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Talk Radio Research Project
Heavy Hundred 2001
Week in Review
of Talk Radio 2002 Edition
at the Heritage Foundation
He’s been doing some form of talk television for 40 years with a
pedigree in the genre that is long and distinguished.
He began with a local program in San Diego in the early 1960s where he
first practiced his “chatty” style. The station had no budget
for writers so he did monologues about life and current events and talked
with the audience. He then moved to Los Angeles and hosted “Philbin’s
People” which won an Emmy.
He got national exposure as the young sidekick on the Joey Bishop Show.
Tired of being the butt of Bishop’s jokes, he returned to local
TV to do “AM Los Angeles.” Several local shows and a couple
of game show gigs later, he worked for the Lifetime Cable Network on a
program called “Regis Philbin Lifestyles” which morphed into
another “Regis Philbin Show.”
He moved to L.A. to pair up with Cindy Garvey in the early 1980s on that
city’s “Regis & Cindy Show” and then catapulted
to greater success in New York when Kathie Lee Gifford replaced Garvey.
Now with phenomenal, rising star co-host, Kelly Ripa, the show is bigger
Philbin’s informal, chatty approach and informed, yet not too high
brow, demeanor wins him acceptance from a mass audience year after year.