Davis Media Access (DMA) has completed videoing 26 candidate and campaign statements for local elections. To view link here. DMA is the only nonprofit community media and technology center serving Yolo County, and providing free local election coverage to candidates from school board through Congress has been part of our mission for more than 30 years. Diane Dedoshka, DMA’s Studio Manager and election producer, noted how different this year is from all other years. “During COVID, we don’t have access to our TV studio, teleprompter, etc. We’ve had to figure out how to do what we do, remotely.” DMA will produce 25 “Meet the Candidate” statements, as well as pro/con statements for local ballot Measure B. Normally, candidates face the camera directly and read their prepared statement from a teleprompter, or speak extemporaneously. Owing to the remote production platform DMA is using at this time, Dedoshka said she’ll direct while DMA’s Executive Director, Autumn Labbe-Renault, conducts 5-minute interviews with each candidate. Recording took place in late September and early October, with programs airing on DCTV Channel 15 on Comcast Davis; at menu 99 on AT&T’s U-verse, and online at https://davismedia.org/election starting in early October. A block of election statements will run each morning and evening through Nov. 2. Additional programming will include Zoom forums organized and recorded by groups such as the League of Women Voters Davis Area, and the Yolo Committee for Diverse and Inclusive Elections. DMA is also planning a live, election night program for the Nov. 3 election. The show will air from 8-11 pm and highlight many local candidates.
Since closing the facility on March 13, we’ve navigated a broad range of operational/technical/programmatic and administrative challenges during quarantine. We’ve helped some of our radio and TV volunteers as they’ve navigated producing from home--and commiserated with those who couldn’t. And we’ve adapted on other levels, working to fill budget gaps that are a byproduct of this time, while striving to respond to community requests for help with events that are now virtual. In short, though the building has been closed, the organization has not!
Through it all, we’ve kept abreast of the ever-changing laws and public health orders. In particular, we are following the guidelines for reopening developed by the John Hopkins Center for Public Health and Yolo County Public Health. Our policy and timeline has been developed by staff, and was vetted and approved by the DMA board at its June meeting.
This column was originally published in The Davis Enterprise May 8, 2020
By Autumn Labbé-Renault
Special to The Enterprise
All is quiet within Davis Media Access as I wrap Episode 15 of the “COVID-19 Community Report” on KDRT. Last month I wrote about my decision to launch this twice-weekly live radio show.
Davis Media Access (DMA) invites you to help document the history we’re making during the COVID-19 pandemic by participating in a collaborative, virtual storytelling project here in Yolo County. Upload videos to https://davismedia.org/diary. Read on to learn more about the project.
Historians are as informed by first-person recollection and ephemera as they are by world events. Think about those who kept diaries during the flu of 1918, or the spread of smallpox through the Americas. What we experience as individuals adds to a greater understanding of the crisis we’re weathering as a whole. In this spirit, DMA is launching Life in the Time of COVID-19: Yolo County Community Diary as a collaborative storytelling project during this time of societal shift.
Welcome to the Community Diary Project!
To look at some examples visit our YouTube playlist.
Ready now to start?
1.Using your phone camera create a short diary entry.
2. Go to Dropbox to upload and follow the instructions it provides asking for name and email and select your video.
You will see when the upload is complete and will be sent a confirmation email.
That's it and THANK YOU for participating.
Dr. Scott hosts Dr. Bela Matyas, Solano County's Public Health Officer, to discuss COVID-19, aka the Coronavirus.
It has been no small challenge these past two months to learn how to manage Davis Media Access and all its projects remotely. But in an effort to protect our community of volunteers, public visitors, and staff, and consistent with current public health guidelines, the media center remains closed. Like everyone else, we're practicing social distancing, and learning to work within our "new normal."
While I'm offering the COVID-19 Community Report on KDRT weekly, DMA's staff is working with KDRT volunteers to start getting other KDRT programmers back on the air, remotely. And it's happening. Check the schedule at kdrt.org to see what's ramping up. Similarly. there are new projects and collaborations percolating behind the scenes at DCTV and DJUSD.tv as well/
DMA's staff is working from home to manage operations. The best way to reach us during this time is email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is attempting to elevate the profits of cable companies over the needs of communities--again.
