The magic of radio for me began, oddly enough, when I watched television sports broadcasts as a youngster growing up in Crockett, a blue collar town in Contra Costa County. I would mimic the voices and cadences of broadcasters, pretending thousands of people were listening to my voice announcing the names of famous sports figures.
My big break in Bay Area radio came in 1977 when I became a news intern at, what was then rhythm and blues or R&B station, KSOL-FM in San Mateo. The station had a small, but functioning news department. Program director “Hard Punching’” Herman Henry ,a former boxer , gave me the opportunity I had dreamed of. I’ll always be grateful to him for giving the Chicano kid from Crockett, a shot in one of the most competitive radio markets around.
I have been very fortunate. I struck gold twice in my radio broadcasting career. The second time came in August of 1990 when I was hired at one of the most prestigious radio news stations in Northern California–KCBS-AM in San Francisco. I am currently the Contra Costa County Bureau chief and weekend morning anchor. I have covered stories of triumph and tragedy. I have met many wonderful people whose inspiring stories continue to reverberate to this day with valuable life lessons about character, dignity and sensibility.
I love the Bay Area! It’s a culturally diverse region with artists, writers and musicians who are some of the best in the world. When it comes to music, the Bay Area cannot be beat. I love jazz. My favorite jazz club is Yoshi’s in Oakland. I’ve seen some of the greats there, Arturo Sandoval, Charles Lloyd, Milt Jackson, Billy Higgins and so many more. I’m usually the guy sitting in the front row.
Yes, the Bay Area is my home. I’ve never lived anywhere else. I think this has given me a greater appreciation for the people and the events I cover for KCBS. I have a sense of history about this region and I know how important it is to all of us who live here. This is a special place and you, the listener, are even more special. Thank you for listening to All News 740, KCBS. You’re the Best! Dave Padilla…
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