Tossed Salad Archive Presented to JCHS

JCHS Archivist Ellie DiPietro and KPTZ DJ/host Phil Andrus (Photo credit: Barney Burke)

In December, Phil Andrus, host of KPTZ’s Cats in Our Laps presented the Jefferson County Historical Society with a complete audio archive of the Tossed Salad radio show. Tossed Salad was hosted by Andrus and aired every Friday on KPTZ for ten years. The show spotlighted regional non-profits, musicians, public service groups, artists, thinkers and organizers. The Tossed Salad archive will be part of the JCHS’s collection and was received by Ellie DiPietro, Jefferson County Historical Society Research Center Director. Listen to Phil Andrus on Cats in Our Laps on Sundays from 8-10pm on KPTZ.

Ten years of Tossed Salad was a close-up lens on ten years of life in Port Townsend and Jefferson County, from 2011 to 2020. The audio archive which KPTZ and I are presenting to the Jefferson County Historical Society includes interviews of history made and history in the making, as well as music made very much in the moment in the tiny KPTZ studio. There will come a time when these ten Salad years will bring the past, our present, alive for our descendants in voice and song.”
~ Phil Andrus, host & producer of KPTZ’s Tossed Salad

People often do not think about the times that we are living through as historic, but so much of what we experience day to day will be invaluable to people looking back at these times. Radio is such a great snapshot into our daily lives – it captures a unique perspective of what people want to engage with and share with each other. Tossed Salad has captured a decade of local perspective and we are very excited and honored to accept that into the JCHS collection!
~ Ellie DiPietro Jefferson County Historical Society Research Center Director

The Klallam Word of the Week

Beginning in January! KPTZ proudly partners with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and KSQM Sequim to bring you The Klallam Word of the Week, spotlighting a Klallam language word by pronunciation, definition and use. The Klallam Word of the week airs on KPTZ every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:15pm, immediately following the station’s evening news block (consisting of KPTZ Local News, the day’s Community Calendar, and National Native News).

This week’s Klallam Word of the Week is Cat

Vocal talents for Word of the Week provided by Mary Norton, Charlene Dick and Loni Greninger, including Music performed by Joshua Little Sunday.  

Local Arts & Culture Leaders
Talk About the “New Now”

On April 22, KPTZ’s Bring Your Records host Larry Stein interviewed four Port Townsend notables about their lives and work in this pandemic period.
Guests included:

Carla Main: Vocalist and former Centrum Board President
Rocky Friedman: Owner since 1992 of the Rose Theatre
Mary Hilts: Centrum’s Acoustic Blues Program Manager
Mike Grady: Writer, co-producer, and performer in KPTZ’s Death of Comedy.

And on the April 8 program, Larry spoke with:

Anna Quinn: Author, Founder of Writers’ Workshoppe, and former co-owner of Imprint Books
Teresa Verraes: Executive Director of PT School of the Arts

The Blob

(First airdate: April 23, 2020) We’ve all heard about The Blob. But what exactly is it and what is its impact? In 2014 and 2016, a mass of warm water formed in the Pacific Ocean, wreaking havoc on marine life. And again, this past fall a similar ‘blob’ of abnormally warm water reappeared off the California coast. Coastal Café explores this phenomenon with fishery biologist Dr. Chris Harvey, NOAA NW Fisheries Science Center. 

KPTZ Coffee with the City Manager ~ 4/23

On Thursday, April 23, Port Townsend City Manager John Mauro conducted his weekly coffee meeting with the public on KPTZ’s Discovery Road, with host Tim Quackenbush. Mauro shared information about local plans being enacted for the days ahead. The half-hour conversation can be streamed and downloaded here.

Make a note for next Thursday: John Mauro will be taking questions via live phone calls from 10-10:30am on KPTZ’s Discovery Road with host Timothy Quackenbush. Call 360-215-7270 to ask your question. And, enjoy the ride!

April 23, 2020

April 23, 2020: Local News – Schools are still in session; Chamber publishes directory.

April 22, 2020

Local News: Unemployment highs; native wildflowers bloom.

Nature Now #459
Birding by Ear, Part 1

(Reprise airdate: April 22, 2020) Host Debaran Kelso is joined by birder extraordinaire Fred Sharpe, helping us to learn some of our more common local bird calls. This is Part 1 of a two-part show, which first aired in the spring of 2016.