SFSU Public Affairs Press ReleasePublished by the Public Affairs Office at San Francisco State University, Diag Center.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 12, 2001 ---San Francisco State University and KPIX-TV (Channel 5) will sponsor a special salute to the illustrious 50-year career of Dave McElhatton, dean of Bay Area broadcasters, during a fund-raiser on April 21 at 6 p.m. at the Palace Hotel, Two New Montgomery Street in San Francisco.
Proceeds from the fund-raiser will establish the Dave McElhatton Scholarship at SFSU and benefit the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Department.
McElhatton, long-time anchor at KPIX-TV until his recent retirement, was a young student in one of the first classes to graduate from the S.F. State broadcasting department, which was founded in 1946. Two weeks after graduating, McElhatton joined KCBS and became popular with his all-night radio show "Music 'Til Dawn". His KCBS program "Viewpoint" was the Bay Area's first telephone talk show. McElhatton later became KCBS's news director as he helped it move to its all-news format . He joined KPIX-TV in 1977. During his career, McElhatton received numerous prestigious journalism awards including the "Governor's Award" in 1999 during the Northern California Emmy Awards for his distinguished half century in Bay Area broadcasting.
SFSU's Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Department ---with 700 undergraduate and graduate students --- is one of the most highly respected programs in the country. BECA, as the department is known, is currently conducting a two-year drive to raise $3 million for digital television production equipment and studio renovation to help students keep pace with the rapidly changing broadcast industry. The New Television Project drive will create a state-of-the-art production facility for wide-screen television, on-line and digitally enhanced programming, and a post-production media lab.
For more information about the April 21 event, call Kenneth Soto of the SFSU University Development Office at (415) 405-3631.
Note to editors: For more information, call Ted DeAdwyler of the S.F. State Public Affairs Office at (415) 338-1665.
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