The most dangerous question is why. So, when David Taub shows up to a news event, politicians, fire chiefs and bad guys squirm. That curiosity has landed David producing The Bill Manders Program on Power Talk 96.7/AM 1400.
Growing up in the Bay Area as a die hard Giants fan, David often died hard with the heartbreak his beloved team. After graduating from Homestead High, the Los Altos native decided to become a Leader and Best, at the University of Michigan. He loved watching football games with 110,000 of his closest friends. The snow was a nice novelty. But, it was California where he longed to be.
Media and sports are Davids passions, and combined them while working in the media relation offices for Cal Poly and University of Detroit Mercy athletics. He also worked for a semi-pro baseball team, the San Luis Obispo Blues. He parlayed that knowledge into his first radio job at KVEC-920 in San Luis Obispo in 2002.
Producing and reporting for the news department, David slid over to the TV side of things in 2004, working the assignment desk at KCOY-TV in Santa Maria. After many stories and awards from the RTNDA, it was time to hit the big city: Fresno.
Working at the assignment desk at KSEE, David quickly learned what all native Fresnans know: it’s hot during the summer. Nevertheless, the Central Valley and all its affordability and beauty grew on him. After KSEE, David worked as a producer and writer at KMJ and KJWL before landing with a true winner, Power Talk 96.7.
Additionally, David works in TV sports production, as well as being a paralegal and certified process server. With his wife Michelle, the couple has three wonderful children, two girls and a baby boy.
Bill King was a master of radio sports. For those lucky enough to in the Bay Area to hear his four decades of play-by-play for the Raiders, Warriors and A’s, that is stating the obvious. For those who have only heard about the legend, his life and career are captured in a fascinating new book, written by King’s last radio partner, Ken Korach. “Holy Toledo” not only captures King’s career through the microphone of his career, but it also tells the history of Bay Area sports radio, its personalities and the evolution of the region’s sports teams.
The book paints a vivid picture of the importance a radio announcer can be to the community. The heyday of King’s career on the mic took place before the proliferation of every single game being televised, analyzed and scrutinized. For millions of Bay Area sports fans, King’s words, criticism and description provided the memories of the greatest moments and greatest heartbreaks found in sport.
Korach worked with King for the last ten years of the latter’s career and life with the A’s. It is easy to tell the love and respect Korach had for his mentor. He interviewed dozens of King’s friends and colleagues to describe not only his on air career, but his passions and eclectic ways away from the stadium.
King grew up in the
Widely regarded as the greatest broadcaster in all three sports, it is ironic that he is not in the broadcasting wing of the Hall of Fame in any of them. Korach consistently hit the point that his use of vocabulary, ability to get excited when the action warranted and ability to criticize his own team when needed made King so well loved and respected.
The best part of any historical book is that it answers all questions and offers a fair view of the subject. Almost everything is covered in the book examining King’s life. While most of it is a positive portrayal, it does have some funny stories that shows King, not necessarily in a negative light, but he wasn’t always the most considerate booth mate.
The greatest goal this book could accomplish is to push King in the baseball Hall of Fame. While most of his career was spent at the local level, constant replays on the NFL Network,