Connecting to What Matters

If this is your first visit to our website, welcome, and thanks for visiting.

Davis Media Access (DMA) is a non-profit community media center currently celebrating its 30th year of serving Davis & environs. Elsewhere on this website you can read about what we do; the purpose of my message here is underscore why we do it. DMA’s community-centered work connects us to what matters: newsmakers, schools, families, youth, teachers, local elections, policy makers, community activists, neighborhoods, social justice activists, other non-profits, businesses, libraries, veterans, senior citizens, musicians, artists, and more.

Teaching people to create media, and providing a vibrant community learning center with a mind-boggling array of services, is what DMA has done for 30 years. Our work is made possible by the City of Davis, the Davis Joint Unified School District, and generous community supporters.

These are weird and woolly times for media nationally, which ups the imperative to support truly community-based, independent media outlets in the precious few places where they still thrive. This is what DMA and KDRT do, and it’s what we stand for. I invite you to explore the website, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter @dmafeed and Instagram.

Davis Media Access — Many Voices, One Community

Autumn Labbe-Renault, Executive Directo

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How to get involved – attend an Orientation!

Curious about KDRT, DCTV or DJUSD Channel 17, and want to learn how Davis Media Access can help you further your goals? Plan to attend one of our General Orientations!

Orientations last about an hour and include the history of Davis Media Access, a tour of the facilities, and information on how to get involved.

Anyone is welcome to attend an Orientation, but to use the facility for your own productions you must live, go to school, or volunteer at an organization in Davis, CA. Davis Media Access does not charge for the use of our equipment and facilities but attending a General Orientation is mandatory.

This month’s session is Aug, 15, 2018 6:30 p.m. Register here. You may drop into the session, but reservations are appreciated.

DCTV Television Studio Workshop

August 22, 2018 3:30-5 p.m.

Training for how to crew for a DCTV television production.  You will learn how to operate a studio camera, floor manage, and run the audio board in the control room. You’ll also learn how to set up and tear down the studio for a production, including the proper stowing of cables, configuring lighting, setting up microphones, and flipping the On-Air switch! Hands-on demonstration w/ Q.& A. Please wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing! Free, but registration required.

KDRT Gets Ready to Turn 14

This column was originally published in The Davis Enterprise on Aug. 3, 2018

It is four hours till we flip the switch that will put Davis’ new community radio station on the air. I’m in charge of the launch party, and tending to many last-minute details, when I see him—a tall, rangy man with a kind face. I’d met him some weeks before at an outreach event for KDRT, and he told me he and his wife had just moved to Davis from New Mexico. He’s now strolling towards me, introducing his wife, and they tell me they’re here to help.

And help, they did. As I recall, he stepped in and helped with sound that day, and she did what she does best – made connections with bands and community members. This memory is from a golden September day nearly 14 years ago—Sept. 24, 2004—as we prepared to bring community radio station KDRT on the air for the first time. The man was Jim Buchanan; his wife, Diane Crumley. Little did I know then what they would mean to KDRT, to the community, or me, and that 14 years on, we’d still be working and planning together.

Jim’s radio show, “Live Tracks,” was one of the original shows on KDRT, and he broadcast continuously on Thursday nights until taking a brief hiatus this year. (Good news for local music fans, though—as of two weeks ago, he’s back on the airwaves Thursday nights from 7-9). “Live Tracks” has always highlighted the countless live, local performances that Jim diligently records. As an exacting audio engineer, these shows simply won’t air if Jim doesn’t feel the audio is just right.

Both Jim and Diane have played many roles within KDRT and Davis Media Access over the years—DJ, producer, operations staff, committee member (Jim); committee member, board member, fund raiser, and community organizer (Diane). Jim also helps his brother, Bill Buchanan, produce his long-running public affairs show, “Davisville” on KDRT.

Together, they’ve been a steady presence on the first Thursday of every month at the Davis Odd Fellows’ Thursday Live! music shows in downtown Davis. Jim helps with the sound checks and the audio, while Diane tables at the back of the hall and reps KDRT and Davis Media Access. Month in and month out, year after year, they are such a fixture that co-organizer Juelie Roggli never fails to mention them by name.

