DAVIS – Davis Media Access, which operates community radio station KDRT 95.7 FM and two local cable channels, providing an essential forum for city government, schools and other community groups, has been named Yolo County Nonprofit of the Year by Sen. Bill Dodd.
“Davis Media Access gives voice to issues and ideas that would otherwise go unheard,” said Sen. Dodd, D-Napa. “Whether it is a city council or school board meeting, or artists and activists trying to improve their neighborhoods, Davis Media Access has provided a critical means to educate and inform the public. We are better off for this dedicated group of community leaders and I’m proud to recognize them for all they do.”
“In a time of crisis, DMA worked hard to become a countywide resource for Yolo County, documenting local response to the pandemic,” said Autumn Labbe-Renault, the nonprofit’s executive director. “We are honored and gratified that Sen. Dodd has recognized our work in this way, and look forward to continued service.”
Originally incorporated in 1988 as Davis Community Television, Davis Media Access is a nonprofit community media center operating in a facility on 5th Street. The organization includes satellite, television, internet and radio capability. It also manages Davis Joint Unified School District’s educational access Channel 17. Additionally, it offers training, equipment and technical assistance for people who produce content for KDRT and Channel 15. DMA also maintains a valuable archive of community content.
Davis Media Access played a critical role during the pandemic, disseminating key information about the spread of the virus and locations where people could get vaccinated, among other things.
Top row (L to R): Autumn Labbe-Renault, executive director; Darrick Servis, director of operations; Jeff Shaw, production manager; Diane Dedoshka, studio manager. Middle Row: Jim Buchanan, operations assistant; Diane Crumley, community outreach coordinator; Bill Wagman, board chair; Jeff Hudson, board member. Bottom Row: Robin Kozloff, board member, Ulfat Shaikh, board member, Ashley Woodbury, board member
Senator Bill Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sonoma, Contra Costa, and Sacramento counties. You can learn more about the district and Senator Dodd at www.sen.ca.gov/dodd.