Autumn Labbe-Renault's blog

Swami Paramanandji guests on 'Speakeasy'

swami Listen to the interview here: I had the most unusual opportunity and honor of hosting an enlightened holy man, Swami Paramanandji, in the studio at KDRT today. It was really a privilege and I thank my dear friends Laima, Mary and Sunny for helping it come to pass. The show will repeat next Wed. and will be archived (under Program Archives/Speakeasy) at

Speech to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis

July 19, 2009

Good morning. My name is Autumn Labbé-Renault. I’m a UUCD member and executive director of the non-profit organization Davis Media Access, home of KDRT 95.7 FM, our community’s low-power radio station. I’ve been asked to share a bit about my involvement in starting and sustaining KDRT, or as I like to call it, “the little radio station that could.”

Low-power radio stations saved by D.C. Circuit Court ruling

Sharing this press release from our friends at Prometheus Radio Project. This is really poignant because our own battle to save KDRT from commercial encroachment played a role in helping the FCC and courts to understand the strength and community support of LPFMs. Michael Couzens, the attorney mentioned here, represented KDRT as well.

Court vindicates FCC's effort to save small stations from loss of channels

Interview with Duval Speck

On May 20, I interviewed inimitable local musicians Linda Duval and Cathy Speck. We talked about Cathy's recent diagnosis with ALS, what perspective death & dying brings to living, as well as their life, their love, their music. Includes a track and a half (we ran out of time!) from their forthcoming CD, "Thanks for Waiting." Click here to listen to the interview.

Good time by all, part 2!

The scene was Friday afternoon, and my daughter was helping set up for the Joe Craven/Aesthetic Cling concert at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall. Rowan was on her way out to recycle an empty pizza box when Joe said, "young lady, don't throw that out!" Good kid that she is, she said, "I'm not, I'm going to recycle it!" Says Joe, "no, don't do that, I might just play it later."

A good time was had by all!

The joint venture between the Davis Odd Fellows and Davis Media Access known as the "First Fridays" Concert Series launched last night, Feb. 6, 2009, with a spectacular show by Loose Acoustic Trio and The Rubber Souldiers.

Loose Acoustic Trio kicked us off with a fine set and an encore. Yeah, we like their hats, and their music too. Big thanks to Richie Lawrence, Ken Cooper and Steve O'Neill. Be sure to find out more about them here.