KPTZ Programs

#98 Sam Lillie

(First airdate: October 24, 2017) HYPERLOCAL FOODIE ALERT: FROM YOUR GARDEN TO MY TABLE. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Sam Lillie, the founder of Vinder, a company that takes the ‘farm to table’ movement right down to the basics. Type your zip code into the web site ( to find out who is growing what in your neighborhood. Cherries, tomatoes, kale - it’s all there. You can pay via Paypal. Then you can either get things delivered or pick them up right in the backyard. Sometimes you can watch the owner/grower pick the produce right in front of you. And, of course, she/he could share some gardening tips. This is really fresh and really, really local.


Ellen Bonjorno – The Exit Interview

(First airdate: October 17, 2017) Treasured KPTZ host Marcia Perlstein shares a poignant farewell in this interview with DJ Ellen Bonjorno, along with Ellen’s lifelong friend Dale Klein, a longtime resident of Port Townsend. Ellen relocated to the Big Apple during October. Note: Ellen's Sing It, Sister! programs are being reprised on the 91.9 airwaves every Friday night from 7 to 8pm.


More 2017 Fall Pledge Drive Info

Click here to read more about the membership levels at KPTZ,
from general membership to the KPTZ Leadership Circle

Letter from Robert Ambrose, KPTZ Interim General Manager

Autumn has arrived, and like other seasonal certainties like leaf fall, pumpkins and losing an hour, it’s time for your local community radio station to ask for your financial support.

But first let us thank you for the valuable support
you already have given KPTZ — and for listening!

Next week we are having our Fall Pledge drive, and we are excited because it’s also a celebration. We celebrate the fact that over 70 KPTZ volunteers produce 64 hours of original local programming for our community every week. That is extraordinary for any community or public radio station. While adding several new music programs recently, we also added several national public affairs programs to help keep our community informed during this particularly challenging time in the country and world.

We are working to build a daily local news program.

KPTZ is endeavoring to make your community radio station more valuable than ever, and we have exciting plans for the coming year. Our success will depend on your participation and support, for KPTZ is community radio and is funded entirely by listener contributions. We need to raise $30,000 during this drive.

Your support is crucial.

Please consider a generous donation during next week’s pledge drive. Or better yet follow through right now by clicking here. If you choose to become a Sustaining Member, you will provide KPTZ with reliable, ongoing funding. Perhaps if we all would make our contributions sustaining, we could do away with pledge drives altogether! As a listener, that would be fine with me.

Thank you.

Robert Ambrose, KPTZ Interim General Manager
President, KPTZ Board of Directors

Compass for the Week of October 16, 2017

This Thursday, October 19, at precisely 10/19 in the morning it’s going to happen: The Great Shake-out Drill. Yes, it will be 10:19 on 10/19 when KPTZ will ask listeners to duck, cover, and hold, and in general to participate in a practice session to prepare for a major earthquake disaster. In this week’s Compass, we talk with KPTZ Emergency Preparedness Advisor Rita Kepner about what is entailed in preparing for the worst.


Anchee Min

(First airdate: October 11, 2017) Cris Wilson talks with Anchee Min, Jefferson County Library's 2017 Huntingford Lecture author. Min talks about her life growing up during the Maoist years in Red Azalea, and about her immigrant experience in her newest book The Cooked Seed.


#97 Bob Saring

(First airdate: October 10, 2017) TAPS & FOLDED FLAGS: HONORING THOSE WHO SERVED. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Bob Saring, the Captain of the Honor Guard for Port Townsend’s American Legion Post. The Legion’s contributions to the community are many: scholarships, the homeless shelter, and a veterans assistance program that covers everything from filling out paperwork to providing funds for an operation for a disabled vet’s service dog. Then there’s the Honor Guard. It will come to any vet’s memorial service to play taps and deliver a folded American flag to the grieving family. Not many people realize that you don’t have to be a member of the Legion for this free memorial. It’s for all honorably discharged vets.


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