Sad news from KPIX this morning: former anchor Dave McElhatton has died.
McElhatton, or "Mac" as he was commonly known, died early Monday morning, according to the KPIX Website.
McElhatton was a true local news fixture here in the Bay Area. He was born in Oakland and got a job at KCBS-radio right out of college in 1951.
In 1977 left radio for the television anchor desk. That's where he sat until 2000.
His good-bye to the television audience came on Nov. 30, 2000. It came as a surprise to just about everyone, because he announced it one day prior.
"It's been a wonderful 50 years doing what I always wanted to do -- work in broadcasting. And the frosting on the cake was to find out it was even better than I dared hope," McElhatton said.
After he retired he moved to Palm Springs. He had a mild stroke in 2004, but was said to have recovered.
Dave McElhatton's son Terry McElhatton was a new director at KNTV for several years but he passed away of a heart attack in June 2008.
KPIX says McElhatton died of complications from a stroke. He was 81-years-old.