Kevin Vance | KALW

Kevin Vance

Announcer/Operator; Host and Producer, A Patchwork Quilt

Kevin Vance created a program of folk music for KALW, A Patchwork Quilt, in October 1991.  He grew up in Berkeley during the 1960s and '70s and spent his years learning in public schools, community colleges, bookstores, libraries, and non-commercial radio stations, as well as from the people around him.  When he's not on the radio, then he's selling books, taking care of his family, listening to music, entering stuff into a computer, or taking a class.

Ways to Connect

Bay Area Headlines: Thursday, 10/15/20, AM

Oct 15, 2020

San Francisco Unified School District Considers New Admission Standards For Lowell High School / PG&E Cuts Power To 50,000 Customers Because Of Dangerous Fire Conditions / State GOP Letter Outlines Updates To Controversial Ballot Drop Boxes / New Research Details How Wildfire Smoke Has Been Hazardous For Californians Health / August Complex Fire Is Now 76% Contained

California Senators Challenge Supreme Court Nominee / State Officials File Cease-And-Desist Against GOP For Creating Unofficial Ballot Boxes / Where Should You Drop Off Your Mail-In Ballot? / Red Flag Warning For Berkeley And Oakland Hills / Dry And Windy Weather Sets Stage For More Fires

Governor Newsom Clarifies New Guidance On Private Gatherings / State Will Announce New County Openings And Closings Tomorrow / San Francisco And San Jose Rent Drops Most In Nation

Bay Area Headlines: Friday, 10/9/20, AM

Oct 9, 2020

California's Employment Development Department Plays Catch Up / Glass Fire Is Not Nearly Two-Thirds Contained / Students Who Miss School Because Of COVID-19 May Have Learning Challenges / Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Gives Money To Help Artists Make It Through The Pandemic

SFPD Sued For Illegally Tapping Surveillance Cameras / Counties Get COVID-19 Equity Requirement For Reopening

Bay Area Headlines: Wednesday, 10/7/20, AM

Oct 7, 2020

Major Progress Made Putting Out The Glass Fire / Stalled Coronavirus Stimulus Package Has Ramifications For California / City Of Vallejo Pushing Through Police Reforms / Courts Block Dredging And Filling South Bay Salt Ponds / Voter Registration Rising In California

Glass Fire Now 50% Contained / Bay Area Air Quality Not Looking Great Today / Alameda County DA Reopening Oscar Grant Case / First Openly Gay State Supreme Court Nominee Marvin Jenkins Says He's "Here Because Of The Struggle"

Evacuation Orders Still In Place As Glass Fire Continues Burning / California Wildfires Have Now Scorched 4 Million Acres / Napa And Sonoma Grapes Are Getting Contaminated By Smoke / Auditor Finds Some California Schools Not Taking Steps To Prevent Youth Suicide

Glass Fire Grows To 59,000 Acres With Only 5% Containment / Zogg Fire Now 69,000 Acres With 39% Containment / Politifact Examines What's Allowed And Not Allowed At Polls / Californians Will Vote On Affirmative Action

Bay Area Headlines: Thursday, 10/1/20, AM

Oct 1, 2020

Glass Fire Latest Updates / Napa And Sonoma Resident Evacuation Stories / $5 Million Worth Of Bottled Wine Destroyed / Zogg Fire Latest Updates / Governor Newsom Signs Police Reform Bills / Newsom Signs Bill Expanding Authority Of Nurse Practitioners

Updates On The Glass And Zogg Fires / Oakland African American Chamber Of Commerce Raises $1 Million For A “Resiliency Fund” / California Has Now Eased Restrictions On 40 Counties / Governor Newsom Vetoes Bill To Provide Grocery Aid To Low Income Immigrants

Bay Area Headlines: Tuesday, 9/29/20, AM

Sep 29, 2020

FEMA Providing Grants To Support California Wildfire Relief / Governor Newsom Notes Heavy Response To Wildfires / Updates On Glass And Zogg Wildfires / Bay Area Wildfires Following New Paths / Voter Trust In Elections Remarkably Low

Bay Area Headlines: Friday, 9/25/20, AM

Sep 25, 2020

Berkeley Passes Ordinance Banning Junk Food From Checkout Aisles / Richard Blum Named In UC System Admissions Scandal / November Election Could Decide On Potential Ban On New Gas-Powered Vehicles / Health Officials Can Make Home Addresses Confidential For Safety

Bay Area Headlines: Thursday, 9/24/20, AM

Sep 24, 2020

Governor Newsom Orders End To Gas-Powered Cars By 2035 / Officials Break Up Drug Trafficking Operation In California And Wisconsin / Cap Radio's Politifact Reporter Debunks Social Media Myths About Wildfires

Bobcat Fire Continues To Threaten Homes In Southern California / Audit Shows UC Wrongly Admitted Well-Connected Students

Bay Area Headlines: Tuesday, 9/22/20, AM

Sep 22, 2020

California To Halt Unemployment Claims For Two Weeks / Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris Expected To Take Key Role In Effort To Delay Replacement Of Supreme Court Justice / Governor Newsom Talks Wildfire, Coronavirus, Homelessness / Census Takers Mobilize To Count Homeless People

