Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bay To Breakers

(photo by Brant Ward / The Chronicle)
Today I ran Bay To Breakers, where you cross the entire city of San Francisco, and its hills, in one wild, costumed, race. I ran past people wearing butterfly wings (her companion was carrying a net, but I noticed that she eluded him); Green bras, pink bras, no bras; a flying pig (“flying pig beats swine flu”); people dressed as cars; six women wearing silver and red wigs of an identical size and height, so that they looked like clones; people dressed as salmon spawning on the street; people dressed as cars bumping into one another.

And of course there was politics. Women protesting the invasion of wineries in rural Northern California who called themselves “Grapes of Wrath,” who dressed exclusively in balloons. Gorilla in a hot pink suit, or rather a person in a hot pink gorilla suit. Even Betty Boop, in lingerie. All in all, a strenuous route, and on a hot day, but an awful lot of fun.

Finished in 1 hour, 40 minutes.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Some Press

Here's a link to an SFSU News article about my BEA win. And another one that is a bit older, but on the same subject.

I'm out buzzing around the coast today. I'm in Point Reyes, CA and I'll be heading to Bolinas a little later in the day.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Pete's 90th from Madison Square Gardens

Photo: MSG Photos/George Kalinsky

For those of you who, like me, didn't get to attend the sold-out concert at Madison Square Gardens, here are some great shots by George Kalinsky and Chad Batka.

A three-minute interview with me in the SF Examiner

I was interviewed by the SF Examiner on the occasion of Pete Seeger's 90th birthday. You can read all about it at

Friday, May 1, 2009

Free Lecture "Writing vs. Broadcasting: Pete Seeger"

I'm doing a free lecture in San Francisco on May 9th from 3 to 5 pm. It's going to be in room 609 of SF State's downtown campus at 835 Market St.

Here is the information from the flier:

Have you, as a writer, student or producer, ever wondered whether to pursue a project in print vs. broadcast form? For two dozen years David King Dunaway has lived at the crossroads of writing and broadcasting, producing award-winning radio and TV documentaries. Currently Distinguished Visiting Professor at San Francisco State, Dunaway will present a look into the life of folk musician Pete Seeger, to consider the differences between presenting a life in print and in broadcast form.

Using his recent biography of Seeger and his parallel national radio series, Dunaway discusses the hard, practical choices producers face in deciding between formats, including the grammars of different media, and the advantages and disadvantages of working in each.

Known in the Bay Area as a radio DJ and producer, Dunaway is the author of a half-dozen volumes of history and biography.

In a free public lecture on Saturday, May 9th from 3-5pm-- in room 609 of SF State’s downtown campus at 835 Market St.-- Dunaway will reflect on the dilemmas of moving between print and broadcast. Part master class, part lecture, the public is invited to listen (and sing along!) to some of Pete Seeger’s most famous songs, and to learn of the repression Seeger (and other musicians) suffered at the hands of the FBI, and CIA . The event is sponsored by the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Department in the College of Creative Arts of San Francisco State University.
For more information, reporters can email or call (505) 977-4968

In The News.

I got a mention in the sidebar of USA Today today in Bob Minzesheimer's article "Pete Seeger's 90th birthday will be a selfless celebration"

And now, I'm off to be interviewed by the SF Examiner!

Hallo, Danmark! Mig plan er oven på P1

Thomas Ravn-Pedersen's Danish version of a portion of my radio series on Pete Seeger was broadcast on Danish Radio P1 last night. It will be rebroadcast on Saturday at 10:03 and Sunday on 00:55 hrs.

For more information (and to stream the program) go to