Celtic Songlines Oct 13th, 2020

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Celtic music continues to evolve and the Celtic Songline library continues to grow. This week we feature a few bands new to our playlist such as Iona, a progressive Celtic rock band from the United Kingdom, which was formed by lead vocalist Joanne Hogg and multi-instrumentalists David Fitzgerald and Dave Bainbridge. Another new addition is Ye Vagabonds,  brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn – who hail from the town of Carlow, south-west of Dublin. Also featured this week are the German band Faun and another addition is Pagan Folk, a collective of stellar musicians. Rounding out the program are the always amazing Old Blind Dogs, from San Francisco is the band The Fire, Irish piper Tommy Martin with Seamus Thompson, The Fureys, Capercaillie and Altan. 

Tune in Tuesday at 11:00 to Noon with a replay Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Stream at or subscribe to Celtic Songlines on iTunes.


Jazz After Dark October 06 2020

Coming up tonight on Jazz After Dark: swing, soul, and 70’s jazz, and more.

Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Smith, Baby Face Willette, Nat "King" Cole, Wes Montgomery, Mary Lou Williams, Art Farmer, McCoy Tyner, Bernard Purdie, George Benson.

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

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Replays Monday 11 pm.

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Celtic Songlines Oct 7th 2020

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Celtic Songlines @KDRT 95.7

This week's Celtic Songlines features more than a few performances live from various venues mixed with traditional and contemporary tunes and songs. Featured artists include Sonora's Black Irish Band, the Irish supergroup Patrick Street, Solas, SoCal's Banshee in the Kitchen, The Dubliners, from the Bay Area the band Tempest, Danny Carnahan & Robin Petrie, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Danu, Old Blind Dogs, Wicked Tinkers and Sandy Denny. 

Tune in Tuesday at 11:00 to Noon with a replay Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Stream at or subscribe to Celtic Songlines on iTunes. 

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 38: Checking in with the Yolo Food Bank and the Pence Gallery - Oct. 6, 2020

I spoke with Michael Bisch, the executive director of Yolo Food Bank, earlier in the pandemic, and since then, the Woodland-based non profit has continued to up its game and live its mission of reducing food insecurity in our county, to the tune of 60,000 meals per month. Michael joins me again this Tuesday to talk about bringing food security to Davis during the pandemic, including partnerships with local college campuses and the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter.

My second guest is Natalie Nelson, executive director of Pence Gallery. When what you do is bring people into your facility to experience art, and you can't do that, how do you pivot? You'll hear about some of the creative changes the Pence has made, and also learn about the current exhibit featuring work by renowned local artist Sara Post.

Show airs live on Tuesdays at noon, repeats during the week, and is available anytime right here at

Jazz After Dark September 29 2020

Jazz After Dark for Sept 29: the music of Fats Waller!

Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller & His Rhythm, Earl Bostic, Una Mae Carlisle and Her Jam Band, Dinah Washington, Tony Bennett, Mose Allison, Chris Barber, Jose James & Jeff Neve, Allen Toussaint, Yusef Lateef

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

Replays Monday 11 pm.

Link to this week's show:

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.

Celtic Songlines September 29th 2020

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Celtic Radio at KDRT 95.7 Fm

Join host David Arthur Reynolds for an hour of traditional and contemporary Celtic tunes and songs. This week's featured artists include Pauline Scanlon,  Mairi Campbell, Tommy Martin, Malinky, Deanta, Danu, John Doyle, Battlefield Band, Andrei Krylov & Lana Ross, Archie Fisher, Donovan, Paul and Linda McCartney with Dennie Laine and local pipers, Karan Casey with John Doyle and from Brittany, the band Kornog.

COVID-19 Community Report Sept. 29, 2020

My guests on this week's Episode 37 will be Jesse Salinas,  Assessor/Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters for Yolo County, and artist and community organizer NJ Mvondo, to speak about the new Healing Art Project unfolding in Davis.

Jesse's office  is responsible for multiple key functions within Yolo County, but for this show,  we’ll focus on his role as registrar of voters. Jesse’s team has been very busy getting out information about the changes to voting during the Nov. 3 election cycle, and I'm delighted to speak with him and get fully up to speed on what we need to know here in Yolo County.

Artist and organizer NJ Mvondo is best known for her blog, Multiculturalism Rocks!, which celebrates diversity in children's literature. She's currently in the process of launching the interactive Healing Art Project in Davis. Borne out of her concern about our collective stamina in the face of a pandemic, wildfires, and the harms caused by structural racism, she says her hope is that the project proivides ways for us to lift each other up.

Davis Teen Broadcaster at KDRT Community Radio is Selected as National Points of Light Finalist

Davis Media Access (DMA) is pleased to announce that one of its youth participants has been selected as a finalist in the national Points of Light Foundation’s Youth Summit Pitch Contest, held Aug. 19, 2020.  The Summit brought together youth aged 13-18 from across the country to reflect on the challenges and opportunities presented by the new school year and the “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Rohan Baxi, a 9th grade student from Da Vinci Junior High in Davis, CA pitched his project idea, “Timeout Radio: Building Teen Connection in a Time of Distance,” to the Foundation, and was selected as one of 10 finalists. The recognition comes with a $1,000 award to help further his project.

Jazz After Dark September 22 2020

Coming up tonight on Jazz After Dark.

Tonight’s program is dedicated to Stanley Crouch, legendary jazz critic who died September 16, 2020, at the age of 74. He wrote for the New York Daily News and the Village Voice, collaborated with Ken Burns on his Jazz mini-series documentary, and co-founded Jazz at the Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis.

We’ll hear from three jazz artists that he respected:

Duke Ellington (shown above), who Crouch described as “the greatest of all jazz musicians” in his column Duke Ellington: Artist of the Century from December 1, 1999.

Charlie Parker: Crouch wrote Kansas City Lightning: the Rise and Times of Charlie Parker over a thirty year period. He described Parker as “the self-made creator of a vital and breathtakingly structured jazz vernacular and an anarchic man of dooming appetites.”

COVID-19 Community Report Sept. 22, 2020

Today my guest is UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May, who happens to be my most-requested interview.

May became UC Davis’ 7th chancellor in 2017. He leads the most comprehensive campus in the University of California system, with four colleges and six professional schools. UC Davis enrolls more than 39,000 students, brings in nearly $850 million annually in sponsored research, and contributes $8 billion annually to California’s economy. It’s an institution that brought many alums, like yours truly, to Davis and helped us find a home and make a difference locally.

This week, UC Davis was once again rated among the top colleges in the country in the latest “Best Colleges” rankings by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked UC Davis the 11th-best public school in the United States, and the 39th-best school overall.