Our Town

#147 Kelly Doran, Centrum Technical Director

(First airdate: December 3, 2019) HERDING CATS ON MULTIPLE STAGES. Our Town host Maryanne McNellis interviews Kelly Doran, Centrum’s Technical Director. Kelly’s work is largely behind the scenes. But she’s the one who carefully knits together all the elements of a show –  lighting, sound, staging, and a million other details. It’s a constant blur: she orchestrates jazz, classical, blues, fiddle tunes and all of the other events that make Centrum a key cultural magnet on the Olympic Peninsula. Centrum’s season is mainly in the summer. So this winter Kelly took on the challenge of directing Port Townsend High School’s rendition of the classic play Our Town. Sound  familiar? Both the play and this show are called Our Town and both feature small American towns. The similarities end there but strong characters dominate both.

Compass for the Week of 12/02/2019

This week the Compass goes to Poulsbo to witness two simultaneous Black Friday ceremonies: the annual municipal Christmas display lighting, and a 40th birthday commemoration of a Native American man who was shot to death by a Poulsbo policeman at another public celebration five months ago, on Independence Day.

Tossed Salad for 11/29/2019

Today is officially Black Friday, when good Americans rush out to support the economy with their Christmas shopping. Whether or not you celebrate this way, please do take a listen to Tossed Salad this afternoon when KPTZ Music Director Ruby Fitch takes a turn hosting. She’s lined up an afternoon of special listening just for you!
1:00 – Hello + new music
1:30 – The Farmer’s Craft Fair at the Chimacum Grange Preview
2:15Jimmy Stewart & Aili Emilia, music
3:15 – Local Live DJ forum
4:00Patricia Jones, South County Report
4:30Heather Dudley Nollette, reading

Nature Now #438
Steve Grace

(First airdate: November 27, 2020) Following up on a Nature Now conversation from last February (program #401), Nan Evans talks with local naturalist Steve Grace about recent efforts to protect a very special old forest here on the Quimper Peninsula. For additional information, contact Steve directly.

Recovery Café
Building Community and Fostering Recovery

(First airdate: November 26, 2019) Brian Richardson, program manager for the Recovery Cafe, regales the excitement of this newly launched program supported by the Dove House. Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can discusses with Brian the opportunities to impact lives at the Recovery Cafe, from Cafe’ Companions to construction support and more.

Toni Kennedy

(First airdate: November 26, 2019) Sheila Bender talks to Toni Kennedy about her memoir, “Far from Home,” in which she explores the family life and personal attributes that led her to become a nun and then leave the order 25 years later for secular life.

Compass for the Week of 11/25/2019

Since April of 1997, the Buffalo Field Campaign has been standing in defense against the harassment and slaughter of our country’s last wild buffalo: the Yellowstone herds. This week on the Compass, KPTZ reporter Chris Bricker talks with the Campaign’s co-founder and coordinator, Mike Meese, who came through Port Townsend with the Buffalo Field Campaign Road Show, to raise awareness of the natural habitat of these wild, free-roaming buffalo and other native wildlife. Joining him is Patrick Johnson, Montana Native and Co-Chair of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Green Sanctuary Environmental Action Committee.

Nature Now #437
Robert Pyle, Part 2

(First airdate: November 20, 2019) Nature Now presents Robert Michael Pyle, interviewed by Mary Robson, in the second part of their interview about his 50 years of writing FOR nature.

Jennifer Pharr Davis

(First airdate: November 20, 2019) Jennifer Pharr Davis is an American long-distance hiker, an author, a speaker, a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and an ambassador for the American Hiking Society. She has hiked more than fourteen thousand miles on six different continents. In 2011, Pharr Davis set the unofficial record for the fastest thru hike of the Appalachian Trail with a time of 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes, an average of 47 miles a day. Cris talks with her about her book The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilence. We all need some of that!

Tossed Salad for 11/22/2019

For our pre-Thanksgiving warm-up, Phil Andrus brings us a Tossed Salad that will take the chill off your soul:
1:00Allison Arthur on homeless issues and the PIT count
1:30 – Judith-Kate Friedman, “Songs from the Sound”
2:30 – KCPT: cast of Mercy Falls
3:00Linda Yakush, Pan Waterfront
3:30Virginia Hand, real honest country music
4:30 – Catherine McNabb, reading

#146 Daniel Knudson, Chef

(First airdate: November 19, 2019) CHEF TALKS TASTY TURKEY. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Daniel Knudson, well known regional chef & Retail Manager for Key City Fish. Daniel came to Port Townsend in the 1970s and somehow never left. Over the years he transitioned from being a card shark to a restaurateur and chef. Today he talks turkey – outlining the way to make your Thanksgiving a succulent feast. Put that bird in brine in a five gallon bucket and stuff butter between the skin and meat. Oh, don’t forget about spatchcocking the bird (splitting it open). Then there’s guidelines for three kinds of stuffing and the perfect gravy. Daniel even spills on how to create fluffy crust for your pies.

