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We currently have over half of our regular shows back on the air, via remote broadcasting, with DJs picking up additional shifts when they can. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with our more last-minute schedule additions. Our music will not be quarantined!


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Rock Mix

12:00amMonday

12:00amMonday

Downtown Radio’s rock mix is an eclectic, carefully curated amalgam of deep cuts and minor hits spanning the entire spectrum of rock music—from the '50s to now.

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Scrambled Sunrise

7:00amMonday

7:00amMonday

After escaping the grim clutches of South Texas and Cochise County, “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 and punk heavyweights Dover Trench and Malignus Youth. Paleo Dave During the long, brutally weird interval between Then and Now, Dave went to art school, served in the Army, attended the U of A and worked in everything from archaeology to science writing and educational research before finally getting the proverbial wild hair to take a radio broadcasting course in the Spring of 2005. Following a 12-year stint hosting Bat Country Radio late nights on Community Radio 91.3 KXCI, Dave joined Downtown Radio in 2018 and now spins his signature blend of high-octane scatterbrained rock & roll Saturdays from 3-5pm on Radio KAOS, while indulging his kinder, gentler musical stylings with the Scrambled Sunrise - a mix of contemporary indie, ’90’s alternative,’80’s college rock and ’70’s post-punk & deep album rock that airs Monday mornings from 7-9am.

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Rock Mix

9:00amMonday

9:00amMonday

Downtown Radio’s rock mix is an eclectic, carefully curated amalgam of deep cuts and minor hits spanning the entire spectrum of rock music—from the '50s to now.

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The Tonic

5:00pmMonday

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5:00pmMonday

DoctorSlow is committed to eradicating stale sounds and tired tropes from the airwaves! DoctorSlow 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.

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Basement Concert

7:00pmMonday

7:00pmMonday

Basement Concert focuses on bands younger than 10 years old. Dan_Testerman_Pic

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The Magpie Courier

9:00pmMonday

9:00pmMonday

The sonic zeppelin known as The Magpie Courier is your one-stop steampunk experience. If it's grit, Brit, steam, diesel, copper and brass you are looking for… Well, Sonny Jim and Madame, it’s The Magpie Courier for you. Cheer-o! Captained by Tyburn Ranger—the man, the myth, the…well…all-round solid chap; a man who knows much but never seems to notice; a brave, proper, British tea-drinking, uh...really not sure where he came from—and accompanied by brass and copper co-pilot and expert navigator DJ Andy Bot, The Magpie Courier sets a course for the meridian of steam-driven rock, punk metallurgy, and fallout folk.  

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TarantulasDreamRadio

11:00pmMonday

TarantulasDreamRadio

11:00pmMonday

Soundtracking the weird, weird world we live in, TarantulasDreamRadio broadcasts the best and weirdest tracks from the world of punk, experimental, noise and anything else that bites the hand. Every week we take a look at a new topic, focusing on the paranormal, UFOs, the occult and more, while keeping the tunes floating between your head cave. If you want to dive even deeper into the fog, tune in every Monday and Wednesday, 9-10pm, on Instagram at TarantulasDreamTV, the live call-in talk show where host Samba breaks down the week's topic in detail. The wide-eyed curiosity of what lies beyond is still alive and well, bouncing across the airwaves here on TarantulasDreamRadio! Born 15 miles northeast of the towering beauty of White Sands, Samba has embraced the wide expanse of the unknown, translating this curiosity into a love of the paranormal. This love blossomed into a decades-long obsession, diving headfirst into investigating the question of UFOs, the occult, apparitions, and that spooky feeling you get when you hear a noise in the middle of the night. As a musician, the long trips across the country opened up opportunities to dive into late-night paranormal talk radio, and here our broadcasting story begins. Samba spends his days as a local film projectionist, amateur woodworker, and full-time tofu fanatic.

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TarantulasDreamRadio

12:00amTuesday

TarantulasDreamRadio

12:00amTuesday

Soundtracking the weird, weird world we live in, TarantulasDreamRadio broadcasts the best and weirdest tracks from the world of punk, experimental, noise and anything else that bites the hand. Every week we take a look at a new topic, focusing on the paranormal, UFOs, the occult and more, while keeping the tunes floating between your head cave. If you want to dive even deeper into the fog, tune in every Monday and Wednesday, 9-10pm, on Instagram at TarantulasDreamTV, the live call-in talk show where host Samba breaks down the week's topic in detail. The wide-eyed curiosity of what lies beyond is still alive and well, bouncing across the airwaves here on TarantulasDreamRadio! Born 15 miles northeast of the towering beauty of White Sands, Samba has embraced the wide expanse of the unknown, translating this curiosity into a love of the paranormal. This love blossomed into a decades-long obsession, diving headfirst into investigating the question of UFOs, the occult, apparitions, and that spooky feeling you get when you hear a noise in the middle of the night. As a musician, the long trips across the country opened up opportunities to dive into late-night paranormal talk radio, and here our broadcasting story begins. Samba spends his days as a local film projectionist, amateur woodworker, and full-time tofu fanatic.

