2021 Graduation Ceremony Broadcasts

KPTZ congratulates the classes of 2021 on their achievements and is pleased to present broadcasts of the Port Townsend and Chimacum High School Graduation Ceremonies, live from Memorial Field in Port Townsend. Port Townsend’s commencement ceremony was broadcast live on Friday, June 11 on KPTZ, and was hosted by KPTZ’s Larry Stein with Port Townsend High School’s longtime Secretary Jan Boutilier as co-host. Listen here:

Chimacum’s ceremony was broadcast on Saturday June 12 on KPTZ, and was hosted by KPTZ’s Peter Robinson, with Chimacum High School’s Matt Orr as co-host. Listen here:

These graduation presentations were produced in collaboration with The Production Alliance and the Port Townsend and Chimacum School Districts. In the spirit of community, Graduation broadcast sponsors are: Finnriver: Farm and Cider Garden, and Corvus Crafts: Print, Design, and Marketing. Thanks from KPTZ to our valued business supporters and community partners.

KPTZ Honors Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

During the month of June, KPTZ turns its attention to the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. KPTZ recognizes and supports the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe who protect their treaty rights in area homelands by working with partner stewards of the land to preserve, enhance, and restore habitat and ensure that they can responsibly harvest their traditional foods for the next seven generations. The right to hunt, fish, and gather in their accustomed areas was retained by their S’Klallam ancestors in 1855, when they signed the Point No Point Treaty. Both Coastal Cafe and KPTZ’s new magazine Compass will feature The Tribe this month, and their efforts to protect and restore land, sea and habitat – see airing details below. After they have aired, both of these programs are also available on demand through our KPTZ Podcasts page.  

Coastal Cafe
A tribal perspective on the Kilisut Harbor restoration project which was the replacement of a restrictive causeway with a bridge between Indian and Marrowstone islands – an area of historic importance to both Jamestown and Port Gamble S’Klallam tribes. Coastal Cafe hosts Aaron Barnett and MaryAnn Wagner will speak with tribal members Hans Daubenberger and Randy Johnson as well as Rebecca Benjamin of the North Olympic Salmon Coalition. We’ll learn about the project’s impacts from both tribal and personal perspectives from key people involved with the project. Airs Wednesdays, June 9 and 16 at 5:30pm.

Further exploring The Tribe’s land stewardship work, Compass host Steve Evans tours the Jamestown S’Klallam’s prairie restoration project. Airing Saturday, June 5 at noon, and repeating Monday, June 7 at noon and 5PM.



KPTZ is an ALL volunteer radio station, and the magic happens through the efforts and gifts people like Germaine bring. KPTZ has so many wonderful volunteers who are committed to making KPTZ the best community radio station it can be.

Please join us in thanking Germaine Arthur, and countless others who show every day, together we are – KPTZ Eclectic, Authentic Community Radio!

ABOUT GERMAINE: Germaine is a great contributor to our community. Germaine not only volunteers her time here at KPTZ, she also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and is very involved with the Port Townsend Community Chorus and Ukuleles Unite.

Germaine and her husband Bernie moved to Port Townsend in 1969 to start a boat building company, Skookum Marine Construction. They have four children and six grandchildren, and recently celebrated their 52nd anniversary. She says her favorite KPTZ show is Ruby Fitch’s Beach Rubble – ” truly eclectic and very interesting.” says Germaine.

How long have you volunteered at KPTZ? I have been coming for the past year and a half. Just a couple of months from when KPTZ first aired.

Why did you decide to volunteer with KPTZ? I was talking with a friend of mine who is on the board of directors and told me they were looking for volunteers to help answer phones.

What do you like most about volunteering here? I like meeting and working with interesting people I would not otherwise meet.

I understand you play a ukulele, so you must be a lover of music. What genres of music do you like best? Classical, especially Choral music, Big Band music from the 40’s and Blue Grass.

Will we ever be able to hear you play your ukulele on air? NO!

Haha, we will try and get her to come in sometime we hope with her ukulele… You can find out more about Germaine and her Ukulele friends at ukulelesunite.com.

KPTZ Partners with Jeffco Dept. of Emergency Management


KPTZ IS YOUR PARTNER in helping to provide this community with important information in which to educate and inform of any weather warnings or disasters. We appreciate all the work the Department of Emergency Management is doing in keeping us informed and safe! For more information, please read the following…

The Jefferson County “emergency-information” blog is now active due to the RED FLAG warning issued by the National Weather Service.

When this area is under a WARNING, (or any other incident with community wide impact) the information is posted on the blog, and a NIXLE text message is disseminated to all subscribers.

To find our emergency information blog go to www.jeffcoeoc.org and click on the INCIDENTS IN PROGRESS tab.

To subscribe to free NIXLE text messages from this office go to www.jeffcoeoc.org and click on the cell phone icon in the upper right corner.

Bob Hamlin, Program Manager – KE7DPH
Jefferson County Dept. of Emergency Management

KPTZ – High Visibility at 19th & Blaine


KPTZ has a new look. Thank you so much for your hard work and contribution in bring a new look our way. Tom Booth, thank you for your beautiful KPTZ 91.9 stenciling! Ann Katzenbach, thank you for leading the efforts and a big thank you to Helen Gilbert, Colin Foden, Graham Hadden, Gail Pruit and Kate Dwyer for rolling up your sleeves and working so hard. If you didn’t know where we were driving down Blaine street, you will now!!


Kris Shapiro

Station Manager

1st Anniversary Ribbon Cutting and Open House


On Monday, May 14, the Jefferson County Chamber Ambassadors joined us at KPTZ on our first anniversary with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Followed by an open house – volunteers, members and guests dropped by for a slice of birthday cake courtesy of Candace’s Cookies, tamales by Rosa Delicia Mexicana, and fiddle and accordion music by The Alternators, Peter Evasick and George Radenbaugh. Thank you one and all for your support and birthday wishes!

KPTZ’s 2012 Commemorative T-Shirt

Our 2012 t-shirt was designed by local artist and KPTZ volunteer Tom Booth. It commemorates KPTZ being honored as this year’s Rhody Parade Grand Marshal and all of the volunteers at KPTZ who have made our first year on the air a success!


If you have volunteered at KPTZ, we invite you to march in the parade with us on Saturday, May 19. We will gather at the Fire Hall on Lawrence Street on or before 12:30 p.m. The parade starts at 1:00 p.m. Have fun with your “electic, authentic” attire, but wear comfortable shoes or boots. The route is about a mile and the parade through town will last about an hour. Contact our volunteer coordinator to RSVP you’ll be joining the procession at volunteer@kptz.org. Drop by the station to get your limited edition t-shirt (discounted for those marching in the parade). T-shirt colors are blue, sand and pistachio green.