Sunday, December 21, 2014

My Mount Rushmore of Bay Area Media; TV/Radio/Print

 My Mount Rushmore of Bay Area Broadcasters/Media Artists  --News, Sports, Weather, and Miscellaneous.

NEWS:

1. Van Amburg
2. Dave McElhatton
3. Dennis Richmond
4. Pete Wilson

SPORTS:

1. Wayne Walker
2. Gary Park

3. Bill King
4. Gary Radnich

WEATHER:

1. Pete Giddings
2. Joel Bartlett
3. Mark Thompson
4. Pat McCormick

MISCELLANEOUS

1. Herb Caen
2. Lon Simmons
3. Hank Greenwald
4. Ronn Owens















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35 comments:

  1. If you are gonna put Wayne Walker up there… You gotta put John Madden… Madden has more years in broadcasting than he does in coaching…One of the most respected sports/media types in broadcasting…no one else on that list has sold a billion dollars worth of video games… Pete Giddings' Doppler Slayer was sweet on Atari

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  2. There Was an article about Luckoff years ago in the chronicle about why he was leaving KGO. The writer remarked that KGO needed to get younger fast.

    Look into it...

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  3. These people are all memorable but hardly belong on any monuments.

    Herb Caen was unique. Bill King was great, so is Lon.

    But most of them were (or are) merely familiar parts of our day to day lives. They don't particularly deserve or require a carved mountain top to be remembered.

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  4. No pure radio list ? Dr. Don Rose, Don Sherwood, Jim Eason, Ira Blue, and Ronnnnn- oops, that makes 5. Steve

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  5. That's your opinion.

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    1. Ummm... the word "my" is the first word of the whole thing.

      So, yeah, it's "his" opinion. Duh.

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  6. Wayne Walker, Van Amburg, and Herb Caen are number 1 on my list too.

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  7. In a category all by himself: Dennis Erectus

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    1. Erectus was light years ahead of Stern.`And Hellooo Cayucos! No irreverence award to Lloyd Lindsay Young? Dave McQueen & Scoop Nisker top my list of Golden Gate Greats!

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  8. What, no Bob Wilkins? Complete with Cigar. Weatherman, Creature Features host and Captain Cosmic for Pete's sake.

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  9. Pete Wilson was my fav on the radio

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  10. I would have to add Jim Dunbar and Ted Wygant KGO morning news team. I used to drive a local bay area delivery truck and had to pull over many times laughing so hard with these two...I think one morning one of them mispronounced Milpitas...funny stuff.

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  11. John Weston
    Belva Davis
    Pete Wilson
    Van Amburg
    Jerry Jensen
    Katherine Heenan
    Pam Moore
    Vicki Liviakis
    - Greg from SF

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    1. Replying to myself here, because I forgot some names. Bad me......

      Wanda Ramey
      Faith Fancher
      Sylvia Chase
      Fred LaCosse
      and one from radio:
      Dave McQueen
      (it's obvious that I'm sticking only with news people here)
      - Greg from SF

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  12. I used to commute from San Mateo to Antioch, and in the morning listened to Frank and Mike. They were great and made the drive tolerable. Plus they were FUNNY.

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    1. You beat me to the punch, they were the best! I think Chris Townsend was doing the sports plus they had a guy that did the news at the top of the hour. There was no reason to change channels.

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  13. London and Engelman

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  14. Not one woman, Rich?

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    1. Kristine Hanson. She'd be #1 in my book even if she were reporting the ingredients listed on a cereal box.

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    2. Or (Kristine) chatting about her affair with Bill Walsh

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    3. Hanson was (and may still be) a bit of a Renaissance woman. Besides her multiple interests outside of television, it seemed like she worked at just about every station in the Bay Area at some point in her career. That includes KFTY in the North Bay, and also at least one stint over in the Sacramento area. A lot of talent and brains to go with that lovely appearance.

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  15. Sports bulletin: Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area reports tonight (Sunday) that it's official that Harbaugh will be gone 2 days after the season is finished.

    Thank you for your time.

    Bill King

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  16. Whatever happened to Gary Park?

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    1. Gary passed away in 2009.

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  17. Where's Wells Twombly, Owen Spann?

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  18. Big Rick Stuart and sidekick Sal Castaneda.

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  19. Rich, your list is hard to fault. I would only add Wanda Ramey who broke ground as the first female television news anchor in this market and the legendary radio newscaster John K Chapel who had a huge following in the 50's and 60's broadcasting from "K-A-B-L, Oakland, on your San Francisco dial — 960 ... in the air, everywhere".....

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  20. If a Statute of Media Liberty were to be on Alcatraz in the Bay it would have to bear the face of Rich Lieberman.

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  21. Not a single female on this "list". There has to be at least one that measures up.....

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  22. lon Simmons greatest Bay Area sports caster

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  23. Lon Simmons
    Art Rosenbaum

    Terry Lowry
    Al Hart
    Dennis Richmond

    Owen Spann
    Mal Sharpe
    Frank Dill
    'Tall' Tom Campbell



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  24. Great list. Whatever happened to VanAmburg? He was a class act. Loved watching him and Jerry Jensen way back when (I'm sure you recall that Jerry Jensen died of pancreatic cancer very soon after it was diagnosed.) I was not happy the way he suddenly disappeared from KGO and always wondered what became of him after that.

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  25. With one exception, all I see are a bunch of old white guys.

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