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Rock Mix

1:00amTuesday

1:00amTuesday

Downtown Radio’s rock mix is an eclectic, carefully curated amalgam of deep cuts and minor hits spanning the entire spectrum of rock music—from the '50s to now.

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Music You Should Know

1:00pmTuesday

1:00pmTuesday

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…) Mr. Bill Owens 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.

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The After-School Special

3:00pmTuesday

3:00pmTuesday

Ivan Smith grew up a Navy brat, attending seven 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.

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Radio Club Crawl

5:00pmTuesday

5:00pmTuesday

Brother Mok is no stranger to radio land. For all of the nineties, he 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. Brother Mok Pic 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 Thursday 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 what's playing around Tucson.

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Radio Oscura

7:00pmTuesday

7:00pmTuesday

Heather Vee 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. 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 artists and bands around the country in her twenties, and spent her thirties interviewing some heroes and writing a few books. She currently works as a freelance web designer and administrator and frequently wishes all her library holds wouldn't come off hold within days of each other.

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The Time Warp

9:00pmTuesday

9:00pmTuesday

Max Webster is the nom de radio of Mark Martinez, the operations manager at The Rialto Theatre. 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!

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The THING From Tucson

11:00pmTuesday

11:00pmTuesday

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!

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The THING From Tucson

12:00amWednesday

12:00amWednesday

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!

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Rock Mix

1:00amWednesday

1:00amWednesday

Downtown Radio’s rock mix is an eclectic, carefully curated amalgam of deep cuts and minor hits spanning the entire spectrum of rock music—from the '50s to now.

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Tedski’s Rock Mix

3:00pmWednesday

3:00pmWednesday

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. Tedski You can tune in to the Pocho Hetman (yes, you’ll have to google both of those words) on Wednesday afternoons.

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The Fluorescent Chapel

7:00pmWednesday

7:00pmWednesday

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.

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9:00pmWednesday

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!

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Rock Mix

11:00pmWednesday

11:00pmWednesday

Downtown Radio’s rock mix is an eclectic, carefully curated amalgam of deep cuts and minor hits spanning the entire spectrum of rock music—from the '50s to now.

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Rock Mix

12:00amThursday

12:00amThursday

Downtown Radio’s rock mix is an eclectic, carefully curated amalgam of deep cuts and minor hits spanning the entire spectrum of rock music—from the '50s to now.

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The Waiting Room

7:00amThursday

7:00amThursday

DoctorSlow is committed to eradicating stale sounds and tired tropes from the airwaves! DoctorSlow 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.

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The Music Invasion

9:00amThursday

9:00amThursday

Brother Mok is no stranger to radio land. For all of the nineties, he 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. Brother Mok Pic 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 Thursday 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 what's playing around Tucson.

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Rock Mix

1:00pmThursday

1:00pmThursday

Downtown Radio’s rock mix is an eclectic, carefully curated amalgam of deep cuts and minor hits spanning the entire spectrum of rock music—from the '50s to now.

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Drivin’ with Ivan

5:00pmThursday

5:00pmThursday

Ivan Smith grew up a Navy brat, attending seven 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.

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The Arizona 411

7:00pmThursday

7:00pmThursday

The Arizona 411 features 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 thearizona411@gmail.com.

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Feedbackin’

9:00pmThursday

9:00pmThursday

If it’s big, fuzzy, buzzy, and supercharged, then DeCaf is blasting it out into the airwaves. DeCaf is your gearhead, muscle car, panhead host, playing high-octane, high volume, high voltage, super-charged rock n' roll. It's more than indie rock, it's more than punk rock, it's more than garage rock... It's Feedbackin'.  

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Rock Mix

11:00pmThursday

11:00pmThursday

Downtown Radio’s rock mix is an eclectic, carefully curated amalgam of deep cuts and minor hits spanning the entire spectrum of rock music—from the '50s to now.

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Rock Mix

12:00amFriday

12:00amFriday

Downtown Radio’s rock mix is an eclectic, carefully curated amalgam of deep cuts and minor hits spanning the entire spectrum of rock music—from the '50s to now.

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Panoply of Music

11:00amFriday

11:00amFriday

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.

