KPTZ Presents Reckoning

Original art by Rose Burt

KPTZ Presents Reckoning: A Conversation between BIPOC and Law Enforcement in Jefferson County on Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 7-9pm on KPTZ 91.9FM Port Townsend. This is a radio broadcast of a moderated panel discussion with local Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and Jefferson County Sheriff Joe Nole, a collaborative effort between local BIPOC community representatives, Jefferson County Commissioner Kate Dean, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, and KPTZ Radio.

After the killing of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement in May, The United States has once again had to face the truth that our governing and legal systems are steeped in historic and institutional racism. Jefferson County is also in the process of reckoning with this reality. This radio broadcast intends to provide a platform for an open conversation about racial prejudice in policing, specifically in our county.

Local BIPOC panelists are Sabrina Hill, Paris Jade, Victor Paz, and Sean Vinson. The discussion will be moderated by Darrell Thomas. Sheriff Joe Nole will represent Jefferson County law enforcement. Opening remarks by County Commissioner Kate Dean. This program is supported by KPTZ, Sunfield Land For Learning, and Coldwell Banker Best Homes.

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Help Fortify KPTZ with Fall Funds ~ This Week!

It’s the 2019 KPTZ Fall Fund Drive all this week, Monday, October 28 thru Saturday, November 2. Our ambitious goal to raise $40,000 will help fund our budgeted expenses as we gear up to move the station into larger, soundproof studios and office being built “as we speak” in the flagship Makers Square building on the Fort Worden campus.

New for this year’s Drive are KPTZ Fortifier glasses, KPTZ’s gift to acknowledge sustaining donations of just $5 a month (or a one-time donation of $60). Again, for larger donations we offer “Maximum Max” T-Shirts in all sizes, as well as KPTZ Vests and Hoodies. Additionally, while supplies last, there are also a few KPTZ Deep Squeeze Hoodies and pairs of passes to Key City Public Theatre’s holiday performances of Mercy Falls and of Spirit of the Yule.

In recent weeks it’s become more and more apparent how much we need more space and updates to support our on-air broadcasts. Many days when recording in our production studio, engineers have to remind others working normally at the station to speak more softly in order to obtain a good recording. And last week when we received the boxes of KPTZ Fortifier glasses for the new donor gifts, these fit inside only by using a shoe horn.

This is certainly a pivotal time of growth for KPTZ. Your help along with others who pitch in is what will keep us broadcasting and propel us into our new home less than one year from now. We can’t thank our generous donors enough!

King Tides


(First airdate: October 31, 2019) What King Tides Can Tell Us About Future Sea Levels. Coastal Café talks with Bridget Trosin, s a Marine Policy Specialist with Washington Sea Grant. She heads up the Washington State King Tides program which monitors king tides and the flooding they can cause in coastal Washington. She hosts king tide viewing events around the coast every winter when the tides come in, showing people what our shorelines may look like in the future with rising sea levels.

Nature Now #434
Robert Pyle, Part 1

(First airdate: October 23, 2019) Robert Michael Pyle, who is noted for observation and writing about nature from butterflies to Bigfoot, joins us to share his skills

Tossed Salad for 11/01/2019

Coming to the close of our Fall Fund Drive, Phil Andrus brings us a memorable Tossed Salad featuring:
12:00 – Shayann Hoffer-Pauley, Jefferson Teen Center yoga benefit
12:30 – Dare to Be Square, with Joanne Pontrello, Paul Denison and Dave Thielk
1:15 – David Michael and Joe Breskin
2:00 – Bob Rosen, South County Report
2:30 – Wes Weddell and Joe Jencks, the news in song
3:15 – Wayne Chimenti, Community Boat Project benefit
3:45 – Tres Piedras:  Bonnie Zahnow – fiddle, Marla Streeter – fiddle, Bruce Reid – guitar, Pedro – vihuela
4:30 – Don White, reading

Jennifer Gold

(First airdate: October 2, 2019) Jennifer Gold aka Nicole Persun talks to Cris about her book “The Ingredients of Us”.  Jennifer writes very believable, of the moment,  books about women and their flawed relationships.  This is a story about love, mistakes, second chances, and finding inner strength. 

Dog Training

(First airdate: October 29, 2019) Marta Krissovich of Autism Service Dogs of America shares with Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can the experiences Marta encounters as she facilitates and transforms adorable puppies into well-behaved service dogs and in the process, significantly changes the lives of children with autism.