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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Pete Giddings back in the Bay Area

Meteorologist Pete Giddings has returned to the Bay Area, working as needed at KGO-AM 810, waging a campaign to fight scientific illiteracy and writing a blog. “Now, in my dotage I want to live where I love the weather, both in reality and in forecasting,” Giddings writes. Giddings left KGO-TV in 1998 after 30 years as the station’s weeknight weather anchor. He then worked in Reno and later Salinas. In the 1970s, Giddings, news anchors Van Amburg and Jerry Jensen

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Remember the KGO Cowboys?

They ride out of the pages of the new West. The Bay Area’s most wanted television news team. The Channel 7 news gang. Van “The Kid” Amburg. Jerry Jensen. John O’Reilly. Pete “Doc” Giddings. News people who like people. On NewsScene, 4:30, 6 and 11. Somebody has posted this classic KGO-TV promo from the 1970s on YouTube. The KGO Cowboys promo is believed to have inspired a scene in the 2004 Will Ferrell movie “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”

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