Van Amburg drew a lot of response in this corner. Many people in the Bay Area who watched him and the KGO-TV "News Scene"in the 70's and 80's still miss his presence on the local airwaves. Outside of the late Dave McelHatton and Dennis Richmond, few TV anchors here possess the type of legacy that Amburg left behind.
Because Van was good. Damn good. He was also intelligent, showed amazing deference and had a ton of on-air cachet and cred. He was helped by the late Jerry Jensen, but it was Amburg that guided the ship. Unlike so many modern-day insincere, disingenuous goobers--essentially, lots of Ron Burgandy's trying to be Cronkite--Van established himself right away and developed into a household niche for Bay Area viewers. They trusted him. Moreover, they liked him too.
That's the ultimate compliment.
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