The Protecting Community Television Act has been introduced in both houses of Congress to reverse the FCC action to relieve cable companies of their financial obligations to support local PEG (Public, Educational, Government) channels in return for exclusive access to the public rights of way. “Community television is a critical part of our society, giving a voice to nonprofits, artists, and other community members who otherwise struggle to be heard,” said Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Silicon Valley). “The FCC’s attempt to gut these important voices is shameful, and I’m proud to introduce legislation with Senator Markey that will protect community television and ensure local voices can be heard.”
During this time of COVID-19, nonprofits are especially at risk, which makes our community support even more vital. As of June 23, we are about $9,000 away from our fundraising goal. Donations—whether by local businesses, donor-advised foundations, events or individuals—keep KDRT on the air, and help support DMA's work on local elections & youth media services. This list includes donors since July 1, 2019. DMA's donors and supporters make possible a great deal of the work we do. We appreciate you! And there is still time to donate before July 1.
$1,000 & Above
Craig & Darien Blomberg
Don & Julie Saylor
Jessica Kelly, via a workplace match from Cisco
Sam & Lori Hawk
This column was originally published in The Davis Enterprise on Sept. 6, 2019
By Autumn Labbé-Renault
Since the Federal Communications Commission voted to tighten rules governing the franchise fees cable companies pay to cities, people are asking me how will it affect Davis, and the public, education, and government channels here — the first two of these operated by Davis Media Access, the third by the city.
In 2001, Josh Chuck and Greg Louie were roommates and students at UC Davis. Using the facilities at Davis Media Access (then called Davis Community Television), the duo produced 12 episodes of “Davision,” a college variety show.
As the Big Day of Giving – affectionately known as Big DoG—gears up for its sixth year, several local non-profits have teamed up with Sudwerk Brewing Co. to carry on a community event that focuses on fun and philanthropy.
Davis Media Access, Davis Music Festival, Davis Phoenix Coalition, and Soroptimist of Greater Davis are the combined force behind Big Day at the Dock, to be held Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 6-9 p.m. at the Sudwerk Brewing Co. Dock Store, 2001 Second Street in Davis. Davis Media Access and Davis Music Festival began organizing Big DoG events with Sudwerk five years ago, with the event growing and other partners joining over time. This year's event features a record 27 area non-profits participating.
As of June 30, we have met our $30,000 fundraising goal. Donations, whether by local businesses, donor-advised foundations, or individuals, keep KDRT on the air, and help support DMA's work on local elections & youth media services. We fundraise all year, but conduct our major drive during the spring months, with on-air fundraisers on KDRT in both fall and spring. DMA's donors and supporters make possible a great deal of the work we do. We appreciate you!
$1,000 & Above
Berryessa Brewing Co.
For the second year in a row, a group of local elected officials and community organizers in Davis and Yolo County will come together to generate support for those affected by the devastating fires that tore through Butte County this week.
Spearheaded by Davis City Councilmember Lucas Frerichs and Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor, the group has organized the Davis/Yolo Fire Relief Benefit, to be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Sudwerk Brewing Company, 2001 Second Street in Davis. Mike Blanchard & The Californios will perform from 1-2:30 p.m., and Mumbo Gumbo from 3-4 p.m. Mumbo Gumbo drummer Rick Lotter’s brother, Scott Lotter, is a Davis native and current City Councilmember in Paradise.
The event also features a live broadcast by community radio station KDRT 95.7 FM/, beer by Sudwerk, and food trucks, with a portion of bar and food sales also benefiting the event.
“The devastation in Paradise is unimaginable –they’ve lost nearly the entire city,” Frerichs said. “A year ago we came together and raised $30,000 (in gift cards and monetary donations) in one afternoon for Sonoma/Napa fire victims. I’m confident Davis and Yolo will now help our neighbors to the north in their greatest time of need.”
Saylor added that, “Sadly, we’re getting good at this kind of event. Many of us have friends and family in the areas hit so hard by the current fires, so it’s personal. The people of Paradise are our neighbors, and they face utter devastation where their homes once were. This is what our communities in Yolo do when we learn of this kind of suffering.”