Part of the downside of rapidly departing news faces and voices here is it's become almost rampant day to day.
We see and hear these people every morning and afternoon. They become part of our routine. A part of the family. They come into our home and create a sort of bond. It's unique and special.
I had a e-mail recently lamenting all the changes taking place. Some are through normal attrition. People come and go and most people don't care. When, say, a Dennis Richmond and Rita Williams retires after decades of work, we care. We are also sensitive to the undercurrent of emotion that asks us did they leave on their own terms.
In the case of Richmond and Williams, from all accounts, they were ready to step aside. Ditto people like Lloyd Lacuesta and Randy Shandobil, both fine reporters from KTVU who spent decades at the same station before leaving the arena. Big names and TV News journalistic giants.
Today's environment is a much different dynamic. There's new faces everyday although at an amazingly alarming pace. The changes are so rapid-fire that we hardly notice or seem to care. KTVU has seen a deluge of new reporters. Same thing at KPIX. Most of the old Channel 2 legacy status was based upon the fact that so few people left and when one did, it was major news itself throughout the industry and here. Those days are long gone.
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