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.

Businesses: Check out our Community Card

Local Business Owners – We are looking for you! Please consider taking part in our new KPTZ Community Card offer. For a low monthly cost you will be able to advertise on our website; offering your business name and hours/contact info/promotions-discounts/mapping directions for your business, as well as taking part in the discounts/promotions that other businesses are offering in our community. All the while, supporting KPTZ and reaching out to new and existing customers…it’s a win-win! Please contact [email protected] to get your card today!

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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!