Board & Staff
Michelle "Misha" Livingston was involved with Downtown Radio in the early days, before we hit the airwaves. Back in 2014, she helped with the filing of our 501(c)3 non-profit status — and Misha even chose our station’s call letters, KTDT, to stand for Tucson Downtown. During the day, Misha works as a media strategist at Caliber Group, a marketing and PR firm in Tucson. Misha navigates the complex world of media strategy, planning, and buying to help clients increase brand awareness and attract customers. With the rapidly evolving media landscape, Misha monitors the latest technological developments to engage targeted audiences in digital channels, as well as in print, outdoor, and broadcast. Misha brings 25 years of marketing expertise to Downtown Radio. For over a decade she served as the national marketing director of Buffalo Exchange, a resale clothing store chain headquartered right here in Tucson. Misha served as CEO & President of American Advertising Federation Tucson, 2010-11. Misha earned a Masters in Business Administration from Eller College at the University of Arizona in 2013. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University, and studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. In her spare time, Misha is rumored to play harmonica with members of the Latin-fusion band Santa Pachita.
Mark Martinez has been a DJ at Downtown Radio since the station launched in September 2015. As Max Webster, he helms The Time Warp, a fun ride through classic ’60s and ’70s b-sides, live tracks, and rarities, and a weekly drive-time rock mix. Mark is a Chicago native who has called Tucson home since 1985. His love of music began when he attended his first concert at the age of 15, and his lifelong passion set him on a course that has included managing retail music shops, DJing at KXCI, and his current position with The Rialto Theatre as Operations Manager. He is also a photographer specializing in concert and band photography.
After some cajoling, Ted Prezelski (aka Tedski) joined Downtown Radio as a deejay in 2017. He previously had experience in broadcasting at KAMP student radio as both a deejay and station manager. He has also been a long time enthusiast for the local music scene starting with seeing the River Roses on stage back in 1988. Outside of Downtown Radio, he is an active member of the community. He is a well known political activist and currently serves on the staff of the Tucson City Council. His political writing earned him honors from both the Arizona Capitol Times and the Washington Post. He is on the executive board of the National Writers Union. He is also well known on the local soccer scene, writing both about local teams as well as covering professional teams and international games. Despite his weak possession skills, he was named a Legend of Tucson Soccer for his coverage of local fútbol in 2017.
Ivan Smith grew up a Navy brat, attending 7 elementary and middle schools in as many cities, before settling into the north end of Seattle in the early 80s. As far back as he can remember, music was a constant for Ivan. Wherever he moved, he always had his records and tapes. Some of Ivan’s earliest memories are of playing “DJ” in the garage growing up, mimicking the on-air AM radio announcers. As was typical of those in Generation X – during his tweens and teens, with both parents working outside the home – Ivan was a Latchkey Kid. He found the hours between the end of his school day and before his parents came home to be a great time for exploring music, whether on the hard to tune in station at the far end of the AM dial, the hard to tune in college station at the low end of the FM band… or the many new and used record stores a short bus ride away near the university. As the 80s turned into the 90s and Seattle established itself as one of the nation’s music capitols, Ivan found himself on the air – in Seattle during the height of the Grunge era… as a DJ in his 20s working at the Oldies station. Though not one of the “cool kids” at our sister Alternative station across the street, Ivan was mentored by one of the legends of local radio, building a foundation of musical knowledge that helped him trace the line from rock & roll’s beginnings through its many transformations through the decades. On his shows, Ivan likes to strike a balance between the influencers who shaped both his musical tastes as well as the sound of rock music with newer finds and great local artists.
Paula Catherine Valencia, aka Amelia Poe, is a singer, songwriter, poet, screenwriter, and videographer. She is a native Arizonan who brings 30 years of experience as a small business owner and collaborator in many artistic genres. Her motto is: “Be a rebel.” As Amelia Poe, Paula made her mark in the music world as the lead singer of the band Crystal Radio, as well as with her band Blind Divine, licensing hundreds of songs for clients such as MTV, VH1, History Channel, A&E, and many more. Paula was a contributing writer and design assistant for four art books by Daniel Martin Diaz, and art assistant and administrator for multiple public art projects. She has written, directed, filmed, and edited music videos for Crystal Radio and other bands. As a co-owner and curator of Sacred Machine Museum in downtown Tucson, she represented over 60 local and international artists. Paula wrote the feature film screenplay Find Manny. Paula has been a talk show host at Downtown Radio since 2019. The weekly Amelia Poe Love Show is an in-depth look into the craft and passion of local artists and celebrities with a carefully curated mix of musical genres, many of which are performed live by Paula’s guests. She is a licensed realtor and consultant at Southwest Urban Realty & Development. Paula recently joined the Photo Rabble Collective, sharing her street portraits and photography. [qt-caption-med title="Paula's 10 Favorite Albums" class="YourExtraClassCss"]
Heather Vee joined Downtown Radio as a DJ in October 2015, one month after the station’s launch. Her show, Radio Oscura, has built a loyal following in Tucson and around the globe with its eclectic and thoughtfully curated mix of dark rock and post-punk, as well as its dedicated and distinctive online presence. Heather loves all forms of media—books, music, film, television, visual art, podcasts, etc.—and worked in media retail for nearly 20 years. She is a published writer and critic and a former administrative professional who now works with award-winning authors and entertainers, small business owners, community organizations, and makers and creatives, to improve their websites and cultivate an online presence that is reflective of their aesthetic and values.