San Francisco Chronicle
Dave McElhatton, the veteran Bay Area broadcaster known for his easygoing manner, wry sense of humor and steady professionalism, died Monday from a stroke-related illness, colleagues said. He was 81.
Mr. McElhatton spent his 50-year career in Bay Area media, split evenly between KCBS and KPIX, before retiring in 2000. His move from radio to television in 1975 was considered high-risk at the time, but Mr. McElhatton eventually became one of the most recognizable faces on local TV, bringing ratings success to the station while developing a special connection with viewers.
Longtime co-anchor Wendy Tokuda said Mr. McElhatton’s everyman persona wasn’t an act. More…