DJUSD Production Internship Applications due September 7!

Davis Media Access offers a limited number of internshipships every four months.  Geared fror high school students, interns get hands-on production experience that helps build resumes and looks great on college applications! If you are interested, please download and read through the descriptions on this page

Currently, the DJUSD Production Internship is accepting applicants and is only open to DJUSD students.  Applications are now due September 7, 2018 for the Fall Semester.

If you have questions, please contact Jeff Shaw at 530-757-2419 ext. 14.

Big Day at the Dock Celebrates Non-Profits

As the Big Day of Giving – affectionately known as Big DoG—gears up for its fifth year, three local non-profits have teamed up to create a community event with a focus on fun and philanthropy.

Davis Media Access, Davis Music Festival and Davis Phoenix Coalition are the combined force behind “Big Day at the Dock” to be held Thursday, May 3, 2018, from 6-10 p.m. at the Sudwerk Brewing Co. Dock Store, 2001 Second Street in Davis.

Big Day at the Dock features live music by local bands, information tables and giving stations from a wide variety of non-profits, a BBQ by Davis Firefighters, a photo booth, and of course the beer for which Sudwerk is famous. The event is an all-ages venue.

"Non-profits do transformative work across diverse interest areas. Big missions and tight budgets are the norm, and for the Big DoG., I didn't want us to be siloed in our efforts," said Autumn Labbe-Renault, executive director of Davis Media Access. Along with Kyle Monhollen and Gloria Partida of Davis Phoenix Coalition, Labbe-Renault is organizing an event that now includes nearly a dozen local non-profits: Cool Davis; Davis Arts Center; Davis Media Access ;Davis Music Festival; Davis Phoenix Coalition; Davis Shakespeare Festival; International House of Davis; Yolo County SPCA; The Pence; Yolo County CASA, and Yolo Land Trust.

Please join us. Come hungry and thirsty, come to learn about non-profits with whom you may not be familiar, and help make the Bog Day of Giving 2018 one marked by generosity and conviviality. Questions? Contact Autumn.

City holds Public Charrette on Downtown Davis

The City is conducting an 18-month process to plan for the downtown’s future. Over the next several months, the City will work to identify all of the essential elements that make up a vibrant and inclusive community, and address current challenges to reach this vision.

The Charrette  is a multi-day opportunity for residents, property owners, and students to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to craft a vision for Downtown Davis. The ideas developed during the Charrette will help guide the creation of the Specific Plan for the downtown.

Daze of Justice

In solidarity with the Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees who are the target of recent deportation efforts, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis invite you to see the documentary, Daze of Justice, that follows a group of Cambodian American women who returned to Cambodia to testify in the historic trial against the Khmer Rouge.

Rocklin-based Filmmaker, Michael Siv––who barely escaped the infamous “killing fields” of 1970s Cambodia–– will talk about the project. He will be joined by Chen Kong-Wick, whose brother Rottanak was arrested by ICE in Davis in October and released in January.

Yolo County Supervisor, Don Saylor–– an author of the Yolo County’s Safe and Welcoming Resolution––will facilitate a discussion after the film.

Friday, March 30, 7-9 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road, Davis

The UUCD Social Justice Coordinating Committee and Immigration Justice Team invite the community to join us in this free event to build awareness, healing and community around sanctuary.

For more information, contact: Stefan Harvey at stefh2002@yahoo.com

General Orientation & Workshops

Curious about KDRT, DCTV or DJUSD Channel 17, and want to learn how Davis Media Access can help you? Plan to attend our next General Orientation, Wednesday, April 11th at 6:30pm.

Potential volunteers must attend one of these, held monthly. They last about an hour and include the history of DMA, a tour of the facilities, and information on how to get involved. 

Anybody is welcome to attend an Orientation, but to use the facility for your own productions you have to live, go to school, or volunteer at an organization in Davis, California. DMA does not charge for the use of our equipment and facilities, and attending a General Orientation is the first step for getting involved.

DMA offers the following workshops in our Core Competencies series this month & next. These workshops are free to community members who have attended DMA’s General Orientation.