Gil Gross to replace Pete Wilson on KGO-AM

KGO-AM 810 has hired Gil Gross, an ABC Radio Network anchor, to take over the late Pete Wilson’s 2-4 p.m. weekday slot starting Sept. 17. Gross currently broadcasts out of Los Angeles and anchors ABC Radio’s newscasts from 3 to 8 p.m. (Pacific) weekdays. He anchored ABC Radio’s 9/11 coverage. He’s the main substitute for Paul Harvey and has subbed locally for Ronn Owens for several years. “It’s a good call for them, looking for a moderate, mid-range voice for

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Wilson entered ER before fatal operation

KGO’s Pete Wilson was admitted to Stanford Hospital’s emergency room for an anxiety attack the night before he was to undergo a hip-replacement operation that turned fatal, the Merc reports. Wilson also expressed his anxiety during the final hour of his KGO-AM 810 talk show, during which he gave this monologue [MP3 or text] about his grave fears about what was supposed to be a routine operation. “He was anxious, so they put him in there,” Wilson family spokesman Chapin

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ABC7 creates Wilson journalism scholarship

ABC7, KGO-TV has established The Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship to be administered and awarded annually by The Radio and Television News Director Foundation (RTNDF.) The endowment will provide an annual $4,000 journalism scholarship in perpetuity in Pete Wilson’s name. It will be awarded to students from the Bay Area pursuing a journalism undergraduate or graduate degree. Individuals may add to the fund, increasing the annual scholarship amount, with tax deductible donations to the fund. Donations to the fund in Pete’s

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Stanford issues statement on Wilson’s death

After KGO’s Pete Wilson died of a massive heart attack at Stanford Hospital during a routine hip-replacement operation, officials there refused to take questions from the media about what went wrong, citing privacy concerns. But KGO says that on Monday night, the hospital issued this statement: “[T]he procedure was underway when he suddenly experienced a massive heart attack. “When this occurred, we summoned to the operating room a special team that included a renowned heart transplant surgeon, cardiac anesthesiologists and

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KGO’s Pete Wilson dies at 62

Veteran KGO-TV news anchor and KGO radio host Pete Wilson died Friday night at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto from a massive heart attack suffered during hip replacement surgery, the station announced today. The heart attack occurred during surgery on Thursday and doctors battled to save him for more than a day, but he was removed from life support and succumbed at 9:20 p.m. Friday. Wilson, 62, is survived by his wife, Sandra, and son Brendan, who is in college.

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Pete Wilson won’t get dunked on Pride Day

KGO’s Pete Wilson (pictured) won’t be receiving the dreaded “Pink Brick” award at this year’s San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. The winner, according to the Bay Area Reporter, is President Bush, who was voted to be the person who did the most to hurt gay movement. Besides receiving a pink brick, the winner’s doppelganger is dunked on Pride Day. Wilson, who has frequently stated his support for gay rights and gay marriage on his KGO-AM talk show, nonetheless ran into

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Saunders: Wilson a victim of intolerance

Chron columnist Debra Saunders (her byline logo is at right), writing about last week’s Pete Wilson saga, says that SF is “very tolerant unless you hold the wrong opinion. Then the supes will try to get you fired.” Wilson, the KGO-TV anchor and KGO-AM talk show host, created a storm Oct. 10 when he criticized the decision of Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who is gay, to raise a child with Rebecca Goldfader, who is a lesbian. Goldfader delivered the baby a

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