Wow, it was a year ago today that Scott Wilson wrote the editorial Here comes KPTZ in the Leader:
"KPTZ, the new nonprofit radio station, is launching this week. Turn your FM radio dial to 91.9 at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 to hear the first words and music from the station....
The new station will have an immediate impact on local life. Mostly driven by volunteers, it will feature music spun by local experts and musicians, talk shows devoted to local topics and even newscasts.
Creating the local radio station has been a labor of love since Sherry Jones, Collin Brown, Colin Foden and Ann Katzenbach got together with the idea in 2006. Their talks led to an application to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and a license was granted in 2007. Since then the station incorporated, Jones left the board and National Public Radio alum Larry Stein, together with engineer Bill Putney, joined the board.
The City of Port Townsend came through with an offer of studio space at the Mountain View campus, now leased by the city. That provided 750 square feet for a broadcast facility. And in November 2010 the station got its final permit for a radio tower.
Now, it’s ready to go live with local talent.
Just one example is Ray Schroff, featured by Nicholas Johnson in this week’s Leader. Schroff will be hosting a two-hour weekly show called “Dream City Jukebox” that you will be hearing shortly after KPTZ goes on the air. Schroff is one of dozens of people who will find their new voice on our local airways.
Congratulations to all who helped make this debut possible, and we’re looking forward to hearing the first programs on KPTZ." - Scott Wilson
What a blast from the past! And here we are celebrating our 1st Anniversary, thousands upon thousands of programming and volunteer hours later! We hope you have enjoyed listening as much as we have enjoyed bringing you eclectic, authentic community radio 24/7. Keep on listening!
And, please join all of us here at KPTZ and the Chamber Ambassadors on Monday, May 14, at 3:00 p.m. for our Ribbon Cutting and Open House to celebrate our first year of being on the air! Drop by to say "Hi!", have some birthday cake and enjoy live music by The Alternators.
On 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!
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.
We 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@example.com
Our volunteer force continues to grow and we look forward to a bright future this coming year.
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.