Friday, May 12, 2017

KGO-TV's Ashley The Hardest-Working Bay Area TV News Anchor; Friday Open

Image result for Dan Ashley KGO SURE, make jokes about the hair; deride his frequent facial shifts; but give him credit for maintaining a three-decade record as one of the Bay Area hardest-working TV anchors: KGO-TV's venerable and reliable lead weeknight anchor, Dan Ashley.

Ashley has the almost-universal respect and admiration of the ABC7 newsroom staff from the interns to the producers to his own working staff.


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Ashley with co-anchor Ama Daetz
More than just a guy that looks like a newscaster Ashley does more and works harder than anybody I've ever seen or encountered --like how's this for a schedule? Routinely, Ashley works the 4PM, 5, 6, 9 and 11 PM newscasts on KGO and its 9pmer on KOFY (TV20) And it's not a day at the beach. It's a hard-work's day in which the award-winning TV News journalist arrives at 900 FRONT hours before the 4 and often leaves the KGO Embarcadero studios well past midnight...five days a week.

 I've often talked to KGO people at the TV station and almost all had a positive feeling about Ashley; always commending him for his friendly demeanor, good guy personality and ability to get along with just about everybody even in an ego-driven, challenging newsroom like that of big-market KGO.

16 comments:

  1. Raymond in Bennett ValleyMay 12, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Dan wanted to serve dinner at my restaurant on the weekends, and I said "No, Dan, sit down and eat. That's Ratto's job."

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  2. OMG...he works a forty hour week! the humanity! I like Dan Ashley , but to imply that he's overworked...is just silly.

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    1. 2pm to midnight, five days a week is more than 40 hours. Plus all the other time commitments that come with being the face of a news station.

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  3. He is a good anchor like Frank Somerville. To trust the news station, we need long time reporters LIVE each night to show how hard and honest is the news and station. For both anchors, they are starting to age which worries viewers will the station one day try to demote their air time due to whatever reasons. My best guess is the longer you work for the station, the higher salary you deserve to get for your hard work. Cheryl Jennings is one reporter who cover the 1989 Earthquake and her hard work as a LIVE reporter got replaced which limits her air-time. If any station can keep and allow all long time reporters work until their retire, that is what I can a trusted station with the daily good news.

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  4. It's nice now and then to find a Dan Ashley among the young cardboard cutouts that are small-timers in a big market.

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  5. Dan Ashley is a solid TV anchor. You can tell by his demeanor that he's also a nice guy. Unlike some of the blokes on the other stations. He's why KGO has the best weeknight newscast. The others can't hold a candle to him.

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  6. I like Dan, a pro among all the phony peeps most stations have.

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  7. Thanks for giving me some reasons to overlook the hair. I have a new found respect for Mr Ashley, minus the whole hair thing...

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  8. It's a 50 to 60 hour week, but who's counting :)

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  9. Dan Ashley was brought into KGO-TV to anchor with Terilyn Joe. I miss those days.

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  10. That's what I love about these co-anchors. I keep getting older and they stay the same age.

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  11. I worked in radio several years ago, when both stations were in the same building. Dan would, often, come to the radio studio to "tease" the Ch. 7 news.

    He's the nicest guy imaginable. It was always a pleasure to be around him.



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  12. Mr. Ashley needs to keep his hair light or medium in color. This goes with his skin tone. When he has black or very dark hair, it makes his face look very pale. That, plus the widows peak, takes on a "Vincent Price" look. Yes, this is shallow to even contemplate, but hell, TV is a visual medium. What can I say?
    Otherwise, he seems like a fine anchor and nice guy, which is even more important.

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  13. I respect and like Dan Ashley. I really haven't noticed any of the "quirks" mentioned. He's a top-notch reporter with decades of experience that makes him one of the nation's best.

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  14. Don't forget Dan is the lead singer in a rock band. Dan's the reason I watch ABC7.

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  15. Dan is likable and competent. I have to turn the channel rapidly anytime I see or hear Steve Aveson. Frank Somerville is great too. I just can't stand the fact it is a Fox-owned station.

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