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Your Connection to Community in an Emergency

 

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KPTZ has always been committed to being a key resource when a disaster strikes our area. Located close to the Red Cross, police, and food bank, our studio is in an ideal place if and when our community is faced with an emergency. We have been working with the Jefferson County Emergency operations center, KROH and consultant Rita Kepner to make sure we are ready when needed. The experience from areas hit by emergencies has been that radio is one of the best resources, sometimes the only resource. Our role will be to provide accurate and timely information that can be valuable to everyone in the listening area for as long as necessary. We are linked in to the emergency networks and will get information directly from the emergency command centers.

We are in the process of making sure we can stay on the air even if it means broadcasting directly from our transmitter. The key, however, will be to make sure all our volunteers are trained and available. We have had a couple of trial runs of our system and we’re using the results to improve our documentation and training. Our volunteers would first make sure they and their families are safe and then we hope that enough of them would be available to get to the station. Let’s hope it’s not needed but if it is we want to make sure we’re ready to help.

KPTZ Community Radio. More than music.

DJ Spotlight: Mike Pollack from Progressive Tracks

DJ Mike (ProgTracks)-300x225Read our interview with DJ Mike Pollack, in which he talks about what one can’t dance to, the love of two football teams, and the art of question answering. Mike’s show, Progressive Tracks, airs on Monday nights at 9pm.

What can listeners expect to hear on your show?

I play Progressive Rock (or Prog for short), which is a bit hard to define because of all the off-shoots and sub-genres. The sounds range from symphonic to metal to folk to jazz to the avant-garde. But it’s generally a bit more complex and longer than what you hear on popular radio stations – it’s music for active listening vs. background music. Most people relate Prog to the 1970’s and to bands like Genesis, Yes, and Pink Floyd. Well, that was correct back in the 70’s, but Prog is still going strong today…… and it has ‘progressed’. I like to sum up Prog by saying: “It’s all the music you can’t dance to!”

Have you ever regretted playing a song on your show?

I don’t. Some KPTZ listeners might regret some stuff I have played though, you should ask them!

What piece of music do you wish you could play every week?

I like variety, so I’d hate to listen to something over and over. But if you paint me into a corner, it would probably be Jethro Tull’s “Thick As A Brick”, which is a 43-minute epic.

Give us your top three pastimes?

Well, music (listening and concerts) is an obvious one. But other than that, snow skiing (as a participant), and IndyCar Racing, and Unlimited Hydroplane Racing (as a spectator). I’m also a die-hard Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos fan (I can be both, because one is NFL and the other original AFL………yes, I am THAT old). Gee, that’s 6 instead of 3, isn’t it?

Tell us about your favorite local spot in the community?

My favorite nature spot is Fort Worden…….the gun emplacements, the beach, the lighthouse. My favorite man-made place is probably the Tyler Street Café – I’ve lived and died several times when it’s been reopened, only to close again. Oh, and of course the production booth at KPTZ (to be politically correct).

What other KPTZ shows do you like to listen to?

There are so many great, unique shows on KPTZ, but I like to listen to “Stockholm Syndrome” on Monday nights – there’s always new and interesting music on DJ Alexander’s show.

If you could have a super power, what would it be?

The power to answer questions correctly……

Spotlight On Tossed Salad

KPTZ listeners have come to love Fridays on the radio due, in part, to Phil Andrus’ weekly noon-4 variety show, Tossed Salad. Here are some of the highlights for the next two weeks of Salad. And check out this video of NW legends, Phil and Vivian Williams, who will be on Phil’s show Friday, October 4th at 12:30.

September 27

Laura Lewis, Director, WSU Extension for Jefferson County; Jeanie Murphy “Banjo tunes, Tunings, and Lore”; Sylvia Herold, with Chuck Ervin on bass, Songs in many forms; Charlie Bermant, author of “Imagine There’s No Beatles”; Bill Mawhinney, reading “The White Silence” by Jack London

October 4

Sue Ohlson, Sunrise Coffee; Phil and Vivian Williams — fiddle, guitar, and fifty years of Voyager Recordings; Tom Jay, the word of the month; Nancy McDaniel; Catherine McNabb, reading…

KPTZ at The Wooden Boat Festival

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Join your local radio station at the Wooden Boat Festival this Friday through Sunday, September 6-8. We’ll be filling this festive weekend with live remote broadcasts, DJ meet-and-greets, a raffle, and more! Look for our yellow sign and stop by our booth while you’re perusing the more than 300 wooden vessels in the harbor. Come say hi, meet one of your local DJs, and–if you’re over 18–buy a raffle ticket for our awesome local prize, worth $600. The winner will get a year membership toEvergreen Fitness, a full service gym with group fitness, state of the art machines, a sauna and steam room, senior programs, a juice/espresso bar, and much more!

And if you can’t make it out the festival, catch the action by tuning in on Saturday from 12-2pm to hear some original interviews during our live remote broadcast. We hope to see you at this iconic local event!

Tune In! Monday’s Woodstock Anniversary Show

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Be sure to listen to KPTZ this coming Monday for our Labor Day Special: a rebroadcast of the Woodstock 44th Anniversary show by our own Dr Dave and the Briceman. If you missed Woodstock, if you missed this program …… here’s another chance! You’ll hear every artist who performed, each doing a song they performed at Woodstock. FAR OUT.  Join us. Monday September 2, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.

Come to Tonight’s Concerts on the Dock

August 29th Emerging Artists Night & DJ Dance Party!
With 2013 Stars of Tomorrow Winners “Daughters of Albion,” with “The Cold Comfort,” and DJ Silace Amaro

Come cut a rug, listen to some tunes, and grab a drink with us at tonight’s Concert on the Dock. We’re proud sponsors of this emerging artists lineup. Hope to see you there!

It’s all happening at Pope Marine Park/City Dock Civic Plaza, 607 Water St, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Programming Highlight: Bring Your Records

records-275x188If you haven’t listened to Larry Stein’s interview/music show, Bring Your Records, it’s time to tune in.  Every Wednesday from 11am to noon Larry invites one of Jefferson County’s many fascinating community members to “bring their records.” With a handful of their current favorite tunes in tow, each guest spends the hour sharing music and conversation with KPTZ’s own Director of Programming.  Past guests have included local greats Kris Nelson, Dominic Svornich, Nancy Fitch, Rob Birman, and many more.  Tune in Wednesday, August 28th for a sit-down with musician Pete Lack, and Wendesday, September 4th for a repeat with Centrum’s Peter McCracken.

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 underwriting@kptz.org to get your card today!

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Germaine Arthur

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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

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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