Say “media,” and what comes to mind? The word encompasses so much, and all of it at risk. News outlets are struggling, public broadcasting is under attack, a free and open Internet is imperiled, and community media centers much like Davis Media Access (DMA) are closing their doors across the country. DMA’s doors are, thankfully, open and accessible to all, but—we need you to help us keep them open with your support of DMA’s annual fund raising campaign. Between now and June 30, our fund-raising goal is $25k in support of DMA's many programs and services. Much of our fund-raising helps create the infrastructure that makes KDRT possible. Whether you participate, watch, listen or just value the fact that non-commercial community media exists in Davis, please contribute today. Here's some food for thought: what sets DMA apart and makes it such a valuable community resource, one worthy of your support?
Tomorrow we’re getting up close and local about a big development in national media policy. I recently blogged about the passage of the Local Radio Act in December; the bill was just signed into law by President Obama. I'll host DMA’s Jeff Shaw, who will also speak to his role with an organization called Common Frequency. We will talk about what the bill means, the back story to getting it passed, and what happens next. 10 a.m. Wed., Jan. 12 on KDRT or here on the website.
Breaking news from our friends at Prometheus Radio: Thousands of community groups rejoice at new opportunity for locally owned media WASHINGTON, DC – Today a bill to expand community radio nationwide – the Local Community Radio Act – passed the U.S. Senate, thanks to the bipartisan leadership of Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and John McCain (R-AZ). This follows Friday afternoon’s passage of the bill in the House of Representatives, led by Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Lee Terry (R-NE). The bill now awaits the President's signature.http://www.prometheusradio.org/node/2438
Jean Jackman guests on the Dec. 15 edition of "Speakeasy," a local talk show that airs alternate Wednesdays at 10 a.m. on KDRT-LP, 95.7 FM in Davis. Repeats air the Thursday after taping at 5:30 p.m.
Jackman is a storyteller in the oral tradition, a writer, producer, environmental and social justice activist. She writes the nature
column, "At the Pond" for the Davis Enterprise. She is the author of "Down home tales of Davis," a history of Davis integrating the oral history of long-time Davis residents and pioneer descendants. And, she is the founder and curator of "Davis Community Scrapbook," a collection of short stories, anecdotes, songs poems, photos and paintings, all about Davis. The interview will cover all this ground and highlight stories from the Scrapbook.
Hosted by Autumn Labbe-Renault, "Speakeasy" features interviews with people doing interesting work in Davis and beyond.
with Dr. Marco Vespignani, N.D. of the Institutes for Restorative Health in Davis.
Next Speakeasy, Dec. 15: the inimitable Jean Jackman. We;ll talk about the Davis Community Scrapbook, winter bird migration and hear lots of good stories!
Listen to the interview at http://kdrt.org/node/4190 I nearly lost a friend to suicide because he was mercilessly bullied for being gay. I heard a powerful young woman speak recently and decided I'd like more folks to hear what she has to say. On Nov. 17, I'll welcome Ashley Horan to the show. Ashley serves as the intern minister for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis. In her capacity as a liaison to students at UC Davis, Horan has spoken about the intolerance that has fueled a widely publicized rash of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) suicides recently, and the resulting "It Gets Better Campaign" on YouTube and Facebook. Horan, who identifies as a queer person of faith, speaks about the perception that people of faith are responsible for perpetuating intolerance, and posits UU as a place and a faith welcoming of all people. She shares a message of encouragement for all who are being bullied because of their sexual preference. Please tune in Wed., Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. or catch the archive here on kdrt.org.