Remember Dan Lovett? Surely you do. The guy that anchored sports for KGO from 1988-'98; the guy Gary Radnich called the "Love Machine?" Yeah, that guy.
I'm just off the phone with Lovett; we had an interesting conversation. He's retired now living in suburban Houston.
He spent over 40 years in the TV News biz and just wrote a book. It's a great read.
"I loved SF--one of my favorite cities." Naturally.
He worked with many personalities at Channel 7--Pete Giddings, (the famed KGO weather guy) was not one of his favorites. I ask why.
"I'm in the studio doing my first show and I see him, (Giddings), and I go up to him later and ask, 'How is it being the weatherman in San Francisco?'--He's beet red and screams back at me, "Do YOU know what the difference between a weatherman and a meteorologist is?--About 200 Grand!"
I tell Lovett that Pete has mellowed. Granted, with the passing of time we all do. I also tell Lovett that there's "so many stories about KGO--true?" Oh, hell yes, the mild-manned TV vet tells me--one day we'll go over some real winners.
Few losers too.
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