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Regis Philbin to receive inaugural Broadcast Legend Award

Regis Philbin, who is listed in the “Guinness Book of World Records’ for logging the most hours on television, will receive the inaugural Broadcast Legend Award from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California, the group announced today.

During its annual Golden Mike Awards ceremony Jan. 22, the association will present lifetime achievement awards to longtime news anchor Kelly Lange, the first female weeknight television news anchor in Southern California, and Spanish-language news anchor Jose Ronstadt.

Philbin, the co-host of “Live with Regis and Kelly,”began his broadcasting career in Southern California, hosting “The Regis Philbin Show’ in San Diego and Los Angeles.

He later worked as the announcer for ‘The Joey Bishop Show’ and was the original host of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”

Lange began as a traffic reporter for KABC radio and joined NBC4 in 1971. She also worked as a fill-in anchor on the “Today” and “Tomorrow” shows for NBC.

Ronstadt has been a Spanish-language broadcasting mainstay for years, working for KVEA, KWHY and KMEX, in addition to producing international news, sports and entertainment broadcasts.

The Golden Mike Awards ceremony will be held at the Universal Hilton hotel in Universal City.

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