Rock Mix — Thursday 1-3p
Hmmmmm, where to start? Her obituary of course: “Here lies Abby Normal. A vintage Casio CK-200 Boombox Ghettoblaster with built-in Keyboard Organ sparked her demise.
Bathing, she listened to her favorite cassette, “Four Days in April,” by The Insane Picnic. Volume cranked to 11, soap suds a-plenty, she reached for her Miller High Life, but with a slip of the hand . . . well, the rest may just be too shocking.
As we now celebrate her life, we are reminded about what an electrifying one it was. Only fitting, as she was a self-proclaimed “live wire.” May we find solace knowing she’s at peace in a land of never-ending cassette tapes, re-runs of ALF, and boomboxes galore. Gleeful we know is she to imbibe an eternal flow of the champagne of beers alongside the fabled Rock Gods of yore.
Today let us encourage each other to be anti-establishment, as we know she will be for all eternity.”
Abby Normal on Downtown Radio. Still six feet under, but not in a casket . . . she’s in a basement. Still under the ground but doing underground radio. Not corporate radio but . . . rebel radio! Recharged and ready at Tucson’s community station 99.1 KTDT, surrounded by many a talented creature.
It’s rather a rotting good time, so join us! Abby Normal’s Rock Mix on 99.1 FM Downtown Radio. Playing music that promotes individual liberties, the strange, AND the unusual. Tune in every Thursday 1pm-3pm on 99.1 FM Downtown Radio – and with a deep repulsion for anything conventional, pump your non-conformity fist in the air and listen in to Abby Normal’s Rock Mix! Don’t be grounded; be a live wire!
Raw Power: Insurgent Radio — Saturdays 11p-1a
RAW POWER: Insurgent Radio!
Rock ‘n’ roll is a subset of rock distinguished by an extra ingredient: an upjut of energy, a defiant attitude, a backbeat. That’s what you’ll hear on Raw Power: Insurgent Radio. A range of music with a bad attitude spanning from Iggy and the Stooges and the MC5, Sex Pistols and The Clash, Public Enemy and Rage Against the Machine, Peaches, the Hives and Von Bondies, and onto Die Antwoord, Shame, Skating Polly, the Feels, Viagra Boys, etc. Hosted by Blank Reg, broadcasting 20 minutes into the future, show after show, making tomorrow seem like yesterday. Reg, a ‘blank’ living off the grid and on the fringe of society, comes to KTDT 99.1FM from the former Big Time Television station. With a great future behind him, Reg spoke to the blank generation from a mobile pirate station located in a vintage bus. Now, with the sorry state of our current society, he comes to Downtown Radio to help administer the anecdote to corporate radio by presenting more of the same insurgent message. According to Reg, “Ya know how they said there ain’t no future? Well, this is it!”
Arizona 411 — Thursday 7-9p
Bo Awesome has been working in radio in Tucson since 1999. His love for new music led to him hosting The New Music Test Department for several years. Now he hosts The Arizona 411 , two hours of music made in Arizona every Thursday. Featuring live guests, record release dates and concert details. Want to hear your band on the show? Send an email to email@example.com.
Book’s Rockabilly Rumble — Monday 7-9p
Wallace Book is Navajo (Diné) originally from Northern Az. A multimedia artist and musician, Mr. Book moved to Tucson to share his love for all things Rockabilly! Tune in Mondays from 11pm to 1am for BOOKS ROCKABILLY RUMBLE, showcasing rockabilly and psychobilly music from all over the world. Spinning old classics from Joe Clay and Gene Vincent, to the latest and greatest from Big Sandy, Reverend Horton Heat, and more! If you’re a cool Cat with a greasy pompadour and cuffed jeans, or a Betty with victory rolls and a fancy dress looking for something to groove to, tune in, play it loud and tear up the dance floor!
The Fluorescent Chapel — Wednesday 7-9p
The Fluorescent Chapel is Tucson’s home for all things synthpop and synthpop-adjacent. Host Brandon Douglas spins classic artists such as Gary Numan, The Human League, and John Foxx, as well as contemporary acts like The Knife, LCD Soundsystem, and John Maus. Join in for bone-shakin’ tracks that span a 40 year history of electronic music. Like and follow the The Fluorescent Chapel Facebook page for updates and to contact Brandon.
