Davisville

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Short answer: An interview show about people, issues, subjects, and events involving Davis, California. Detailed answer: Davis is full of interesting and often important stories, and I try to do more than present the obvious. Guests so far include a former Alcatraz convict who spoke to the UC Davis entomology club, Joe Krovoza explaining the city's water rates, the story behind a young woman's poster seeking members for her band, the experience of being a Republican in Davis, the plastic-bag ban, compassion advocate David Breaux, live theater in Davis, the problems of Picnic Day, why Davis has so many Thai restaurants, the creator of the DavisWiki ... I started the program in the fall of 2008, and produce a new show every two weeks. 

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Davisville, 1/19/15: The Bee's Jack Ohman

Jack Ohman at KDRTOn today’s show, Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist and writer Jack Ohman talks engagingly about a wide range of subjects, from this month’s killings at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris, to his work, the role of a cartoonist, leaving Oregon for California, drawing Gov. Brown, his sense of Davis, and the humor in fly-fishing. Ohman, whose work appears nationally, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012. He joined the Bee that fall after nearly 30 years at the Portland Oregonian

Davisville, 1/5/15: This concert venue is Bill Wagman’s living room

Dave Stamey in Davis, 2010Picture a large concert with 30,000 fans packed into a stadium. Since 1987, Bill Wagman has worked at the other end of the spectrum—he hosts house concerts in his Davis living room, which gets crowded when 50 people show up (this photo shows Dave Stamey performing in Bill's home in 2010). On today’s Davisville Bill talks about how and why it all works, including the audiences, musicians, and the thrill of watching a talented musician perform up close. He presents one concert per month, and has already booked shows into 2016.  

Davisville, 12/22/14: Gary Lee Yoder, of Oxford Circle, Kak and Blue Cheer

Guitarist/songwriter Gary Lee Yoder and three classmates at Davis High School formed Oxford Circle in the 1960s (in the photo he's holding, he’s second from left). They went on to play some of the most storied concert venues in the Bay Area during the San Francisco Sound of the late 1960s. After the band broke up, Yoder co-founded Kak and then joined Blue Cheer. Eventually he moved back to Davis, where he lives now, and on today’s show he tells stories from 40 years in music--including the summer day he was walking on F Street after Oxford Circle dissolved, and he was offered a record deal with CBS. For real.

Davisville, 12/8/14: Creating a more entrepreneurial city

On today’s program we talk about the efforts to make Davis a more entrepreneurial city with guests Matt Yancey, new CEO of the Davis Chamber of Commerce, and Rob White, the city’s chief innovation officer. The topics include an update on the innovation park proposals (this image shows the location of the Mace Ranch project), Yancey’s goal to add 6,000 jobs to Davis by 2020, investor interest in Davis startups, the impact on housing, and what all this might mean to the average person in town.

Davisville, 11/24/14: Movies to see (or skip) this December

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Continuing a KDRT autumn tradition, today we interview Davis film critic Derrick Bang about films to look for, and avoid, as the holiday movie season begins. Bang also discusses hits and misses from the rest of 2014, which he calls an average year.

 

Davisville, 11/10/14: Catching up with Joe Krovoza

From the Fifth Street traffic redesign and a plastic bag ban to economic development and the city water supply, the civic side of Davis saw several changes from early 2011 to mid-2014. Joe Krovoza, as mayor during that stretch, had a hand in attaining many of them. On today’s Davisville he sizes up his legacy, offers his take on a few continuing ideas like the railroad relocation proposal downtown ... and talks about what he's been doing since leaving office last June. 

Davisville, 10/27/14: DK, who made Davis even friendlier to bikes, moves on

Dave KempThe green bike boxes and bigger bike lanes you’ve seen downtown? Dave Kemp helped bring them here. The city of Davis hired him to champion active transportation in early 2012, but now DK is leaving for a promotion to a similar role in Boulder, Colo. Before he left, he returned to Davisville to talk about his nearly 3 years in Davis; balancing the needs of bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians; the initial results of the Fifth Street redesign (aka the euphemistically named “road diet”), and more. He first appeared on the show on Feb. 27, 2012.

Davisville, 10/13/14: Films for October with critic Derrick Bang

Davis movie reviewer Derrick Bang (the Davis Enterprise, Derrick Bang on Film) returns to the show this week to list some good movies to watch for Halloween. He offers suggestions in three categories—classics that aren’t widely known, horror, and “vicarious glop.” We also learn that the holiday when the original Dracula debuted wasn’t Halloween, like you might expect—it was Valentine’s Day. Douse the lights and tune in.

Davisville, 9/29/14: Trokanski’s East Davis project weds art with business

Professional dancer Pamela Trokanski, who started her Davis dance studio in 1985, is working on an interesting multi-part project on land she owns in east Davis. She calls it Life in 11 Dimensions, and it encompasses elements as varied as food, dance, massage, and a black-box theater. Today on Davisville she describes the venture, who’s participating, and how she’s funding it. She hopes to break ground in spring 2015.

Davisville, 9/15/14: Telling your tale, even before you know it

In “round-robin storytelling,” a group of people make up a story on the spot. Sally Parker says it’s a good way to bust through writer’s block, and just a lot of fun, whether you’re a writer or not. Parker presented a session on round-robin storytelling this month in Central Park as part of her Square Tomatoes crafts fair, and will again in October. On today’s show, she and Davisville host Bill Buchanan use the technique to make up a story on air … or at least the first part of a story. The rest of the show goes into what this kind of storytelling is all about. Come listen to the result.

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A Davis Icon

You're a Davis icon, Bill. Keep up the good work of providing local, informative, and quality programming.

A Dedication

Bill, listen to the first 10 minutes of my show dated 7/7/2010. I hope you approve.
Paul Sheeran

Chris Dunford Interview

Just wanted to say thanks for an outstanding interview with Freedom From Hunger's president, Chris Dunford.
Keep up the good work!

Sam Citron

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