KDRT radio programs about marathons, teens bullying their friends, and Davis’ relatively good fortune in coping with California’s drought and wildfires have all won awards for excellence in the 2022 San Francisco Press Club Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards.
The club announced the honors during its annual awards dinner Dec. 8 in Burlingame. Several outlets won multiple awards, ranging from SFGATE, KQED public radio and India Currents to San Francisco Classical Voice, Bloomberg, the San Francisco Chronicle, and El Tecolote.
Rohan Baxi, a student at Da Vinci Charter Academy High School in Davis, won third place in radio/audio sports features for his December 2021 “Timeout Radio” program, “26.2 miles,” on marathons.
Bill Buchanan, a longtime Davis journalist and host/producer of “Davisville,” won second and third place among radio/audio public affairs programs (with staffs of 1 to 4) for “Amid drought and frightening wildfires, Davis is relatively fortunate” (September 2021) and “New UC Davis research says teens who bully often target their friends” (March 2021).
“Davisville” has received 10 SF Press Club awards for excellence in the past five years. Baxi’s previous honors include a 2022 Hometown Media Award from the Alliance for Community Media Foundation in Washington, D.C. He also won $1,000 as a finalist in the Points of Light Foundation’s Youth Summit Pitch Contest in 2020, when he proposed creating “Timeout Radio.”
KDRT-LP 95.7FM [kdrt.org] is a project of nonprofit community media and technology center Davis Media Access (DMA), with its studio located within the media center on Fifth Street in Davis. On air since 2004, its volunteer DJs and program hosts create more than 30 hours of music programs, public-affairs shows, and other local programming each week.