Brother Mok (aka Ted Riviera)
• Rock Mix — Tuesday 5-7p
• Radio Club Crawl — Saturday 5-7p
Brother Mok Is no stranger to radio land. For all of the 90’s, Brother Mok was doing all types of broadcasting–from Boarding Oping at KNZR news/talk for the Art Bell Coast to Coast show; doing Dodger games; doing Tucson Tex at College, Community, and Internet Radio at KBCC, Radio Free Bakersfield, and RadioInvasion.Com; to working as Music Director and New Director at KBCC. However, after a short-lived commercial radio job, Bro Mok [aka Tucson Tex] focused on other artistic avenues–booking bands, playing in bands, and family. With a few attempts to move back home to Tucson, in 2004 that’s what finally happened. Still focusing on music and family, in late 2015, the radio cocoon was broken when a Downtown Radio DJ and bandmate encouraged Bro Mok to do a shift at Downtown Radio. But why not come back as Tucson Tex? Glad you asked. On October 27, 2013, Lou Reed passed away. Bro Mok is a huge Lou Reed fan, and many folks had already been calling Ted Riviera (Bro Mok’s real name) ‘Mok’ after a song Lou Reed wrote called “My Name is Mok” (for the Canadian animated film, “Rock N’ Rule”). So, Brother Mok was born.
Brother Mok brings you two unique weekly shows: a Tuesday night rock mix show that is heavy on new music, fun facts and a few twists, and Radio Club Crawl which is a sonic sample of whats playing around Tucson.
Buck & Honey
The Alternate — Friday 7-9p
The Alternate features post-punk, indie, and alternative from the 80s and early 90s, fantastic one-offs that were there and gone, perfectly good sides, unexpected remakes and deep cuts. Expect to get your REM, The Smiths, and The Cure fix here as well as lots of ear candy of the same sort. Buck was a subdude at WCSB, Cleveland State’s College radio station. They have a huge stack of records from college radio days for you.
Mental Health Connection — Sunday 12-12:30p
Chelle Means is a certified Peer Support Specialist as well as the Social Media Coordinator with National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southern Arizona. In childhood, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and by the age of 21, with anxiety and PTSD. She is a survivor of abuse and neglect, and uses these experiences, along with her lived experience of mental health, to educate middle and high school students in the fight against stigma and discrimination. She believes that, through peer education, awareness of mental health issues can be effectively raised.
During her off-time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends at her favorite coffee shop or relaxing at home with her partner Robert, one-eyed cat Redbeard, and dog Layla.
Rock Mix — Monday 7-9a
After escaping the clutches of Texas and Cochise County, respectively, “Paleo” Dave has lived in Tucson since Halloween 1987, when he attended a profoundly mind-altering costume party where the house bands were longtime Southern AZ thrash & punk heavyweights Dover Trench and Malignus Youth. After hosting Bat Country Radio late nights on Community Radio 91.3 KXCI for over a decade, Dave now spins his signature blend of scatterbrained rock & roll Monday mornings from 7-9am.
Check out playlists, music news & more at: https://www.facebook.com/dtradiokaos
Deedle-D the Clown
Rock Mix – Wednesday 1-3p
You don’t need a ticket to witness this show! Come pal around with DJ Deedle-D the Clown and rock out to a wild mix of rad bands and fun songs with wacky names, new underground/indie hits, theme song favorites, awesome local tracks, and many happy surprises. Balloon animals, video games, clown guests + stories happen a lot too! Follow Deedle D on Facebook for song requests.
dj ben(k) the musical bum
the art of easing… — Sunday 9-11a
the art of easing… is a mellow mix of rhythm n’ blues, jazz, chill electronica, rocksteady, dub, latin, gospel, blues and instrumental music simmered down through the headphones of an old-school beat head… get on in and cruise with me through the eclectic soundscapes drifting about in the dusty crates of my mind… Sample playlists from previous shows: the art of easing… on 99.1FM Downtown Radio Tucson.