Compass for the Week of 11/18/2019

Earlier this month John Mauro, who last worked in New Zealand, took over the job of Port Townsend city manager following David Timmons, who held the job for 20 years, an unprecedented term of service for that particular position. On this week’s Compass, Charlie Bermant talks to Mauro live on the air to hear his views about Port Townsend’s future direction. Note: This program will be rebroadcast not only Saturday, November 23 at noon, but also an additional airing on Thursday, November 21 following the KPTZ Local News broadcast at noon.

We Made It ~ All Because of YOU!

Thanks to ALL who pitched in to take KPTZ into the stratosphere, in coming weeks and months! To the universe, and beyond!

Now that we have reached our 2019 Fall Fund Drive goal, this Growing-Station-that-Can is on track to begin the upcoming new decade by providing more of what meshes with our fine, outstanding community!

We’d love to hear from you with any input, as we continue to develop plans to move into our expanded home being built right now, into the renovated Fort Worden Building 305 ~  behind Taps, in the new Makers Square creative district. Email your feedback and suggestions to contactus@kptz.org.

Tossed Salad for 11/15/2019

Bundle up against the damp cold and enjoy an afternoon with Phil Andrus and another great Tossed Salad featuring:
1:00 – The Alternators, Peter Evasick and George Radebaugh, fiddle and accordion
2:00 – Cheri Scalf, WDFW salmon RN and 2019 winner of the Eleanor Stopps Award
2:30 – Trever Meade, hill country banjo
3:00 – Jeanie Murphy, “Banjo Tunes, Tunings, and Lore”
4:00 – Rebecca Rottsolk, Rainshadow Chorale, with composer Jake Runestad
4:30 – Don White, reading “A Tangle By the River”, by  Anthony Doerr

Nature Now #436
Dr. Kirk Johnson, Part 1

(First airdate: November 13, 2019) Host Debaran Kelso speaks with guest Dr. Kirk Johnson, Sant Director of the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History,  about his recent book with artist Ray Troll, Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline (Part 1 of a two part program).

Main Street Holiday Hustle
Calling all Elves!

(First airdate: November 12, 2019) You don’t have to be on Main Street to make an impact on Port Townsend’s historic business districts. Main Street Port Townsend focuses on and fosters both the Uptown and Downtown historic business districts. Join the holiday revelry with Mainstreet. Listen in to learn more about these opportunities with Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can.

Compass for the Week of 11/11/2019

The Port Ludlow Village Players just brought in a guest director for their spring play, and this week on the Compass, he tells us why he chose to stage a new political comedy called The Outsider … which looks suspiciously like the real-life comedy that’s happening right now in Washington D.C.

Nature Now #435
Dr. Julie Keister

(First airdate: November 6, 2019) Dr Julie Keister explains to Mary Robson the research ongoing at the University of Washington in zooplankton and climate change.

Tossed Salad for 11/08/2019

Hope you enjoyed your extra fall-back hour last Sunday! This Friday, Phil Andrus brings us a Tossed Salad with music to celebrate the changing season:
1:00 – Judy Alexander, Local 20/20, with Adrianna Santiago and Marlow Hotchkiss
1:30 – RONA: Timothy Hull and Margot Merah, Northwind Song
2:30 – Al Bergstein, Olympic Peninsula Environmental News
3:00 – Marc Hilt, Shining Star Cycles
3:30 – Howly Slim, folk songs as folk songs should be
4:30 – Deborah Kate Hammond, reading poems of hard times and hope

KPTZ’s 1st Ever Sports Broadcast ~ What a Game!

The KPTZ Remote Crew Keep It Easy from above Memorial Field’s 50-yard line at Friday night’s awesome face off between the Port Townsend High Redhawks and the Chimacum Cowboys. (l-r: Remote lead Mike Carroll, DJ hosts Peter Robinson and Kurt Munnich, and co-announcer Matt Orr)

This rivalry football game between the Cowboys of Chimacum and the Redhawks of Port Townsend was exciting from start to finish. With only a breath of time left on the game clock, the Redhawks found the end zone for a 24 to 22 victory over the Cowboys. 

The Redhawks, who took possession of the ball following a Chimacum touchdown, used its powerful ground game to move the ball to the one-yard line, only to have a penalty move the ball back to the six. Mere seconds remained on the game clock. PT had to hustle into position to get one last play off before time ran out. Quarterback Noa Montoya took the snap and threw a quick pass to running back Dylan Tracer near the right sideline. Under extreme duress from Chimacum’s charging defense, Dylan lofted a short pass over the defense to an open Josh Davis in the end zone. Zeros on the game clock! Game over. PT wins! The Cowboys’ 22 to 18 lead had become a 24 to 22 victory for the Redhawks. Pandemonium ruled the stands, including our three KPTZ announcers. The fact that the play was drawn up on the fly by Noa and Dylan greatly adds to the legendary status of this truly great game! We’ll be back next year for another evening of high school football excitement.

