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It's that time of year... Please support KDRT!

KDRT is celebrating 10 years of homegrown radio. Every year, we cultivate our grass roots with an annual fund drive to keep the station going strong. As a project of Davis Media Access, we’re supported entirely by contributions from listeners, like you. Your tax-deductible donation keeps KDRT on the air and our unique programming flowing, from local public affairs to independent music and artists.

If you listen local, please give local: Donate online or by mail to Davis Media Access, 1623 Fifth Street, Suite A, Davis, California, 95616.

Thank you so much for your continued support. :)

Live Local, Give Local: The Big DoG Is Back, Tue 5/5/15

Davis Media Access (DMA), Yolo County’s only nonprofit community media center (and KDRT's parent organization), and The Wardrobe, a clothing salon located in downtown Davis, are pairing up to present a unique, interactive event on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Big Day of Giving (Big DoG!). Titled "5/5 - Help the Grass Roots Thrive," the event takes place from 5-7pm at The Wardrobe storefront, located at 206 E Street. Please RSVP and share here. Donate here! :)

It's Spring, but It's Autumn on the Grapevine - April 2015

Autumn and Rod on KDRT's The GrapevineRod's guest for Grapevine special is Autumn Labbe-Renault, Davis Media Access executive director. Listen as they discuss concerts, fundraising -- including the May 5 Big Day of Giving -- and share stories and music inspired by Lee Renault -- Autumn's dad, Rod's friend, KDRT's Eclectic Dinosaur for nearly 9 years.

Album of the Week - Fiery Furnaces "Bitter Tea" - TH 3/5 5P

Fiery Furnaces Bitter Tea cover imageThis week's AotW is "Bitter Tea," the 2006 release by the Fiery Furnaces, a band composed of brother and sister Eleanor and Matt Friedberger. It’s a trippy, inspired piece of work that features a tinny upright piano--dragged from the lounge of a depression-era bordello--functioning as the signature instrument, stitching together the patchwork songs with Matt's speedy little trills. Toss in Eleanor’s high, clipped voice; some moog; backward vocals; and other electronic and studio madness...these kids are really on to something! :> DJ Dug Deep hosts.

Lend us your ears--and your hands

KDRT is commercial-free, independent radio powered by people like you--folks who volunteer time and skills in support of local radio... We're always open to community members with talent, skills, and ideas to share--as DJs or staffers to help with publicity, promotions, music, public affairs, production, web, and tech... Want more info on volunteer opportunities? Just send an e-mail with you interests and contact info to Thanks for keeping our grass roots growing!

KDRT Summer Benefit Concert: July 11th

The Davis Odd Fellows and Davis Media Access (DMA) present a special evening of local music benefitting KDRT-FM community radio. The all-star line-up features Bill Scholer and Waiting for Bruce plus special guest Barry “The Fish” Melton... The popular Winters-based country-swing band Bonanza King opens the show. 

The event takes place Friday, July 11, at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, located at 415 Second Street in downtown Davis. Doors open at 7 p.m., with music from 7:30–10:30 p.m. 
The admission price is a suggested donation of $10 (sliding scale) at the door. Beer, wine, soda and bottled water will be available for purchase at this all-ages event.
Event proceeds go toward KDRT’s equipment fund to enable the station’s live-music recording efforts. These include the free “Thursday Live!” community concert series hosted by the Davis Odd Fellows. 

KDRT + Davis Music Festival Fundraiser Party

KDRT and the Davis Music Festival will copresent an all-ages preview party and fundraiser at the Sudwerk Brewing Dock Store on Thursday, May 22nd, from 4 to 9 p.m. Join us for fresh taps and live music from DMF artists The Bottom Dwellers, Owl Paws, The Lurk, and Million Dollar Giveaway...

A suggested donation of $5 will include admission plus one raffle ticket for a single-day pass to the BottleRock Music Festival in Napa, May 30-June 1. Additional raffle tickets will be available for $3 each. Also available will be tickets for this year's Davis Music Festival, which will showcase dozens of acts on multiple stages in and around downtown Davis on June 21. For more information, visit To join and share the Fundraiser Party Facebook event, visit


The Big DoG Is Coming: Tuesday, May 6th

The Big Day of Giving starts at midnight on Tuesday, May 6th. During the "Big DoG," your donation to KDRT via will be boosted thanks to a pool of matching funds. Please save the date and spread the word via social media using the hashtag #GiveBigDoG... Then any time on May 6th, visit to give where your ears are!