masking design and use.  Guidelines for a better fit, improved filtration, and source control will be addressed by a new statement from the CDC to be released soon.  Dr. Locke warned that face shields only provide eye protection from flying debris and are useless to protect from infection or as a mechanism for source control.  Surgical masks, now more widely available, worn under cloth masks reduce your risk of infection and better protect others. He expects these protective measures to continue for the next few months, until a steep and sustained drop in new cases occurs.  
  • Dr. Locke addressed residents going to other county pharmacies to get the vaccine. He stated the counties were not in competition as the goal is to get as many residents vaccinated as soon as possible, although he cautioned that getting the second (2nd) dose should be given at the same site of the first (1st) dose. He noted that Mason County ranks first (1st) in completion rate of both vaccine doses delivered,  while Clallam County, supplemented by vaccine supplies from the Jamestown Family Health Clinic, ranks first (1st) among all counties in rate per 10,000 residents vaccinated for the prime dose.

KPTZ listeners questions:

  • The proposed revamping of health board regions by the Governor was purported to be linked to an area’s healthcare and hospital surge capacity, but does not appear supported by epidemiological data, per Dr. Locke. Plans are still being considered in senate committees, with an eye toward significant funding of public health infrastructure to possibly come from the health insurance system, in recognition of the long-standing, under funding of this vital disease prevention program.  
  • A new COVID-19 test kit will soon be available for home use. This new device uses a link to your smartphone, reports the results to the state DOH, and in combination with symptoms, reliably indicates infection.  Sensitivity of this COVID-19 test (the reliability of a true indication of infection), remains dependent on when the test is taken in your disease process.  
  • Currently, individuals who are over 75 years, or undergoing chemotherapy, or other complicated medical conditions remain the focus for prime vaccinations as supplies permit. Jefferson Healthcare is using its current patient database to identify these individuals for appointments or when next they interact with the healthcare system to provide the prime dose.  Unidentified high-risk elders are encouraged to contact their primary care provider for assistance in getting in the queue for a prime dose. 
  • With vaccine supplies limited currently, appointments for those in the 65-74 year old age cohort may have to rely on area pharmacies to provide vaccinations, as Jefferson Healthcare is still allowing appointments only for the 75 year old and up age cohort, due to their high risk of severe disease progression and death.   
  • Timing of the second dose of the vaccine series can be reasonably delayed and still provide expected protection from severe disease and death. It does not need to be matched exactly to manufacturer’s time frame, but should not be a problem if vaccine supplies are limited.  Most vaccine providers are making appointments for the second dose when the prime dose is delivered, however, actual vaccinations are supply-dependent at this time. 
  • The question of transmission of the coronavirus to others once you have been vaccinated has not been thoroughly studied, as this is difficult to study and carry out.  There is some preliminary, non-peer-reviewed data that suggests interruption of transmission is possible with a vaccine currently in clinical trials, AstraZeneca. It’s not exactly clear at this point in time, but may be an unexpected benefit of the vaccination.
  • Clinical trials are currently enrolling teenagers to answer questions of safety and efficacy. Pfizer is studying 12 to 16 year olds, with Moderna enrolling 12 to 18 year olds. It may take until the summer to have initial data for the older age groups.  Children 11 years and under typically have very mild symptoms and may not be involved in clinical trials in the near future. 
  • Vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer used messenger RNA technologies to create their vaccines, which delivers a bit of the genetic code to cells, providing the RNA recipe to make surface spike proteins which activate your immune response. It requires a prime dose and a final dose within 3 to 4 weeks of the first dose.  The Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines use a more common technology called viral vectored vaccines. This method uses a harmless adenovirus engineered to carry the genetic code for the SARS-Cov-2 spike protein into cells and requires only one dose.  All these vaccines prevent progression to severe disease and death, have side effects similar to seasonal flu vaccines, and can be reformatted easily if regional variants become predominant in an area. 

