Davis Media Access Staff

We are a small staff charged with a big mission, which we accomplish with the help of many wonderful volunteers. Our staff works collaboratively, but key areas of responsibility generally fall as follows: Management Team - Autumn Labbe-Renault, Darrick Servis and Jeff Shaw comprise DMA's management team. All three work with the board on short- and long-term strategic planning, and have major oversight for DMA's initiatives and services.

 

Autumn Labbé-Renault is the Executive Director of Davis Media Access (DMA). She began her career as a newspaper reporter and editor; worked in development and public affairs for Planned Parenthood; and has spent the past 23 years using media tools to build capacity and community in Davis. She’s worn many hats within DMA and has served as its ED since 2007, leading the charge to transform a single public access channel into a community anchor institution supporting local content creation, archiving and distribution via television, radio and the Internet. Her areas of expertise include community engagement, strategic communications, partnership and alliance building, and resource development.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Autumn is spending part of her time developing an audio and visual record of how Yolo County is weathering the times. She hosts the "COVID-19 Community Report" on KDRT Tuedsays at noon.

Autumn was one of the principals who developed and launched KDRT-LP, the low-power FM station run by Davis Media Access, and she led the successful community engagement campaign that helped save the station from commercial encroachment in 2008. DMA (then called Davis Community Television) was the first public access center in the nation to launch an LPFM.

Autumn serves as Chair of Arts Alliance Davis. She writes a long-running monthly column on media and telecommunications policy in The Davis Enterprise and has been published in a wide range of media journals, online media, and other periodicals. A mixed-media artist and jewelry designer, she is also the owner and artist at Autumn Light Designs on Etsy. She and her husband Craig are longtime Davisites and have raised three children here.

 

Director of Operations - Darrick Servis: a position he has held at DMA since 1998.  As a long-time advocate of community media and open source software, Darrick has been a frequent contributor to the Rivendell Automation System, Drupal and CiviCRM software projects.  He has extensive experience with systems administration, website development, analytics and project management.   Darrick is responsible for equipment purchasing and installation, budgeting, policy development and facility maintenance.  He is staff liaison for the DMA board of directors.

 

Jeff Shaw, Production Manager, a position he has held since 1998, and Station Director for KDRT-LP 95.7fm, a radio station he helped launch in 2004.   He recruits, manages and trains volunteers, interns and staff who produce programming for DCTV, DJUSD Channel 17 and KDRT.  He serves as a media production liaison to our community partners: Davis Joint Unified School District, City of Davis, and other nonprofit organizations.   He has also overseen DMA’s training programs, and prior to DMA he worked as a media production specialist at UC Davis.   He is also co-founder and currently a board member of Common Frequency, a nonprofit that assists other organizations in applying for FCC noncommercial radio licenses and building new radio stations.

 

Programming & Training Manager - Alex Silva-Sadder: a position held since 2008. Alex oversees the DMA Summer Youth Workshops, mentors the Davis Teen Animators Club, and has taught video production skills to a wide variety of community volunteers, youth, and teens at DMA for the past 12 years. A primary focus has been on expanding the scope of possibilities for teens interested in careers in media production, and Alex has collaborated with several other nonprofits in the region to develop, expand, or improve their youth-oriented media offerings.  Before joining DMA, Alex managed iD Tech's UC Berkeley summer program, overseeing a staff of instructors offering a wide variety of creative media skills and computer programming to students ranging from elementary to high school.

 

Studio Manager - Diane Dedoshka: She comes to this role with 15 years of experience in commercial broadcasting at KXTV Sacramento/Stockton, where she was responsible for producing live coverage of major events, creating pilots and documentaries, directing nightly newscasts, and managing large crews.  In her current capacity at DMA, she produces, directs, and trains staff and volunteer crew members for HDTV studio productions. She produces large scale content for voter education and public service organizations. Diane is responsible for assisting community volunteers in the development of the technical skills necessary to create content for on-demand viewing. She also mentors’ producers to use best practices for their video productions. She is currently part of a technical team creating a new TV studio for community college students and staff to produce educational content for distance learning via the internet. And she is trained in TV studio remote software to produce on-line studio quality programming using remote production staff.

Community Outreach Coordinator - Diane Crumley:  Prior to joining the DMA staff in 2019, she served in several key volunteer roles including the KDRT radio Steering/Operations Committee, the DMA Fundraising Committee, and 10 years assisting with the outreach and logistics of the monthly Davis community concert series – “Thursday Live!” – resulting in the development of numerous partnerships with local organizations, festivals, and musicians. In 2020, she served as coordinator of Make Music Davis – part of the worldwide Make Music Day celebration of community-led music making held each year on June 21, summer solstice.

Diane has over 10 years of experience with a wide variety of Yolo County nonprofit organizations assisting with the digital conversion of outreach, educational, workshop and training materials, website updates and maintenance, and the development of social media and communication campaigns geared toward volunteers, professional staff, and the general public. She also has over 10 years of experience coordinating community-based survey and interview projects with diverse populations and partners including university researchers, students, grassroots community groups, neighborhood associations, city and county entities, public schools, service organizations, and nonprofits. She has served as project coordinator and grants administrator for numerous federal, state, and private foundation grant-funded projects and is experienced in grant writing, shared data management, and project reporting.



Production Specialist - Bryce Parker:  Since 2017, Bryce has provided live event video coverage, video editing, graphics, and technical support for DMA projects. Since March 2020, he has helped Davis Media Access expand remote production capabilities including editing and creating graphics for several new COVID-19 related shows on Davis Community Television and via our social media  YouTube channels. Bryce has a degree in Electronic Media & the Arts and Environmental & Sustainability Studies from Bard College at Simon's Rock.



Operations Assistant- Jim Buchanan:  Since 2007, Jim has assisted with the weekly updating of KDRT community radio’s 24/7 automated schedule logs   including importing additional syndicated programming, special show episodes, and public service announcements. Jim also installs, maintains, and troubleshoots all radio studio equipment, trains new programmers, and serves as sound engineer on remote live broadcasts at events in the community. In his role as volunteer KDRT programmer, he has hosted his weekly show “Live Tracks” since the station launched in 2004, and often broadcasts his live recordings of local musicians that he has compiled over the past 15 years, creating a unique archive of the Davis music scene to share with the community.