A Note From the Director

For many years, I have lived and breathed my purpose here: what services we offer, how they work to serve the community, and how to tweak and refine them when necessary. It’s been my personal mission to anchor Davis Media Access deeply in this community, providing services that meet a wide variety of needs. With an incredible team comprising board, staff, volunteers, partners, and community supporters, I know we’ve been successful.

Just as we meet needs, though, we also have them. Right now, DMA is in the thick of its annual fundraising, with a must-meet goal of $25,000 by June 1. This annual campaign is what provides the money to keep KDRT-LP 95.7 FM on the air. It also allows DMA devote resources to local elections and youth-media efforts. It facilitates media and technology training in a myriad of ways.

We participated in the Big Day of Giving, and our experience on May 5 was incredible! In one day, we met close to half our annual goal. I give a big shout-out here to our many donors—many of them first-time donors to DMA—and to Jessica Kelly, who submitted the very first donation of the Big Day, netting DMA a $5,000 prize. We had a wonderful event downtown at The Wardrobe in which we made many new friends. But the Big Day is just part of the picture. We do this work every day of the year, and have done so for nearly 26 years, and right now, we need your support.

We are still quite a ways out from our goal. If you have already donated, I thank you.  If you watch, listen, participate or just appreciate our locally based democratic media, and haven't yet donated, now is the time. You can donate online, or mail a check made out to Davis Media Access, 1623 Fifth Street, Ste A, Davis, CA 95616.

DMA’s services and programs are made possible by community support. From the bottom of my community-loving heart, thank you!

Autumn Labbe-Renault

Executive Director

KDRT Proud to Sponsor Davis Music Fest

KDRT is happy to lend its support Davis Music Fest's fifth year.  We'll provide underwriting announcements and help wrangle volunteers for the event.  Davis Music Fest (DMF) is coordinated by Davis non-profit Music Only Makes Sense (MOMS), which is a tremendous partner to KDRT year round  Working with MOMS is one of the many ways KDRT and DMA help support the local arts and culture community.  

This year's fest is happening the weekend of the Summer Soltice, June 19th-21st, and features over 50 bands on 12 stages.  The event benefits the Davis School Arts Foundation and the DHS Blue & White Foundation.

For more information visit the DMF website.


DMA Needs Your Support

We are currently down to the final week of our annual fund-raising campaign. We've raised $22,000 and have $3k to go to meet our funding goal. If you haven't yet donated now is the time.  We must raise this money each year to keep our all-volunteer radio station KDRT on the air, and to help support other projects such as training for youth media producers, and additional staff time for local election coverage.

We do big, community-improving work and depend on every dollar you donate.  A well-managed non-profit with many hundreds of active participants and supporters, DMA is responsive to its community, not to corporate profits. And in an age when a mere handful of corporations holds the majority of control over corporate media, carving out space for the people’s airwaves is more important than ever.

I know you appreciate that work, and I'm asking you to step up and make a contribution this week. Donations of any size are helpful, and will be acknowledged for tax purposes, and on our donor list (unless you say otherwise). At this late date, the best way is to donate online at http://davismedia.org/donate. You can also mail a check made out to Davis Media Access, 1623 Fifth Street, Ste A, Davis, CA 95616.

You'll be joining a fabulous list of committed supporters, whom we thank for their generous support.

Thank you so much for helping to continue DMA's important work in the community!

Warm Regards,

PS: Need to know more? Check out this two-minute video about DMA's impact in the community over 25+ years:  https://youtu.be/FXuM3SL4MSo

Kid Vid Production & Animation Camps

Registration closes soon for DMA's popular summer camps for kids aged 10-13, and there are still a few slots open. In the production camps, participants learn how to produce a program in DMA's television studio, including storyboarding, operating cameras and sound equipment, and media literacy training.  New this summer, campers will be able to take advantage of DMA's brand-new HD Field Cameras. They will also get an introduction to the radio booth at KDRT 95.7 FM, DMA's low-power community radio station.

In the animation camps, participants learn how to plan and storyboard an animation, record dialogue and effects, and light and create stop-motion animations, as well as experiment with 2D-animation and watch examples of various styles for inspiration. Both camps are offered on June and July. Links to register to either may be found at http://bit.ly/1B8lsFo


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