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DMA partners with Library on Yolo Shorts Festival

Beginning later this month, the Yolo County Library is hosting a series of technology focused workshops at three of its branches. Attendees will learn how to use GoPro Hero 6 cameras, how to edit recordings, and add sound tracks to create a short movie. GoPro cameras will be available to Yolo County Library cardholders in good standing for limited borrowing between workshop dates.

Internet Access & You

We share this letter dated 8/28/18, from our friends at Omsoft Technologies:


Just like everything else, the current deregulatory craze at the expense of common sense is about to hit the Internet Access Industry, and WE NEED YOU to take 5-10 minutes and write a letter at the website Please share liberally, as this is not being reported on in a major way.

DEADLINE 9/4/2018

Here is the crisis.:


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.

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 & technology center currently celebrating its 31st year of serving Davis and 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.

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

Honoring a Hawaii Slack Key Master

One of the musicians featured on DCTV in recent years was Uncle Richard Ho'opi'i's, who passed away earlier this month. With the assistance of KDRT Programmer Beth Post (Na Mele O Hawai'i,) we were able to record him as well as renowned slack key guitarists George Kahumoku Jr. and Led Kaapana in a very special performance in the DCTV studio. Both Uncle Richard and Led Kaapana are recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship, and it was an honor for us to be able to record these musical and cultural legends.

Low-power, High-Energy Radio – Updates From KDRT

We’re loving how new DJ Frank Fox (The Wild Fox Party, live Tuesdays 10-11 a.m.), describes KDRT as “low-power, high-energy radio.” So true!

  • This month, KDRT welcomes “Indivisible Yolo” to the airwaves Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Indivisible Yolo is a collective of concerned citizens of Yolo County who care about national issues. Two members of that collective, Isabel Warner and Andrew Clausen, are producing this new radio show.  
  • We also welcome DJ Dirk who produces " Twang Thang" on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. A Twang Thang features the "folks who sowed the harder-edged musical seeds for what we today call 'Americana,' and the newer artists who continue the tunes and Outlaw Ethos forward."
  • Be sure to check out Bill Buchanan's exit interview with Debbie Davis and Bruce Gallaudet, and his introduction interview with new Davis Enterprise editor Sebastian Oñate, all on the latest Davisville.
  • Also check out Pieter Pastoor's interview with Wyatt Williams, talking about the newest live music venue in Davis, the "Melon Ball".
  • Lastly, drop by Second Fridays at the Downtown Davis ArtAbout to hear KDRT broadcasting live from Armadillo Music., where we feature a different musician or band each month. Tune in if you can’t make it. 6:30-8 p.m.

Summer Workshops for Kids & Teens

Building community through media is what we do at Davis Media Access (DMA), and we make sure that starts with some of the younger members of our community. This summer’s offerings include:

DMA has decades of experience teaching youth the basics of media production. These exciting classes teach production skills in areas such as camera and lighting, storyboarding and script development, sound, and stop-motion animation. DMA builds into all its curriculum critically needed media literacy training, and our workshops take place in the only HD studio in town. Participants get hands-on experience with quality equipment, work collaboratively, and share their work at the completion of the camp. Classes are taught by DMA staff and frequently assisted by students from past workshops. 

Digital Storytelling Workshop Connects Community

The power of personal storytelling can shift perspectives and change individual trajectories. But what role can it play in larger settings – academia, non-profit organizations, and neighborhood projects?

That’s the topic of “Storytelling: Discovering Self, Connecting Community,” a free event scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Blanchard Room in the Mary L. Stephens Library in Davis. Non-profit community media & technology center Davis Media Access (DMA) has partnered with the Library to present the event, which is supported by a 2018 City of Davis Arts Grant.

The evening features the following presenters:

·      Milmon F. Harrison, Professor of African American & African Studies at UC Davis. Professor Harrison’s areas of expertise include ethnicity in the U.S.; the Black Christian church; black social and political thought, and Black popular culture. Trained as a Storytelling Facilitator at the StoryCenter in Berkeley, Harrison uses digital storytelling as a tool with his students, and also in his academic and personal research. He will share several digital stories, in addition to talking about his work.

·      Danielle Fodor is an artist, teacher, and community organizer living in Davis, CA. She creates artwork that transforms people, places, and communities by working in a variety of mediums, including zines, performance, murals, audio, and posters. Fodor has an extensive resumé of media and arts projects, spanning organizations from KDRT 95.7 FM to the Experimental College and the Arboretum at UC Davis; Grant High School in Sacramento; community build street murals in East Davis; the Davis Feminist Film Festival; and Imagining America. Fodor will speak about recent story share projects at The Cannery in Davis, and Imagining America at UC Davis. You can see some of her art here:

Video Quilt Will Celebrate 30 Years

We love our volunteers and supporters. We love that so many of you have taken what you have learned here and gone on to do great things. And…we have a simple request of you (whether you’ve moved on or are still active).

Please help us put together a “Video Quilt” by doing the following:

  • Record (or have someone record for you) a simple video on your phone
  • Tell us 1). Your name 2). How DMA has changed or impacted your life and 3). Wish Davis Media Access a Happy 30th Birthday
  • Please speak clearly, make sure you’re not squinting into the sun, and make sure we can hear you.
  • Upload your video to, no later than April 6, 2018
  • If you can’t manage this yourself, we’ll do it for you. Make an appointment by emailing Jeff or Autumn.
  • By submitting, you give DMA permission to use your video for promotional purposes, including fund raising, Big Day of Giving testimonials, and a new ‘About DMA” video quilt

Stories and personal testimonials have such power, and there are many to be told after 30 years! What you do reflects the best of DMA, and we are eager to share. Thank you, in advance!