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COVID-19 Community Report Episode 22: Updates from DJUSD with Dr. Cindy Pickett and Immigrant Advocacy with Anoosh Jorjorian - June 2, 2020

On Episode 22, I'm joined by Dr. Cindy Pickett and Anoosh Jorjorian.

For the past three years, Dr. Cindy Pickett has served as the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Equity and Inclusion at UC Davis, and has also been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology.  She also serves as the president of the Davis Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees.  She recently accepted an appointment as inaugural Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at DePaul University in Chicago, a role she starts on July 1. We'll talk about how the school district and the families, faculty, and administration within it have weathered the past few months.

Also, the Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network is a group of people serving and advocating for immigrants in Yolo County.  Back in April, I interviewed then-YIIN President David Lichtenhan about their ApoYolo Project. Project Coordinator Anoosh Jorjorian joins me to talk about the project's milestones and current needs.

The shows airs live at noon Tuesdays on KDRT 95.7 FM in Davis, and anywhere.

A little bit of magic & a whole lot of FM radio skip

I have a tale to tell about connection over distance, and a little bit of magic—at least it felt that way to me.

Have you ever had one of those days, only for something a little magical to turn it right around? Last Friday was such a day. I felt overwhelmed by work, and was struggling to focus. And then this email arrived:

Dear KDRT,

I wanted to drop you a line after picking up your KDRT signal on 95.7 from really far away! No, I'm not talking Vacaville, Stockton or Yuba City. I am in Laramie, Wyoming which is 875 miles away from Davis, CA.  I was truly using a regular FM radio and antenna. When the atmosphere "pukes up" just right with a combination of clouds and temperature inversions, some very freaky FM reception can occur over many many hundreds of miles.

Alright, this had my interest.

COVID-19 Community Report for March 24, 2020

I'm getting ready for tomorrow's episode, when we'll chat with Davis Poet James Lee Jobe, and Elizabeth Gray of the Yolo County Library. Especially in times like this, we need some reflective moments and diversions! Learn about Jobe's virtual offerings at this time, and hear about the Library's e-reader program and other services.

On Friday, we'll chat with Yolo County Supervisor for District 2, Don Saylor, and also check in with the Yolo Public Health Department. As always, I include a large resource listing with each episode on the show page--some I will have read on the air, others are blog listings only.

In times of crisis, especially, local media outlets are important conduits to the community. I'm carrying the KDRT/Davis Media Access banner in terms of live programming at this moment in time, and I hope it's a beacon and of help. Missing our DJs & other volunteers!

Resource Listings for COVID-19 Community Report

Resource Listings for COVID-19 Community Report (in progress, added to each week)


Davis Live Music Collective is a non-profit, volunteer organization formed to curate, organize, host, and promote diverse, high-quality concerts in Davis. CA. They have this to say about their project, “A Song A Day: Music Bringing Hope”—

In the midst of the fear and uncertainty many are experiencing these days, we hope to help bring some light and hope to everyone while also supporting our local musicians. While we are staying safe by staying home, we would like to share a song a day here and on our social media channels starting Monday, March 23.

Episode 2 - COVID-19 Community Report

On tomorrow's episode (March 20, 2020),we'll hear from Superintendent John Bowes of the Davis Joint Unified School District at 12:05, for some updates and resources for families moving forward.

At 12:20, we'll chat with community organizer Kate Mellon-Anibaba, founder of the incredibly active Covid-19 Yolo Community Response Group on Facebook.  Tune in to find out how community members across Yolo County are mustering to meet a wide variety of community needs.

Confirmed guests for Tuesday March 24 include Elizabeth Gray of the Yolo County Library, and Davis Poet Laureate James Lee Jobe. Next Friday, we'll hear from Yolo County District 2 Supervisor Don Saylor.

In between interviews, I'll share what resources I can on the air, but you'll find them after every show, along with a recording of the episode, on the show's page.

Thanks for tuning in. Stay safe & well.

