KPTZ 2020 ~ Change

KPTZ 2020 ~ Change includes the audio clip from DJ host Dalana’s Music to My Ears show, aired on 7/08 and 7/11/20. KPTZ Programming Lead Ruby Fitch, host of Beach Rumble, added the snapshot of KPTZ during the summer of 2020 to get the word out about the many new developments on the 91.9FM airwaves, over recent weeks, with more changes due. Stay tuned!

Remember when change was something you found at the bottom of your purse or jacket pocket?

Well those days are definitely over. Now, because of the pandemic, we are bombarded with changes we never even dreamt of – while losing thousands of people to this virus. Change – starting with the countless weeks most of us stayed home, schools closed, most businesses shut down, the rampant unemployment, streets empty of cars, but full of protestors, and shortages of everyday things. Not to mention how we risk our lives to go shopping or fill up our cars, the risk of standing too close to people without face coverings, the risk of hugging a friend or kissing our grandchildren.

Change, risk, death, repeat.

The physical and mental anguish filling our lives begs for most of us to strive for some moments of peace, some respite from the world that’s spinning as always, but so much more confusing, troubling, frightening and changed.

So far, 2020 has been a challenging and inspiring time of adaptation and creativity for KPTZ, as we’ve pivoted to meet the evolving needs of our local community. Our 91.9 FM family of staff and volunteers has found profound solace and purpose in our work as a resource hub for public health information. We feel honored to be a source of comfort, connection, and communication during this period of hardship and social isolation.

The keystone of KPTZ’s COVID-era programming has been the Monday morning broadcast of the weekly Public Health Update from the Board of County Commissioners’ meeting.
You’re listening.
We’re listening.
We are all tuned in to hear Jefferson County Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke and Director of Emergency Management Willie Bence provide current regional and national information about the virus and its effects in our community.

Wellness and safety are always at the core of KPTZ’s messaging and momentum. This is reflected in the production and broadcast of Public Service Announcements – short, informational reminders about masking, testing, and health. And in our thoughtfully curated KPTZ Local News and Community Resources weekday features, as well as Through Science to Health, where experienced public health professionals digest the current thinking about best practices for staying healthy.

KPTZ has been called upon to air civic meetings & special events during a time when we as a community cannot safely gather in-person. Besides airing special joint meetings of our elected officials, we have partnered to broadcast City Council meetings, Port Commission meetings, and special candidate forums. Port Townsend City Manager John Mauro has also come forward to chat with constituent listeners directly, with his weekly call-in show Brewocracy Now.

In the midst of all of this, we are all doing our best to entertain and delight you! With new KPTZ shows like Filter, Crackin’ the Vault, Cats in Our Laps, It’s Saturday! & Live From Rainshadow. As well as our regular roster of music, conversation and wonderful what-not. Visit for our full daily and weekly schedules.
Thank you, listeners.
From KPTZ 91.9FM.
Radio does truly connect us all!
We at KPTZ want you to know that no one is suffering alone. We remain here for our community and all of our listeners during this very difficult time. Stay masked! Stay Safe! And stay with us at 91.9FM.

KPTZ’s Three For All

Join us this Wednesday afternoon from 1-5pm for a Three For All FUNd Drive for the Build KPTZ a New Home campaign. We’ve code named it “Triple Play” to emphasize the 2:1 Sage Match that triples all your donations.
This on-air event will start off with Charlie Bermant’s “Threefers” program from 1-3pm. Charlie (with co-host Buzzy Donahue) will play sets of 3 songs that are directly or loosely related to each other.
Then at 3pm, Tim Quackenbush sits in with Don White for a special Triple Broadway Showtime Play. Don will play 3 songs each from 3 chosen musicals to keep the Triple Hitter rolling.
Later during the 3pm hour, Larry Stein and Ruby Fitch will introduce and interview a 3rd important person, David Beckman. David is new to Port Townsend, recently having taken on the role of Director of Capital Projects for the construction of Fort Worden’s Maker’s Square. Yes, that includes 3 buildings ~ one of which is Building 305, KPTZ’s new home-to-be!
The broadcast will cap off when Larry and Dalana play some Music to Everyone’s Ears, where more threes will abound.
Phone lines (360-554-4430) will be open all afternoon, there’ll be some treats to eat and door prizes for donors.

Kathleen Dean Moore

(First airdate: March 6, 2019) Cris Wilson and Community Read author Kathleen Dean Moore talk about her first novel Piano Tide.  Set in a remote fishing village in Southeast Alaska, the intriguing and believable characters grapple with their environment on personal and existential levels.

Tossed Salad for 3/08/2019

In anticipation of springing our clocks ahead this coming Sunday (really, this soon?), Phil Andrus brings us Can’t Wait for Salad at 12:40pm featuring Sandra Gessner-Crabtree and Sarah Rubenstein talking about the Salish Coast School Garden event. Thereafter, Tossed Salad proper brings us:

1:00 – Sibling Revelry + Flip and Zeke
2:00Barry M. Andrews, Thoreau scholar and transcendentalist
2:30 – She Tells Sea Tales
3:15Paul deBarros and Lanny Turay
4:30Deborah Kate Hammond, reading

AARP Tax Aid

(First airdate: March 5, 2019) Ready to Assist. Filing a tax return can be daunting to many of us. Learn about the AARP free tax preparation assistance program as Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can delves into the topic with volunteer tax preparer Yvonne Starkey.

Compass for the Week of 3/04/2019

This week on the Compass we talk with Friends of the Trees Founder Michael “Skeeter” Pilarski about plans for the upcoming Global Earth Repair Conference, which will bring luminaries of the sustainability movement from around the world to Fort Worden to quite literally try to figure out how to save the world.