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Upcoming Holiday Closures

DMA's staff works hard...and so does its equipment. Each winter we take a little down time to close our doors to the public and deal with some facility maintenance. DMA will be closed at the following times:

Nov. 28 & 29 for Thanksgiving
Dec. 23-Jan. 1

KDRT programmers will be apprised of how to manage their shows during the holiday closures.

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 11:30am

DMA Needs Your Support

As you consider making year-end donations to charitable organizations, please also consider how DMA builds community and supports so many other organizations in Yolo County. From teaching media literacy and technical skills to kids who, by and large, aren’t getting that information in school; to a full range of voter education programming; to highlighting important community events, non-profits and local musicians; to providing free access to quality equipment; and so much more, DMA builds community. You in turn, help build and sustain DMA with your donation.

Car and Boat Donations Benefit DMA

Here's one more way to donate to DMA: the Center for Car Donations processes donations of used vehicles (running or not) with a large portion of the proceeds benefiting KDRT. If you'd like more information, please visit here, and be sure to designate KDRT as the beneficiary.

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 adviser for details.

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 11:30am

Community Events & Notices

Cool Davis Festival: The City of Davis, officially the ‘Coolest California City,’ is celebrating on Saturday, October 12th, 8:00 am to 1:30 pm, in Central Park. There will be entertainment, family activities, interactive exhibits and lots of information about reducing your carbon footprint through choices about your home and garden, food, healthy lifestyle and how you get where you want to go. Live music; Free. More info at www.cooldavis.org.  DMA is a proud organizational partner of Cool Davis.

Upcoming Events at DMA

DMA's Board of Directors meets the First Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. in DMA’s admin office.

KDRT's Steering Committee meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. in DMA's admin office.

DMA's General Orientation is free, offered monthly and designed to give attendees an overview of DMA's programs and services. The next one is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Programming Manager Jeff Shaw will give a short tour, show clips and orient to DMA's websites, and provide information about how to get started at DMA. register here.

More to Celebrate: KDRT Going Strong

Milestones: Just recently, Chris Mussen celebrated 5 years of his KDRT show, “A Constant Grin,” which offers up Indie Rock. Pieter and Jeanne Pastoor just wrapped the first year of “Listening Lyrics,” a show was has featured live in-studio poets, singers and songwriters many a Friday afternoon. And Lee Renault, “The Eclectic Dinosaur” himself, just wrapped up year 8 on the air. Congratulations to all.

Programming Highlights: DCTV & DJUSD

ON DCTV –

It’s October – Must Be Time for Tarantulas!

Ruth Chambers, intrepid host of “The Chambers Street Theatre” on both DCTV and KDRT, offers up “The Halloween Special: The Tarantula Show” this month on DCTV. A consummate storyteller, Ruth will read The Tarantula Story from ‘Roughing It,” by Mark Twain. The show airs live on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 3 p.m., with repeats scheduled throughout October (Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at noon); weekends at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 2:30 and 10 p.m.). Tune in live or find the show at online and get a tasty helping of seasonal atmosphere.

2013 Festival on the Green

DMA is pleased to sponsor this fine community event: Music Only Makes Sense and the DHS Blue & White Foundation present “Festival on the Green” –Saturday, October 12, 2013. Eight bands on 2 stages at Central Park in Downtown Davis to raise funds to benefit our local public schools in areas of extra-curricular activities, such as music, art and performing arts. Scheduled to take the FotG stage…

Be Calm Honcho - Cherry Royale - Extra Classic - Kingfisher/Sea Train -Midi Matilda - Radiation City - Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack - The West Nile Ramblers

There will be plenty of food, a beer garden, and great music for this all ages event. Tix and more info at http://www.showclix.com/event/fotg2013.

Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 2:00pm to 10:00pm

Support DMA

Donations to DMA support digital skills building and platforms for local voices and viewpoints. Thanks to the following for their recent support of community media: Mark Brown, Stephen Brown – In Memory of Bill Smith, Anya Clasen, Dr. G, Wayne Hagen, Katherine & John Hess, Kay Knepprath – In Memory of Bill Smith, Monticello Seasonal Cuisine – Rhonda & Tony Gruska, Marian Stephenson – In Memory of Bill Smith, Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis (via congregational collection).

DMA fund raises all year long, with our major fund raiser slated for spring 2014. Please consider a year-end donation to DMA by clicking here.

25 Years of Creating Community Through Media

Within a one–week span, DMA just celebrated the 9th anniversary of KDRT’s launch, and kicked off a yearlong celebration of 25 years building community through media here in Davis, CA.

A decade ago, the board and staff of what was then called Davis Community Television, along with a group of community volunteers known as the KDRT Working Group, was hip-deep in engineering specs, Federal Communications Commission jargon, and community ascertainment. I will never forget the 18 months we spent building a station and bringing it to life. We were the first public access channel in the nation to launch a Low-power FM station, a new class of radio designed to provide hyper-local broadcast radio to a specific community. There was no road map, and we were in uncharted territory. It was a nail-biting, endorphin-producing wild ride.