ShakeOut Drill 2021 ~ Thursday, 10/21 at 10:21

International ShakeOut Day is always the third Thursday of October (this year: October 21). While COVID-19 has brought many uncertainties and challenges, one thing’s for sure: ShakeOut is still happening this year!

KPTZ’s Emergency Team is prepared in case of any major emergency. On Thursday, October 21 our Team will participate in the annual Great ShakeOut Drill, set for 10:21am. When the alarm sounds during Thursday’s Discovery Road hosted by Tim Quackenbush, KPTZ will interrupt to present special programming featuring information about what will happen in the event of an emergency, and what to do.

In case of actual emergency, and for Thursday’s drill enactment, everyone is encouraged to tune into 91.9FM for up-to-date information about the situation. On October 21 at 10:21am, Tim will present special programming from KPTZ News Reporter Steve Evans, featuring members of the station’s Emergency Team. Team Lead Barney Burke and on-call member Peggy Myre will phone in from the Jefferson County Emergency Operations Center, adding to the discussion.

To participate in Thursday’s ShakeOut Drill, please take a minute out of your busy lives to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.” This exercise is simple, but should not be underrated. Wherever you are Thursday morning at 10:11am, DROP under a sturdy table, desk or chair. COVER your head and your neck. HOLD ON to the object you are taking cover under to prevent it from moving over you.

If you are outside, move clear of any building facades, trees, and power lines that might fall. If you are driving, slow down and pull off the roadway until the shaking stops. If you are in a tsunami evacuation zone (up to 50 feet above sea level), once the shaking stops, grab your go kit and head to higher ground. The ShakeOut is a great opportunity to practice your route.

For more information on emergency preparedness or to sign up for Jefferson County Emergency Management’s Nixle emergency text alerts, go to or text JEFFCODEM to 888777 to be automatically enrolled.

To find out how to organize your neighborhood, email [email protected].

City Council Candidates Forum Available for Viewing

Anyone unable to attend the October 7 Port Townsend City Council Candidates Forum can now view the video of the candidates for Position 1: Cameron Jones and Ben Thomas – and Position 5: Tyler Vega and Libby Wennstrom – via a link posted at or on YouTube at The League of Women Voters encourages all voters to watch the forum, view the candidates’ websites, and read their responses to written questions on prior to voting.

The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County sincerely thanks moderator Renee Klein, co-sponsor (the American Association of University Women-Port Townsend), and media partner (KPTZ 91.9 FM, Port Townsend’s Community Radio) for their support of the forum. They are equally grateful to local filmmaker Dennis Daneau, who edited and produced the video. For additional information, contact the League of Women Voters-Jefferson County at [email protected].

Ballots for the November 2 election will be mailed starting October 13 and must be turned in by November 2. New online and mailed-in registrations to vote must be received by October 25. In-person registration at the Jefferson County Courthouse is possible during business hours through November 2. See the Jefferson County Elections website at for more information on deadlines and ballot box locations.

Jefferson County has an Accessible Voting Unit located in the Courthouse, next to the Auditor’s Office. Access is available  weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Election Day hours are from 8:30am to 8pm. Questions: 385-9119. Or email [email protected].

May 5 – Celebrate, Celebrate, Dance to the Music!

KPTZ birthday party poster 400wOn May 14 of last year, KPTZ began broadcasting from its studio at Mountain View Commons. Suddenly we heard what all the work and planning had produced. We celebrated with a launch party, attended by so many of you, an evening of fun and celebration!

The closest we can come to celebrating our First Anniversary is the night of May 5 — a big day in Mexico and this year, a big day in Port Townsend. We’ve reserved the Oscar Erikson Building at the Fairgrounds, signed up two great local bands, brought out our DJs and turntables for some interim sounds, and we’re going to have a party!

We’ll start at 7 p.m. so families can come and have some fun and we’ll go until 11ish so dancers have lots of opportunity to kick up their heels. Along the way, we’ve planned a dance contest and there will be lots of great door prizes donated by local businesses.

Four local teachers have agreed to judge the dance contests — one will be Swing and then a second competition, Solo dancing that we describe as “Wiggle.” Janice Eklund, Karl Sebastian, Jan Burr, and Ling hui O’Connor will pick the best dancers. You don’t need to bring a partner. We will fix you up with someone, if you want to Swing.

There will be food – donated by Candace, Anka, and Pain D’Amore and the Food Co-op. There will be wine and beer and cider and soft drinks for sale. Coffee donated by Sunrise.

Lost in the Shuffle will be the band to start off the evening. The Pitfalls come on later.

Our new T-shirts will be for sale!

Tickets available at the Food Co-op, at the Station and at the door.

It promises to be a great evening. We hope you will join us in celebrating a year of community radio bringing you news, music, and public affairs. It wouldn’t have happened without you!

KPTZ’s First Anniversary Ribbon Cutting Ceremony May 14

ribbon-cutting2-183x173Please join all of us here at KPTZ and Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors on Monday, May 14, at 3:00 p.m. to celebrate our First Anniversary!

Following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony officiated by Board President Colin Foden, joined by other founders and board members, station manager and other volunteers, we invite you to our Open House. Birthday cake and refreshments will be served.

We are located at 1925 Blaine Street, Suite 200, at Mountain View Commons. Please note: with the library temporary relocated here parking is limited, but you can park along the street if the lot is full.

Meet our New Volunteer Coordinator!

LeeErickson-125x187We are happy to introduce Lee Erickson as KPTZ’s new Volunteer Coordinator. Recently moving to Port Townsend from Oregon, Lee has an extensive background in many capacities including management, non-profit, business owner, community group leader and more. Lee has been able to bring people together, both encouraging their unique talents while working towards a common goal.

