In Appreciation for John Clise

Donn Trethewey, John Clise, and Phil Andrus. Photo by Buzzy Donahue

All at KPTZ are saddened at the loss of the inimitable and fun-loving John Clise, who passed away on May 27. We and our listeners are very fortunate that John fed the KPTZ airwaves regularly to share the Community Calendars and his fine persona, for over 10 years. On May 15, the very day before he himself, turned 91, John joined the Monday morning crew during KPTZ’s 12th Birthday Fund Drive in making his final 91.9FM appearance, as shown in this photo with Donn Trethewey at the console and Phil Andrus also in the studio.
“I shall miss him,” says KPTZ’s Taylor Clark, who since 2013 was John’s production partner for the voiceover work Mr. Clise contributed. “John did voice, I did the engineering. It was a lot of reading but John always came prepared: having looked up pronunciations and marked out his cadence. After he left for the day I would do the edit and remove any flubs. There weren’t a lot of mistakes, but the outtakes often made me laugh. ‘Oh Balls!’” As we send love and comfort to Pam Clise and to all their family and friends, may John’s significant contributions to KPTZ, Port Townsend and our planet serve as inspiration to us all. To hear more of John’s story, and his voice, and to experience some of his humor, check out Maryanne McNellis’ interview with him from one year ago, in the Our Town archives: Episode #201: John Clise, Renaissance Man

We’re Looking for a Few Good Voices . . .


Help KPTZ prepare for our Spring Fund Drive by recording a testimonial about what you love about your local radio station. This will be fun, simple, quick and your voice will be heard!!

Become an important part of our Spring Drive in letting other listeners hear about the benefits you receive from having a local community radio. You can share some brief thoughts of your own, or read from a script which shares ways KPTZ provides services to our listeners. We hope to hear from you soon! We know this will be a fun and positive experience for all you do to help keep KPTZ on the air. We wouldn’t be here without you!

If interested just email [email protected]

Donate Your Car!

Donate Your Car

While observing our lovely local Port Townsend landscape, a remarkable number of “retired” looking vehicles have come to our attention. If you are the disenchanted owner of one of these beloved, but unmovable companions, KPTZ now has a friendly partner, willing to move it along.

We have joined with the Center for CAR Donations, who will pick up or tow your unwanted cars, boats on trailers, motor homes, trucks, operational motorcycles, farm equipment and recreational vehicles (snowmobiles, jet skis, etc.) for free. Their two main requirements are that the vehicle has an engine, and that you can provide its title, in your name.

KPTZ will benefit from your donation by receiving 80% of proceeds from its sale. All donations are tax deductible up to the actual sale price at auction, and you will receive a form 1098 for any vehicle selling for over $500.

There are two user-friendly ways make your vehicle donation to benefit our community radio station. The first is to be prepared with your VIN number and the names KPTZ and Port Townsend; then call the Center for CAR Donations at 877-411-3662. They will walk you through the simple process over the phone.

Or, if you prefer using the web, you can fill out the donation form online. click here

Voila! You have solved your vehicle removal problem, reduced your taxable income, and given KPTZ a healthy shot of community funding in less than ten minutes,

Thank you for your interdependence in keeping community radio ever fresh in PT!

Changes and Thanks

KPTZ is approaching 3 years on the air. Two key radio hosts who have helped us set our course, and tone, and have helped us connect with you, our community, are hanging up their DJ hats for the time being. We never say never here at KPTZ!

105-150x225Ruby Fitch of Beach Rubble (Thursdays 10-noon) folded up her Beach tent and did her last show in January. Ruby’s unique blend of musical discoveries – from current artists, to American roots, through Henry Mancini, polka, yodeling, and skating rink music (not to forget accordions) – has made Thursdays one of our most popular days of the week. Ruby was also in on the formation of the station, and helped assemble our original crew of hosts. She was there from Day 1. We can’t thank her enough. As listeners hear of her departure, they are sharing their appreciation and love. Happy Trails , Ruby. You are always part of KPTZ. A new Thursday line-up is coming. Check the KPTZ Schedules page soon for updates.

John H-studio-225x169John Hulburd of John H, Yoga for the Ears (Wed. 8-10am) has been with us almost from the beginning of KPTZ. He brought experience from community radio in No. Calif, an infectious sense of humor and fun, and a wide knowledge of international singer-songwriters. He took us rom Australia, to Ireland, and deep into the US — with repeated visits to Tom Waits and Greg Brown, and the many women’s voices he loves. John has also been an important part of our Emergency Preparedness team. Listeners don’t get to see him dancing in the studio by the end of his second hour. John will be on-air with us thru March 5th. And then he’ll be off to warmer waters, until June. Happy Sails ’til then .. with our thanks and love.

Ch-ch-ch-Changes ……

tumblr_lirjtxfcd91qbrdf3o1_500-200x280New Thursday on KPTZ. Stay Tuned

8-10 Discovery Road — Tim Quackenbush
10 – Noon NEW TIME Plugged in Planet – Susan Bublitz (repeat)
Noon — News and Interviews
1pm On the Romani Trail – David Burroughs
2 – 3:30 Mid-Life Crisis Dance Party — Ray Serebrin
3:30 – 5pm Dream City Jukebox RETURNS! – Ray Schroff
5 pm – Nature Now, and features
6 pm – Classic Syndrome – Chris Hawley
7 – 9pm All Over the Map – Kurt Munnich

13 hours of original, local programming on your Community’s Radio station.

Meet our Newest Board Member!

mari-model2 copy-300x200KPTZ is thrilled to announce that Mari Mullen Executive Director, The Port Townsend Main Street Program, has joined our Board of Directors. She is experienced in all four areas of the Main Street Four-Point Approach (Organization, Design,Economics, Promotion), with special expertise in marketing and public relations, fundraising, promotions, heritage tourism and event planning. The Port Townsend Main Street Program is anaward-winning, fully accredited Main Street Program with a national profile. Mari has served as aconsultant to the Washington State Main Street Program, the New Mexico Main Street Program,and the Dubois Wyoming Main Street Program. Prior to her work at Main Street, she served as the Marketing Director for Centrum, a center for the arts and creative education at Fort Worden State Park, and she was a special event/program planner at the Seattle Art Museum and at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. She has a Bachelor of Science in Communications (Radio, TV and Film Production)from Northwestern University in Evanston IL. Her first job was working in the communicationsoffice (electronic media) for the Archbishop of Chicago.

On a personal note: I believe in volunteerism and am excited to join the board of KPTZ 91.9 FM Radio Port Townsend. Past volunteer gigs have included the Port Townsend Film Festival (12 years!) and the marketing committee of Sound Experience/the Tall Ship Adventuress. Other interests include photography, writing, attending concerts, road trips to small towns, and fixing up my Victorian fixer upper.

Your Connection to Community in an Emergency


photo by Jason Squire

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.