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Candlestick memory: KALW's Joe Burke

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Aerial view of Candlestick Park

This Thursday night, Paul McCartney will close the show at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. It will be the final public event at the storied stadium. This week, we’re looking back at the defining memories of the park. 

Today, KALW morning announcer, Joe Burke – a born-and-raised San Franciscan and a die-hard 49ers and Giants fan – reflects on attending Giants games as a child.

BURKE: There's nothing like walking into the ballpark as you come out of the stands, and the doors open up, and then there's the field in front of you. It's a very special experience. And Candlestick was that for many, many years. As miserably cold as it was, and as many times as it cost us games, or chances at the playoffs, and that sort of things, it still was home.

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Ben handles daily operations in the news department, overseeing the editorial and sound engineering teams, delivering daily newscasts, producing the nightly news and culture show Crosscurrents, and supervising special projects including KALW's Audio Academy training program.