Friday, August 29, 2014

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

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

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 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, and catch programs from her archive at

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

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

— 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, “like” the organization on Facebook or follow her tweets @davismediaccess



Autumn Labbe-Renault

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .


    Saving Putah Creek: a quiet concert at sunset

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1

    Mr. Dolcini goes to Washington

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Winton to be feted for her many years of community work

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Celebrate the Senior Center at Sept. 9 luncheon

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Solar-cooking workshop set at Food Co-op

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Need a new best friend?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Equestrian eventing competition slated

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Forum explores local mental health services

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Dinner, auction benefit Yolo County CASA

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Kids can sign up for a library card and get a free book

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Explorit Science Center: Volunteers supercharge summer camp

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Tee off for Davis’ continued prosperity

    By Lily Holmes | From Page: A4

    Bodega Marine Laboratory hosts open house

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Local group charts a year’s worth of beauty in flowers

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Free blood pressure screenings offered

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Name Droppers: UCD honors two of its own

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6



    Let’s sell the MRAP on eBay

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

    Seeing both sides of ‘tank’

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

    What if we need MRAP?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

    How could tank be helpful?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: C2

    Don’t sentence our police to death

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: C2

    Will Davis see river water?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

    Travel buddy is getting too fat

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5



    Forget the score; focus on the energy brought by Aggies

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

    Returning seniors, new faces lead promising DHS links squad

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Devil golfers return from Scotland with smiles on their faces

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Devils scrimmage with Sac

    By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    UCD-Stanford: the clock is down to counting the minutes

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

    Wire briefs: Aces cruise past Cats at Raley

    By Wire and staff reports | From Page: B6

    Sports briefs: DHS girls fall by the slimmest of net margins

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6 | Gallery





    ‘The November Man’: Who can be trusted?

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    B Street’s ‘The Ladies Foursome’ is aces

    By Bev Sykes | From Page: A9 | Gallery



    Technology makes a great car better

    By Ali Arsham | From Page: C1 | Gallery



    Elaine Dracia Greenberg

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4