Davisville

Davis is a wonderful and diverse community, full of interesting people, ideas, and happenings. On Davisville, host Bill Buchanan presents unique stories from in and around town that are relevant to the Davis community.

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Davisville, 2/23/15: Seeking a fast, public broadband network for Davis

Davis has commercial, high-speed Internet connections provided by Comcast and AT&T. What would it mean for the town if Davis had a third line, publicly owned, and very, very fast? Several people with deep interest and experience with the Internet are beginning to advance that idea, and on today’s Davisville we talk with two of them: Rob Nickerson, president and part owner of the Davis Internet company Omsoft Technologies, and Doug Walter. Each is part of a new, casual group, Davis Gigabit.

Davisville, 2/9/15: Veteran Ernie Head recalls fighting in World War II, 70 years later

World War II ended seven decades ago this summer, but Ernie Head, 94, remembers it clearly, having fought in the U.S. Army in the Pacific (this photo shows him in 1945, at the camp that had previously been the final destination of the Bataan Death March). On Feb. 14, Post 6949 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will honor Head as Davis’ veteran of the year. On today’s program he talks about coming under fire in the Philippines, as well his life in Davis after he moved here in 1953, including a sample of the community projects he has contributed to. 

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

On 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

Picture 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. JAN 2016 UPDATE: Here's a followup interview from early 2016.

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, 11/10/14: 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. 

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

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

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

Sam Citron

thanks, Sam!

This is the program in question; it aired Jan. 25:

http://www.kdrt.org/node/2689

Bill

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