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Rock Mix

1:00pmFriday

1:00pmFriday

Downtown Radio’s rock mix is an eclectic, carefully curated amalgam of deep cuts and minor hits spanning the entire spectrum of rock music—from the '50s to now.

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3:00pmFriday

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. 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!

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Music Alchemy

5:00pmFriday

5:00pmFriday

Max Webster is the nom de radio of Mark Martinez, the operations manager at The Rialto Theatre. 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!

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The Alternate

7:00pmFriday

7:00pmFriday

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. Buck & Honey Expect to get your R.E.M., 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.

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Radio KAOS

9:00pmFriday

9:00pmFriday

A sonic celebration of old and new metal, punk, post-punk and noise rock to help kick your Friday night into cathartic high gear. After escaping the grim clutches of South Texas and Cochise County, “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 and punk heavyweights Dover Trench and Malignus Youth. Paleo Dave During the long, brutally weird interval between Then and Now, Dave went to art school, served in the Army, attended the U of A and worked in everything from archaeology to science writing and educational research before finally getting the proverbial wild hair to take a radio broadcasting course in the Spring of 2005. Following a 12-year stint hosting Bat Country Radio late nights on Community Radio 91.3 KXCI, Dave joined Downtown Radio in 2018 and now spins his signature blend of high-octane scatterbrained rock & roll Friday nights from 9-11pm on Radio KAOS, while indulging his kinder, gentler musical stylings with the Scrambled Sunrise - a mix of contemporary indie, ’90’s alternative,’80’s college rock and ’70’s post-punk & deep album rock that airs Monday mornings from 7-9am.

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Garage Au Go-Go

11:00pmFriday

11:00pmFriday

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.

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Garage Au Go-Go

12:00amSaturday

12:00amSaturday

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.

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Rock Mix

1:00amSaturday

1:00amSaturday

Downtown Radio’s rock mix is an eclectic, carefully curated amalgam of deep cuts and minor hits spanning the entire spectrum of rock music—from the '50s to now.

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Saturday A.M. Toonz

7:00amSaturday

7:00amSaturday

Pour yourself a big bowl of Sugar-Blasted Marshmallow Magic and get ready to start your day with two hours of toe-tappin’ toonz! From bubblegum to punk-pop, Saturday A.M. Toonz is a delicious part of your nutritious breakfast. <strong>Ivan Smith</strong> grew up a Navy brat, attending seven 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 &amp; 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.

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Radio Border Blaster

9:00amSaturday

9:00amSaturday

A two-hour exploration of the borderless musical mestizaje from Canada to Chile and everywhere you can find our Latinx/Latina/Latino/Hispanx/Hispana/His-panic musica alter-NATIVA.

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Rock Mix

11:00amSaturday

11:00amSaturday

Downtown Radio’s rock mix is an eclectic, carefully curated amalgam of deep cuts and minor hits spanning the entire spectrum of rock music—from the '50s to now.

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Heavy Harmonies

1:00pmSaturday

1:00pmSaturday

A '90s kid raised in an eclectic home, carrying the laughter and embarrassment of a decade in marching band, lured to Tucson by a seductive desert flower, and just pretentious enough to think his opinions matter, Tritone is here to help you find solace. Tritone Join him in his incessant endeavor to resolve all the discord and cacophony of life with some of his favorite Heavy Harmonies.

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Rockodyssey

3:00pmSaturday

3:00pmSaturday

With an emphasis on 8-10+ minute tracks from different eras and subgenres of rock’s broad spectrum, ROCKODYSSEY aims to disprove the longstanding notion that only spaced-out jam bands and progressive rock icons traffic in epic rock & roll excursions. Whether it’s metal, classic rock, or vintage/contemporary alternative and indie rock, Paleo Dave leaves no stone unturned in his quest to bring you the best long rock tracks ever recorded. After escaping the grim clutches of South Texas and Cochise County, “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 and punk heavyweights Dover Trench and Malignus Youth. Paleo Dave During the long, brutally weird interval between Then and Now, Dave went to art school, served in the Army, attended the U of A and worked in everything from archaeology to science writing and educational research before finally getting the proverbial wild hair to take a radio broadcasting course in the Spring of 2005. Following a 12-year stint hosting Bat Country Radio late nights on Community Radio 91.3 KXCI, Dave joined Downtown Radio in 2018 and now spins his signature blend of high-octane scatterbrained rock & roll Saturdays from 3-5pm on Radio KAOS, while indulging his kinder, gentler musical stylings with the Scrambled Sunrise - a mix of contemporary indie, ’90’s alternative,’80’s college rock and ’70’s post-punk & deep album rock that airs Monday mornings from 7-9am.

