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.

Where the Elwha River Meets the Sea

(First airdate: February 21, 2019) Washington Sea Grant’s Coastal Hazards Specialist Dr. Ian Miller discusses impacts and lessons learned after the removal of the two Elwha dams and the subsequent creation of new shoreline at the mouth of the Elwha River. Find out what the latest changes are on the Elwha River since the dam removals – and what they mean to you.

Nature Now #400
Climate Change and Life in the Sea, Part 2

(First airdate: February 20, 2019) Nature Now’s Nan Evans continues her conversation with Dr. Jan Newton, a biological oceanographer at the University of Washington, about climate change and the work being done to better understand how the oceans are being affected and what this can mean for human communities.

Tossed Salad for 2/22/2019

Phil Andrus returns to Tossed Salad with a generous serving of Can’t Wait for Salad at 12:40pm with the Key City Playfest. Thereafter you will enjoy:
1:00Lauren Flynn, from Los Angeles to Whidbey Island
2:00Bob Rosen, South County Report
2:30Ben Tyler, duck calls antique and new
3:15Tigran Arakeylan, Port Townsend Community Orchestra
3:45Judith-Kate Friedman “Songs from the Sound”
4:30Heather Dudley Nollette, reading…

Compass for the Week of 2/18/2019

Cannabis has medicinal qualities that haven’t been proven, as it is still illegal to study the drug. But there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that supports its curative properties. On this week’s Compass we talk to Dawn Darrington, who maintains that medicinal pot cured her breast cancer. Whether you believe that or not, it’s clear that cannabis isn’t just for getting high anymore.

Ray is Back with Ethereal Excursions

Spring fast approaches, though all that white stuff out there seems to belie the fact. The force of nature is a remarkable thing – you never know exactly what is coming. Here at KPTZ we have our own returning Force of Nature. Fortunately, we know both when he is coming and what his intentions are. Humans have to bear Mother Nature’s frequently fickle behavior. Ray Schroff, on the other hand, is a consistent joy to behold. A seasoned DJ from the old school of late night broadcasters, Ray has delivered to his listeners great music for decades.

KPTZ first broadcast on May 14, 2011. The next morning, Ray Schroff started the broadcast day introducing his fondly remembered show, Dream City Jukebox. Along the way, Ray settled in as a perennial favorite on Thursday afternoons from 1 to 3.

We are pleased to announce that, after a brief period of R and R, Ray is returning to KPTZ and his legions of devoted listeners ~ starting on Saturday, February 16 in the 10 pm – midnight slot with his new show, Ethereal Excursions.

Ray promises to play progressive jazz classics such as the work of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra. There’ll be choice selections from ambient composers Steve Roach, Craig Padilla and Forrest Fang among others and a strong selection of lesser known but equally worthy work of composers like Errki-Sven Tuur, Tristan Murail, Robert Simpson, Toru Tekemitsu and Iannis Xenakis.

Do tune in this Saturday and every week thereafter to hear one of this station’s pride and joys: Mr. Ray Schroff and his exotic and intriguing new endeavor, Ethereal Excursions ~ and take a super aural trip with a master radio host.

Love Is Alive @ KPTZ

We hope you’ll spend Valentines Day with 91.9FM KPTZ as the soundtrack! We’ve put together 15 hours of very special programming full of heart and soul, so we hope you’ll tune in to enjoy the ride!

And yes, we’re passing a 10-gallon hat asking for your donations today, all towards the ambitious goal for construction of KPTZ’s new home. Be Our Valentine and make us better able to serve the needs of this awesome community!

This is a huge opportunity since right now, all donations to help Build KPTZ a New Home are being tripled by the Sage Foundation grant match. We welcome you to bring in heartfelt contributions during today’s Love Is Alive. Feel free to mail them to our address (below), or use our online Donate 2.0 form. 

Check out these Love Is Alive highlights you’ll hear today, along with featured Donor Gifts every hour ~ our Thank You for stepping up in support of the exciting plans we’re making to Build KPTZ a New Home.

7-9am – Stringband Theory ~ Dave Long & Donn Trethewey
Janet Beazley & Chris Stuart (8:20am)
Jack Dwyer, Pane D’Amore and the Food Co-op (9am)
9:30-11am – Discovery Road ~ Tim Quackenbush & Buzzy Donahue
Stringology (10am)
Elevated Ice Cream Candy Shop
11am-12noon – Democracy Now
1-3pm – Vinyl Dialogues ~ Dick Keenan & Ruby Fitch feature 45s
Sfondo. Italian Music (2pm)
Glow Natural Skin Care and Finnriver Farm & Cidery
12-12:30pm – Larry Stein & Compass hosts Dave Cunningham, Charlie Bermant, then new show:
12:30-1pm – Coastal Café, Aaron Barnett
Safeway Floral Department
3-5pm – Mid-Life Crisis Dance Party ~ Ray Serebrin & Robert Ambrose, Ray Schroff (new show!), Ron McElroy (new time!)
Paul Rogers (3pm)
Spirits Bar & Grill at Old Alcohol Plant and Pourhouse
5-5:30pm – Chris Bricker & Nature Now hosts Nan Evans, Mary Robson Laminated Fine Bird Checklists
“Olympic Peninsula Birds” waterproof checklist
5:30-6pm – Port Ludlow Project (new show) Susan Solley & cast
Farm’s Reach Cafe
6-7pm – Unexpectedly All Over The Map ~ Kurt Munnich & Fish Stick
Unexpected Brass Band (6:15pm)
7-8pm – Disco Geezer ~ Pete Lack & Frank DePalma (Lowire)
PT’s DJ club scene
8-10pm – LoveLine ~ Captain Peacock & Lizz P
Cosmic Valentine Dedications