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Davis Media Access: Tales of teens, Dracula, UCD students and music

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From page A4 | October 31, 2013 |

Last month I wrote about some of the big-picture accomplishments of Davis Media Access and the 25-year history of community media in Davis. At its core, community media is about telling the stories of those who live in a given community, using media tools to help them give voice to their concerns, visions, hopes and fears.

This month, I’ll highlight just a few of the people and organizations using community media to help tell their stories.

TV by teens, for teens: DMA has a firm commitment to mentoring area youths in digital and media production skills. We were very pleased to see DCTV volunteer producer Nora Filet recently featured in The HUB, the student newspaper at Davis High School (“Screen time for a student,” Natalie Silver, Oct. 25).

The article details Filet’s transition from production intern at UC Davis to talk-show host of “Scrambled,” a local TV program geared toward teens. In the year she’s been producing it, she and co-host Dylan McElligott have covered more than 100 topics ranging from gun control to rugby.

Filet says the experience has changed her, and she now plans to major in either film or television production in college. Other local teens who have been involved with “Scrambled” include Andre Martinez, Shannon Segall, Lauren Robinson, Shelby Danzer, Bryce Parker and Miranda Steidler. A new batch of “Scrambled” episodes is almost ready to air on DCTV Channel 15 on Comcast, and Menu 99 on U-verse. Meanwhile, past episodes are archived at https://dctv.davismedia.org/scrambled.

We congratulate Nora and crew on their accomplishments, and give a shout-out to DMA’s Programming Manager Alex Silva-Sadder, who mentors many youth projects here at DMA.

You Vant Radio with That? Jim Buchanan, host and producer of “Live Tracks” on KDRT (Thursdays from 8 to 10 p.m. on KDRT, 95.7 FM and http://kdrt.org/node/129) and also KDRT’s intrepid operations assistant, will tell you that he is, at heart, a sound guy. Buchanan’s infinite care and finesse for all things audio is legendary in these parts.

He and his wife, Diane Crumley, also a stalwart KDRT volunteer, can be found every first Thursday of the month at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, where Buchanan records local music performances and airs them on his KDRT show.

This year, Buchanan has been dabbling in radio theater, pairing up with beloved local youth company, Acme Theatre. A few months back, he recorded the company’s “Big Guns” Western-themed radio play, using the television studio at Davis Media Access. Last weekend, Acme players reprised the experience with a new play, “Dracula!”

Buchanan plans to air both plays on “Live Tracks” in the coming months, and DMA appreciates the growing relationship between local theater and local media.

A seven-year celebration: Congratulations to KDRT programmer Koren Motekaitis, who is celebrating seven years of producing and hosting “How She Really Does It — Where Inspiration and Possibility Meet” on KDRT at 10 a.m. Fridays. It’s a remarkable accomplishment that Koren says has taken her on a journey of exploration. You can read about it on her blog at http://howshereallydoesit.com/blog/2013/10/happy-anniversary-to-us, and catch programs from her archive at http://kdrt.org/node/137.

Professor Jesse Drew and his class of UC Davis technocultural studies students are back for the fall quarter, producing “Technocult Radio” at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays on KDRT, 95.7 FM locally or http://kdrt.org/node/10371.

Nexus Stage: Yolo Mambo plans a live appearance on “Nexus Stage” on Saturday. The show airs at 6 p.m. on DCTV Channel 15 on Comcast in Davis. Cliff Gamble produces. Gamble, a local volunteer who has used DMA’s facilities for years stretching into decades, has brought countless musical acts through the studio and onto the local airwaves. For more information, visit https://dctv.davismedia.org/search?type=om_show&keys=Nexus+Stage

— Autumn Labbé-Renault is executive director at Davis Media Access, an organization providing access to, and advocacy for, local media. She writes this column monthly. Find out more about DMA at http://davismedia.org, “like” the organization on Facebook or follow her tweets @davismediaccess

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