Fragrance Policy

Did you know? Allergies to fragrance or multiple chemical sensitivities can be classified as disabilities under ADA, the Americans with Disabilities Act. There are a number of people within the DMA community for whom artificial fragrance is not just unappealing, but constitutes a health hazard. This includes perfume and cologne, scented soaps, heavily scented deodorants, etc. Please help us make DMA a fragrance-free zone, and leave the fragranced products behind when you participate here. Thank you!

Save the Date - General Orientation Jan. 18

Curious about KDRT, DCTV or DJUSD Channel 17, and want to learn how Davis Media Access can help you? Plan to attend one of our General Orientations! We take a break from orientations in December, but return Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Any potential volunteers should attend one of these, held monthly. They last about an hour and include the history of Davis Media Access, 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. Davis Media Access does not charge for the use of our equipment and facilities and attending a General Orientation is the first step for getting involved. Register now.

Election Coverage

Later this month, DMA will begin recording “Meet the Candidates” statements for contested offices affecting Davis. They’ll be edited and on line by month’s end. We also partner with local groups holding candidates’ forums, such as The Davis Vanguard’s Sept. 18 school board candidate forum at the Davis Senior Center from 6-8 p.m. Programming will air on DCTV Channel 15 on Comcast in Davis, and at Menu 99 on U-verse, and will be available at dctv.davismedia.org.

A note from the Director

You’re Invited! Season’s End BBQ & Volunteer Recognition

We’re saying farewell to summer and ushering in the busy fall season. The board and staff at Davis Media Access are hitting the pause button to share a little fun with some of our favorite folks before things get too crazy. Volunteers, donors, friends—you are invited! Here are the details: Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, 4-7ish DMA’s Backlot & Facility, 1623 Fifth Street We will provide: burgers and dogs, including veggie options, fixins’, chips, and cold drinks. We’ll have the paper goods and such, too. You provide: Your good company. Drop by at any point in the evening. There will also be cake in recognition of KDRT's birthday and a few others. We look forward to seeing you! If you can, please RSVP. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

DMA General Orientation: Curious about KDRT, DCTV or DJUSD Channel 17? Would you like to learn how Davis Media Access could help you? If you want to get involved, volunteer, or use equipment, you must first attend a general orientation. The next one is scheduled for Wed. Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The orientation includes the history of Davis Media Access, a tour of the facilities, and information on the many aspects and opportunities provided by DMA. Free & open to anyone who lives, works, studies or volunteers in Davis.

Davis Teen Animators’ Club has space for a couple more members. The club meets two Fridays a month from 4-5 p.m. at DMA. Members must be between 13-17 years old, live or go to school in Davis, and be interested in hands-on traditional or computer animation projects. Email agsilva@davismedia.org if interested. Read more about the club at the Davis Enterprise

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Fall internships begin

Available to DJUSD students, DMA’s internship provides hands-on experience and exposure to many aspects of community television production. The internship focuses on coverage of DJSUD sporting and performing arts events, as a component of DMA’s partnership with DJUSD Educational Access Television Channel 17.  Interns must be at least 16 years old and able to work 3-6 hours per week, generally between 5-10 p.m. Additionally, they must be self-motivated, good communicators, and able to work well with a diverse group of people. Training is provided, and academic credit is available when possible.

Please see the internship description for more information and to apply. Interested applicants may submit a resume or brief letter describing their skills and any personal goals related to the internship. Please submit to DMA Production Manager Jeff Shaw at info@davismedia.org.

“What’s Going On" Marks 30 years of production

In 1986, Davis Community Television was not yet in existence, but local programming was produced under the auspices of the Davis Community Cable Co-Op. A volunteer producer then and now, Jon Li shares the following:

We did a city council election show live at The Palms, beginning at 8 pm. I was the host. We had six bands play, with each of the four candidates for two seats having their turn to talk between the bands.

That September, I started interviewing the hundreds of interesting people in Davis, beginning with Mayor Dave Rosenberg. I read a 15-minute argument about the new General Plan process, and lawyer Dave refuted each of my points. Maybe my best show was Ken Watt, the evolutionary ecologist: I spent an hour in his office the day before trying to get in a word edgewise; on camera, Ken spoke for 15 minutes, and I asked if he had anything else he wanted to say, and he said no, so I had to think of something: “What do you think about the future of computers?” Ken said, “You know I love computers,” and he filled the air with the future.

What’s Going On” kicks off its 30th year of productoon with Mayor Robb Davis, and then Terry Whittier, former Davis planning commissioner and current planning commissioner from Sunnyvale, a charter city. We are talking about making Davis a charter city.

Thanks, “Artist’s Connection”

The volunteers for “Artist’s Connection” have been producing their show monthly for just about two years, with award-winning San Francisco journalist Kevin Fagan as host. The program features topic-driven interviews of artists with questions that go beyond persona and performance, revealing the reasons behind the choices that artists make, and giving viewers a glimpse through the eyes of the artist. It’s focused heavily on performers in Yolo County.

This month, Producer Sam Hawk told us the show would draw to a close as Fagan (also a musician) pursues writing a book. It’s been a great run, and they leave behind a wealth of informative programming. Hawk says he’ll be transitioning to a radio show soon, and I’ll be listening for that.

Community Events

 Vocal Art Ensemble: Friday, June 10 - Sunday, June 12

The Vocal Art Ensemble digs deep into the salt of the earth, excavating
the cultural foundations that shape the ever-flourishing art of song.
Cultivating choral transplants across countries and generations, VAE
nurtures a musical garden of human experience, through the common
grounds of life, death, faith, serenity, love, and dreams. Collaborating in this program will be ceremonial sound practitioner
Rene Jenkins, who uses ancient indigenous instruments to harvest
timeless soundscapes of magical dimensions.

Davis Music Fest: Friday June 17 - Sunday June 19

Spanning 10 stages with 45 bands, the Davis Music Fest rolls into it's 6th year.  The festival benefits both Davis School Arts Foundation and the DHS Blue & White Foundation. Local favorites West Nile Ramblers, Rita Hosking Band and Gravy Nation will be playing along with many out of town bands.  No matter what you'll find a band you enjoy throughout the event.