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!
Anders I, the Minister of Mayhem
Metal Massacre — Saturday 7-9a
Anders I, the Minister of Mayhem, was born in the mountains of Arizona then hauled across the country to reside in the frozen northern tundra of Wisconsin for nearly 20 years. His triumphant return to the Southwest shall be heralded by wave after wave of glorious Metal. Every Saturday from 7 AM – 9 AM he delivers a sonically satisfying sermon of the most malicious Metal from across the globe. No genre, style or time period is taboo, however the Massacre tends to lean towards the heavier, more extreme end of the spectrum. Visit the Metal Massacre on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MetalMassacreAZ for weekly setlists or to make song requests!
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.
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 — Thursday 3-5p
• Opus Transmission — Saturday 1-3p
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 now brings you three unique weekly shows: a Tuesday night rock mix show that is heavy on new music, fun facts and a few twists; Radio Club Crawl which is a sonic sample of whats playing around Tucson; and the Opus Transmission a show that pick an artist every week and looks at others bands/artists that the selected artist has recorded or performed with, and there is a surprise or two in each and every Opus Transmission episode as well.
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.
The NEW New Dance Show — Friday 9-11p
The weekend fun never stops with your host & mix-master Club Soda–all listeners aboard every SUNDAY night as we embark on a two-hour musical voyage of house, techno, funk & hip-hop paying homage to the pioneering electronic music genres of the eighties, nineties & beyond…
Follow Radio Club Soda on Instagram.
- Rock Mix — Monday 9-11a
- Dave’s Radio Kaos — Saturday 1-3p
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 Saturday afternoons on Dave’s Radio KAOS – a sonic smorgasbord including, but by no means limited to, classic and current punk, post-punk, garage, psych, early Lollapalooza-era alternative/grunge, noise rock, industrial, goth, deep classic album rock, weird/quirky covers, and a whole lot more.
Check out playlists, music news & more at: https://www.facebook.com/dtradiokaos
Deedle-D the Clown
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
- An Early Morning Campfire: a mix of classic country, bluegrass, & americana — Sunday 8-9a
- 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 99.1 FM Downtown Radio Tucson.
DJ Squeezie, formally known as The Man prior to his banishment from the patriarchy, first started dabbling in radio affairs at the age of 9 at KXCI. He’s pretty much the best radio host of all time, right next to Rush Limbaugh and Ira Glass. His music taste never fails to impress, from his roots as lead singer in his post-punk jazz fusion band, Anarchy in C Major, to his more contemporary work with his country rhythm ‘n’ blues pop down-tempo techno band, Cold Play.
And who knows, maybe you’ll even learn something about the universe if you pay attention and keep an open mind. Remember the good words of the late great American rockstar, Stephen Hawking: “The only thing cooler than rock-hard, nasty guitar licks and nihilistic lyrics about meaninglessness is knowledge!”
- 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.
Rock Mix — Thursday 9-11a
manny is a nurse by day, DJ by… well also day, but hardly ever simultaneously. He hosts a rock show that will peel back the tendrils of sound from every decade and all planetary land masses. He believes there is a melody embedded in everyone’s chest, and it has to be shared. That’s how music is made and names are sung, over and over, all along a loop widening and reshaping along the pulsating curves of our hearts. Boys & gentlewomen, that’s normal sinus rhythm.
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.
Mary’s Monday Music — Monday 7-9a
Along Comes Mary: I’ve got an ecclectic mix of tuneskies for you. No rock sub-genre is off limits as long as it was recorded between 1960 and today. Kick start your week with Mary’s Monday Music.
- Rock Mix — Friday 5-7p
- Time Warp — Tuesday 9-11p
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
Rock Mix — Thursday 11a-1p
Michael hosts the Thursday midday show, Horse Music. Consider it a mix of pop/rock/shoegaze/r&b, but with roots. Hailing from Arizona, but having just returned from the Pacific Northwest, Michael has a great fondness for the desert and couldn’t resist giving his show a title suggestive of the cowboy scene. Michael was formerly owner/booking agent for The Waypost in Portland, and a drummer/lounge singer. Now he’s hoping to lend two hands toward reforming the justice system in this country. Peace and love to you listeners!.
- 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.