- The Tonic — Monday 5-7p
- The Waiting Room — Thursday 7-9a
DoctorSlow is committed to eradicating stale sounds and tired tropes from the airwaves! As the cosmic lovechild of Sun Ra and Fugazi, he strives to bring equilibrium to your inner ear and outer membranes. Each of his two Tucson drive-time shows (The Tonic—Mondays 5-7pm and The Waiting Room—Thursdays 7-9am) are cacophonous cocoons of shag carpet and lava-lamp light held together with the globetrotting spittle of brothers and sisters from all walks of life and the sticky threads of heavy-rhythm groove and thunder. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org / IG: DoctorSlow / FB: DoctorSlow on 99.1FM Downtown Radio
Rock Mix — Friday 11a-1p
Drew Dean began his cycling career long ago and far away in the chilly Northeast, tackling local hills on his Vista 10-speed, set to the soundtrack of Pink Floyd, Genesis and the YesSongs 3LP set. College years intervened and cut into ride time, but a regular cycling commute kept the legs in motion and the soundtrack changed radically to sharp new music from XTC and Buzzcocks.
Further education moved him along to the Big City. Despite the imposing obstacles of Big City traffic, he began cycling forays into the belly of the beast. The soundtrack was culled from the streets–Grace Jones, Grandmaster Flash and Dinosaur L. A series of night jobs followed schooling, allowing for longer ventures across bridges into distant manicured suburbs. The return to the green hillsides of his youth softened the soundtrack to the music of the Smiths and the Go-Betweens.
The out-of-town explorations became longer, the destinations further, the goals higher. Maps were drawn, miles calculated, gear assembled and the soundtrack clicked in a more mechanical mode–the grooves of Orbital and Future Sounds of London in the deck. A 500-mile nonstop bicycle race through the Western desert would be the final pursuit–-a dazzling route across stark landscapes, mostly under the light of a full moon, set to the arid sounds of Mazzy Star and Kendra Smith.
The desert rally was the end of the mega rides, but the visit inspired a permanent move to the Desert Southwest. The local roads beckon, the rides are now shorter, but the terrain is always thrilling and challenging. And the soundtrack is as infinite as the desert night skies.
Tune in Fridays from 11am to 1pm. Visit the Facebook page for playlists and more information.
Monday Night Metal Block — Monday 9-11p
Duane Hollis brings you the finest in Heavy Metal, Hard Rock and Punk. Warning: This show is not for the faint of heart. Crank it up! Duane is a semi-native Tucsonan who has been in the music scene since the early 80s, playing bass guitar and co-writing in metal bands such as Emerald, Sage Meridian, and Imperium. He moved on to his long-time band Greyhound Soul in the early 90s and later joined up with Rich Hopkins and Luminarios, Creosote and a plethora of other projects. His first “real” record, Deep Purple’s “Machine Head,” was the start of all things heavy! Like and follow Monday Night Metal Block on Facebook!
Oaktown Tavern — Thursday 9-11p
Have a seat by the hearth on Thursday nights from 9 PM to 11 PM and meet Eldar, caretaker of the Oaktown Tavern and host of the European folk metal show. Eldar enjoys drinking mead from a horn and telling tales of days long past. Listen here for blasting tunes and epic anthems of heroic deeds.
Laughter Hours with Frank!Powers — Saturday 9-11p
The funnest show on the radio is hosted by our Prince of Promotion, the King of Commotion, Your Master of Ceremonies and an Ambassador of Entertainment in all of Toot Toot Tucson! Your Best FRANK Forever is having tons of fun playing parody songs, metal, cartoon covers, and your favorite movie tunes. Listen as the Funologist from the school of Hard Knock-Knocks prescribes you the best medicine every single Saturday night from 9 to 11pm on LAUGHTER HOURS with FRANK!Powers #TootTootTucson
Follow @Frankenstylin on all social media.