We are very happy to welcome Lee to KPTZ. If you’d like to become a volunteer
and connect with Lee she can be reached via email at [email protected]

Our volunteer force continues to grow and we look forward to a bright future this coming year.

DJ Spotlight: Seth Raymond


photo credit: Holly Varah

KPTZ DJ Seth Raymond ruminates on cheap burritos, CCR, and pounding on the drums. See what else he has to say as you get to know a DJ. . .

What can listeners expect to hear on your show? I try to mix it up as best I can, but you will certainly hear some catchy rock n’ roll tunes. I love finding a song that has a certain quality. That good, honest quality that gets you moving, or breaks your heart, whatever the artist really intended. When a song really nails that, then it doesn’t matter what genre it is, it just works for me. You’ll just have to tune in and check it out.

Do you play music yourself? Not a lot at the moment, but over the years I have played in several bands. Guitar mostly, but I have played bass for a couple of projects, and I love to pound on the drums when ever I get the chance. Not much in life feels quite as good as finding a groove and banging out a beat. That said, I’m really not a very good drummer.

If you could have one super power, what would it be? Shape shifter.

What’s your favorite local spot? I grew up running around in the bunkers and there is still something satisfying about running around up there. Nostalgic maybe. The bunkers really haven’t changed much over the years and I love that. Hats off to the Uptown Pub though. I’ve been frequenting that burrito stand up at the gas station too. Not bad.

Who would be your ideal radio guest? Mike Watt of the minutemen. Or maybe Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. Hard to pick just one. I have yet to do a real interview on my show, but both of those musicians seem like people that I could really chill with. Have them up to the station and then have them over for dinner, you know what I mean?

Top three pastimes: Listening to music seems a bit too obvious here so I’ll skip that. I bought a boat a couple of years ago. That has to count as two right there: sailing the boat and fiddling around with the boat. I love partaking in a killer BBQ. Hanging out with friends and eating good food. That’s defiantly a favorite pastimes. It’s winter, so I should say reading books and taking baths, things like that, but I can’t. I really miss summer.

What is the last thing you regretted playing on your show? I played that Credence Clearwater Revival song Don’t Look Now. I messed up and somehow cut the first few bars out of the song. I don’t regret trying to play the song–I love that song–but I regret playing it and messing it up. It would have been a sweet transition from the last song too. I blew it.

What song do you wish you could play on your show every time? Oh, there is no way that I can pick just one. I could pick about five Kinks songs and be happy playing them week after week (and I do actually). There is a song by The Nerves called When You Find Out that I’m in love with right now. Or there’s I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight by Richard and Linda Thompson. That song really got under my skin in the best kind of way. I’ll stop there.

What is the last piece of music you listened to? Fleetwood Mac–The Chain.

Seth Raymond can be heard on Wednesdays from 10am to Noon.

May 14: Broadcasting Begins 8 AM, Celebrating Begins 8 PM!

On Saturday, May 14 2011, KPTZ invites all Jefferson & Clallam County community, family and friends to join in a night of festivities and merriment. Celebrate Radio Port Townsend’s long-anticipated entree onto the airwaves.

From 8 am that very morning, on 91.9 FM, KPTZ will begin formal broadcasting that reaches from Port Angeles and Sequim, to Port Townsend, Chimacum and Quilcene. Even places like Port Ludlow and areas like Queen Ann in Seattle may get clear reception. The morning’s radio schedule will repeat from 2 pm to 8 pm. Check out our weekend’s programming schedule.

Launch Party

Then at 8 pm until midnight, KPTZ’s Launch Party and Fundraiser takes over at the NW Maritime Center, 431 Water Street, to celebrate.

Launch Party Entertainment

The Launch Party’s musical entertainment includes Port Townsend’s very own Solvents.
As Seattle Weekly said March 30, “With their classic-rock leanings, Solvents have more balls to their sound than many bands with more buzz.”

Also performing: the Crow Quill Night Owls jug band, and DJs Caleb Peacock and Ruby Fitch with The Party Club.

This is an all-ages party meant for dancing.

We will also have a special “Audio Booth,” where you can record your very own KPTZ station ID, special messages for the new station and have interviews conducted by KPTZ field reporters!


Don’t miss this historic occasion. KPTZ suggests that guests contribute a $25 donation and kids 12 and under are free. But everyone is welcome to join the fun. Tickets are available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets online as well as locally from Quimper Sound, the Food Co-Op and at the door starting at 7 pm.


Light food will be prepared by Lil This, Lil That Catering thanks to the generous donations of many local eateries including (but not limited to!) Pane d’Amore, The Silverwater, The Fountain Cafe, Perfect Endings Cupcakes, Bob’s Bagels, and Candace Uptown Catering. A no-host bar will include beer from Port Townsend Brewery and a selection of regional wines from The Wine Seller. The gorgeous waterfront views of the NW Maritime Center will be complemented by the artful decorations and banners of Peter Gritt.

Max Grover Launch Party Poster

Prints of the Max Grover launch party poster will be available for purchase at the Launch Party. Additionally there will be a drawing for a pair of tickets to see Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion live at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville on June 11th. The winner will be announced at the launch party. The drawing is now closed.

At the party there will be opportunities to purchase limited edition, signed Max Grover posters as well as KPTZ’s first ever T-shirt, with the design based on Max’s painting in his new, evolving style and other special items.

Email or call the KPTZ office at 360-379-6886 for questions or additional information.