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KDRT Welcomes Visiting Singer-Songwriter Lew Hopson This Saturday Noon - 1 PM On Silver Nine Volt Heart

DJ Rodriguez is thrilled to be hosting Lew Hopson, in-studio guest this Saturday when we will be treated to what Hopson calls Brand New, Old School Funk, Soul and R&B.  Hopson is a man with many hats including singer/songwriter, author/poet, and actor in films and television, to name a few.  For those of you who have been long-time listeners to DJ Rodriguez, you may have heard several tracks from Hopson's " When U Pick Up Da Funk" album played on The Grapevine show that aired for many years on KDRT.  Lew Hopson grew up in Chicago listening to WVON radio, and was influenced by Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Smokey Robinson and Etta James.  He produced When U Pick Up Da Funk and the more recent Goody Bag albums with his friends at RudeLab Records and remains grateful to our grassroots community station for airing them on several of our shows.   

Davis Odd Fellows Nov. 1st British Invasion Concert To Benefit KDRT Fall Fundraiser

Since 2009, the Davis Odd Fellows have hosted Thursday Live! - a free concert series held on the first Thursday of the month.  KDRT's Jim Buchanan regularly records these performances, which are later aired on his weekly KDRT show - Live Tracks.  The Nov. 1st show is the 85th concert, and will pay tribute to the iconic bands from the British Invasion, including The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Beatles, The Spencer Davis Group, Herman's Hermits, Manfred Mann and Lulu, to name a few.

Oct. 14th Benefit Concert with The Muddy Waders to Celebrate KDRT's 14th Birthday

We are thrilled to be hosting a benefit concert for KDRT with The Muddy Waders on Sunday, October 14th, from 4 to 7pm at Robin's Nest - one of Davis' most well-loved house concert venues.  The Muddy Waders are known for their innovative sets of newgrass, and their slurry of jazz standards mixed with blues, rock, country and electro-acoustic jamming.  Attendance is capped at 100 seats - reserve tickets now at link.  We are grateful to the band and Robin's Nest for donating their talents and venue in support of KDRT community radio.  Purchase tickets here, and thanks for your support!

KDRT Is Recipient of Saturday Fundraiser At Sudwerk Dock Store March 3rd

Sudwerk Brewing Company regularly gives back to the community through its "Saturday Fundraisers" where a portion of the draft sales are donated to local organizations. This Saturday, March 3rd from 4 to 8pm longtime local band Hardwater will be playing, and KDRT is the recipient of the beer sales donation. Please join us!! We are grateful to Hardwater for suggesting it as a KDRT Fundraiser, and we thank them for the numerous events they have played for local causes, including benefits for Davis Media Access and KDRT over the years. Don't mind the weather, if it rains we're indoors, if not, then join us on that special patio with the picnic tables, and the food truck Koizora will be on hand too.

Thank You For Supporting Our 2017 Fall Fundraising Events - We Met Our Goal!

On behalf of all the volunteers at KDRT 95.7 FM, we thank our listeners, supporters, and local businesses that helped make our 2017 Fall Fundraiser a resounding success!  We met our fundraising goal, made new friends in the community, broadcast live music from a variety of venues, and joined with our neighbors for dining and beverages throughout the week at Sudwerk Brewing Co., Thai Canteen, Teabo Café, Yoloberry Yogurt, Woodstock’s Pizza, and Berryessa Brewing Co.  We thank these local establishments for generously donating a portion of each day’s proceeds towards our fundraiser, and thank all of you that attended, or who donated online. We are also grateful to the bands, musicians and artists who performed at our special events including: DJs Trop’a and Mr. Glass, Justin Cox, The Big Poppies (twice!), Fong Tran, The Philharmonik, and The Nickel Slots.

Our New Antenna Is Up - Your Feedback From Quick Survey Is Requested

News flash  - our new antenna is up and running, and now we ask you to let us know how we are sounding.  This short survey will take less than a minute and will give us valuable information about how well the signal is carrying throughout Davis. 

We are very grateful to all the listeners who helped us last year with our first Listener Survey where about 40% reported fair to poor or variable signal reception.  We expect to see an improvement this time around now that the new and improved antenna has been installed, so please take a moment to let us know. 

Thank you!  Link to https://kdrt.org/fall2017survey

 

Please Take A Very Brief Listener Survey Today!

KDRT 95.7FM is your community radio station! Please help us document our local signal reception by completing a brief 5-question online survey TODAY.

It will take less than a minute, and will provide KDRT with very important information about the quality of our signal throughout Davis.

Additionally, by completing a survey you'll be ELIGIBLE for a drawing for a limited-edition t-shirt, designed in-house by KDRT DJ and artist extraordinaire, Eunah Cho.

Please assist your grassroots community radio station today by taking our quick survey now. Thanks! 

KDRT Celebrates National Radio Day August 20th

Join in the celebration of National Radio Day August 20th, as KDRT joins communities across the country highlighting the efforts of local, community-based public radio.  “This is the first coordinated national event in honor of National Radio Day,” stated Sabrina Roach, the lead organizer. “I wanted to introduce an opportunity for all kinds of non-commercial stations to work together and to engage their communities by celebrating radio with listeners and independent producers.” KDRT listeners can share their thoughts about their local, "grassroots station" by posting on our FB page at https://www.facebook.com/kdrtfm or by calling 530-792-1648 during a special edition of "Live Tracks" airing Th. from 7 to 9pm, and stream live at http://kdrt.org/page/listen-now

Special guest Billy Fairfield joins The Grapevine, featuring local music, tales & more

Fans of The Grapevine are in for a treat when Rod, the host, interviews longtime local musician and concert organizer Billy Fairfield. No doubt those two can tell some fun local music yarns, but the conversation will include the well-loved Home for the Holidays concert that Billy organizes each year. The concert, held Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. this year in the Veterans Memorial Theatre, showcases nationally recognized local musicians. Proceeds go to the Davis School Arts Foundation to benefit Davis' public school music and arts programs. This year's lineup includes Joe Craven; Little Charlie Baty's Caravan; Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack; Chris Webster & Tracy Walton of Mumbo Gumbo in a trio with Bill Edward; White Ginger Lei, a 6-piece Hawaiian ensemble with Ray Elsie; Frank Fox's Holiday Doo-Wop; Voice of the Wood (Diana Craig & Heidi Bekebrede); the Davis High School Jazz Choir, and special guests. See more at www.billyfairfield.com

Local Musicians' Holiday Concert Airs on Live Tracks Dec. 15th

The December 1st Thursday Live! concert at the Odd Fellows Hall kicked off the holiday season with 8 local bands bringing their own special brand of "cheer". Selected songs from this live concert recording will air on the December 15th edition of Live Tracks, from 8-10pm. From Latin to Jazz, Klezmer to World Beat, Celtic to "Do Wop", it was there in all its diversity, and a good time was had by all!

Local bands included Tree-O, David Campos, Me & Him, Davis Klezmer Orchestra, Biscuits 'n Honey, Frankie & the Fabletones, Yolo Mambo, and Calvin Handy & the Jazz Patrol.