Davis Media Access: It’s all big

By April 25, 2014

Each spring, Davis Media Access conducts an annual funding appeal process. We reach out to the community for support of some of our signature programs, including youth media projects, local election coverage and KDRT, 95.7 FM.

All of these programs, in turn, help us support myriad nonprofits, neighborhood-based organizations and civic activities in Yolo County. We’ve been using media to strengthen community for 25 years.

On the heels of Jeff Hudson’s excellent article about KDRT’s upcoming 10th anniversary this fall, it seems fitting to place KDRT squarely at the center of this year’s fundraising campaign.

Our annual donations already support KDRT, a noncommercial, community-based radio station. Although KDRT is a largely volunteer-run project within the media center, it does have some hard costs: the lights to keep on, licensing fees to pay, equipment to upkeep and its share of insurance, staffing, etc.

This year, we’ve added a new component via our participation in the Big Day of Giving. On Tuesday, May 6, more than 150 communities across the country will gather for one Big Day of Giving. With the hope of reaching millions of donors and raising more than $100 million nationwide, each community will rally support for the vital work of local nonprofits. On that day, donors also will be inspired to give so that their favorite organizations will receive a proportionate share of the pool of matching funds

Starting at midnight Tuesday, May 6, visit www.givelocalnow.org and search for “Davis Media Access.” All donations made to DMA through the site that day will benefit KDRT. To find out more, visit http://bigdayofgiving.org, or follow #GiveLocalNow #kdrtfm or #dmafeed on Twitter and KDRT, 95.7FM, and Davis Media Access on Facebook.

For a fuller picture of DMA’s work, please read our most recent annual report, available at http://davismedia.org/content/davis-media-access-annual-and-financial-reports.


Meanwhile, election season is in full swing. With “Meet the Candidates,” pro and con statements for local ballot measures and several forums airing on DCTV Channel 15 on Comcast and available online, I’m working with other community organizations on the next set of forums, and beginning to think about what shape our Election Night program will take.

Check out all the nonpartisan voter education programming here: https://dctv.davismedia.org/collections/election.


Superintendent Winfred Roberson explains the Davis Joint Unified School District’s process to develop its Local Control Accountability Plan, required by July 1, at https://dctv.davismedia.org/node/42198.

And finally, “In the Studio” is produced by volunteers under the supervision of Davis Media Access staff. The talk show profiles various nonprofits, individuals, and events from the Davis community. For information about how to get involved, email [email protected].
Recent episodes are archived at https://dctv.davismedia.org/node/41501 and include:
* Ashley Woodbury hosts Timothy Nutter, artistic director of the Art Theatre of Davis, and John McLean, actor;

* Pieter Pastoor hosts Lauren Cole Norton, director of Third Space;

* Lin Weaver hosts Dick Frantzreb, executive director of SacSings! The Sacramento Choral Festival, and David Loofbourrow, board member of the Sacramento Valley Choral Coalition. Topics discussed include SacSings!, the choral festival June 13-15, bringing together 20 choruses involving 1,000 singers for eight concerts; and
* Alex Silva-Sadder hosts Christy Freese, chair, and Jodi Liederman, founding chair and outreach coordinator, of Davis Parent University.
— Autumn Labbé-Renault has served as executive director of Davis Media Access since 2007, where she writes and blogs about a wide variety of media issues. Find out more about DMA on Facebook (Davis Media Access), Twitter (@dmafeed), YouTube (Davis Media Access) and at davismedia.org

Autumn Labbe-Renault

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