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Tucson's Underground Station

Unscrewed Theater in August

When: see below
Where: Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E. Speedway (Get Directions)

Downtown Radio is pleased to be invited by the Unscrewed Theater as August's spotlight organization. Unscrewed Theater is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching, performing, and producing all forms of live improvisational theater in Tucson. Every month the theater invites non-profits to participate in live action awesomeness while bringing awareness to local causes.

In August, the Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed improv team will host eleven shows featuring local, family friendly, and uncensored material. Downtown Radio DJs will be live and onstage representing Tucson's antidote to corporate radio while participating in the action and accepting donations from the public.

Downtown Radio listeners are welcome to join the audience-centric show while meeting some of the best radio DJs in town! Downtown Radio will be onsite at the dates listed below; visit the Unscrewed Theater website for complete listings and details. We hope to see you there!

Fridays - all shows at 7:30p:

  • August 4
  • August 11
  • August 18
  • August 25


  • August 5 (7:30p & 9:30p - From The Top)
  • August 12 (7:30p & 9:30p - Uncensored)
  • August 19 (7:30p & 9:30p - Sketch Comedy)
  • August 26 (7:30p & 9:30p - Uncensored)

Avoid the Heat!

If you or someone you know is currently homeless, here are some places you can go to escape the intense and dangerous summer sun.

See also Summer cooling center locations.

Close to downtown:

  1. La Frontera Center/RAPP Project Connect

    1101 E Broadway

    M-F 8am-4pm

    Water, snacks, sack lunches. Accepts and distributes donations.

  2. Pima County Main Library

    101 N Stone

    M-Th 9am-6pm, F 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm

    Cool off. Use computers. Read. Get job search help. See a nurse. Respect others' rights to this shared space. Accepts and distributes donations AT THIS LOCATION ONLY.

  3. Primavera HIP (Homeless Intervention & Prevention)

    702 S 6th Ave at 17th St

    M, W, Th, F 9am-12:30pm (closed Tuesdays)

    Accepts and distributes donations.

  4. Salvation Army Hospitality House

    1002 N Main Ave

    M-Sun 24 hours

    Water, sunscreen, hats, etc.; restrooms. Accepts and distributes donations.

  5. Sister Jose Women's Shelter

    1050 S Park Ave

    M-Sat 9am-5pm

    WOMEN ONLY. Water, sunscreen, hats, etc. Showers, restrooms, laundry, food, daytime shelter, clothing. Outreach workers complete assessments. Accepts and distributes donations.

  6. Z Mansion

    288 N Church Ave (Enter gate off N Church Ave)

    M, Tu 10am-4pm, W 10am-2pm, Th, F 10am-varies

    Lunch, fruit punch, showers (most days). Accepts and distributes donations.

Other locations:

  1. American Red Cross

    2916 E Broadway Blvd

    M-F 10am-2pm except holidays

    20 minute drop-in cooling. Water, restrooms, phones. Housing help for vets and their families; referrals for non-vets. Accepts and distributes donations.

  2. Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church

    2331 E Adams St

    M-Sat 9am-noon

    Snacks provided. Accepts and distributes donations.

  3. Interfaith Community Services NW

    2820 W Ina Rd

    M-F. Main: 9am-4pm. Food Bank: 9am-1pm.

    Water, brief stays in air conditioning. Accepts and distributes donations.

  4. St. Francis Shelter, Sacred Heart Church

    601 E Ft Lowell Rd (Enter off Los Altos Ave)

    M-Sun 11am-6pm

    Water, snacks, games, books, dinner 4:30-5:30pm. Accepts and distributes donations.

  5. Sonora House

    2940 N Flowing Wells Rd

    M-F 9am-3pm

    Call RAPP for referral. Breakfast, lunch, shower, laundry, hygiene supplies, housing services, case management. Accepts and distributes donations.

  6. VA Homeless Program

    3601 S 6th Ave, Bldg 90

    M-F 7:30am-4pm

    VA-eligible vets only. Showers, laundry, food, clothing and help with services and housing. Accepts and distributes donations.

Downtown Radio Sessions Now Available for Listening and Downloading!

In mid 2016, legendary producer/engineer Jim Waters, a New York City transplant, began recording and interviewing Tucson bands at his Waterworks Studio for broadcast on Downtown Radio.

These sessions have been dubbed The Downtown Radio Sessions and are now available to listen and/or download on the Downtown Radio website.

Waters has recorded national acts like Sonic Youth and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion as well as dozens of Tucson bands.

You can check out The Downtown Radio Sessions here.

Apps for Android and Apple Smart Phones

You can now stream downtown Radio from one of our apps, our website, or on TuneIn.

Listen to us everywhere you go: at home, at work, at the gym, and even on vacation!

Streaming is an extra expense, though, so we need your support.

We know we could appeal to a broader base of listeners by playing the same old stuff you hear on other stations, but we made a decision to be the antidote to corporate radio and play music you won't hear on the cookie-cutter stations.

Downtown Radio relies on community support. If you enjoy Downtown Radio, please make a contribution today!

Vehicle Donation Program

Let us tow away your old vehicle in exchange for a tax credit. You can now help support Downtown Radio without spending a dime. Get the details here.


Special thanks go out to our super-sponsors:

[Tucson Pima Arts Council]

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Tucson Pima Arts Council.

Downtown Radio 99.1 FM would like to help connect those in need of mental health services with organizations that can help them. Please see here for some suggestions.


Local First Arizona (LFA) is a statewide non-profit organization working to strengthen communities and local economies through growing, supporting, and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state of Arizona.


The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is a unifying association formed in 2004 to advance the common interests of more than 20,000 nonprofits in the Grand Canyon State.


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