KGO/S.F. Host, TV Anchor Pete Wilson Dies
July 23, 2007 at 5:32 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of CITADEL Talk KGO-A/SAN FRANCISCO midday host and longtime local TV news anchor PETE WILSON, who unexpectedly died FRIDAY of a heart attack suffered during hip replacement surgery at STANFORD HOSPITAL late THURSDAY. WILSON, who was 62, started at then-independent KTXL-TV/SACRAMENTO and arrived in SAN FRANCISCO at ABC O&O KGO-TV in 1983, later moving to then-NBC affiliate KRON-TV and returning to KGO-TV in 2002. As an anchor, he won the PEABODY AWARD and several local Emmys. He started his radio show at KGO in 2000.
KGO Radio Pres./GM MICKEY LUCKOFF said, "PETE was a rare talent who took his listeners on a fascinating daily journey through the day's important events, demanding critical and balanced analysis from all sides of an issue. He was never fully satisfied just reporting the facts of a situation. He constantly questioned and probed the logic behind the beliefs and views of those in the news."
PD JACK SWANSON added, "In an industry where broadcasters' opinions are often predictable, PETE always looked at issues with fresh eyes. He was usually far less impressed with his own opinions and more interested in understanding the motivations and logic behind the opinions of others. PETE's passing is a huge loss for the KGO Radio family, where he was not only respected, but genuinely loved."