Dave Padilla

davepadilla20100909 kcbs 0361r1 Dave PadillaThe 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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The  Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity near the UC Berkeley campus. (CBS)

5 More Sexual Assaults Reported At UC Berkeley Fraternity; 9 Incidents Reported Around Campus In A Month

Five people were reportedly sexually assaulted at a fraternity house near UC Berkeley last weekend, making for a total of eight reports of sexual assault on or near the campus within the last month.

10/17/2014

The entrance to Vallejo High School (CBS)

Troubled Vallejo High School Under Close Watch By Accreditation Commission

ullying, student safety, and poor academic achievement are issues confronting Vallejo High School as a regional accrediting association said it’s keeping close watch after issuing a negative report about the school.

10/15/2014

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Martinez Animal Shelter Recognized For Disaster Relief Program That Meets Federal Guidelines

An animal shelter program in Contra Costa County is getting recognition from supervisors in Martinez for their preparedness in the event of a disaster.

10/07/2014

Vallejo Fire truck

Vallejo Fire Crews Encounter A Booby-Trapped Marijuana Grow While Fighting Fire

Firefighters attempting to extinguish a fire inside a burning building in Vallejo Thursday night soon discovered the structure, used as medical marijuana grow was booby-trapped, authorities said.

10/03/2014

A lab technician analyzes the contents of a rape test kit. (CBS)

Gov. Brown Signs Legislation Ending Rape Kit Backlog

Many women in California who have been traumatized by sexual assault may feel a sense of relief, knowing that law enforcement agencies will act much sooner to test rape kits after legislation was signed Tuesday by Gov. Brown.

10/01/2014

A pedestrian walks by a mobile home that shifted off of its foundation at a mobile home park following a reported 6.0 earthquake on August 24, 2014 in Napa, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Napa Officials Warn Residents Of Scams As They Look To Rebuild Following Earthquake

Two contractors have already been busted for trying to pull scams on residents who are looking to rebuild.

09/10/2014

A mound of toppled wine barrels sit in a storage room at Kieu Hoang Winery on August 25, 2014 in Napa, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Napa Valley Vintners Put Competition Aside To Help In Recovery Efforts Following Earthquake

This is harvest season in the wine country and vintners are trying to help other winemakers, whose facilities might have been damaged by the August 24 earthquake.

09/03/2014

Authorities on the scene of a fatal crash along Interstate 680 in Benicia on August 26, 2014. (CBS)

3 Die In Car Crash On Interstate 680 Off Ramp In Benicia

Three people have died in a crash on an off-ramp of northbound Interstate Highway 680 in Benicia Tuesday afternoon, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

08/26/2014

Motown creator and founder, Berry Gordy Jr., honored on the steps of Oakland City Hall. August 18, 2014. (photo by: Dave Padilla)

Berry Gordy Day In Oakland; Motown’s Creator Honored, Appears At City Hall

It’s Berry Gordy Jr. Day in the East Bay. The legendary impresario and creator of the Motown Sound was honored in front of hundreds in attendance for a public appearance in Oakland Monday morning.

08/18/2014

A lab technician analyzes the contents of a rape test kit. (CBS)

Alameda County Teams With FBI In Hopes Of Processing Backlog Of DNA Rape Kits Faster

Alameda County’s District Attorney is now working with the FBI on a pilot project to process and review a backlog of untested DNA rape kits more rapidly.

08/12/2014

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