Fresh Programming on KPTZ

This Friday June 5, KPTZ presents the debut of Filter, hosted by Paul Rice weekly from 1-3pm. Filter is a live mashup of music and people. It’s an exploration of the place we live in and beyond. You can expect conversation, analysis, music, and a dash of the absurd.

Fridays are also the new home of Summer of Live, a 2-hour block of live music past and present, airing from 3-5pm. Specifically, KPTZ Presents Live From Rainshadow is on from 3-4pm and Crackin’ the Vault: Centrum’s Musical Archives airs from 4-5pm. Following are details:

KPTZ Presents Live From Rainshadow is a collaborative effort with Rainshadow Recording. KPTZ will broadcast a live concert every Friday, direct from Fort Worden, from 3-4pm. This Friday, June 5 concert features regional favorite Jack Dwyer. Jack is a multi-instrumentalist whose songs move seamlessly through the American canon, including classic country, jazz, honkytonk blues, and bluegrass.

Following the concert, KPTZ is happy to present, Crackin’ the Vault: Centrum’s Musical Archives from 4-5pm, hosted by Peter McCracken, longtime Program Manager for several of Centrum’s residential music workshops and festivals. Peter is digging into Centrum’s history and extensive library to share music and observations from decades of concerts. This week’s Cracking the Vault features performances and insights about the life and music of Cajun fiddler Dennis McGee.

But wait, there’s more! It’s Saturday! debuts on Saturday June 6. Charlie Bermant is retooling his Saturday 9-11am morning slot. The former Live! and Kicking will become It’s Saturday! Charlie will be mining his own collection of music to present a variety of sounds predominantly in the rock space, but not always. This includes oddball cover songs and imaginative flashes that went unnoticed, overshadowed by the trend of the day. There will also be some news and commentary, in true Charlie Bermant style.

Artwork by Erica Pemberton.

Exploring the Olympics with the Sierra Club

(First airdate: June 25, 2019) Sierra Club Peninsula Chapter leaders Bill Volmut and Darlene Schanfald leads Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can on a “virtual hike” with NOG(North Olympic Group). Discussing this local chapter’s impact as a powerful voice for environmental issues on the Olympic Peninsula one understands why their membership is nearly 1,400 members strong in Clallam and Jefferson counties.

Compass for the Week of 6/24/2019

Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows drew the final curtain on May 2, 2017, closing after 146 years. Immediately after, the city of Baraboo, Wisconsin (historic home of the Ringling Brothers) extended a heartfelt invitation to ALL former employees of the Greatest Show on Earth to attend its festival that summer as honored guests and Grand Marshalls of the Annual Circus Parade. KPTZ reporter Chris Bricker attended, not only to cover the event, but also as a former Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus clown. In this reprise of an earlier Compass episode, we revisit some of these employees, especially those who took care of the Circus Train — the Show’s home on the rails — as it reached its final run.
Also, a year ago, we gathered together some Swan School kids for a “Question & Answer Session,” and we thought it would be fun to revisit their answers.

Nature Now #416
Nick Zentner

(First airdate: June 19, 2019) Host Mary Robson journeys 40 million years back with geologist Nick Zentner to describe oceanic plates.

Tossed Salad for 6/21/2019

It’s officially summer, so relax and enjoy a lovely Tossed Salad presented by Phil Andrus in honor of all your growing gardens.
1:00  Aislinn Palmer, Townsend Bay Music Festival
1:15  Jeanie Murphy, “Banjo Tunes, Tunings, and Lore”
2:15  Al Bergstein, Olympic Peninsula Environmental News
2:45  David King, Joe Finn, and Richard Watson, Balkan DJs all
3:45  Dale Russ and Tom Creegan, Irish tunes on fiddle and pipes
4:30  Deborah Kate Hammond reading from “The Boy Who Loved Words”, by Roni Schotter

#137 Dick Schneider: Orchid Master

(First airdate: June 18, 2019) Our Town host Maryanne McNellis interviews Dick Schneider, who runs the Orchid Recovery Program out at Raincoast Farms. A lifetime ago Dick was a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley. He relocated to the Olympic Peninsula to retire. But life in the slow lane didn’t sit well with a guy used to excitement. His interest in the food chain led to starting Raincoast Farms. It’s an experimental farm designed to help farmers increase their yield and quality. Farmers all through the region came to rely on him to guide them to raise fabulous fruit. The farm expanded beyond tomatoes, of course. Somehow someone asked him to save an orchid that was clearly on its last legs. He then became entranced with the tropical flower.  One thing led to another and now, with two greenhouses full of orchids, he donates orchids to a wide range of charities such as hospice, the Dove House, and even individuals recovering from surgery or disease.

Compass for 6/17/2019

This week on the Compass, Dave Cunningham interviews climate conspiracy theorist Gene Farr, who believes that climate scientists worldwide are involved in a socialist plot to control the world’s population, led by an unnamed former director of the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and that global warming is actually beneficial–as evidenced by thriving plants and a rumored sighting of a family of fat and happy polar bears.