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KVEC host Dave Congalton could be back on the air this week after being hit by a car

Local radio host Dave Congalton, left, interviews Mardi Hall. Congalton was seriously injured June 30 after being hit by a car in San Luis Obispo. He filed a lawsuit in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Friday.
Local radio host Dave Congalton, left, interviews Mardi Hall. Congalton was seriously injured June 30 after being hit by a car in San Luis Obispo. He filed a lawsuit in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Friday.

KVEC radio host Dave Congalton could be back on the air as soon as Thursday or Friday after undergoing surgery on his leg at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center this weekend to treat injuries he sustained from being hit by a car, according to Pepper Daniels, director of programming at American General Media, which operates the 920 AM station.

Congalton was struck by a car while walking to a march in downtown San Luis Obispo on Saturday, an incident that Congalton is calling "an accident," Daniels told listeners on the air Monday.

Congalton hosts "Hometown Radio with Dave Congalton" on weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m. Congalton celebrated 25 years with 920 KVEC in January 2017, according to the station's website.

Congalton sent out a post on Facebook late Sunday, saying that "the surgery went well today to repair my kneecap, which is busted."

Daniels, who filled in for Congalton to start the Monday afternoon show, told listeners the station thinks that the host could return Thursday or Friday, but "we're leaving it open."

"Dave is doing fine," Daniels said on the air. "He's resting comfortably. He's at Sierra Vista. ... It's a real unfortunate hassle for Dave. We're grateful it wasn’t worse than it was."

Daniels said a guest host would take over for the latter part of Monday's show and two guest hosts would fill in for Congalton on Tuesday, and a pre-planned "Best of Dave" program will air Wednesday, the July 4 holiday.

Writer and radio personality Teri Bayus wrote on Facebook that she will fill in for Congalton from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Congalton posted on Facebook that he wanted to thank "everyone who has called, stopped by, emailed or posted a Facebook message since Saturday morning and my unfortunate accident."

Congalton wrote that he had several marks and bruises on his shoulder and back, and that he might not respond to well-wishers because "I just don't have the energy."

Congalton added that he plans to be at the hospital for two or three days and then his schedule is uncertain thereafter, though he may be staying with a friend in San Luis Obispo who has offered him a room in his house to be close to the radio station, which is located on Sacramento Drive.

"I will be back on the radio sooner rather than later, but just have to figure everything out," Congalton posted.

Nick Wilson: 805-781-7922; @NickWilsonTrib
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