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Tunes and tales to listen to, as you tend to trick-or-treaters tonight

Halloween is here. Need a soundtrack? Check these out these locally produced shows:

... or just explore KDRT's schedule, find a style you like, and explore. It's like walking up to a house on Halloween when you're a kid. You don't know exactly what you'll get when you ring that doorbell, but you know it'll be a treat.

Davis musician Gary Lee Yoder, RIP: In Oxford Circle, Kak and Blue Cheer, he was part of the 1960s San Francisco Sound

Updated Aug. 13 with link to Live Tracks that featured short talks with musicians who played with Gary, plus information about Davis Music Connections program on Aug. 17

We’re sorry to report this news: Gary Lee Yoder, whose Davis band Oxford Circle became part of the San Francisco Sound in the 1960s, died on Saturday, Aug. 7. He was born in 1946.

Gary lived in Davis most of his life, and continued to perform in town after returning to Davis following his time in the Bay Area.

He was also a member of the Davis High School Hall of Fame as a player on the school’s undefeated varsity boys basketball team of 1961-62.

After Oxford Circle broke up, he and band co-leader Dehner Patten formed Kak. The group played fewer than a dozen concerts but recorded a self-titled LP for Epic in 1969, renamed Kak-Ola when released in expanded form on CD. Many listeners consider it to be an obscure gem from the psychedelic era. A live recording of Oxford Circle was released on CD.

After Kak, Gary recorded solo material, and became a later member of Blue Cheer.

At least three KDRT program hosts plan to play some of Gary’s music:

The Bee's Jack Ohman, newest Pulitzer cartoonist, appeared on Davisville in 2015

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Jack Ohman, for Davisville on KDRT, 2017

The Sacramento Bee's Jack Ohman won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for cartooning on Monday, April 18th. In January 2015, he appeared on Davisville for an interesting interview about subjects ranging from the deaths at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris (they had just happened), to his work as a writer and cartoonist, the role of a cartoonist, leaving his longtime home in Oregon for California, drawing Gov. Brown, his sense of Davis, and the humor in fly-fishing. Ohman has now earned a distinction shared by the likes of Garry Trudeau, Tom Toles and Pat Oliphant.

Davisville, 3/9/15: Luring people to Yolo County

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Davis California street scene

Who visits Yolo County, and what brings them here? On the latest Davisville, Alan Humason and Tiffany Dozier of the Yolo County Visitors Bureau provide some answers. The show airs 5:30 pm Mondays, 8:30 am Wednesdays and 7:30 am Saturdays, and I'll link to it in this entry once the show becomes available online 3/16.

Davisville, 9/15/14: Telling a tale, even before you know it

In “round-robin storytelling,” a group of people make up a story on the spot. Sally Parker says the technique is a good way to bust through writer’s block and just a lot of fun, whether you’re a writer or not. Parker presented a session on round-robin storytelling this month in Central Park as part of her Square Tomatoes crafts fair, and will again in October. On the current Davisville, she and program host Bill Buchanan use the technique to make up part of a story on air … and talk about what this kind of storytelling is all about. The show airs 5:30 p.m. Monday, 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. Saturday through Sept. 25, and will eventually show up in the KDRT archives at


Redistricting -- a huge, quiet reform -- gets underway in California. Stan Forbes explains it all on Davisville

Stan Forbes, one of the 14 members of the Citizens Redistricting Commission, discusses how the panel will go about the job of redrawing legislative and congressional districts for California on the current edition of “Davisville” here on KDRT-LP 95.7 FM. Forbes, a businessman, farmer and former Davis City Council member, is the only person on the commission from Greater Sacramento. Just getting appointed required a mix of determination and luck, a process he talks about with “Davisville” host Bill Buchanan. Voters created the commission in 2008 to draw new district lines according to strict, nonpartisan rules, based on the 2010 census. The current districts, set by elected state officials, have been widely criticized as drawn to protect the political status quo. Forbes believes the commission, which will start public hearings soon, could create a model for other states to follow. “Davisville” airs on Monday at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. The interview with Forbes will be broadcast from March 14 to March 23. CLICK HERE to listen.

Talking Measure A with school board President Richard Harris

This spring, Davis voters will vote yes or no by mail on an emergency, two-year, $200 parcel tax to raise money for Davis public schools. If Measure A wins at least two-thirds approval, Davis will have three school parcel taxes in effect at the same time. Davis voters almost always vote yes on questions like these. But the major employer in town -- government -- is facing fresh, severe, payroll-hacking cuts of its own. UC Davis alone anticipates another 450 to 500 job losses soon. Richard Harris, school board president, came by Davisville this week to talk about the tax, why the board put it on the ballot, and related issues that include continuing step-and-column pay raises, the programs Measure A would preserve, and more. We also hear via email from John Munn, a skeptic of the tax in its earlier form but who has decided not to oppose Measure A. Listen in at

A director's cut kind of program

For the Feb. 14 show, I interviewed the guy who does "Live Tracks" at KDRT, also known as my brother, Jim. We talked about his Thursday night program, a little about his experience as sound engineer for "Davisville," then headed into deeper waters with some questions about life in the 50s -- our 50s, that is. He and I talk about stuff like this all the time. I thought, why not try to capture some of that on the radio. And he was game, I hope not to his regret :-)

A mental image that might stick with you from this program is, Beware of collecting ashtrays. What starts out as fun becomes, after 30 years, a room full of things you have to step around. And don't make the mistake of thinking that comment is really about ashtrays.

If "Davisville" were ever presented as a boxed set, this experiment would be a hidden track.

President of Davis' Freedom from Hunger returns to ‘Davisville’

Chris Dunford, who will retire this year as president of Davis-based Freedom from Hunger, is a return guest on the current edition of “Davisville” on KDRT 95.7 FM.

Dunford last appeared on the program in early 2010. This time he draws a few lessons from his long career, updates news from Haiti and other topics from last year, and discusses whether he thinks the world is better, the same, or worse than it was when he started at the international charity nearly 30 years ago.

“Davisville,” hosted by Bill Buchanan, is recorded at Davis Media Access. The program airs at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, and 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. You can also find it at