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Tune in and support KDRT-LP!

Please support the operation of KDRT-LP!

It takes quite a few George Washingtons, and maybe some Abe Lincolns to keep this ship afloat!     And of course some Harriet Tubmans (can't come soon enough!) would really help!

If you listen to KDRT-LP, either online, or over the air, you know the work we put into providing quality programming, local voices, and educational perspectives you cannot hear anywhere else.  

So tune in, especially through April 10 !   We know you have lots of choices in your daily auditory intake, and we heartily thank you for showing some love for KDRT-LP!

Go to and we'll set you up right!

TO ALL DONORS- Thank you! KDRT reaches fundraiser goal!

KDRT-LPFM in Davis, CA is proud to announce we surpassed our Boost the Signal fundraising goal!    Through the generosity of donors throughout Davis and beyond, we were able to raise close to $6,000.   This will allow KDRT to improve our transmission system. 
"I'm really jazzed that the station will be able to upgrade to a new antenna," says Live Tracks host Jim Buchanan, "one that will deliver that high-quality sound we love throughout Davis."
KDRT plans to work on the engineering for this upgrade throughout winter, with installation in spring.
We'd love to thank all of our donors, bands that came by to help raise the money, Eunah Cho for designing our special t-shirt graphic, and every person that filled out a survey to help assess our coverage.   
Speaking of the survey, volunteer Diane Crumley says "I'm thrilled by the response rate and large number who reported listening in their cars, since a new antenna will improve drive time listening throughout Davis!"

Boost the Signal for KDRT

KDRT is on a mission to raise $5200 for a new antenna to Boost the Signal across Davis. We've talked to listeners, we've tallied  survey results (please fill one out if you haven't yet!), and we know some of you can't hear us very well.

We'd like to remedy that by asking you to Signal Your Support. All donations towards this project are very welcome and needed. We invite you to tune in for some special fundraiser programming starting at 5:30 pm on November 28th through December 5th.

Early-bird donations are welcome, too, of course! Don't miss the selection of thank-you gifts available on the donation page.

While there are many reasons to support KDRT and Davis Media Access, our mission to amplify community voices is vital at this time.

Please help us increase our reach across Davis: Boost the Signal!

Thank you!

Album of the Week: Zappaman helps release the Hot Rats!

Shawzam hosts Zappaman this week for a special talk about lemons, window screens, mosaics, & the tea bells you hear after eating crumpets.  Hot Rats is the soundtrack to baby possum gangs "just trying to get by"- all while sticking it to the man.   Who is the man?    Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Don "Sugarcane" Harris, Jean-Luc Ponty, and former Mother Ian Underwood all contribute.    What does this all have to do with Captain Kangaroo?   Tune in this Thursday at 5pm to find out.

Chambers Street Theatre episodes now online!

Please take advantage of the amazing stories, now ready for your listening pleasure, that is The Chambers Street Theatre.  Our host, Ruth Chambers, has now added full descriptions of each episode, so you can pick your favorite from amongst the library.  Ruth explores the literature of the Gold Rush time from all over the world-- everything from Mark Twain to Jules Verne to the Wicked Witch - which Ruth does way too well.   Could the Witch still be alive?  Tune in to hear...

Uploading Audio to the website

Export your radio show to a mp3 file. Select 128kbps bitrate, 44100, stereo. Login to Go to "Content Management" -> "Content" -> "Add audio" ( ) Do NOT select the name of the program. It will not work when you first add the audio (see below) Give the audio a title. "Radio Show Title plus date of show" works well for audio archives Where is says: "Add a new audio file: " Do what is says: "Click "Browse..." to select an audio file to upload. Only files with the following extensions are allowed: mp3 wav ogg." Fill out any other info you want to. Click the "Preview" button at the bottom. A warning will come up stating you are missing the "artist" and "album title" metadata. Feel those in (the boxes to input this input is outlined in red.) Your djname and show title are good options for these. Click the "save" button at the bottom. =========STAFF (jeff, craig, bill Buchanan ) will have to do this ============== Go to "Content Management" -> "Content" Choose "edit" for the audio was just created. Choose your radio show from the dropdown list. Click save at the bottom.