Universal City, CA – “It’s Great to be here amongst many of my colleagues I have worked with over the years,” Regis Philbin said before tonight’s (Saturday 01-22-11) Radio TV News Assn. Gold Mike Awards’ dinner at the Universal Hilton. “It’s even nicer when you are honored by my peers at RTNA as he was getting his photo taken with KNX Business Hour Host Frank Mottek and others.” Philbin is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most hours on television of anyone in the world. He has entertained generations as the host of the daily talk show “Live with Regis and Kelly,” and his career is now into its seventh decade. He started with “The Regis Philbin Show” in San Diego and soon moved to Los Angeles. His first national exposure came as the announcer for ABC’s nightly talk-variety program “The Joey Bishop Show.”
Philbin also was the original host of the blockbuster “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” game show. He is receiving the RTNA’s first-ever “Broadcast Legend Award” for his stature and excellence in broadcasting. Philbin earlier announced this week on his nationally famous “Live With Regis And Kelly” show that he would be stepping down later this year. KNX won the Golden Mike for “Best Radio Newscast Over 15 Minutes,” while KFI won “Best Radio Newscast Under 15 Minutes” for major market stations. KNBC was honored tonight with the awards for “Best Daytime” and “Best Half Hour” newscasts, while KTTV won the Golden Mike for “Best 60-Minute Newscast” at the 61st Annual Golden Mike Awards in Universal City.
KNBC-TV’s longest running TV Anchor Kelly Lange, who started as a weather girl, and Sunday live talk show host was given a “Lifetime Achievement Award.” She dished out plenty of stories over the decades at Channel 4 News, where explicatives were accidentally aired by such famous people at Tom Brokaw and others she worked with at the Peacock station in Burbank. Kelly Lange was the first female weeknight television news anchor in Southern California. Her career started in 1967 as an airborne traffic reporter for KABC-AM radio. She joined KNBC-TV in 1971 where she spent 28 years. Lange won numerous awards, including multiple Golden Mikes and Emmys. She became nationally known as a fill-in anchor on NBC’s “Today” and “Tomorrow” shows. She developed a second career as a novelist and has half-a-dozen books to her credit. The Golden Mikes Awards for broadcast news excellence are presented annually by the RTNA, the non-profit group representing broadcast newsrooms in Los Angeles, San Diego, and all of the other markets from Bakersfield south to the Mexican border. Longtime Los Angeles television anchors Kelly Lange, retired from KNBC and currently an author, and Jose A. Ronstadt, currently with Telemundo in Los Angeles, were presented with “Lifetime Achievement Awards.
“The awards were presented at the Universal Hilton Hotel as part of ceremonies honoring the best in radio, television, and internet broadcast journalism in Southern California. José Ronstadt is a longtime television news anchor—and household name in Spanish-language broadcasting. His career includes long stints at KVEA-TV, KWHY-TV and KMEX-TV. Ronstadt has produced and hosted a number of internationally broadcast news, sports and entertainment shows and specials. In addition to his storied career in news, Ronstadt is well-known for his community involvement. He’s also heavily involved in the world of mariachi music and is a member of the International Mariachi Hall of Fame. For a slide show and highlights of the event visit: www.MayoCommunications.com and scroll down under “News & Events.”