Bay Area Headlines: Monday, 9/21/20, AM

Sep 21, 2020

Young California Voters Had Mail-In Ballots Rejected At Three Times Overall Rate, Study Shows / Newsom Signs Bill To Give Tax Breaks To Undocumented Workers / Newsom Awards $77M For Cities, Counties To Convert Motels Into Housing For Homeless / Despite Pandemic, Median Home Price In California Tops $700,000

Governor Newsom Signs Two COVID-19 Worker Protection Bills Into Law / Santa Clara County Will Fine Health Care Providers Who Don't Provide COVID-19 Tests / Affirmative Action Reconsidered During New Racial Reckoning

Bay Area Headlines: Thursday, 9/17/20, AM

Sep 17, 2020

San Francisco's Requirements For Reopening Schools / Western Smoke Is Reaching The East Coast As Well As Mexico, Canada, And Europe / State Insurance Commissioner Will Conduct Investigatory Hearing / Lower COVID-19 Rates May Bring Pac-12 Teams Back To Playing Fields

Bay Area Headlines: Wednesday, 9/16/20, AM

Sep 16, 2020

Indigenous Fire Prevention Practices Revisited / COVID-19 Cases In California Dropping, But Not In San Diego / San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin Leads Prosecutors Around State In Progressive Justice Lobbying Movement

Bay Area Headlines: Thursday, 9/10/20, AM

Sep 10, 2020

San Francisco's Prop C, From 2018, Passes Final Legal Hurdle, Freeing Up Money For Homeless Services / Los Altos Allows Controversial Mixed Use Building / Wildfires Around State Damage Oroville And Threaten Paradise / Religious Gatherers At State Capitol Asked To Quarantine

Governor Says Wildfires Sign Of Climate Change / Update On Air Quality In Bay Area / Update on Creek Fire / State Investigating Large Religious Gathering At State Capitol On Sunday / Two Bay Area Counties Move From More Restrictive Purple To Less Restrictive Red State Code For Reopening Businesses

Bay Area Headlines: Tuesday, 9/8/20, AM

Sep 8, 2020

Wildfires Give Opportunity To Reset Forest Management / Impact Of Wildfire Smoke On Children's Lungs / Update On Bay Area Wildfires / Americans Care Much Less About Climate Change Than Before The Pandemic

Bay Area Headlines: Friday, 9/4/20, AM

Sep 4, 2020

San Leandro Police Officer Charged With Voluntary Manslaughter In Walmart Slaying / Considering Mental Health Issues During The Pandemic / LNU and SCU Fires Nearing 90% Containment, And CZU Fire Just Over 50% Contained / Counties Having Mixed Reactions To New State Color-Coding System / Why Did Legislation To Decertify Police Convicted Of Certain Crimes Fail?


Bay Area Headlines: Thursday, 9/3/20, AM

Sep 3, 2020

San Jose Will Levy Fees On Large Commercial Properties / Governor Newsom Speaks To State's Action On Helping Unhoused People / Lawmakers Passed A Bill To Allow Formerly Incarcerated People To Clear Records And Fight Fires Professionally / California Focusing On 1,000 Census Tracks As Deadline Approaches / Bay Area Wildfire Updates

Bay Area Headlines: Wednesday, 9/2/20, AM

Sep 2, 2020

Police Reform Bills Passed And Not Passed / New State Monitoring COVID-19 Guidelines / LNU Lightning Complex Fire 69% Contained / SCU Lightning Complex Fire 70% Contained / CZU Lightning Complex Fire 43% Contained / Coastal Fog Decreasing, Which Increases Risk Of Fire / South Bay Community College Instructor Arrested For Sending Health Official Threatening Letters

Bay Area Headlines: Tuesday, 9/1/20, AM

Sep 1, 2020

Lawmakers Approve Bill To Microstamp Bullets / Price Tag For Wildfires Is Extremely High / Update On The Regional Wildfires / Chico State University Tells Students To Leave Campus And Goes Online Only For Classes

Bay Area Headlines: Monday, 8/31/20, AM

Aug 31, 2020

Fact-Checking Kamala Harris' Big Bank Challenge / Update On Regional Fires / Spare The Air For Next Couple Days / State Creates Color-Coded County Watch List For COVID-19 / Lawmakers Send Three Environmental Bills To Governor

Bay Area Headlines: Friday, 8/29/20, AM

Aug 28, 2020

San Francisco Gets Closer To Approving New Budget / State Legislators Work Toward Blocking Evictions / Republic State Senators Quarantined / Suspect Pleads Not Guilty In Ambush Of Oakland Security Guard / Wildfire Containment Update / Questions About Breastfeeding During The Pandemic Answered

Bay Area Headlines: Thursday, 8/27/20, AM

Aug 27, 2020

Lawmakers Consider Preventive Wildfire Mitigation Legislation / In-Person Special Education Allowances May Happen / Governor Newsom Refuses To Address Ex-Wife's Inflammatory Comments At Republican National Convention / California Signs Billion Dollar Contract To Increase State's COVID-19 Testing Capacity And Reduce Costs / Police Reform Bills On State Legislature's Docket