Richmond gets treatment for hiccups

Oakland Tribune columnist Dave Newhouse reports that Dennis Richmond has been afflicted with hiccups for years and is now seeking medical help for his annoying affliction in Grass Valley, where he lives. Richmond, in his 32 years as anchor at Channel 2, said he was occasionally hit with hiccup attacks while on the air. And though he attempted mightily to suppress them, they were heard on the air possibly two times, he told Newhouse. “… You know me, I just

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Richmond benefit to fight child abuse

Dennis Richmond will highlight a July 19 benefit for the hild Abuse Protection Center of San Francisco. The evening of memories and outstanding dining will be hosted by Willie Brown. Tickets for the event are priced at $250 for an individual or $2,500 for a table for 10. To make reservations for the event call Denise Cohn at 510-874-0224 or email her at denise.cohn@ktvu.com. “The most difficult stories I’ve covered in my 40-year career are the ones that involved something

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Era ends for African American journalists

Wyatt, Richmond and Rodgers Harrison Chastang, who has covered the African American community in the Bay Area for KPOO radio in San Francisco and other media outlets, says the retirements of ABC 7’s Martin Wyatt, KTVU’s Dennis Richmond and CBS 5’s Barbara Rodgers “marks an end of an era for the first generation of Bay Area Black television journalists.” Chastang writes in BeyondChron: Rodgers came to KPIX in 1979, a decade after Richmond was hired at KTVU during a time

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Richmond signs off for the last time

The usually serious and restrained Dennis Richmond struggled to hold back his emotions tonight when he signed off for last time after 40 years at Channel 2. “I will spend many days in my retirement sending thank-you notes to as many of you as I can, but … it will take a little while. But of course I will have plenty of time,” said Richmond, who turns 65 on Tuesday. His final “10’O’Clock News” was filled with clips from Richmond’s

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Richmond’s last newscast is Wednesday

The tributes are rolling in as Dennis Richmond prepares to sign off for the last time Wednesday night after 40 years at KTVU … 33 of them as co-anchor of the “Ten O’Clock News.” Richmond, who turns 65 on May 26, is in the same league as Fred Van Amburg, Dave McElhatton and the late Pete Wilson — the Cronkites, Huntleys and Brinkleys of the Bay Area. The Chron’s Steven Winn did a 1,550-word profile on Friday, Bruce Newman of

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Dennis Richmond disgusted with election

“The Democrats are just handing this election to the Republicans.” Dennis Richmond tells columnist Bill Mann. “Rev. Jeremiah Wright wounded him [Obama] greatly. I’m terrified of a McCain-Clinton campaign. Both are consummate politiciann.” Richmond told Mann he didn’t like ABC anchor Charlie Gibson’s handling of last week’s Democratic debate: “He’s a field reporter, not an anchor. He only got the ABC anchor job when that guy [Bob Woodruff] was shot in the head.” Richmond, who is retiring next months after

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CBS5 to launch 10 p.m. newscast on Ch. 44

CBS5 plans take on Channel 2’s top rated “10 O’Clock News” in a head-to-head competition starting in one week. Dana King, Ken Bastida, Dennis O’Donnell and Roberta Gonzales will anchor a 30-minute 10 p.m. newscast on the CBS’s Channel 44 starting March 3 which will be broadcast in HD. The same quartet will continue to anchor Channel 5’s 11 p.m. news. The move follows the introduction of primetime newscasts by ABC7 on Channel 20 in January 2007 and KTVU on

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Dave Clark might replace Richmond

Dennis Richmond’s retirement announcement yesterday offered no clues about who will replace him on the market’s top-rated newscast. “Mornings on 2” co-anchor Frank Somerville had been seen as the heir apparent until last October, when Channel 2 hired Dave Clark (pictured), who had been an anchor for KCBS-KCAL in Los Angeles. In an e-mail to friends (which was obtained by LA Observed and Matier & Ross) Clark suggested he was being groomed as a replacement for Richmond. Clark started at

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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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Dennis Richmond announces retirement

Dennis Richmond announced today that he will retire from KTVU Channel 2 News in May 2008 after more than 40 years with the station. Here’s a release the station put out this afternoon along with a slideshow of career highlights. KTVU says Richmond will continue to co-anchor the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts until May 21. Richmond started at KTVU on April 29, 1968 and has anchored The Ten o’Clock News on KTVU since 1976. From the release “I drove

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