KDVS General Manager Noel Fernandez in “The Stacks” at the station in March 2020. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

KDVS to Move to Memorial Union

by | Apr 5, 2021 | On Campus

KDVS and the Division of Student Affairs recently announced the campus radio station will move to the first floor of the southeast corner of the Memorial Union during the 2021-22 academic year. The station will remain on air during the move.

This prominent and visible location will operate as the dedicated KDVS headquarters and include designated areas for the broadcast studio, lounge/office space for staff and storage for most of “The Stacks,” the coveted record and CD library of the station. To preserve the entire collection, additional off-site storage for the remainder of “The Stacks” collection will also be temporarily provided until a more permanent location is identified.

KDVS General Manager Noel Fernandez said, “Our new home in the Memorial Union will be the stomping ground for our current community to elevate their creative passions, as well as a supportive space for new KDVSers to cultivate their own.”

KDVS traces its roots back to 1964, when it began in a UC Davis residence hall room before moving to Lower Freeborn, where it has been operating for over 50 years. Historically, KDVS has strived to entertain, educate and unify its diverse community by providing multimedia avenues for creative expression.

In December 2018, after an in-depth seismic and facility assessment of Freeborn Hall, the difficult decision was made to move forward with demolition of the existing building and relocate all units and services housed in Lower Freeborn. This relocation effort has been ongoing with The Pantry moving to the Memorial Union in spring 2019, The California Aggie moving to A Street in winter 2020 and an upcoming move for Aggie Studios and Entertainment Council to the South Silo.

The new, more accessible location for KDVS will ensure its continued viability as a leading student media outlet for years to come and augment the growth and development of its diverse community of supporters.

Read more

On The Radio: A look back at the history of KDVS, UC Davis’ freeform, student-run station.

Recording Recollections: KDVS alumni reflect on some of their favorite moments at the station.

Freeborn Hall to be Torn Down: The venue has been closed since 2014.