The Gorehound & Celeste Frankenschtein
The THING from Tucson — Tuesday 11p-1a
The Thing from Tucson is a one of a kind radio show. It’s one part midnight movie creature feature, one part gory jukebox, two parts campy comedy of bloody fun! It’s hosted by the GoreHound and Celeste Frankenschtein. The music is all about horror, serial killers, and/or scary movies, with vintage horror movie trailers played throughout the entire show. If you want a late night sonic terror fest of music then the Thing from Tucson is for you. Tune in every Tuesday from 11pm to Wednesday 1am and don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Radio Oscura — Friday 9-11p
Heather Vee is a preacher’s kid, an Aquarius, and has worked in media retail her entire teenage and adult life while doing freelance writing on the side. When she was a college freshman she DJed for the university radio station she listened to religiously as a high school freshman, followed a handful of specific artists and bands around the country in her twenties, and spent her thirties interviewing a few heroes and writing a few books. She loves wearing black, can’t apply eyeliner to save her life, and hosts Radio Oscura, Downtown Radio’s show exploring the spectrum of dark rock, both classic and new, from gothic and deathrock, dark/coldwave, ethereal, sinister synthpop, and dark cabaret, to apocalyptic neofolk, southern gothic, neoclassical, and menacing post-punk, post-rock, and post-industrial. If it’s dark and moody, it has a home on Radio Oscura, every Friday night, 9-11pm. Follow @radiooscura on Facebook and/or Instagram for playlists and updates.
Aphrodite’s Backbeat — Saturday 11a-1p
Ilsa Kanto is a mother of two amazing daughters, and a visual, musical, and literary artist. She is a survivor of traumatic childhood abuse, abduction, and domestic violence. Her creations have been a part of her healing journey. She has been an artist of many forms since her earliest memories. She hopes her creations can help others heal too. Ilsa has a lifetime romantic relationship with the radio. As a child she escaped her pain via stories on AM radio and music on FM radio. She has always dreamed of being a radio DJ; therefore, her show Aphrodite’s Backbeat is a dream come true. Her show focuses on empowering women artists. She plays female artists from all rock genres from punk to folk to experimental to classic rock to ska to rockabilly to indie to industrial and is honored to have the opportunity to share groundbreaking music from oceans of amazing rock goddesses on 99.1 FM Downtown Radio and is very proud of the work the station does to empower women and artists.
Electric Nights — Sunday 9-11p
All the latest and greatest from the world of electronic dance music — running the spectrum from drum and bass to progressive trance, melodic dubstep to aggressive psy, and plenty of other surprises along the way.
This is not your state of trance; expect this mix to get dirty and deep. Come get your groove on; it’s rave o’clock.
Education Matters with Mark Stegeman — Sunday 11-11:30a
Mark Stegeman invites guests to provide news and commentary on K-12 education in Pima County. He is an Economics professor at the University of Arizona, and a Tucson Unified School District Board member.
- Time Warp — Tuesday 9-11p
- Rock Mix — Friday 5-7p
Max Webster is the nom de radio of Mark Martinez, the operations manager at The Rialto Theatre/Tucson, Arizona. Mark took his broadcast name from an obscure Canadian prog-rock band that he likes. He’s a semi-professional photographer and once managed a Zia Records store. You can catch his rock mix every Friday afternoon/evening from 5-7pm!
Soul Vibes Sunday — Sunday 3p – 5p
Melissa has been a mixologist since grade school. She graduated from making mix tapes to hosting a show on Downtown Radio. Soul Vibes Sunday showcases alternative R&B, neo-soul, throwbacks, house, with a splash of international beats. It’s all about good vibes to get you moving and set your day right. Check out the show’s Facebook page for playlists
- Space Rock Spectacular — Wednesday 9-11p
- Friday Afternoon Drive-Time Rock Mix Rockpocalypse — Friday 3-5p
Mickmaster is a regional man of mystery and long-time Tucson resident who wants to share his eclectic taste in all forms of rock music with the listeners of Downtown Radio.
Mickmaster’s Space Rock Spectacular is a unique compilation of what might–at first thought–be considered a very narrow slice of the rock genre, but which really encompasses a wide range of rock forms, including pure Space Rock, post rock, prog, electronic/ambient, stoner/doom, krautrock, psychedelic/hard psych, and metal. Regardless, they don’t make the cut unless the songs are spacey and trippy. Check it out! Wednesday nights 9-11 p.m. Connect with the show via Facebook: mmspacerock
The Friday Afternoon Drive-Time Rock Mix Rockpocalypse is at once all things, and yet it is nothing like anything else. Fast and slow, old and new, heavy and not heavy, studio and live, covers and originals, known and unknown, and more. But nothing less. The Rockpocalyse awaits your eager ears! Friday afternoons 3-5 p.m.
