Al Hart, a legendary voice in San Francisco, died Thursday morning. According to his family, Hart died following a long-term illness. Hart joined KCBS in 1966, two years before the all-news format arrived. During his 34-year career at KCBS, Hart delivered the news of the day, including major Bay Area stories such as the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and the 1991 Oakland Hills fire. He retired in 2000.
“Al was the broadcaster I wanted to grow up to be. His positive energy and his passion for serving the audience were an inspiration every day. I’m very, very lucky to have had him as a mentor and friend,” said Stan Bunger, KCBS morning anchor. “Al found joy in everything he did and shared it with everyone he met. He inspired all of us at KCBS to achieve our best and to care deeply about our community,” added Doug Harvill, Senior Vice President and Market Manager for CBS RADIO San Francisco.
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