Willie Bence, Department of Emergency Management (DEM) said:  

  • State medical licensing boards are allowing medical practitioners in retirement, without a current license, to apply for emergency authorization during this pandemic to assist with mass vaccination efforts. So the medical pool for these events has grown.  Non-medical volunteers have also stepped up to volunteer, although the current need has been filled.  Mr. Bence stated that 112 shifts were filled in about 4 hours, demonstrating the willingness of this community to support the goal of mass vaccination events as the supplies increase over time, providing us a prospective view of this long-term commitment.  
  • President Biden has enacted changes to the Stanford Act by Executive Order that will allow states and counties to recover more of their local costs due to this pandemic. Counties can now recover 100% of their costs through FEMA and our local DEM is currently reviewing their costs and will resubmit their documents for more reimbursement, which means the traditional 25% local match is recouped by our county.  This is retroactive to January 2020, the start of the pandemic. 

KPTZ Celebrates Our Local Creative Culture

On Thursday, October 29, gather around the radio for a very special day-long broadcast devoted to KPTZ’s Community Connections. Join Thursday’s KPTZ DJ hosts for a mix of music and special features, curated to celebrate the wonders of life in the awesome place we live. Keep your dial set on KPTZ all day for conversations with local leaders, artists and visionaries woven throughout our regular programming.

7:30-9:30am – Stringband Theory ~ Dave Long w/ guest Peter McCracken, Centrum Foundation/host of Crackin’ the Vault.

9:30-11am – Discovery Road ~ Tim Quackenbush w/ guest Everett Moran, Rainshadow Recording, and Teresa Verraes, Port Townsend School of the Arts.

12:45-12:45pm – Brewocracy Now: Tim Q and you, for Coffee with PT City Manager John Mauro on Recovery & Resilience.

1-3pm – Community Connections ~ Phil Andrus with guests Carla Main, Rob Story, Corner Store; Leigh Herron, Concerts in the Barn; Christy Kissler, Finnriver; and Kathleen Kler, BOCC.

3-5pm – Mid-Life Crisis Dance Party ~ Ray Serebrin with guests Pattie Miles, co-artistic director of The Paradise Theatre School in Chimacum; Tamara Meredith, JCL Director; Rick Smith, President of East Jefferson Rotary.

5:15-5:45pm – Robert Ambrose‘s Critical Conversation with Dahr Jamail, Environmental Author.

5:45-6:30pm  Chris Bricker, featuring KPTZ’s Compass, Through Science to Health, Community Tides, and Working Waterfront programs.

6:30-7pm – Peter Robinson w/ guest DJ Mateu.

7-8pm – Disco Geezer, host Pete Lack

8-10pm – All Over the Map, host Kurt Munnich

The day will also be decorated with opportunities to support ongoing, quality broadcasting on 91.9FM, as the station gears up for our long-awaited move and expansion to Fort Worden. We’ll be passing the hat and asking for your support. Donate now to KPTZ, using the blue Donate button at the top of this web page.

KPTZ 2020 ~ Change

KPTZ 2020 ~ Change includes the audio clip from DJ host Dalana’s Music to My Ears show, aired on 7/08 and 7/11/20. KPTZ Programming Lead Ruby Fitch, host of Beach Rumble, added the snapshot of KPTZ during the summer of 2020 to get the word out about the many new developments on the 91.9FM airwaves, over recent weeks, with more changes due. Stay tuned!

Remember when change was something you found at the bottom of your purse or jacket pocket?

Well those days are definitely over. Now, because of the pandemic, we are bombarded with changes we never even dreamt of – while losing thousands of people to this virus. Change – starting with the countless weeks most of us stayed home, schools closed, most businesses shut down, the rampant unemployment, streets empty of cars, but full of protestors, and shortages of everyday things. Not to mention how we risk our lives to go shopping or fill up our cars, the risk of standing too close to people without face coverings, the risk of hugging a friend or kissing our grandchildren.

Change, risk, death, repeat.

The physical and mental anguish filling our lives begs for most of us to strive for some moments of peace, some respite from the world that’s spinning as always, but so much more confusing, troubling, frightening and changed.