Garage-au-Go-Go — Friday 11p-1a
Garage au go-go is a weekly dive into the audible delights of the garage band scene, including the early British beat and psychedelic rock of the 60’s, fringe rock of the 80’s and snotty garage punk of the 90’s and beyond. It is a varietal weekly dance party! Your host, Mike Ohno, a garage band enthusiast for years is no stranger to the garage band scene himself, having been the host of the cable access music variety show “Rockstock” in the mid 80’s, to being guitar player and co-founder of the Phoenix based garage outfit, “Thee Oh No’s”. Mike brings you sometimes gritty, sometimes funky, sometimes far out — but always interesting world of garage band music.
Rock Mix — Tuesday 11a-3p
Mr. Bill is a reformed multi-instrumentalist (none of them with any virtuosity) singer/songwriter with a weakness for 60’s British invasion, 80’s alternative, and almost any interesting emerging music. He led bands in Minneapolis and San Francisco, with a couple of 7” records (self) released in the late 70’s and early 80’s, one of which has gained a sort of cult status (the other, frankly, just wasn’t very good…) Prior to 99.1 FM, Bill was a stranger to radio (much to his chagrin, as he really, really wanted his records to be played on the radio)…
His goal with the rock mix show is to explore and share great music with you that ought to have been heard, but is/was often ignored by the masses. He doesn’t watch TV (it has been years since he’s seen or heard a commercial), and declines to listen to mainstream radio — so if you hear something familiar at times on his show, it is because he is blissfully ignorant of most popular culture, and doesn’t know or realize that something may have gained some popularity without his knowledge…
His goal with each show is to introduce (or perhaps reacquaint) you to/with great under-heard artists, to support and provide airplay for Tucson musicians, and hopefully, play at least a couple pieces each week that have never graced your ears before. On any given show, you will hear music that spans the last 60 or so years.
If you like (or don’t like) something you heard on his show, or have a request or comment, feel free to reach out: email@example.com
Hep to the Jive — Sunday 5-7p
Philip Harvey is a singer and song writer, entertainer and event coordinator currently residing in Tucson, AZ.
As a crooner, Philip has performed for thousands all over Southern Arizona.
He also hosts services for those in memory care and is also involved with Ready 4 Alliance America which is a non-profit organization focusing on providing fundraising for STEM education and provides professional, real world experiences for teens.
Rock Mix — Wednesday 11a-1p
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Rock Mix — Wednesday 5-7p
It’s the middle of the week. That twilight time. A chance to make your week continue magically, or get it back to magical, by trying to listen to the rhythms of our little pueblo and translate that into mild chat and lots of good music. Of course – sometimes Satan gets a little bit distracted and goes on a tangent here and there. We’ll see if we can’t have a little more exploratory metaphysics in the late night. A little bit of theatre acting here, a little bit of scripture music busking there. Dad by day, your ever-loving wax spinning (or mp3 clicking) DJ on Wednesday nights. Satan, aka Brian Taraz, has been in Tucson about 10 years now. Lovin it–lovin it.
Rock Mix — Thursday 5-7p
Schmackie’s rock ‘n’ roll mix show features everything from lesser-known classic rock songs to current indie-rock material with some classic metal and punk thrown in for good measure.
The Schuniverse — Tuesday 7-9p
Progressive rock is The Schuniverse. Itself a vast, expansive genre that stretched and inspired the musical imagination, and often didn’t know how to edit itself until a song played through its, well, progression. That last part at least makes selecting tracks reasonably easy, since on some weeks six songs could encompass the entire two-hour playlist set. From classic prog artists such as Jethro Tull, Genesis, King Crimson and Rush, to neo-prog masters Marillion, IQ and Pendragon, to newer artists such as Opeth who cut their teeth in metal, The Schuniverse blankets the spectrum with musical genius — musical wonder — musical miracles. As varied as the stars in the Old Pueblo sky, the artists that adorn the Tuesday night aural canvas will open one’s senses to new possibilities. They are the musicians who made it a point to go boldly where others had not. Where others would not. They are the pioneers who continue to push the boundaries, from what we know to the dark flow we have yet to discover. This is The Schuniverse.