#145 Marge Rosen, PT Summer Band Conductor

MARGE ROSEN: NEW LEADER OF THE ICONIC PT BAND. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Marge Rosen, the new conductor of the Port Townsend Summer Band. Her parents wouldn’t let her play drums as a kid, so the trumpet became her favorite. She also plays a variety of other instruments. As a former Navy band member, Marge loves marches and patriotic music. That’s convenient for her new position because the PT band is all about marches and patriotic music. Marge also hopes to add some music that might attract a younger generation. The band’s next performance is on Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day – down at the American Legion on Water Street.

We’re So Close ~ Help Us Make Our Goal!

Tuesday morning update: With added donations on Monday, KPTZ’s Fall Drive is now at 92% of goal. To cover our basic expenses, we still need to raise the remaining $3160. If you haven’t yet chipped in, please Donate online or stop by the station during office hours to add your contribution. All donors are welcome, and greatly appreciated!

Thanks to all of you who have already donated, we are SO CLOSE to reaching our KPTZ Fall Fund Drive goal of $40,000.

Please! Help us raise the last 20 percent by calling 360-554-4430 ~ or Donate online, NOW!

What goes around, then comes around. As your radio station that cares about quality of life both locally and everywhere, we promise to use all the funds you share to collectively promote and bring into daily goings on, more of what is good in our world.

The pure magic of community radio happens at KPTZ, especially when our amazing DJ hosts and awesome behind the scenes talent collaborate as a hub for creativity. Besides the $8K we need right now to keep this happening, it is also our goal to grow and involve more young people, increase community interaction, provide audio production training, and become a real news outlet as we develop our response to your very important needs for information, and truly provide something for everyone.

Last night’s Port Townsend vs. Chimacum varsity football broadcast is a major milestone. For this to happen took long and short term planning, and the considerable dedication of KPTZ’s remote crew and announcers. Broadcasting local sports has been a station goal for many years, and represents the kind of determination required to expand our coverage and reach. Please stay tuned for more new innovations to come!

I can’t tell you how inspiring it is to be involved with the outstanding team of volunteers who staff every aspect of KPTZ. If you share an appreciation of this ongoing production, please help us today as we now move into the Fall Drive end zone.

With gratitude for your support,
/Kate Ingram
General Manager, KPTZ

Compass for the Week of 11/04/2019

This week on the Compass we talk with a lawyer who has spent much of her career helping people think about those things nobody wants to think about: things like deadly diseases, dementia, and the big “D” itself: Death.  And she tells us why we should think about them now, so we don’t need to worry so much about them later.

Lynda Monk

(First airdate: November 3, 2019) In Conversation host Sheila Bender connects via phone with Lynda Monk, Director of the International Association for Journal Writing, about her goals for the organization and how journaling helps people heal and transform their lives.

Autumn 2019
Exciting KPTZ Updates

Autumn is upon us and, for KPTZ, it is an extremely exciting season this year. It’s also traditionally when community and public radio stations ask listeners for support. I’ll ask for yours below, but first I would like to tell you three reasons why we are excited.

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Help Fortify KPTZ with Fall Funds ~ This Week!

It’s the 2019 KPTZ Fall Fund Drive all this week, Monday, October 28 thru Saturday, November 2. Our ambitious goal to raise $40,000 will help fund our budgeted expenses as we gear up to move the station into larger, soundproof studios and office being built “as we speak” in the flagship Makers Square building on the Fort Worden campus.

New for this year’s Drive are KPTZ Fortifier glasses, KPTZ’s gift to acknowledge sustaining donations of just $5 a month (or a one-time donation of $60). Again, for larger donations we offer “Maximum Max” T-Shirts in all sizes, as well as KPTZ Vests and Hoodies. Additionally, while supplies last, there are also a few KPTZ Deep Squeeze Hoodies and pairs of passes to Key City Public Theatre’s holiday performances of Mercy Falls and of Spirit of the Yule.

In recent weeks it’s become more and more apparent how much we need more space and updates to support our on-air broadcasts. Many days when recording in our production studio, engineers have to remind others working normally at the station to speak more softly in order to obtain a good recording. And last week when we received the boxes of KPTZ Fortifier glasses for the new donor gifts, these fit inside only by using a shoe horn.

This is certainly a pivotal time of growth for KPTZ. Your help along with others who pitch in is what will keep us broadcasting and propel us into our new home less than one year from now. We can’t thank our generous donors enough!