Annual Report & Warm Wishes from Davis Media Access


  • Annual Report Now Online
  • Taking on Hunger at UC Davis
  • Warm Fuzzies for Even the Biggest Grinch
  • New Board Member Kate Snow
  • Donate to Davis Media Access
  • You Make a Difference!

Ah, December--one of those months in Davis where our community life overflows and everyone is intensely busy. That's certainly been the case at Davis Media Access. December has seen us finalize the new TV studio and begin to resume training and schedule productions; record winter performances in the schools, as well as a variety of community events; ramp up for grant-related outreach; and apply for new grants.

It was lovely to see some of you at our holiday mixer on Dec. 1, and if we missed you then, we promise many more opportunities for participation in 2012. Please note that DMA is closed from Friday Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. In the meantime, and in the midst of holiday chaos, I always try to create a quiet, still space where ideas can germinate, and dreams, incubate. I'm looking forward to resting and recharging for the work that lies ahead in January, and on behalf of all of us here, send warm wishes and gratitude to all of you, DMA's friends and supporters.                                                                              -

    -Autumn Labbe-Renault, Executive Director

Annual Report Now Online

Each year, DMA publishes an annual report that highlights our programs and services during the previous fiscal year. That report is now online and available here. Please take a few minutes to peruse and learn about the many ways DMA supports our community.

Taking on Hunger at UC Davis

Now airing on DCTV Channel 15, and available online here, DMA Intern Dominic Dabrowiecki created a short documentary on "The Pantry" at UC Davis, which offers a way for low-income students to obtain food. 

'Warm Fuzzies for Even the Biggest Grinch'

I had to laugh when I read Jeff Shaw's description of Jim Buchanan's Dec. 15 "Live Tracks" show on KDRT.

The program showcases two hours of live holiday music throughout Davis. The first hour highlights eight popular local bands performing Dec. 1 at the Odd Fellows Hall, for a special year-end Thursday Live! event. Thursday Live! is a monthly free event coordinated by the Odd Fellows under the super-charged leadership of our friends and DMA supporters, Kurt & Juelie Roggli. Jim and his wife, Diane Crumley, often record and promote these shows, cementing a real bond between Odd Fellows, musicians and KDRT. Community radio at its best!

The Dec. 1 event featured Tree-O, David Campos, Me & Him, Davis Klezmer Orchestra, Biscuits 'n Honey, Frankie & the Fabletones, Yolo Mambo, and Calvin Handy & the Jazz Patrol. Special guests included former Davisite Jan Peters and Santa. I was at this show and the multi-cultural, multi-lingual music really set the scene and put me in the mood for the festive month to come.

For the second hour, listeners take a trip downtown to the annual Christmas Tree Lighting festivities at E Street Plaza, where one can hear the UCD Band-uh marching in the distance, along with the Children's Chorus & the Davis High Madrigal Singers. 

This is Live Tracks' local music gift to y'all for the holidays and you can listen here Thank you, Jim!

New Board Member: Kate Snow

In December, we bid adieu to longtime DMA board member Rita Montes-Martin. We thank Rita for her service and commitment to community media in Davis. We know we can count on her continued involvement and support. Replacing Rita on the board is Kate Snow, who was seated at the Dec. 1 board meeting. Kate brings with her a wealth of experience in management and administration, education, grant writing and volunteer coordination. She also worked in the Community Technology Center movement during the 1990s.

Kate moved to Davis in 2008 with her husband and son, and is employed part time by the Davis Joint Unified School District, where she works on ways to increase educational equity for students from non-dominant cultures in Davis,  as an ally to young people and parents in particular. Kate also serves as a board member of the Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network. I hope you'll join me in warmly welcoming her to the DMA board and family. 

Donate to Davis Media Access

DMA conducts its major fund-raising appeal each spring, but we actively seek our community's support year round.

Fundamentally, community media is about telling people’s stories. From those involved with the governance of our city, to those whose voices are marginalized, community media bridges economic strata, political affiliations and cultural backgrounds. Highlighting people’s stories helps us to share what’s important – what defines us and connects us as a community. These stories unfold through a complex narrative spanning community events, lectures, performances, meetings, interviews, public affairs, music and so much more.

It’s DMA’s mission to provide technology, access, training and support to encompass this broad range of voices and perspectives. We can't do this without consistent support from our community. Please consider a year-end donation to DMA. Thank you!

Davis Community Television, dba Davis Media Access, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Please consult your tax advisor for details.