by JENNIFER FRAKES
photos by Zeena Gregg Photography 

The Donadio Family

One could say that the Donadio family has their fingertips on the pulse of San Diego’s radio broadcasting community. Jerry is the general sales manager for two local talk radio stations – The Mighty 1090 (also known as the home of the Padres) and ESPN 1700-AM, and Doris is the traffic manager for CBS Radio’s KyXy 96.5 FM. “Doris schedules radio commercials and I manage a team that sells radio advertising and sports sponsorships,” explained Jerry. He and Doris, who are self-proclaimed practical jokers, met while working together at Cox Cable
and appeared on a 1996 episode of The Newlywed Game.

When Doris and Jerry are not at their respective radio jobs, they can often be found out and about in 92129. They have lived in the Park Village area since 2002 and absolutely love it. “Rancho Peñasquitos is friendly and fun, with a great sense of community. Not only are there great parks and canyons, but there are also award-winning schools,” said Jerry. Finding great schools and a family-friendly location to raise their children was extremely important to the couple as they looked for a community to call home.

The Donadio children are very active and keep Doris and Jerry busy with sports and activities. Gianna, who is a freshman at Westview High School, is a member of the high school soccer team and plans to play lacrosse as well. Antonio, a fifth grader at Park Village Elementary School, plays flag football, loves his Xbox and owns a pet Bearded Dragon named Niko. As a family, the Donadios enjoy taking family trips to Hawaii, cooking Italian and Mexican meals, hiking in the Peñasquitos Preserve and watching SDSU football and basketball games.

Giving back to the community is also a big part of life in the Donadio household. Doris has volunteered at Park Village Elementary School, both in the classroom and on PTA, and Jerry is a former board member of Make-A-Wish Foundation San Diego. “I also volunteered with Big Brothers San Diego. I started in 1989. My ‘little brother’ is now 34 years old and we still keep in touch,” revealed Jerry. The family’s latest volunteer endeavor was helping build a house in Mexico in November 2013 with the organization Homes for Hope.

At-A-Glance

Parents: Jerry and Doris Donadio
Childre: Gianna Christine Donadio (15) 9th grade at Westview High School, Antonio James Donadio (11) 5th grade at Park Village Elementary
Community: Park Village since 2002
Hometown: Jerry – Warren, OH; Doris – Los Angeles, CA
Profession: Jerry – General Sales Manager for two local sports talk radio stations, The Mighty 1090-AM (home of Padres) and ESPN 1700-AM; Doris – Traffic Manager for CBS Radio’s KyXy 96.5 FM
Pets: Boxers – Heidi and Maddy; Bearded Dragon lizard – Niko
Local Sposts: PQ Preserve/Canyon, waterfall, Christmas Card Lane, Cotijas