Suggestions for information to include in show posts on the KDRT home page

At some of the Thursday evening DJ meetings this winter, among other times, we've talked about what makes a good post for the show files that appear on the KDRT home page.

So, I wrote a list of suggestions based on my years trying to interest readers in the stories we posted at the papers where I've worked. KDRT isn't a newsroom and it isn't formal, so I'm not suggesting a bunch of Thou Shalts ... but this is a list of proven practices that will help listeners find and enjoy your work.

NOTE: I do suggest a small style change in here, namely, to Drop the Policy of Capitalizing Most Words in Titles. In my view, the style is stilted, mildly confusing, and archaic. But that's a call for the KDRT steering commitee, or whoever decides such things.

If you have questions, please feel free to ask!


Bll Buchanan

Host, Davisville



                   Suggestions for information to include in show posts on the KDRT home page


Jazz After Dark for February 16, 2021

Coming up tonight on Jazz After Dark we'll feature  Peggy Lee & Hal Mooney and His Orchestra, Ahmad Jamal, Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderley, Cannonball Adderley Quintet & John Coltrane, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Corea & Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Tony Bennett, Pat La Barbera & Don Thompson. Jazz After Dark broadcasts locally at 8 pm Tuesdays on KDRT-LP, 95.7 FM in Davis, CA with replays on Wednesdays 3-4 pm and Thursdays 11 pm -midnight.  Show page here:  Look for us on iTunes or your favorite podcast site including


COVID-19 Community Report, Feb. 16 2021

This month I’m conducting a series of interviews devoted to the reopening of in-person instruction in the Davis Joint Unified School District. Last week I spoke with DJUSD Superintendent John Bowes, and I have two interviews today: teachers Amy George and Dianna Stommel. Dianna is also the current president of the Davis Teachers Association. Next week, I’ll speak to parents with different opinions about reopening.

Both teachers share what's it been like to teach remotely this year, and how they've worked to build and maintain community in their classrooms. We also discuss what would make them feel safe and valued as the shift to hybrid and in-person instruction commences. Dianna addresses the DTA's position on reopening.

The Davis Joint Unified School Board meets again this Thursday to continue discussions around reopening. In a previous interview, Bowes said the trustees had identified the first week in May as a timeline -- if schools have not returned to in-person instruction by then, they would remain virtual through the end of the academic year.

Tune in live today (Feb. 16) at noon at KDRT95.7FM or

COVID-19 Community Report Feb. 9, 2021

This month, I'm doing a series on the return to in-person instruction in area schools. This is Part 1, and future episodes will feature teachers, parents, and hopefully students.

My guest for Episode 51, which airs Feb. 9, 2021 is Dr. John Bowes, who has served as superintendent for the Davis Joint Unified School District since July 2016. For the past 30 years, he has led thousands of certificated, classified staff and students throughout the state, working to promote 21st century teaching and learning; to create safe and welcoming campuses; to close achievement and opportunity gaps, and to further the work of diversity, equity and inclusion.

I want to note we recorded this interview last week, on the heels of a school board meeting that lasted until 12:30 am—just one of many long meetings in recent weeks—and in the midst of a several-day website outage that’s part of a widespread external platform problem.

Jazz After Dark February 02 2021

Classic jazz coming up tonight on Jazz After Dark!

Ledisi, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Charlie Shavers and Maxine Sullivan, Dinah Washington, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Ammons, Stanley Cowell, Stanley Turrentine, Piano Connection & Marcs Boogie.

Jazz After Dark broadcasts locally at 8 pm Tuesdays on KDRT-LP, 95.7 FM in Davis, CA.

Replays Monday 11 pm.

Live-streaming at

Show page here:

Look for us on iTunes (you can listen to the live broadcast via their Radio link; just search for KDRT) or your favorite podcast site.

COVID-19 Community Report Feb. 2, 2021

It's astonishing to me that we're at Episode 50, with nearly 85 people interviewed over the last 10+ months. Thank you to all who have listened and/or supported, agreed to be interviewed, and provided feedback. The stories we tell and the narrative we weave about the impact of the pandemic in Yolo County will be an important part of our collective archives. 

On Jan. 30, The New York Times ran a lengthy feature on one community in California and its efforts to model a plan for curtailing the Covid virus. Spoiler alert: that's our community, Davis, CA, and we're on the map as being at the forefront of community engagement and science during the pandemic. One of the benefits of having a world-class university here.

Jazz After Dark - featuring Classics-January 26, 2021

Some jazz classics tonight on Jazz After Dark: Jimmy Knepper, Sonny Stitt (Cocktails for Two), Miles Davis (So What), Dave Brubeck (Take Five), Ella Fitzgerald (Misty), Duke Ellington (Blues in C), Gerry Mulligan (Manha de Carnaval and New Orleans), Al Haig (Never Let Me Go), Hubert Laws (Passacaglia in C), and George Benson (At the Mambo Inn).

Look for us also on iTunes (you can listen to the live broadcast via their Radio link; just search for KDRT) or your favorite podcast site.

COVID-19 Community Report Jan. 26, 2021 - Lucas Frerichs

Lucas Frerichs was my first interview on this program, which debuted March 17, 2020. Since then, he's been re-elected to the Davis City Council to represent District 3, and now serves as Vice Mayor.

It's never an easy job to help govern a city, but of course it's been endlessly complicated during a pandemic. This weekend Lucas and I got together over Zoom and in Episode 49, had a far-ranging conversation touching on virtual governance; testing in Davis; the uptick in cannabis tax revenue during the pandemic, as well as the overall financial situation facing municipalities; traffic, crime, and more. I'm sure we could have talked for hours, but I always appreciate the opportunity to sit down with our local elected officials and touch base about community issues through their lens. Tune in Tuesday at noon on KDRT 95.7 FM, or anytime after that to listen online or download a podcast.

COVID-19 Community Report Jan. 19, 2021 - Tree Davis

It's Episode 48, and time to check in with  Tree Davis.

As I've said many times during the course of this show, it's not just the pandemic we're dealing with, but the attendant mental and physical health challenges, and dramatic social/political and  economic concerns. As well, things like the climate crisis haven't just disappeared.

That last point became a fascinating talking point in my interview with Erin Donley Marineau this week. As Executive Director of Tree Davis, Erin ovesees an organization that plants trees and does enviromental stewardship in communities around Yolo County, not just Davis. In normal years, she says, 40 Saturdays each year are devoted to working with volunteers in various cities. Obviously that scale of work has not been possible during the pandemic.

KDRT Simulcasts Virtual MLK Celebration on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 at 9 a.m.

The City of Davis will honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a virtual celebration this year on Monday, Jan. 18.   This year's program includes highlights of speakers and entertainment from past years and current messages from local youth, as well as an introduction from Mayor Gloria Partida.  The program will be available beginning 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 18, 2021 through the end of the month via the City of Davis website at Additionally, it will be shown on DCTV Channel 15 and broadcast on KDRT 95.7 FM where you can also can live stream at   This year marks the 27th annual event sponsored by the City of Davis and the Human Relations Commission.