Rock Mix — Wednesday 3-5p
Tedski is a native Tucsonan, activist and an award winning writer. But, never mind that, he’s also a long time watcher of Tucson’s music scene and his taste dabbles in the complete spectrum of rock and roll. You can tune in to the Pocho Hetman (yes, you’ll have to google both of those words) on Wednesday afternoons. He can always be tweeted @tedski.
Is Dis Indie? — Saturday 7-9a
Distilled Endless Summer — Saturday 9-11a
Testerman is a DJ with 2 back-to-back shows on Saturday morning: an Indie
Rock show called ‘Is Dis Indie?‘ from 7-9am, and a Ska show called
‘Distilled Endless Summer‘ from 9-11am.
Life Along the Streetcar — Sunday 11:30a-noon
A weekly look at social, cultural and economic topics impacting the lives of those who live, work and or play in Tucson’s urban core. Our geographical focus is from “A” Mountain to U of A — and all stops in between. Our mission is to engage the community in conversation about past, present and future issues which affect us differently and shape us collectively.
Channel X — Saturday 7-9p
Troy Olson (or “TROLL” to his Frenemies and old school progenitors) is a musical bon vivant and vinyl historian of aural mayhem and underground cacophony! Starting as a house DJ at the now defunct PINK CADILLAC CAFE with ‘Associated Sound Systems’ (A.S.S.) from its inception to close, he tutored (tortured?) with local luminaries SPYDER RHODES and later PAUL SAINZ as he plied his craft of wax villainy, then branched out to MUDBUGGS/The ROCK, RUNES CAFE, CLUB CONGRESS, CLUB CHAOS, NEW ORLEANS NIGHTCLUB, The UNDERGROUND, and a host of other unsuspecting venues throughout the years! As he always says “Play with the BEST, die like the REST!” … it doesn’t make any sense but then, he never had any to start with.
A Tucsonan born and raised, Tyler Jacobs fell in love with the medium of radio while attending college at Northern Arizona University. He has love for music across genres, but Digital Rhythm focuses on the intersection of hip-hop and electronic music. From Gangstarr to Aphex Twin, from Dizzee Rascal to Nujabes, Jacobs provides a lighthearted two-hour block of groove and beat-driven music.
Heavy Mental — Sunday 12:30-1p
Ty Logan is daddy to a 5-year-old boy named Dylan, often referred to on live radio as “Didden.” He is also a tattooed horror movie and Hip-Hop expert and junkie, an action figure and gym addict, and a writer who never made it big. With 10 years of sobriety, Ty is the Recovery Support Specialist Manager at the Crisis Response Center (CRC) where he leads a team of 16 members with lived experience in mental health who serve individuals struggling with mental illness, substance abuse, trauma, and/or all of the above. He also is the editor of the CRC monthly newsletter and volunteers his time to a school for kids/teens with special needs.
Heavy Mental is a radio program that discusses mental health not just with statistics, but also from a real and honest perspective from someone with first-hand experience and insight. Ty Logan provides personal commentary and interviews guests from the community that are either professionals in the behavioral health field or have lived experience in mental health themselves.
SpeakerBox X — Sunday 1-3p
SpeakerBox X (SBX) was born out of love for underground hip hop. The letter X is commonly used to represent unknown circumstances and that is what SBX strives to deliver: hip hop that is unknown and unpredictable. SBX seeks to spread awareness about the origins of hip hop and how it has evolved, as well as dispel negative viewpoints of the genre that have been perpetuated by mainstream culture and media. It is the goal of SpeakerBox X to showcase songs that are socially conscious, radical and moving that you won’t hear on corporate radio or see on the Billboard charts. SBX also seeks to promote Tucson emcees, DJs, producers, breakers and graffiti artists and place the city on the map for pioneering the next elevation of hip hop in the nation and worldwide. Visit our Facebook page for information on local hip hop music, artists and events. Send your underground hip hop song requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disco Deep Cuts — Monday 11p-1a
YahTrav a.k.a. Trav B. is a disco dancing, gender-queer being from another sonic universe. Exploring the B-side and underground community of all the funky beats, ranging from early disco dance hall jams to contemporary interpretations of that thumping beat. YahTrav is here to fulfill your late night funky-beat needs. Always open for connection and recommendations @yahtrav