**Van Amburg --KGO-TV
Amburg was the dean of Bay Area TV journalism. Sure, he had his critics; after all, KGO-TV's hugely successful "NewsScene" was the birthplace of "Happy Talk"--that 70's news lexicon and format. But Amburg was the centerpiece of SF TV news nirvana. His dogged and passionate delivery was appointment TV. And who could forget that "circle7" lapel. Priceless.
First and foremost, "Mac" was a nice man. A true gentle giant. Perhaps it was his radio roots that played a part. McElhatton guided PIX well over two decades with a level-headed approach and was respected and well-liked both by his peers and most especially, those at Channel 5. Miss him.
Richmond took Channel 2 News into ratings dominance for over four decades. From a news intern, writer, producer all the way to one of the most watched and most successful news programs ever-- the vaunted, "10 0'Clock News". It was that franchise that made KTVU the top SF TV news dog and Richmond, the no-gimmick, all-calm, cool and collected anchor in these parts. Richmond retired in May, 2008. Seems like only yesterday.
Still can't believe Wilson is gone. A relentless, passionate and dedicated news anchor and esteemed workhorse. Wilson was tireless. A pretty good talk-show host on radio too. He began in Sacramento and found his way to SF. Still remember his days at KGO-TV where he had to take over when Amburg left the airwaves. He had a loyal following all the way to the end.
Tokuda worked along side Mac--not an easy chore considering his popularity, but for most of the 80's and early 90's developed a strong and loyal audience. Yes, she had a tendency to continually flub lines and her delivery was not always outstanding, but she managed to stay at PIX several years. One of the best female anchors in a male-dominated industry.
You can make fun of his eternal seriousness, the snappy suits and all, but he's managed to carry on successfully after taking over for the esteemed Richmond; as a matter of fact, KTVU still is #1 at 10 and Somerville is one of the main reasons. Keeps to the KTVU brand: steady, cool, no-nonsense and tremendous reader. That's really all that counts.
*There are many others I've left out--too numerous actually. Currently, I like KTVU's underrated Ken Wayne. Dana King and Ken Bastida are solid pros, as is Diane Dwyer. Raj Mathai is an up and comer too. I'm beginning to warm to Dan Ashley, (if only he'd stop messing with the hair).
Who do you like?
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