10/2-10/8 Fund Drive Features Historic KPTZ Broadcasts from Fort Worden

A major milestone is upon us! Coinciding with the station’s week-long fundraiser, five keynote KPTZ DJ hosts will broadcast live from our new broadcast studio this coming week!

Tue 10/04 – Rhythm Connection, Robert Ambrose 1-3pm
Tue 10/04 – Out of Nowhere, Peter Robinson 3-5pm
Wed 10/05 – Bring Your Records, Larry Stein 9:30-11am
Thu 10/06 – Discovery Road, Tim Quackenbush 9:30-11am
Fri 10/07 – The Buzzy Donahue Show 8-11am

The 7-day event signifies a huge benchmark, now that KPTZ’s engineers have installed the needed infrastructure to enable these broadcasts. As they showcase our long-awaited migration from the tiny Mountain View Commons building to newly renovated Building 305 at Fort Worden, we turn now to you who listen, asking you to support and sustain KPTZ’s continued home grown radio as a fixture that serves this community.

Moving to the Fort will enable us to add responsibilities to become even more reliably functional ~ this can happen only with enough funding to support this dedicated offering.

The buildout, together with continuing on the air and streaming 24-7 has stretched us all to full tilt capacity ~ especially since the pandemic, when we came up with workarounds so that many of our creative crew could work from home. Even now, the station remains closed to the public due to high COVID-19 transmission rates.

Meanwhile KPTZ continues to grow, serve and entertain! As the Drive commences, generous station donors have combined to establish a matching 1:1 fund, so that every dollar contributed will be doubled. Please listen over the week ahead, and contribute what you can towards our $60,000 goal to meet budgeted operating expenses. We very much appreciate you, your listenership, and your support!

Tune in! All of KPTZ’s live shows between October 2 and 8 are devoted to special programming for the week-long fund drive. 
Special Fund Drive Programming Additions:
Wednesday, October 6 Fund Drive Shows
3-3:30pm – DJ host Jerry Osborne joins Taylor Clark to swap stories and play some tunes.
3:30-4pmBroadway Showtime’s Don White shares a fundraising glass!
4-5pmDalana on air with Tim Quackenbush, for some Music to My Ears flair.
Saturday, October 8 Fund Drive Shows
Heads Up! with Jim Burke
9-11am – KPTZ Local News Reporter Casey Dolan joins Jim on air to throw some pitches. 
Johnnys Garage with Jonathan Evison
3-6pm – Jonathan Evison, author of Small WorldLawn Boy, and West of Here, is a record collector and will bring a variety of his favorite music to play on Johnny’s Garage.

KPTZ Welcomes New KCPT Musical

Image: Photo of Aba Kiser as Patsy Cline by Diane Urbani De La Paz
Poster art by Rose Burt

Key City Public Theatre’s new season kicks off with Always…Patsy Cline by Ted Swindley, a musical tribute to the legendary country singer, based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with Louise Seger, a Houston fan. The musical has enjoyed success throughout the U.S., including a well received run off-Broadway. Always…Patsy Cline features with down-home country humor, true emotion, and even some audience participation ~ and it all comes now to Port Townsend.

Always… Patsy Cline stars PT’s own singer-songwriter Aba Kiser as Patsy Cline, and Michelle Hensel as Louise Seger. Locally loved Aba Kiser has toured nationally as back-up for the likes of Eleanor Murray and Ings. Veteran KCPT performer Michelle Hensel previously appeared in Men on Boats and Enemy of the People. The show is directed by Denise Winter, with musical direction by Linda Dowdell, leading a six-piece band including Dowdell, Bud BrewerMaggie Jo Bulkley, Robert Bulkley, Bobbi Nikles, and Angie Tabor.

Running from Wednesday, September 28 to Sunday, October 23, Always… Patsy Cline showtimes vary, with evenings and matinee showings available. Advance tickets are available at KeyCityPublicTheatre.org, by phone at 360-385-KCPT, or at the door.

KPTZ Broadcast Interrupted by Affordable Housing

KPTZ was off-the-air Thursday afternoon for over three hours, as crews disconnected power and telecommunication lines to allow passage of this multiple family housing unit up Blaine Street. The four-unit house will be situated at the corner of Van Ness and Cherry Street.

Despite the temporary loss of broadcast, KPTZ continued to live stream its programming via the website.

A Wonderful Time Was Had by All!

Our Sgt. Pepper’s Band at the KPTZ Anniversary Concerts on May 6 & 7.
Band was led and concert directed by Paul Rogers…..with a stellar troupe of local participants.
Concert Producer: Tim Quackenbush
Photo Credit:  Bob Rowan (thank you Bob)

Sarah Van Gelder

(First airdate: May 3, 2017)  Cris Wilson interviews Sarah Van Gelder, author of The Revolution Where You Live: Stories From a 12000 Mile Journey through a New America.


A Special Bring Your Records This Week

Tune in to Larry’s Stein’s Bring Your Records this Wed. April 26 at 11am for a visit with pianist Julio Elizalde, Artistic Director of Olympic Music Festival, now in residence at Ft. Worden/Centrum in mid-July and most of August. Beautiful music, great musicians, and a fascinating new member of our regional artistic community.

Kathleen Alcala

(First airdate: April 19, 2017)  Cris Wilson talks with Kathleen Alcala, author of The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island.


#83 Peter Braden

(First airdate: March 28, 2017) IF YOU ARE SIX YEARS OLD, HE’S YOUR SUPER HERO. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Peter Braden, first-grade teacher at Grant Street School. The curriculum has changed over the 29 years he’s been teaching, but his boundless enthusiasm for learning hasn’t. Peter is now teaching the kids of moms and dads who were once his students. And those parents appreciate and love a superhero teacher from classrooms past and present.