Regis Philbin is “Moving On”

I used to work with Regis Philbin. Well, sort of. Okay, not really. In 1979 I was a college senior and an intern at KABC-TV in Los Angeles. That’s where Regis had a morning talk show with Cyndy Garvey called AM Los Angeles. I did grunt work for the station’s consumer reporter, but I used to stand in the background and watch Regis work his magic on AM Los Angeles. He was as full of himself then as he is now. And I loved it!

I mention this because Regis Philbin’s last day on “Live With Regis and Kelly”  is tomorrow (Friday), and he’s getting quite a bit of attention this week.   Regis had moved his show to New York a few years after I left that internship and started my own broadcasting career. Then it was nationally syndicated in 1983, where it’s been a morning favorite for nearly 30 years with co-hosts like Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa.

Regis Philbin’s LA gig wasn’t the start of his career, by far. I remember when he was an announcer on The Tonight Show in the early ’60’s, and was Joey  Bishop’s sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show a few years later. But his career didn’t skyrocket until after he turned 50!

Last January, the 80-year-old entertainer announced that he wasn’t retiring, but  “moving on.”  80 and still going strong! That should be an inspiration to all of us, no matter what career path we’re on.

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