Fresh Programming on KPTZ

This Friday June 5, KPTZ presents the debut of Filter, hosted by Paul Rice weekly from 1-3pm. Filter is a live mashup of music and people. It’s an exploration of the place we live in and beyond. You can expect conversation, analysis, music, and a dash of the absurd.

Fridays are also the new home of Summer of Live, a 2-hour block of live music past and present, airing from 3-5pm. Specifically, KPTZ Presents Live From Rainshadow is on from 3-4pm and Cracking the Vault: Centrum’s Musical Archives airs from 4-5pm. Following are details:

KPTZ Presents Live From Rainshadow is a collaborative effort with Rainshadow Recording. KPTZ will broadcast a live concert every Friday, direct from Fort Worden, from 3-4pm. This Friday, June 5 concert features regional favorite Jack Dwyer. Jack is a multi-instrumentalist whose songs move seamlessly through the American canon, including classic country, jazz, honkytonk blues, and bluegrass.

Following the concert, KPTZ is happy to present, Cracking the Vault: Centrum’s Musical Archives from 4-5pm, hosted by Peter McCracken, longtime Program Manager for several of Centrum’s residential music workshops and festivals. Peter is digging into Centrum’s history and extensive library to share music and observations from decades of concerts. This week’s Cracking the Vault features performances and insights about the life and music of Cajun fiddler Dennis McGee.

But wait, there’s more! It’s Saturday! debuts on Saturday June 6. Charlie Bermant is retooling his Saturday 9-11am morning slot. The former Live! and Kicking will become It’s Saturday! Charlie will be mining his own collection of music to present a variety of sounds predominantly in the rock space, but not always. This includes oddball cover songs and imaginative flashes that went unnoticed, overshadowed by the trend of the day. There will also be some news and commentary, in true Charlie Bermant style.

Help Drive KPTZ into the Future

As we celebrate KPTZ’s 7th anniversary on air and ask you to DONATE NOW, we’re excited to launch our community survey to help us steer the future of local, independent community radio on the Quimper Peninsula.

Also, whether you’re a daily KPTZ listener or you just tune in occasionally, we want to hear from you! As we begin to move forward with expansion and relocation of our studio and space to Fort Worden’s anticipated Maker’s Square, we’re eager to learn more about your listening habits, what you love about the station and what you think we could do differently to help us guide our future. So please fill out this KPTZ COMMUNITY SURVEY.

In the coming months and years, we’ll be working hard on our new home to help fortify our signal and emergency broadcast role, grow our capacity for community service, establish new partnerships, and be the best independent community radio station possible. Your voice matters!

Compass for the Week of 5/21/2018

In May of 2016, Muslims from Seattle visited Port Townsend to discuss their faith and respond to the tough questions about radical Islamic terrorism that you’ve probably always wanted to ask. Two years later, the violence continues … and the answers from this particular sect may surprise you.


Tossed Salad for 5/18/18

Fleshing out the minimalist published schedule, here’s what Phil Andrus has planned for us this special Friday during our Spring Membership Drive.

First, Can’t Wait for Salad at 12:45 bring us Nadia Fisch and Margie McDonald for the Wearable Arts Show. Nadia won Best of Show for Saturday’s Wearable Arts Show for her piece “Intermission”.

The rest of Tossed Salad features:
1:00 – Rhody Festival Queen Ashley Rosser and Princesses Desirae Kudronowicz, Lacy Bishop and Skyanna Lardella
1:30 – Daniel Macke and Trevor Hanson, “The Long Splice” – twin acoustic guitars and one acoustic mandocello
2:30 – Bob Rosen, South County Report, with Rita Frangione (Vet connect) and John Braasch (Stand Down)
3:00 – The Brothers Dennison, Rick and Larry – The abridged version
3:30 – Judith-Kate, “Songs From the Sound” – A new song from Judith-Kate and new recordings from recents visitors to Port Townsend
4:30 – Don White, reading “The Crime on Calle de la Persequida”, by Palacio Valdez
4:45 – Nan Toby, pianist poet, reading two recent poems from “Tidepools”

Compass for the Week of 5/14/18

This week on the Compass, we join eighth-grade students from a Port Townsend Middle School who have become part of a very important scientific study as they work side-by-side with the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Class of… Special: Nino Tempo

Okay boys and girls, prepare yourselves. Jerry Osborne will interview Nino Tempo on a very special Class of… show on Wed, May 16, 1-2pm during the KPTZ Spring Fund Drive.

Nino will talk about the hits he had with his sister, April Stevens, as well as the countless sessions on which he played sax and/or piano. Of special interest are his many sessions with Phil Spector and the legendary Wrecking Crew.  You do remember that 2008 documentary, don’t you?

The photo here is from his new (2018) CD album Purveyor of Balladry, and we will have the radio premier of three tracks from that collection on the show.

Help Us Celebrate Our 7th Birthday!

To celebrate our seventh birthday, we’re kicking off the KPTZ Spring Fund Drive week with an ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE on Monday the 14th from noon to 4pm.

May 14, 2011 was a momentous day in Jefferson County history!  Why? Because that’s when Port Townsend Radio first went on the air with eclectic, authentic community radio.

So it’s party time! And it’s time to ask for your donations to keep KPTZ alive and kicking as the soundtrack to life on the Quimper Peninsula.

In seven years we’ve grown and, with your help, home-grown radio will continue to thrive both on the air at 91.9FM and streaming at

Stop in this Monday for our Anniversary Open House right here, in the portable building at Mountain View Commons. And be sure to listen for radio treats all this coming week at your favorite station – KPTZ.