Election Coverage

DMA has produced "Meet the Candidates" statements for races on the ballot this Nov. 4, including Davis Board of Education, Assembly 4th District, and Congressional 3rd District. We also partnered with The Davis Vanguard on a school board candidates’ forum and with Saving California Communties on the Rainy Day Fund and Water Bond ballot initiatves.

Also on November 4th from 8-11pm we will once again have live election coverage focusing on local issues and races.

A Note From the Director

Though fall’s cooler temps have yet to manifest, the busyness that characterizes the season is in full force. Here at DMA, we mark the start of KDRT’s 10th anniversary year, which officially began on Sept. 24. It was on that date in 2004 that then-Davis Mayor Ruth Asmundson “flipped the switch” and KDRT was off and running. This small station has manifested tremendous amounts of community involvement and goodwill over the years.  Still run primarily by volunteers and on a shoestring budget, this grassroots station has nonetheless made a large impact, both locally and on the national low-power FM scene.

My hat is off to KDRT’s Steering Committee, its programmers, the DMA board, DMA”s staff, for whom KDRT is largely an after-hours labor of love, and the community—musicians, guests, listeners and supporters—for having grown a truly remarkable resource.  Here’s to many more, and please read on in the newsletter for some exciting KDRT updates. We look forward to celebrating Year 10 all year long!

In other news, I pleased to report that Valerie Jones was seated as a member of the DMA Board of Directors last month. Valerie has a background in business and finance, and will be a great addition to our board. She will also serve on the board's Fund Raising Committee. Welcome, Valerie!

In Community,

Autumn Labbe-Renault
Executive Director

Upcoming Events

Camera Workshop: A second workshop for our new field cameras is scheduled for Thursday Oct. 16 from 6:30-8:30pm.  This workshop is only offered to volunteers currently in good standing and who have DCTV Field Camera certification. We will soon offer a workshop for new volunteers.  No RSVP needed- just show up at the station!

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 Wednesday October 22 at 6:30pm.

Under the Covers: A fun evening of music to help us kick off Year 10 for KDRT! A night of cover bands and fall frolics supporting KDRT. Oct. 23, Sudwerk Dock Store, 5:30-9:30 pm., $5.

PSA Day: Save the Date, Feb. 11 & 12, 2015. Service for non-profits to make a one-minute public service announcement. Invitations go out in January. Want to be included? Email info@davismedia.org, Attn: PSA Day.

New Production Assistant Hours

We’re happy to announce that Eunah Cho, who joined our staff a few months back as an on-call production specialist, now has regular office hours on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1-6pm. Eunah will be here to help provide production assistance for video producers, and you may see her at the front desk during those hours as well. We are thrilled to be able to offer some additional assistance!

Eunah Cho was born & raised in Davis. She graduated from UC San Diego with degrees in Communications and Violin Performance in 2013, and has since returned to her roots to work at Davis Media Access. She is at DMA because she strongly believes in the value of community-driven media and in having a facility that welcomes anyone in the community to learn valuable skills for communicating ideas through media. In her “spare” time she plays in three orchestras, volunteers as a classical music DJ for Davis's own KDRT, bakes homemade goodies for awesome people, and dotes on her two pooches, Scout and Molly.

KDRT News

With the start of a new quarter KDRT has unveiled a variety of new programs.

"Dead Wax" premiered on KDRT Oct. 8 with a show featuring Parker Millsap’s debut album. Live on Wednesday from 5-6pm and replays every Thursday at 11pm.

"Civilization Phaze IV" hosted by Eunah Cho, harvests the ripest fruits classical music and its offshoots have to offer.  She’ll tell you a bit about their roots and try to show you how wonderful this music can be for the mind and the soul. Live on Tuesday from 2-3pm and replays every Wednesday at 10pm and Thursday at 7:30am.

"Heart to Heart" hosted by Dr. G is back on the air. Live every Wednesday from 12-1pm with replays on Friday at 11am.

"Technocult Radio" led by Professor Jesse Drew of Technocultural Studies at UC Davis is back with his students for another quarter.  Live every Tuesday from 10:30-11:30am.

"Live in the Loam" continued its series of “pop-up” shows with notable alt-country singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks.

"How She Really Does it" hosted by Koren Motekaitis is celebrating eight years on the air.  With more than 400 shows, she's still doing it!  Congratulations, Koren.

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