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Davis Shorts: Current DMA volunteers and producers are welcome to attend "Davis Shorts" on May 25 at 7pm. Davis Shorts will be a screening of DMA Producers (& friends) short-form completed work, current drafts, or other projects intended to provoke discussion.  Seating is limited- use the registration link to guarantee a seat!

A Note From the Director

Help Keep Media Local: DMA Needs Your Support

Davis Media Access (DMA) has been described as “part of what makes Davis, Davis.” I believe that reflects how DMA is connected to–and supports—so many different aspects of our community that it’s become part of the fabric. Like any fabric, DMA is woven from many brightly hued and different threads, and we’re stronger together.

DMA is currently doing its annual funding appeal. It’s important that we raise this money each year, as it keeps KDRT 95.7 operational, and it helps support our local election and youth-media efforts. We’re more than halfway through May, and more than halfway to our goal of $25k, but that still leaves us with another $12k to raise over the next couple of weeks.

What is DMA? It’s three big projects (public access TV, educational access TV, and community radio) that together comprise a small staff, a large volunteer base, and a whole lot of learning and doing. DMA operates and staffs a media center and helps community members produce and distribute content across local television, radio, and the Internet. Using the framework and resources established nearly 27 years ago by the City of Davis, we’ve leveraged those to include a radio station, four open-source websites, video and audio streaming and archiving, and support for a tremendous variety of individuals and community organizations.

Upcoming events

March 25: “ LIVE DiRT” (encompasses what was  formerly “Live in the Loam”) is a live music feature of KDRT radio – sometimes happening in local venues, sometimes live in the KDRT or DCTV studios. “LIVE DiRT” has no fixed schedule and “pops up” whenever musical artists can merge their touring schedule with KDRT programming.

This week, “LIVE DiRT: features Lance Canales and the Flood live in the KDRT studio on Friday, March 25 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Lance Canales & The Flood are a roots/blues-influenced Americana trio from Fresno, California, where Canales lived the life that so many songs have been written about since the birth of roots music: hard labor, one-room shacks and taunting ghosts whispering of a better life. DJ Dug Deep hosts.

Other upcoming 'LIVE DiRT' dates: catch KDRT's live broadcast from Armadillo Music during 2nd Fridays and the Art About. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on April 14, May 12, and June 9.

April 6: All about the Green Wall - 6:30-7:30 in the DMA studio. Learn how to use our green wall and chroma-key effects. Free, but be sure to register at the above link as space is limited.

April 16: UC Davis celebrates its 102nd Picnic Day this year. For the first time KDRT will be participating so keep your eye out.

April 17: Coffee with Amy Goodman: along with local business/DMA supporter The Wardrobe, DMA is proud to host award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author Amy Goodman for a rare and intimate visit to Davis.  As of this writing there are only 13 tickets left.  So act now.

April 20: DMA's monthly General Orientation, a first step to getting involved. 6:30-8 p.m.  Free but be sure to register at the above link as space is limited.

Summer camp registration

Davis Media Access offers two kinds of summer camps for kids aged 10-13. In the production camp, 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 KDRT 95.7 FM, DMA's low-power community radio station. The course is team taught by DMA staffer Alex Silva-Sadder, with assistance from high-school or college-aged assistants.

Looking Back, Planning Ahead

The life of an executive director is full of report writing, with perhaps none more important than an annual report, a document that tells the story of an organization, why it exists, and how it makes a difference. For the second year, we've taken what used to be a big written annual report and made a short video instead.

I constantly hear from people involved with one of our projects that they had no idea how many other things happen here at the media center. The video aims to give some insight into the whole organization by looking back on what we did in 2015. You can find it here, and I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check it out. Big thanks to Darrick Servis and Jeff Shaw for their production work, and Eunah Cho for the majority of the still images used.

A Love of Numbers

A note from the Director

I’m musing about this town’s fascination with numbered days. We’ve got our First Thursdays, wherein our good friends at the Davis Odd Fellows host free live music at the Hall on Second Street. Then we’ve got 2nd Fridays, with the Art About downtown.

I’ve learned to love numbers, so here are some others I’d like to highlight:

1: Number of Picnic Day parades the KDRT contingent will march in this year.  Be sure not to miss us April 16 on the route from the UC Davis campus through downtown.

3: Number of Live in the Loam radio programs recorded in the past month with appearances by Bob Woodruff, the Rev. Shawn Amos, and I See Hawks in LA. 

14: Number of local non-profits we helped create short public service announcements during our annual PSA Day.

