Farewell to KPTZ’s In Conversation ~ 7/07

KPTZ’s In Conversation airs its final episode on Tuesday, July 7, immediately following the Local News at noon. The finale is available just below, for download and streaming.

For over six years host Sheila Bender and sound engineer Charlie Fleishman created In Conversation: Discussions on Writing and the Writing Life. During the show’s run, Sheila interviewed poets, novelists, screenwriters, playwrights, Young Adult writers, journalists, memoirists, cartoonists, nonfiction writers, new and emerging writers, and teachers on teaching writing, as well as youth writers, publishers, editors, and writing program directors. 

Sheila’s intriguing questions and Charlie’s expert sound editing had the show’s guests, after they heard their taped program, saying they never sounded so good and so smart. That was one of the great pleasures of sharing the writing life with listeners of KPTZ. As they end the run of the show, Charlie and Sheila hope you’ll listen to the archived podcasts to enjoy the programs.

KPTZ Program Director Larry Stein will miss In Conversation as part of our program lineup. He elaborates, “For many years, Sheila Bender’s personal conversations with authors, editors, publishers, and many other players in the writing world added much to my understanding of the life and craft of the writer. The programs were informed by deep understanding, and very personal experience. They were very skillfully produced for most of the program’s life, by Charlie Fleishman.

“I would often catch the program while driving, and would marvel at the professional tone and production … from our little start-up station, KPTZ. I deeply appreciate Sheila’s and Charlie’s years of hard and careful work that helped KPTZ rise to a very professional level.”

Compass for the Week of 9/03/2018

This week on the Compass, we catch up with a Port Ludlow couple who left home five months ago to hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail; they’re finally back home, and they have a story to tell.

Thor Hanson

(First airdate: September 2, 2018) The 2018 Huntingford Humanities Lecture is being given by author and conservation biologist Thor Hanson. Booklovers’ Cafe host Cris Wilson talks to Thor about his latest book Buzz: the Nature and Necessity of Bees.


Party on the Pier Is Almost Here!

Come visit KPTZ on Friday, August 31 from 4-8pm on Union Wharf (end of Taylor Street in Port Townsend). It’s our second annual KPTZ Party on the Pier concert and fundraiser! Dance music by Seattle-based, horn-driven band High Pulp, plus DJ Silace Amaro with all-vinyl funk music. All ages welcome! Beer, wine and cider available, 21 and over. Admission: $10 suggested donation.

Tossed Salad for 8/31/2018

Phil Andrus brings us another Tossed Salad for the end of a busy summer. This week’s tossings include:

1:00 – Checking in with Muriel Powers and her autoharp
1:30 – Terry Robb, blues guitar
2:15 – Joe D’Amico, Security Services Northwest, with Scott Wilson
3:15 – THAG Jazz: Trevor Hanson and Andy Geiger, guitar and saxophone
4:00 – Alex Dugdale and High Pulp, party time on the pier
4:30 – Catherine McNabb, reading two stories from the anthology of contemporary Native American stories “Talking Leaves”

#118 Kim Rafferty, Jeffco Public Health Nurse

(First airdate: August 28, 2018) KIM RAFFERTY: FROM HIPPIE TO PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE. Our Town host Maryanne McNellis interviews Kim Rafferty, a nurse with Jefferson County Public Health. Once upon a time Kim lived in the proverbial hippie commune in California. But reason prevailed. She ended up becoming a nurse. She’s run group homes for mentally challenged seniors and run clinics on Orcas Island. Today she’s the public health nurse who provides foot care to seniors and disabled all around the county.


Compass for the Week of 8/27/2018

This week on the Compass, the man who talks to the animals talks to you. And the Women in Black, who usually refuse to say anything, also talk. And we hear the story of a train leading to a horseracing track that few people know existed in Port Townsend over 100 years ago.