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Dreamgazin’

5:00pmSaturday

5:00pmSaturday

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The Magpie Courier

7:00pmSaturday

7:00pmSaturday

The sonic zeppelin known as The Magpie Courier is your one-stop steampunk experience. If it's grit, Brit, steam, diesel, copper and brass you are looking for… Well, Sonny Jim and Madame, it’s The Magpie Courier for you. Cheer-o! Captained by Tyburn Ranger—the man, the myth, the…well…all-round solid chap; a man who knows much but never seems to notice; a brave, proper, British tea-drinking, uh...really not sure where he came from—and accompanied by brass and copper co-pilot and expert navigator DJ Andy Bot, The Magpie Courier sets a course for the meridian of steam-driven rock, punk metallurgy, and fallout folk.  

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Laughter Hours

9:00pmSaturday

9:00pmSaturday

Laughter Hours with Talia and Powers is the funnest show on the radio. Dare to be stupid with Frank Powers and Natalia Lopez in this eccentric, electric, eclectic mix of comedy songs and fun times with bands like Flight of the Conchords, Tenacious D, and Weird Al Yankovic. There's lots of metal, punk, mashups of classics, and no radio show in this life or the afterlife plays more Ghostbusters remixes than us. Nobody treats ya right on a Saturday night like Frank and Talia. #TootTootTucson

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Rock Mix

11:00pmSaturday

11:00pmSaturday

Downtown Radio’s rock mix is an eclectic, carefully curated amalgam of deep cuts and minor hits spanning the entire spectrum of rock music—from the '50s to now.

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Rock Mix

12:00amSunday

12:00amSunday

Downtown Radio’s rock mix is an eclectic, carefully curated amalgam of deep cuts and minor hits spanning the entire spectrum of rock music—from the '50s to now.

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Little Leaf Radio

7:00amSunday

7:00amSunday

Rocking old, new, and everything in-between! Start your morning with music for the whole gang to rise up to and play! Mr. Nature Mr. Nature is a Tucson native and local children's rock star providing jams and playgroups all over Tucson designed to build and strengthen foundations for positive social interaction, focusing on kindness, compassion and mindfulness engagement through song, dance, interactive music, instrument fun, storytelling and art. He loves the outdoors, reading and anything music.

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the art of easing

9:00amSunday

9:00amSunday

a lush and gently bubbling cauldron of rhythm n' blues gumbo seasoned to taste with influences and cultures from across the astral plane on an endless search for the perfect recipe. dj ben(k) the art of easing... is a mellow mix of rhythm n' blues, jazz, chill electronica, rocksteady, dub, latin, gospel, blues, instrumental music and music from around the world 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.

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Rock Mix

11:00amSunday

11:00amSunday

Downtown Radio’s rock mix is an eclectic, carefully curated amalgam of deep cuts and minor hits spanning the entire spectrum of rock music—from the '50s to now.

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Heavy Mental

12:00pmSunday

12:00pmSunday

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. 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.

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SpeakerBox X

1:00pmSunday

1:00pmSunday

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.

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Soul Vibes Sunday

3:00pmSunday

3:00pmSunday

Showcasing alternative R&B, neo-soul, throwbacks, and house, with a splash of international beats. Melissa has been a mixologist since grade school. She graduated from making mix tapes to hosting a show on Downtown Radio. Soul Vibes Sunday is all about good vibes to get you moving and set your day right. Check out the show’s Facebook page for playlists.

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OLMEC Underground

5:00pmSunday

5:00pmSunday

DJ T-Roy is a Tico from Limon, Costa Rica who grew up in New York and New Jersey and lived entirely on the East coast until relocating to the desert Southwest in 2007. Troy Brown Like the journey of the Olmecs, this show will introduce you to some of the very drumbeats and rhythms being played along their journeys from Africa to the Americas. Expect to hear a non-stop soulful house music mix featuring African, Caribbean, and Latin influences. Please join this magical ride—and remember to bring your dancing shoes!

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When Worlds Collide

7:00pmSunday

7:00pmSunday

Join Max Webster for as he explores where the improvisational and virtuosic elements of jazz and prog rock meet on When Worlds Collide.

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Continental Drift

9:00pmSunday

9:00pmSunday

An eclectic mix of world music for those in love with the world. Sonic Nurse The good Nurse’s new assignment is to help alleviate the isolation and sting of contact precautions brought on by this strange, new age. Music belongs to all of us; it can still touch you and me, and we can safely share it. This will be a world mix, because I am still in love with the world. How about you?

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Rock Mix

11:00pmSunday

11:00pmSunday

Downtown Radio’s rock mix is an eclectic, carefully curated amalgam of deep cuts and minor hits spanning the entire spectrum of rock music—from the '50s to now.

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