Read 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……
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.
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
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...
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 to Evergreen 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!
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.
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
If 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.