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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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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

Doctors Seek Higher Fees From Health Insurers

Contra Costa County Pushes To Sign Up Inmates Now Eligible For Medi-Cal Coverage

Contra Costa County is joining a long list of Bay Area counties to sign up one of the toughest populations for health care— jail inmates.

08/12/2014

Ralph Nader speaks at the Berkeley Main Post Office on July 28, 2014. (Save the Berkeley Post Office)

Ralph Nader Calls On U.S. Postal Service To Keep Berkeley Post Office Open

The U.S. Postal Service announced in 2012 that it planned to sell the building, in part because of a multi-billion dollar deficit it is facing.

07/30/2014

(Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Alameda County Supervisors Vote Unanimously To Extend A’s Lease Deal

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to extend the Oakland A’s lease at the O.co Coliseum for another 10 years.

07/29/2014

(CBS)

Drako, The Contraband Cell Phone-Sniffing Dog, Reaches Milestone At Vacaville Prison

Drako, a Belgian shepherd trained to sniff narcotics and smuggled cell phones, reached a milestone at his prison recently.

07/08/2014

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2 Vallejo Businesses Take The Lead In Fundraising To Preserve 4th Of July Fireworks

Two local businesses have taken the initiative for the last five years to save the 4th of July fireworks display in Vallejo by fundraising. They’re goal this year is $15,000

07/02/2014

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