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Former TV, radio anchor Dave McElhatton dies at 81

  • In this Nov. 29, 2000 photo,Dave McElhatton smiles during his has broadcast before retiring in San San Francisco. McElhatton, who was the voice of major San Francisco Bay area news stories for nearly 50 years, has died. (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, John O'Hara)

PALM SPRINGS — Dave McElhatton, a former radio newsman at KCBS who made what was then considered a risky move to television at KPIX, has died.

KPIX-TV says Dave McElhatton died Monday from a stroke-related illness at his home in Rancho Mirage.

He was 81.

McElhatton, known to friends and many viewers simply as "Mac," was an Oakland native and a 1951 graduate of San Francisco State College, now San Francisco State University. He began working at KCBS two weeks after graduation.

McElhatton spent 25 years there and directed the station through a switch to its current all news format before moving to KPIX.

He retired Nov. 30, 2000.

McElhatton is survived by his wife, two children, and eight grandchildren.

A public memorial is planned in the coming weeks.

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Information from: KPIX-TV

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