From the Vault


Davis Media Access (DMA) is a community media center that has served Davis and environs for more than 25 years, amassing 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.

The programs also chronicle part of the technological revolution that’s swept our culture over the years. Today, all new programs are submitted as digital files, but that’s not always been the case. Community media centers struggle with digitizing these archives, and highlighting their contents. It takes dedicated equipment, and lots of time, to transfer antiquated formats (ours range from original Betamax, U-matic, VHS, S-VHS and mini-DV). We’ve managed to digitize about one-tenth of the older programs to date, but it’s a slow process.

And yet, 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.

The project launches Oct. 30, 2014 and will continue until further notice. We will introduce a new "From the Vault" segment every two weeks. The first three segments are all related -- they profile the community build of Rainbow City at Community Park in 1991, and were produced by longtime DMA volunteer and staff person, Cliff Gamble. The City contacted us requesting this archival footage as it prepares to renovate Rainbow City, and it seemed a great way to launch this effort.

Each “From the Vault” segment will air on DCTV, Channel 15 on Comcast in Davis, Thursdays at 8:30 p.m., and Sundays at 10 p.m. The content will also air on AT&T’s U-verse service at Menu 99, and we’ll profile it across DMA’s social media feeds (@dmafeed on Twitter; davismediaaccess on Instagram; Davis Media Access on Facebook). All segments will also be added to DMA’s YouTube channel at

We're looking to highlight older programs, in general, though there may be impetus to highlight something more recent if it provides context for a current situation. Requests made be sent to and will be accommodated if feasible.


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, 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.

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