Video shows McElhatton anchoring in a crisis

Dave McElhatton and Hank Plante One more post about Dave McElhatton, the longtime KCBS and later KPIX anchor who died on Monday. A few years ago, KPIX posted several historic films and videos on its website, though they’re a bit hard to find. Where it says “top stories,” toggle down to “Classic KPIX.” Here’s a link to a riveting 39-minute tape of Channel 5’s coverage of the 1989 earthquake showing McElhatton anchoring during a crisis. While he’s on the air, he rolls

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How McElhatton got into TV: reluctantly

Dave McElhatton 1928-2010 Former KPIX news director Joseph Russin wrote the following letter in today’s Chronicle: I read with extreme sadness of the passing of Dave McElhatton (“Respected TV and radio news anchor,” Aug. 25).  As your story says, Dave was one of the sweetest people in the business. He was not, however, immediately enthusiastic about television. I was news director at KPIX and wanted an anchor knowledgeable about the area and able to beat Van Amburg at KGO. I

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Anchorman Dave “Mac” McElhatton dead at 81

Dave “Mac” McElhatton, a long time anchor at KCBS Radio and KPIX Channel 5, died this morning from a stroke related illness at his home in Rancho Mirage, surrounded by loved ones. He was 81. McElhatton, an Oakland native, retired from the CBS5 KPIX anchor desk on Nov. 30, 2000 after nearly 50 years on the air in the Bay Area. Among the major stories McElhatton covered were the 1978 assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, the

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Hartlaub: Richmond is among the greats

Chron culture writer Peter Hartlaub says Dennis Richmond ranks up there with two other classic Bay Area TV news anchors: Dave McElhatton (middle) and (Fred) Van Amburg (right). Richmond announced yesterday he will be retiring in May after 40 years at Channel 2. “As much as Richmond was a unstoppable news reading machine, watching Dave McElhatton was like wrapping yourself in a warm news comforter, and then pouring yourself a big cup of news hot chocolate,” Hartlaub wrote. “Amburg was

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KPIX puts historic local clips online

Dave McElhatton and Hank Plante KPIX CBS 5 has uploaded some of its historic news clips to its website (where it says “top stories” toggle down to “Classic KPIX), including a riveting 39-minute tape of its coverage immediately after the 1989 earthquake, anchored by an unflappable Dave McElhatton who rolls through aftershocks at the news desk. McElhatton is pictured here getting a first-hand report from Hank Plante, who tells him that he saw “people shouting ‘This is the big one.’” Wayne

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