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The first newspaper published for youth in Tucson was the summer 1979 edition of the Youth Alternatives, which became Youth Awareness Press the following winter.

The Tucson Teen newspaper continued the concept of a youth newspaper in 1981. The Entertainment Magazine first published in 1981 (it was titled The Magazine until 1985).

The Entertainment Magazine ceased the print edition in January 1995 when it became one of the first Arizona newspapers to go online as EMOL.org. The monthly tabloids were published through the Tucson YWCA until 1981 and then through Southwest Alternatives Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 1977 to support community projects, like the Foundation for Creative Broadcasting which later became KXCI-FM radio station, and dozens of other Tucson groups. Robert Zucker served as director, editor and publisher of all of the newspapers.

The Mountain Newsreal

Mountain Newsreal Jonathan L

The Mountain Newsreal started in 1974 as a monhly alternative culture tabloid by Jonathan L. (Jon Rosen). It evolved into the popular music magazine, Newsreal. Jonathan L. His radio career began in Tucson, Arizona in 1982 at KLPX-FM with a show "Virgin Vinyl" which predates Alternative radio. He left Tucson in 1986 to start up alternative radio station KEYX-FM. Jonathan L is an American radio presenter, programmer, and entertainment media publisher who now lives in Berlin, Germany for the past four years.

Jonathan L organized his first large music festival for alternative station KUKQ in Phoenix, Arizona in 1989, years before the launch of festivals like Lollapalooza and the KROQ Weenie Roasts. For this reason, he is often called the “father of all radio festivals.” In 2005 he returned form Los Angeles to create "Lopsided World Of L" which ran on Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings on KUPD-FM until he moved to Germany in 2010. The "Lopsided World of L" is produced and presented internationally every week by Jonathan L from his flat in Berlin, Germany.


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Entertaining Tucson
Across the Decades
Volume 1

by Robert E. Zucker

The local entertainment scene in Tucson, Arizona during the 1950s through 1985 was vibrant– from the ‘50s rock and roll of the Dearly Beloved to the ‘80s with the Pills, Giant Sandworms and everything in between– classic rock, disco, alternative, punk, hard core, country, swing and Big Band. Hundreds of bands and thousands of entertainers over three decades. Within these pages are the memories and the experiences of those people and places. These are the original articles and interviews published in several local newspapers that covered the Tucson entertainment scene over the decades. Follow their stories through the years– the big breaks, record releases, hot performances and duds, break ups, tragedies, personal insights and struggles. Purchase copies of Entertaining Tucson Across the DecadesEntertainment Magazine on amazon.com.


Robert E. Zucker, Entertainment Magazine publisher

Robert E. Zucker

Tucson native Robert E. Zucker, born in the mid-1950s, has been publishing for nearly four decades. He launched several Tucson, Arizona tabloid newspapers and authored dozens of manuscripts that are now being printed and digitized.

While publishing over monthly 200 newspaper editions, between 1978 and 1994, Robert also organized numerous local entertainment events, concerts, movie screenings and community projects. Originally hired by the Tucson YWCA in 1977, Robert developed Youth Alternatives (1978-1979), the first newspaper for Tucson teenagers and continued the publication as Youth Awareness Press (1979-1981). The newspaper was later titled as the Tucson Teen (1981-1990) after the original funding sources ended for the non-profit project. The Magazine (1982-1985) and the Entertainment Magazine (1985-1994) newspapers published for an older audience with a focus on local entertainment and national celebrities.

In January 1995, the Internet version of the Entertainment Magazine On Line (EMOL.org) was launched as one of the first Arizona publications to have a web presence. Robert spent a dozen years teaching desktop publishing and web publishing at the University of Arizona Department of Journalism (now School of Journalism) and launched the UA Journalism Department web site (1995). He spent eight years at Pima Community College as an instructor and adviser for the Aztec Press, the college newspaper. At Pima, he also developed an Internet journalism lab and the online version of the Aztec Press (1998).

Official Websites: http://emol.org/ and http://Robert-Zucker.com

Jon Rosen, Newsreal

Jonathan L

Jonathan L is an American radio presenter, programmer, and entertainment media publisher who has lived in Berlin, Germany for the past four years. He published the Newsreal, an alternative Tucson, Arizona monthly music publication from the 1970s until October 1985. His radio career began in Tucson in 1982 at KLPX-FM with a show “Virgin Vinyl“ which predates Alternative radio. He left Tucson in 1986 to start up Alternative radio station KEYX-FM.

Jonathan L organized his first large music festival for alternative station KUKQ in Phoenix, Arizona in 1989, years before the launch of festivals like Lollapalooza and the KROQ Weenie Roasts. For this reason, he is often called the “father of all radio festivals.” In 2005, he returned form Los Angeles to create “Lopsided World Of L” which ran on Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings on KUPD-FM until he moved to Germany in 2010. The “Lopsided World of L” is produced and presented internationally every week by Jonathan L from his flat in Berlin, Germany. Now in it’s 9th year, the “Lopsided World of L” is broadcast across the planet from Los Angeles, Phoenix, Berlin, Athens, Greece, Gothenburg, Sweden, and Brasov, Romania.

Official Website: http://www.jlradio.com

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