Some days I pause and think, “10 years? Has it been 10 years?” It has been 10 years! In September, Davis Media Access (DMA) kicked off a yearlong celebration of KDRT-LP 95.7 FM’s 10th year on the air. That decade has brought much growth and change, and some growing pains. These days, there’s a renewed spirit of excitement about radio in general, and KDRT specifically. We’re pleased to welcome a new batch of programmers, thrilled about the growing collaboration between the KDRT and DCTV studios, community programmers and local musicians, and bouncing around ideas for some benefit concerts to properly celebrate this milestone. Looking forward to sharing specifics next month.
Tuesday, May 5 is the BIG Day of Giving in the Sacramento Region. DMA will once again participate in this 24-hour geared at growing online philanthropic giving. We learned quite a bit through our participation last year, and are hard at work on ways to make this year even more fun and engaging. You can find out more about the overall effort at http://www.givelocalnow.org, and we’ll be posting regular updates as well.
Orientation: DMA asks all new participants to attend a General Orientation. These 1 hour sessions happen the third Tuesday of every month, and include some history and background, examples of media produced, and a tour of the facilities. The date for March is the 17th, from 6:30-8pm. Anybody is welcome to attend an Orientation, but to use the facility regularly, you need 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. Sign up for the next General Orientation here.
Andrew Montano produces “KID Perfect,” a show about three kids who perform “amazing and awesome trick shots." Airs Tuesday nights at 6 p.m.
Sam Hawk and Pieter Pastoor bring us “Artist Connection,” a monthly series hosted by journalist and singer-songwriter Kevin Fagan. The program features topic-driven interviews of artists, with each show featuring three artists at different stages of a career: Green, Experienced and Seasoned. Tues night at 9pm, Thurs at 7pm, Sat at 5pm, Mon at 3pm.
DMA's latest release “From the Vault” provides a poignant memoir of noted veterinarian and animal behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin, who passed away in Sept. 2014.
Long before she developed a professional website highlighting her work, Yin produced videos through the facilities at Davis Community Television, the original name for DMA. Most of the videos date from the late ‘90s-2000, and occupy the Non-Profit/Activist subsection of DMA’s archives.
“Some of the value of a community archive dwells in its ability to remind us of those who are no longer here,” said Autumn Labbe-Renault, DMA’s executive director. “We share these videos with respect for Dr. Yin’s work and life, and fond memories of her time with us here at the media center.”
Where the Grassroots Grow is not only KDRT’s slogan, but also an apt metaphor for the fertility of the radio medium in Davis. This month KDRT welcomes five new shows into the fold. Ways to listen: tune in locally to 95.7 FM; search kdrt.org by show name or click on Archives to listen to past shows. Click the Schedule link to find show names and times by day or week-at-a-glance.A Scanner Darkly,” Fridays 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Since I wrote Davis Media Access's (DMA) first Annual Report in 2008, I've struggled with the format. Yes, annual reports are important, as they provide an in-depth look at a non-profit's impact and accountability. But how many people actually read a heavily formatted document?
With the blessing of DMA's board, I took things in a completely different direction this year and am proud to present "DMA's Year-End Report - A Look Back at 2014." It's a short video that highlights DMA's projects, people and impact. It's rich with the voices of community members, and visually presents what a dynamic organization DMA has become over the past 25 years. I hope you will take a few minutes to check it out.
Please thank these fine local businesses for sponsoring KDRT next time you stop in:
Brian Pakpour Family Law
Casa Verde Designs
The Davis Dirt
Davis Food Co-op
Davis Live Music Collective
Davis Music Festival
The Pepper Peddler
Redwood Barn Nursery
Sutter Center for Integrative Health
Yolo Federal Credit Union
Soroptimist International of Davis presents its annual Texas’ Hold ‘Em Night, to benefit programs for local emancipated foster youth. This event is SI Davis' biggest fundraiser of the year and western wear is encouraged. Saturday, March 14.
Here at the turn of the year from 2014 to 2015, our board and staff send a heartfelt thanks to our community. Whether you watch, listen participate or just value that fact that non-commercial media is alive and well in Yolo County, we appreciate your support.
This newsletter is very brief, with just a few announcements. I do want to take a moment to thank everyone who attended our annual Holiday Open House Dec. 8. The joint was jumping, and folks seemed to enjoy making video postcards, our volunteer recognition ceremony, and holiday tunes spun by KDRT programmers Rod Moseanko, Sara Eley, and Pieter Pastoor. Thanks to DMA's wonderful staff and board, who helped set up, round up food and beverage, and clean up. Thanks to the decorating team, to Eunah Cho for photography, and Alex Silva-Sadder for running the control room that night. Finally, Andrea Jones and Sudwerk Brewery generously donated our wine & beer for the evening.
We’ll see you in 2015. Stay healthy and safe!
Autumn Labbe-Renault, Executive Director
Shooting on Location with the Canon XA-25
Davis Media Access will hold the "Shooting on Location with Canon the XA-25" workshop for volunteers looking to learn how to properly use our new Canon XA-25 cameras and to gain permission to check out the cameras for your media productions. This is a low-cost, two-day, hands-on workshop and part of DMA’s ongoing mission to train the public in local community media. Wednesday Jan. 14, and Thursday Jan. 15, both 6pm-8:30pm. Taught by Jeff Shaw or Alex Silva-Sadder.
Jeff Shaw and I recently attended the ribbon cutting and official launch for KUBU-LP, 96.5 FM in Sacramento. A project of Access Sacramento, the community media center serving our neighbors to the east, KUBU will serve its community a mix of alternative voices and interesting music, giving its citizens a chance to highlight what matters most in their community. KUBU is one of a whole new crop of low-power FM radio stations launched from within community media centers nationwide. Davis Media Access (then called Davis Community Television) was the first center in the nation to do so, launching KDRT in 2004.
It was wonderful to listen to everyone’s aspirations for their new community station. I couldn’t help but reflect on KDRT, and how the hopes they were speaking of were the same kind that have been realized here in Davis. We carried our best wishes for their success with low-power radio in Sacramento
Bringing it full circle, today’s KUBU launch reminded me that along with hopes and dreams, it takes an incredible amount of work, heart, volunteerism and cash to keeping independent outlets on the air. To that end, I thank all of you who have supported DMA and its programs and services this year. Because of you, our work is made possible. Please plan to drop by our Holiday Open House Dec. 8 to share a toast to your community media center!
This annual tradition is a time for us to highlight what we do, thank you for what you do, and share some tasty treats. Please join us anytime between 6-9 p.m. for appetizers and sweets, wine and beer. The event is free and open to the public; please come if you haven’t in a while, or if you’re new to us, or if you’re here weekly! Parking is available along Fifth or L streets but limited at the center itself. Schedule of events as follows;