A note from the director

Jeff Shaw and I recently attended the ribbon cutting and official launch for KUBU-LP, 96.5 FM in Sacramento. A project of Access Sacramento, the community media center serving our neighbors to the east, KUBU will serve its community a mix of alternative voices and interesting music, giving its citizens a chance to highlight what matters most in their community. KUBU is one of a whole new crop of low-power FM radio stations launched from within community media centers nationwide. Davis Media Access (then called Davis Community Television) was the first center in the nation to do so, launching KDRT in 2004.

It was wonderful to listen to everyone’s aspirations for their new community station. I couldn’t help but reflect on KDRT, and how the hopes they were speaking of were the same kind that have been realized here in Davis. We carried our best wishes for their success with low-power radio in Sacramento

Bringing it full circle, today’s KUBU launch reminded me that along with hopes and dreams, it takes an incredible amount of work, heart, volunteerism and cash to keeping independent outlets on the air. To that end, I thank all of you who have supported DMA and its programs and services this year. Because of you, our work is made possible. Please plan to drop by our Holiday Open House Dec. 8 to share a toast to your community media center!

I’d like to thank everyone who attended the Oct. 23 “Under the Covers Event” at the Sudwerk Dock Store, which kicked off a yearlong celebration of KDRT’s 10th anniversary. Special thanks to the following: Sudwerk Dock Store and its hard-working staff; Gabe Lewin and Clarity Sound; Danny Tomasello, Sara Eley and Music Only Makes Sense; Sweetwater String Band; Wealth of Nations; Sorta Like Heaven; Cold Shot; Pieter and Jeanne Pastoor; Jessica and Doug Kelly; Heather Caswell; Valerie Jones; Diane Crumley; Jim Buchanan, and Jeff Shaw. If you missed it, take heart. We’ll be celebrating well into 2015 and there will be more opportunities to support KDRT.

Warm regards,

Autumn Labbe-Renault, Executive Director

PS: If you’re someone who likes to do your charitable giving at calendar year’s end, please consider making a gift to DMA. Community support helps us provide local election coverage, train youth in media production, and keep KDRT on the air.

You're invited - Holiday Open House Dec. 8

This annual tradition is a time for us to highlight what we do, thank you for what you do, and share some tasty treats. Please join us anytime between 6-9 p.m. for appetizers and sweets, wine and beer. The event is free and open to the public; please come if you haven’t in a while, or if you’re new to us, or if you’re here weekly! Parking is available along Fifth or L streets but limited at the center itself. Schedule of events as follows;

6-7 p.m. Family Fun Hour – Bring your significant people with you & create a very brief video “postcard.” We’ll have a seasonal green screen background and someone on hand to record. Later that week, we’ll provide you with a YouTube link that you can share with friends and family! Bring scarves, hats, mitten or props that you think will fit the mood.

7-8 p.m. Volunteer Recognition. It’s our pleasure each year to recognize our volunteers, with special recognition for some innovative accomplishments. Learn what kind of projects people work on, and hear what they have to say about them.

8-9 p.m.:  Holiday Hellos & Tunes – KDRT

KDRT Programmers will spin a fun collection of holiday tunes throughout the evening. From 8-9, you’re invited to drop in and share a few holiday wishes live on the radio. Thanks to Rod Moseanko (The Grapevine, Golden Road), Sara Eley (The Awesome Patrol Show) and Pieter Pastoor (Listening Lyrics) for spinning throughout the night.

Questions? Email info AT davismedia DOT org

Get involved - attend General Orientation

Getting involved in your community media center is extremely satisfying. Learning new skills and sharpening old ones, all while improving our shared civic life, are just a few of the benefits. The first step is to attend a General Orientation scheduled for Wed. Dec. 3. Register here

From the Vault

Special thanks to DMA intern Nathan King, who developed the From the Vault opener and has digitized much of the content we'll be highlighting!

The latest episode of “Davis Media Access: From the Vault” is a real treasure. This 1990 interview features local notables Bob Dunning and Lori Aldrete interviewing the inimitable Bob Hope. The piece was directed by Aaron Vinck, who went on to work in community access television in San Francisco in later years, and was produced by Davis Community Television. 

“From the Vault” is a project that highlights programming produced through DMA over the past 25 years—an archive of more than 10,000 locally produced videos. These programs tell the story of our area: our struggles, triumphs, concerns, and motivations. Most were either produced by, or feature, community members. In an era where broadcast outlets became fewer and increasingly homogenized, these programs helped tell the story of our community in a very real, and meaningful way, often covering what the Sacramento media market would not.

DMA's video archive represents a unique piece of our collective community history. Recognizing that, and wanting to find an intentional way to continue digitizing these assets, DMA is launching "From the Vault" to highlight select programs from this archive. Enjoy these pieces of our local history!

On Davisville

Host Bill Buchanan catches up with former mayor Joe Krovoza. Listen here.

From the Fifth Street traffic redesign and a plastic bag ban to economic development and the city water supply, the civic side of Davis saw several changes from early 2011 to mid-2014. Joe Krovoza, as mayor during that stretch, had a hand in attaining many of them. On today’s Davisville he sizes up his legacy, offers his take on a few continuing ideas like the railroad relocation proposal downtown ... and talks about what he's been doing since leaving office last June.

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