autumn's blog

Happy New Year

As the year closes, I'm sifting through some favorite memories from 2012. At the start of the year, we relaunched the new television studio and began training community programmers again. By spring, we were ramping up for a busy election season on the local front, and attending and tabling at many community events. Summer found us ushering dozens of kids through Kid Vid and Animaniacs camps, teaching them valuable technical skills, as well how to have fun with them.

Shoveling Swiftly Shifting Sands

This column was originally published in The Davis Enterprise Oct. 25, 2012

Years ago, our organization ran a single public access channel and used it to help individuals and organizations who didn’t have access to media. Our emphasis was on maintaining a free speech platform, with access for all. It was good work, and I look back and can’t help but think things were simpler then.

KDRT programming expands

Davis citizens are a mobile bunch, and this means we sometimes have to say good-bye. We offer a fond farewell to DJ AA and Vincent with “Empire Radio,” who have moved on to the Bay Area. Ted and Josh of “The Recollection” are on hiatus at present but rumor has it they plan to return in January. Congratulations to Ted, who welcomed his first son this summer.

Davis Vanguard, DMA to host election forum

As the non-profit community media center serving Davis and Yolo County, Davis Media Access (DMA) has produced local election coverage since the mid 1980s, and considers voter education and community coverage core to our mission of creating community through media. This election season, The Davis Vanguard & Davis Media Access (DMA) will co-host a school board candidate forum, to be held in the Harper Junior High Multipurpose room on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. 

Profile: DMA Intern Rising from Land Down Under

When Patrick Shearer and his wife Danielle moved to Davis earlier this year, he found himself with time on his hands and a need to explore his new town. Native to Australia, Shearer had established himself as a veterinarian in his homeland. He’d built up an impressive resume, working for private practices Down Under and completing an internship here in the States.

Speak Out for Tolerance

Information about a video project happening at DMA this Thursday, July 12: 

In mid-June, the community was rattled by a noose left hanging on the Davis High School football field.  In response to hate acts like this and others that have occurred in the Davis community in the past, the city’s Human Relations Commission is working in partnership with Davis Media Access, the community media center serving Davis and surrounding areas, to create a video collage focused on tolerance.  The piece, entitled “Speak Out for Tolerance,” will reflect on experiences and viewpoints held by Davis community members.

The Commission is inviting interested community members to participate in initial filming on Thursday, July 12, at Davis Media Access (1623 5th Street between Redwood Barn Nursery and the City’s Corp Yard).  Filming will take place between 7pm and 9pm, and will

News from DMA - June 27, 2012

News from Davis Media Access


  • Valuing an idea, lest it disappear
  • From the Mailbag
  • Cool Davis 2012 - Workshop on Community Choice Energy
  • Shout outs & love
  • Car/boat donations benefit KDRT

Valuing an idea, lest it disappear

"KDRT doesn't happen without community support. It can't. It's that simple."

 I'm mentoring a public relations intern this summer. Dan Dedoshka is a University of Oregon student who has committed his time to learning whatever I can teach him about writing press releases, branding, social media engagement, and more. While thumbing through one of his textbooks on PR yesterday, I commented that most of what he's being taught in school is likely geared at promoting products, versus ideas, and that sometimes in the non-profit world, what we're "selling" is just that--an idea, a philosophy, a credo, if you will.

KDRT/DMA Live at Farmers' Market June 27

KDRT and Davis Media Access are in the final week of our annual fund raising, and donations are very slow this year. We're taking it live to the Farmers' Market this Wednesday and hoping the community will show us some love!

In partnership with the Davis Farmers' Market and its Wednesday-night Picnic in the Park, KDRT 95.7 FM will broadcast live at the market from 4-8 p.m. this Wednesday, June 27. The broadcast booth will be located at the top of the concrete steps adjoining the picnic area.

News from DMA


  • A note from the Executive Director
  • More on phones - consumer rights: what are the issues?
  • Yolo 2-1-1
  • Registration open for summer kids' camps
  • Shout-outs & love
  • Opportunities
  • Program notes
  • Community events & fundraisers
  • Thank you to our underwriters
  • DMA needs your support

“In the Studio” serves up new episodes

Featured this month on “In the Studio” are Peregrine School; Garden Vision 2012; Egyptian Uprising update; and Food Scrap Composting. 

“In the Studio” is produced at Davis Media Access (DMA), the non-profit community media center serving Yolo County. The program provides local newsmakers and community organizations with easy ways to promote their activities and events. DMA produces four