28: Number of years we’ve been doing local election coverage. DMA is ramping up to cover forums, record “Meet the Candidates,” and produce a live show on election night, June 7.

Get Involved! General Orientation March 23

DMA requires all new participants to attend a free General Orientation. These one-hour sessions happen once per month and include some history and background of DMA and community media, examples of media produced, and a tour of the facilities. Our facilitator will cover specific ways to get involved, depending on your interests, as well as suggested next steps. Anyone is welcome to attend an Orientation, but to use the facility regularly, you must live, work, study or volunteer at an organization in Davis. 

DMA Welcomes New Board Members

DMA is delighted to welcome two new members to its board of directors, the volunteer body that provides governance for our non-profit.

In December, we seated Craig Blomberg for a two-year term. Craig is a longtime volunteer with KDRT, and has chaired the all-volunteer KDRT Management Team for the past several years. He spends hours each week updating the logs for the radio station, and selflessly devotes his time to making KDRT a great community resource. A registered nurse, Craig supervises case management at Sutter Davis Hospital. He lives in Davis with his wife, Darien.

In February, we seated Laura Grindstaff for a two-year term. Laura is a professor of Sociology at UC Davis and a faculty affiliate in Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, and Performance Studies. Her research and teaching focus on American media and popular culture and their role in reproducing gender, race, and class inequality. She publishes and lectures on a wide variety of topics ranging from cheerleading to reality television. From 2008-2015, she served as the faculty director of the Davis Feminist Film Festival, a grassroots festival of short films from around the world linking art to social justice issues. Prior to pursuing a career in academia, Grindstaff trained as a journalist at the University of Western Ontario (Canada) in her hometown of London, Ontario.

Updates from DCTV - Public Access TV

NEW! Registration Open for Kids’ Camps: Each summer we give over much space and time to helping our younger community members make media. Registration is now open for these always-popular classes. 

Lots of Programming: Please see links in the sidebar for the following recent programs: Presentation & Discussion of the Nishi Gateway Project; PSA Day 2016; 2016 Davis 1,000 Mentors for Youth Kickoff Event; Live in the Loam with Reverend Shawn Amos; plus recent volunteer programming, In the Studio, and more.

Updates from KDRT – Low-Power Community Radio

KDRT’s volunteers have been busy training new volunteer programmers. Look for a new schedule towards the end of the month. In addition, KDRT folks have been busy for months now setting up a live broadcast from Armadillo Music as part of the plethora of offerings during the 2nd Friday Art About downtown. Last week's featured our old friends, The West Nile Ramblers. Tip of the hat to local musician Tim Spangler for helping out with these, and of course to the good folks at Armadillo, and the musicians.

Community Events

The Davis Live Music Collective Presents Rita Hosking: Local favorite, Rita, who released a new album in late 2015 called “Frankie and the No-Go Road.” Catch her Friday, March 18, 7 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Center in Davis, with special guests Silas Lowe and Andy Lentz. 

Fourth Annual Interfaith Climate Conference: “Climate Justice: Rising to the Challenge.” Saturday, March 5, 9:30am–3:30 pm at St. James Catholic Church in Davis.  Hear Keynote Speaker Joan Brown on Caring for Our Common Home followed by a Panel on Reflecting on Successes and Challenges in Climate Change Work with Congressman John Garamendi, Chief Caleen Sisk, and Humberto Camacho.  Choose from practical, advocacy, or reflective workshops.  

Car Donations

One particularly effective and easy way to support DMA is through the donation of a car or boat. CARS (Charitable Adult Rides & Services) processes donations of used vehicles (running or not) with proceeds benefiting KDRT. If you'd like more information, please visit here and be sure to designate KDRT as the beneficiary.

New Year, New Opportunities

I’m writing on New Year’s Day 2016, and I’m excited to kick off what is sure to be an exciting and challenging year. I’m also beginning to give shape to “A Look Back at 2015,” our annual report video for the year.

In the big picture, changes in technology, continued Big Media mergers and telecom-friendly legislation make the business of being a non-commercial community-media center ever challenging. Yet those same changes render the need for local content, and hands-on digital learning opportunities, ever more critical. DMA is ready for the challenge, and poised to unroll some exciting new services this year.

Open House a Big Success

Thanks to Team Davis & all who attended DMA’s Holiday Annual Open House. The Team Davis Youth sang live on KDRT and were the highlight of our evening. The place was absolutely packed, friendships were renewed and forged, and many new folks came to check out the media center. You can see Eunah Cho’s wonderful photos from the evening here.