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Laurels Pile Up for Retiring KCBS Newsman

One of Martinez' most distinguished residents, Bob Melrose covered the news for 36 years.

For nearly four decades, Bob Melrose was there to report the stories that rocked the Bay Area: the Caldicott Tunnel fire, the Jonestown suicides, the assassination of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, the murder of Laci Peterson.

Now, after 36 years, the Martinez resident with the distinctive voice is clocking out.

"The news gods were always playing with me, good and bad," he told the  Contra Costa Times.

“He truly personifies the old-time newsman. He lives it. He breathes it,” KTVU television reporter Rita Williams, who shared an office with Melrose at the San Francisco Hall of Justice for 20 years, said in KCBS radio's profile. of the veteran one colleague calls "the Coltrane of radio."

Chris Kapsalis April 23, 2012 at 11:03 PM
I'm gonna miss his voice. He was like an old friend always on KCBS.
J.D. O'Connor April 23, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Had the pleasure of working alongside Big Bob at the Hallowed Hall of Injustice on Bryant Street in The City for, how long was it, Bob? Couple of centuries? He was always one of my favorite "Electronic" people with a great delivery, healthy dose of gallows humor and superior commitment to his craft. Remember Koko, the escaped gorilla the "boys" in the press room fabricated for you one lazy day, Bob? Remember the busload of nuns that caught fire at midspan on the Bay Bridge -- its occupants swan diving into the Bay to escape the flames? I'll never forget the reaction in the press room when you radioed in from the bridge -- nothing there, of course -- and called us out for what we were. It was great fun and it wouldn't have been as great a fun without you. Enjoy your time off, Big Fella... and remember: Three, two, one... Maaark!
lou d'aria April 25, 2012 at 05:25 AM
a voice and talent that will be missed. i covered more stories than i can count alongside bob during my 22 years at kron. he is one of the best. that mic and mic bug and old tape deck should be retired to the newseum in dc. thanks bob.

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