FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – As people around the country take in the death of legendary T.V. host Regis Philbin, a longtime Fort Wayne radio personality is reminiscing on the time he got to co-host with Philbin.
Philbin’s family announced his death Saturday. He died Friday at the age of 88 of natural causes.
Andy Beckman, of WMEE fame, stopped at WANE 15 to share the story. He explained that the T.V. program Live with Regis and Kelly was missing it’s co-host Kelly Ripa, as she was on maternity leave. The show held a contest, Live’s American Co-Host Search, to find a one-day co-host for Philbin.
Beckman, who was senior at Ball State University at the time, happened to be in Los Angeles for spring break vacation. He heard about the contest, auditioned for a week, and won the contest. Beckman hosted the show with Philbin on April 16, 2003.
“It was a whole whirlwind experience,” Beckman said. “It was probably the fastest, best hour of my life. In a sense, it just led the way to a lot of things for my