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…
Alameda County authorities announced Tuesday that they have arrested two people in connection with the cold-case murder of 43-year-old Steven Rudiger in 1990.
One month after a Santa Rosa teenager carrying a toy gun was fatally shot by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy; state lawmakers are proposing new rules for imitation weapons.
A Superior Court judge has ruled on Friday that Alameda’s former fire chief, Dave Kapler, must pay $260,000 the city spent fighting his alleged wrongful termination suit that city officials said is now over.
A three-person panel appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown was holding a hearing Monday on a labor dispute between AC Transit and its workers that nearly led to a strike last week.
2,000 students in need from Vallejo schools are getting a generous donation of school supplies from the education association yet again this year and other districts are noticing.
Pacific Gas and Electric is preparing for high-wire aerial work on nearly 30-miles of transmission line in Contra Costa. The utility company says the upgrade is necessary to meet growing demands for electricity.
Health care costs are at the heart of a labor dispute in Contra Costa County that’s been brewing for more than a year and appears poised to bubble over sooner rather than later.
With major parts of the Affordable Care Act taking effect on Tuesday, the Covered California call center in Concord said they are prepared to answer questions about health care reform.
Many Bay Area high-school athletic programs are feeling the pinch of declining revenue, including one in Contra Costa County that is trying to spread the wealth with dwindling dollars.
Teachers and staff at some Bay Area schools are receiving special safety training from a Texas institute on how to respond in the event that a gunman is on campus.