Davis Media Access - Temporary Closure

In an effort to protect our community of volunteers, public visitors, and staff, and consistent with current public health guidelines, we have made the decision to close the Davis Media Access and KDRT facility to the general public through the end of March. This decision is implemented with our closure at 6 pm this evening, Friday, March 13, 2020.  As a community facility with heavy use and much shared equipment, we feel this is the most responsible way we can help #flattenthecurve, support social distancing, and help keep the COVID-19 virus from spreading.

Behind the scenes, here is what will be happening:

For the next two weeks, I’ll be offering a live show on KDRT on Tuesdays & Fridays from 12-12:30, repeating at 5 pm both days. The COVID-19 Community Report will focus on information and calls to action at the local level, and feature a resource roundup and calls with local elected officials and other community leaders. Breaking news will be shared on our social media platforms.

KDRT Programming Expands

Davis citizens are a mobile bunch, and this means we sometimes have to say good-bye. We offer a fond farewell to DJ AA and Vincent with “Empire Radio,” who have moved on to the Bay Area. Ted and Josh of “The Recollection” are on hiatus at present but rumor has it they plan to return in January. Congratulations to Ted, who welcomed his first son this summer.

The good news here is that change is good, as it opens up new room and opportunities. We have quite a few new shows on KDRT, as well as some old favorites in new spaces. Check the list below to see what's airing on your community radio station, and to see the whole schedule, visit

KDRT LIVE at Farmers' Market June 27

KDRT and Davis Media Access are in the final week of our annual fund raising, and donations are very slow this year. We're taking it live to the Farmers' Market this Wednesday and hoping the community will show KDRT some love!

In partnership with the Davis Farmers' Market and its Wednesday-night Picnic in the Park, KDRT 95.7 FM will broadcast live at the market from 4-8 p.m. this Wednesday, June 27. The broadcast booth will be located at the top of the concrete steps adjoining the picnic area.

Wednesday night will feature live remote broadcasts of the following programs:
-"Insect News Network" - explore the field of cultural entomology with Emmet Brady from 4-5 p.m.
-"Empire Radio" - chat about films & movies with DJ AA
-"The Grapevine" - Rod Moseanko provides a mix of Motown, blues, soul and R&B
-"Electric Compost Heap" - DJ Doug Deep takes listeners on a wild tour through many genres of music

Wednesday's event will highlight some of the many public affairs and music programs KDRT provides, and we hope it will be just the first of such broadcasts.

Live election program simulcast on KDRT tonight!

Davis Media Access (DMA) will present a live, election-night program on Tuesday, June 5. The show begins at 8 p.m. on DCTV Channel 15 on Comcast Davis, and will also air on AT&T’s U-verse on Menu 99 and be simulcast on KDRT-LP, 95.7 FM in Davis. Listen Now or Watch the LIVE STREAM: Mac users will need Windows Media® Components for QuickTime, by Flip4Mac™ Calls are welcome beginning at 8:30 p.m. and the number to call is (530) 757-2419.

Backlot Thanks!

Thank you to the many businesses and individuals who made Sept. 17's "On the Backlot" celebration at Davis Media Access successful. We had a wonderful time unveiling our newly revamped community TV studio, celebrating KDRT's seventh birthday and highlighting local musicians. We also dedicated our recently built ramp to the memory of longtime volunteer George Moore. Nat Lefkoff, Tha Dirt Feelin', Belle Francisco, Hardwater and special surprise guest Dave Nachmanoff all graced the stage. We thank them for their generous donation of time and talent. Thank you also to the Fire Performers of Davis for their impromptu performance. Thanks to our generous business sponsors: Foley Jones & Associates; Strelitzia Flower Company; Chamberlain Farms; Linda Liu at Noodle City; and Soroptimist International of Davis. We'd like to give a nod to Carlos Barajas at Hibbert Lumber for his problem-solving skills and willingness to help. Thanks also to Watermelon Music, Redwood Barn Nursery, Kimo at A Grand Affair, Cleaning Pros, the Department of Motor Vehicles in Davis, and Hsui Young for generously helping us out.