KCBS Radio 1970's brochure

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All News In the 70's

KCBS Radio Moves To The "Newsroom In The Sky"

May 22, 2018 - 3:15 am
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Three years after launching the all-news format, KCBS Radio moved from its longtime home at San Francisco's Palace Hotel into what some would call "the newsroom in the sky": the 32nd floor of the then-new Building 1 at Embarcadero Center.

The move brought not only a new view of the Bay Area, but a new approach to radio news. Computers began to replace typewriters and teletype machines, althought it would be many more years before audio would move from analog to digital formats and be integrated into the newsroom computer system.

On the air, morning anchor Dave McElhatton left in 1976, launching a long run as an anchor at KPIX television. His onetime sidekick and producer Al Hart replaced "Mac" as the lead morning anchor. And another Hart--Richard Hart (no relation)--joined KCBS Radio, representing the influx of younger broadcast journalists who would carry the station into the future.

KCBS 1970's Brochure Part 1
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KCBS 1970's Brochure Part 1
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KCBS 1970's Brochure Part 3
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KCBS 1970's Brochure Part 4
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Richard Hart bio
Courtesy Bay Area Radio Museum