Mike & Cassie Peel
Rarity Rock Radio — Monday 7-9p
Rarity Rock Radio is a specialty rock show hosted by Mike and Cass Peel airing Monday nights from 7:00–9:00 pm featuring under-the-radar rock songs from known artists and from artists who should be known from the past to the present. Every week we play a variety of rock genres and have special show segments including Album Spotlights of the Week, Rarity of the Week, and Request of the Week.
Mike and Cass Peel have over ten years of combined radio/DJ experience in both Los Angeles at KSPC 88.7FM and in Tucson at KTDT 99.1FM Downtown Radio Tucson. After meeting and living in Los Angeles for a decade, they relocated to Mike’s hometown of Tucson (Cass is originally from NYC), where they enjoy showcasing the rock genre through under-the-radar rock songs and artists spanning the decades and highlighting local Tucson artists. In their spare time, they run a DJ business and work passionately in the nonprofit and healthcare sectors, respectively.
Email us with your requests of deep cuts, live, local, acoustic, and other under-the-radar songs and artists of all rock varieties at email@example.com or message us directly on our Facebook page. If your song is played, we’ll send exclusive RRR merch your way!
Tune in to keep rock alive! Streaming live Mondays 7:00–9:00 pm on www.downtownradio.org.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Haunted Hijinks Show — Wednesday 11p-1a
Natalia is a Puerto Rican Monster Maker and self proclaimed Zombie Queen. She tends to lean towards the macabre side of things in life. When she isn’t making monsters, she spends her free time raising an army of Zombie Chihuahuas to take over the world.
Follow the hijinks on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hauntedhijinkz/
Punk’n’Roll — Saturday 11p-1a
Ever wonder what happened to those crazy mohawk wearing punks from the 70’s and 80’s? Well at least one of them survived and is living under witness protection in Tucson, AZ. The Night Al, one of the rarest of all the birds, brings you a freakishly fun two hours of classic and modern punk’n’roll every Thursday night at 11pm. No power ballads here just straight up mayhem! More beats per second than any other show, along with the twisted insights of a man who has lived the razor blade in two different millennia (oh my goodness is he a God). Perhaps parentheses man perhaps. So tune in for unscripted fun, music and humor. It’s The Night Al.
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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- Sundays with Satan — Sunday 7-8a
- 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 Sunday mornings and 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 Trip Parade — Saturday 3-5p
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.
Schmackie’s Trip Parade is two hours of psychedelic music from the late 60’s to the present day. Join Schmackie every Saturday from 3 to 5 PM as he plays psych nuggets, forgotten gems, and bits of the bizarre—anything that makes your head expand and retract in rhythm to the colors of the sound. Turn on, tune in, trip out!
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.
Where’s da Horns — Saturday 9-11a
Once upon a time, rockers used horns in their bands, and they rocked. Then some British punks came along with their 4-piece groups and attempted to banish the horns, and were widely successful. Some rockers, remembering the old ways, used horns, but they were few and far between. Then came a Testerman. Fighting for rock, he would try to out-scream the people shouting “Freebird” with his own mantra: “Where’s da Horns?” After being kicked out of many concerts, he changed his tactics. Hoarding as much music as he possibly could, he set out for Tucson and landed a Saturday morning DJ gig on Downtown Radio. He now tries to remind people how rock is played–with horns!
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.
Radio Free Tucson — Saturday 11a-1p
Tony BallZ was one of the first DJs on the original post-World War II Radio Free Europe in Berlin, before moving on to Radio Free South Africa, Radio Free New Zealand, Radio Free Galapagos, Radio Free Antarctica, and dozens of others. At the end of the Cold War, BallZ relocated to the States to “do his own thing.” He made significant contributions to groundbreaking pirate station KWHY before becoming program director at the mighty and world-renowned Radio Free Flagstaff.
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.
Digital Rhythm — Sunday 7-9p
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.
Cave of the Kitten King — Monday 11p-1a
Join the Kitten King in his infernal lair for a night of classic metal, featuring NWOBHM, power, doom, thrash metal and more from the ’70s, ’80s, and early ’90s. If you like bands like Iron Maiden, Cirith Ungol, Storm Witch, Satan, and Witchfinder General then tune in for classics you miss and obscure bands you missed. Every Monday 11pm till eternity (1 am).
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 email@example.com.