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Orientation offered at Davis Media Access

Davis Media Access (DMA) offers a free orientation to its programs and services each month. This next general orientation will take place Wed., May 27 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the media center, 1623 Fifth Street in Davis. DMA Production Manager Jeff Shaw will teach the orientation. Topics covered will include: 

 an overview of DMA’s services; information about internships, and training and volunteer opportunities available through DMA.

“In the Studio” Serves Up New Episodes

"The Culture Co-op" - Diversity, racial oppression, minority cultures, and equity - could any work touch on more spheres at present? Find out what's happening here in Davis via the work of Sandy Holman and the Culture C.O.-O.P. Joselyn Lua hosts. 

"Sexual Assault Awareness" - Lin Weaver hosts Dawn Yackzan, Executive Director, Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign; Michael Leahy, Education and Publicity, SAAC; and Natalli Melgoza, Emerson Junior High School Peer Helper. 

"Vault" highlights “Zen & The Art of Bicycle Commuting”

The latest episode of “Davis Media Access: From the Vault” gives a nod to "May is Bike Month" and features information about bicycling between Davis and Sacramento. The short film was produced by Davis resident Ken Celli and a group of students comprising an Action Research Team at the Education for Sustainable Living Program at UC Davis in 2008.

DMA’s archive of more than 10,000 locally produced videos represents a unique piece of our community history. Recognizing that, and wanting to find an intentional way to continue digitizing these assets, DMA launched “From the Vault" in Oct. 2014 to highlight select programs from this archive.

Thank You

For their help, support and generosity with KDRT's 10th Birthday Dance Party April 25, we thank the Davis Odd Fellows, and in particular their Music Committee, for making the event possible, working it, and making a generous financial contribution. Special thanks to The Smoke Shovelers, Gravy Nation, Boco do Rio for providing the evening's incredible music, and to the Davis Food Co-op, Dos Coyotes, Berryessa Brewing, Davis Music Festival, Mr. Hat Presents, and Dawn Student for additional support. Extra-special thanks to Gabe Lewin of Clarity Sound, who has been most generous in his support of KDRT events through the years.

A Note From the Director

For many years, I have lived and breathed my purpose here: what services we offer, how they work to serve the community, and how to tweak and refine them when necessary. It’s been my personal mission to anchor Davis Media Access deeply in this community, providing services that meet a wide variety of needs. With an incredible team comprising board, staff, volunteers, partners, and community supporters, I know we’ve been successful.


A Note From the Director

It’s the time — and the season.

Year round, Davis Media Access (DMA) and its projects —DCTV, and KDRT 95.7 FM—provide our community with a wealth of local content. It's spring, which means it's time for our annual funding appeal. This is where we ask you to step up and support the work that DMA does.

There are various ways to support the work of community media this spring, and many of them are coming up quickly.

KDRT 10th Birthday Celebration & Dance Party

We’re having a huge celebration and dance party on Saturday, April 25, featuring the music of The Smoke Shovelers, Gravy Nation, and Boca do Rio at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall. 

KDRT, “Where the Grass Roots Grow” was launched as a non-commercial community radio station on Sept. 24, 2014 and is enjoying a yearlong celebration of its growth and success over the ensuing decade.

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.