So far, 2020 has been a challenging and inspiring time of adaptation and creativity for KPTZ, as we’ve pivoted to meet the evolving needs of our local community. Our 91.9 FM family of staff and volunteers has found profound solace and purpose in our work as a resource hub for public health information. We feel honored to be a source of comfort, connection, and communication during this period of hardship and social isolation.

The keystone of KPTZ’s COVID-era programming has been the Monday morning broadcast of the weekly Public Health Update from the Board of County Commissioners’ meeting.
You’re listening.
We’re listening.
We are all tuned in to hear Jefferson County Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke and Director of Emergency Management Willie Bence provide current regional and national information about the virus and its effects in our community.

Wellness and safety are always at the core of KPTZ’s messaging and momentum. This is reflected in the production and broadcast of Public Service Announcements – short, informational reminders about masking, testing, and health. And in our thoughtfully curated KPTZ Local News and Community Resources weekday features, as well as Through Science to Health, where experienced public health professionals digest the current thinking about best practices for staying healthy.

KPTZ has been called upon to air civic meetings & special events during a time when we as a community cannot safely gather in-person. Besides airing special joint meetings of our elected officials, we have partnered to broadcast City Council meetings, Port Commission meetings, and special candidate forums. Port Townsend City Manager John Mauro has also come forward to chat with constituent listeners directly, with his weekly call-in show Brewocracy Now.

In the midst of all of this, we are all doing our best to entertain and delight you! With new KPTZ shows like Filter, Crackin’ the Vault, Cats in Our Laps, It’s Saturday! & Live From Rainshadow. As well as our regular roster of music, conversation and wonderful what-not. Visit for our full daily and weekly schedules.
Thank you, listeners.
From KPTZ 91.9FM.
Radio does truly connect us all!
We at KPTZ want you to know that no one is suffering alone. We remain here for our community and all of our listeners during this very difficult time. Stay masked! Stay Safe! And stay with us at 91.9FM.

Tossed Salad for 5/29/2020 ~ The End of an Era

Can it possibly be? This Friday will be our final Tossed Salad show? Since May 2011 when KPTZ began broadcasting, Phil Andrus has brought us Friday afternoons of live music and interviews with the likes of Don White, Catherine McNabb, Kristin and Otto Smith, Deb Hammond, Scott Wilson…the list goes on. But, fear not, Phil will return soon with another creative (and, we hope, long-lived) show. His final lineup:
12:10Carla Main at the Wooden Boat Festival, from Sept 6, 2019
12:50 – Chat with Carla Main
1:00 – Through Science to Health: Lynn Sorensen, RN, BSN
1:20Dante and Eros Faulk, Jefferson County Fair, from August 9, 2019
2:00Denise Winter, Key City Public Theatre
2:30Justine Berg, Housing Solutions Network
2:45Scott Wilson, Scott and Phil for the last time, on Lake Toba
3:15Tom Jay, on the word “community”, from June 1, 2012
3:30Judith-Kate Friedman “Songs From the Sound”
4:30Don White, introduction of reading
4:40Don White, reading ”The Visit” by Ray Bradbury

Tossed Salad for 5/22/20

In the next-to-last Tossed Salad on KPTZ, host Phil Andrus brings us many discrete, yet wonderful to meld together components to enjoy:
1:00 – Through Science to Health: Lynn Sorensen, RN, BSN
1:30 Chuck Easton, George Radebaugh and Angie Tabor, from Finn River Farm on October 6, 2017
2:15 – Larry Charrier, Southeast Alaska commercial fisherman
2:30 – Hiroya Tsakumoto interview by telephone
2:40 – Hiroya Tsakumoto, solo guitar improvisations, from May 24, 2019
3:15 – Al Bergstein, Olympic Peninsula Environmental News
3:30 – Tigran Arakelyn, guest music host 
4:30 – Catherine McNabb, reading “Love Never Ends” by Stuart McLean, from April 26, 2019