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On 5/5, Help the Grass Roots Thrive!

DMA will participate in the Big Day of Giving (BigDOG) on 5/5/15, a regional effort aimed at stimulating charitable giving to our region’s non-profits. By giving a tax-deductible donation of $25 or more online that day, you can help DMA win prizes and incentives.

From 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on 5/5/15, log on to, type in Davis Media Access & donate safely. Your BigDOG donation helps support our radio station, KDRT 95.7 FM and its efforts to inspire, enrich, and entertain listeners through an eclectic mix of music, cultural, educational, and public affairs programs and services.

Grateful Dead fans, take note

KDRT programmer Rod Moseanko (The Grapevine, The Golden Road) sent the following our way: “According to Grateful Dead history, the first paid gig by the original five members of the band under the name of The Grateful Dead was May 5, 1965 at Magoo’s Pizza Parlor in Menlo Park (we Dead Heads LOVE minutia!).  Verily thus, we are all set to do a special broadcast to commemorate that date and the past 50 years of GD sounds on Friday, May 8, 2015."

From the KDRT Blogroll

Piece of home: When I first moved out here for school, I was feeling very homesick. After I heard your show on the radio, I sat in my car in the middle of a parking lot
and embraced every moment of it. Makes me feel like da ‘aina is not so far
away. Now I listen every Sunday I can.  Mahalo!

 - Dan (writing in about Na Mele O Hawai'i)

Kid Vid Production & Animation Camps

Registration is now open for DMA's popular summer camps for kids aged 10-13. In the production camps, participants will learn how to produce a program in DMA's television studio, including storyboarding, operating cameras and sound equipment, and media literacy training.  New this summer, campers will be able to take advantage of DMA's brand-new HD Field Cameras. They will also get an introduction to the radio booth at KDRT 95.7 FM, DMA's low-power community radio station.

Community Events

Cool Davis invites the public to hear Kathleen Dean Moore on The Moral Urgency of Climate Action…Because It’s Wrong to Wreck the World.”

In a talk that is equal parts anger and love, Writer/philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore speaks about the nature of change and calls us to radical truth-telling and courageous citizenship. Friday, March 6, 2015, Reception - 6:30 pm, Program at 7:15 p. Veterans Memorial Theater (203 E. 14th St. in Davis). Fee; Suggested donation of $5-10 includes reception.

A Note From the Director

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.

Save the Date

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, and we’ll be posting regular updates as well.

Upcoming Workshops & Orientation

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.

New on DCTV

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.

From the Vault

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.”

New on KDRT

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 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 Note From the Director

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.