Northbay Biz November 2018
On the night of October 8, 2017, Pat Kerrigan of KSRO News Talk awoke at her home in Kenwood. Outside, the wind howled. Across the street 30-foot high flames threatened. A fireman told her to get out. Kerrigan and her wife, Michele, grabbed their dog, Chance, jumped in the car and headed west on Bennett Valley Road. She sensed this was more than a neighborhood fire and headed for the radio station in Santa Rosa. Driving dark circuitous back roads, they arrived just after midnight.
Mike DeWald, KSRO’s afternoon talk show producer, sniffed smoke while playing hockey at Snoopy’s Home Ice at about 12:30 a.m. Others did too, but attributed it to wildfires far away. On his way home to Rohnert Park, DeWald noticed social media going viral with news of the rapidly spreading fire outside Calistoga. He turned around and pulled into the radio station’s parking lot 15 minutes prior to Kerrigan. READ MORE