Whoa! Detroit DJ Shannon Murphy Gets Joey Lawrence Kiss, Catchphrase As Regis Co-Host

“Whoa!” Detroit radio DJ Shannon Murphy had a dream-filled day as she co-hosted “Live! With Regis and Kelly” and got a kiss — and that fore-mentioned catchphrase — from actor/former teen idol Joey Lawrence on Tuesday morning.

Regis Philbin and Co-Host Shannon Murphy, Live with Regis and Kelly

Regis Philbin and Co-Host Shannon Murphy (ABC)

Murphy, of Detroit’s 95.5 FM Mojo In The Morning Show, won the opportunity to co-host with Regis Philbin after a nationwide contest: Women In Radio Co-Host For A Day Search. She was one of four female radio personalities who got the gig while regular co-host Kelly Ripa is off this week.  The other winners (Jayde Donovan of XL 106.7 FM in Orlando, Kristin Cruz of KOST 103.5 FM in Los Angeles, and Jenn Hobby of Q100 in Atlanta) will co-host Wednesday through Friday.

A very cheerful Murphy represented Detroit and Michigan in a positive light, and even presented Regis with a Detroit Tigers baseball jersey with “Regis” and “955” on the back (for her radio station 95.5 FM with Mojo In The Morning).  It was also perfect timing as the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees the night before in a nail-biting game.

Guests on “Live! With Regis and Kelly” for Tuesday were actress Emma Thompson, “So You Think You Can Dance” winner Lauren Froderman, and of course heart throb Joey Lawrence. 

When it came time to interview Lawrence, Murphy mentioned she had a little crush on him growing up (which, as a fan of Joey Lawrence myself, I was glad she was there to represent fans watching from home).  She had a poster of the “Blossom” star in her bedroom, which she said she used to use to practice kissing.

And Murphy, who was warned by her Mojo In The Morning colleagues (Mojo, Spike) not to do so, brought up Lawrence’s infamous “Whoa!” catchphrase as Joey Russo on “Blossom.”  As a fan, I was happy she brought  it up because then Lawrence briefly explained how the catchphrase got started (originally supposed to be in “surfer” style).

They also talked about “Melissa and Joey,” Lawrence’s new sitcom with Melissa Joan Hart for ABC Family. The two previously starred together in the ABC Family movie “My Fake Fiance” (so obviously the network and producers saw the great on-screen chemistry that I saw with Lawrence and Hart have in the movie, and created a TV show.)

So back to the interview, Philbin asked Lawrence if he would give Murphy a real kiss (as opposed to the poster of him she used to kiss), in which they agreed to kiss on the cheek (Lawrence is a married father of two, and Murphy’s boyfriend was in the audience). But after the kiss, the real treat was Lawrence yelling out “Whoa!” which fans, and hopefully Murphy, were very grateful for (most stars do not want to recite their catchphrases over and over).

So Joey Lawrence, thanks for humoring your fans with your catchphrase!  And Shannon Murphy, thanks for letting us live vicariously through you! Co-hosting with Regis Philbin on national TV and a kiss and a “Whoa!” from Joey Lawrence … not bad for a day’s work!  “Whoa!”

To see Shannon Murphy’s videos and web page dedicated to her day with Regis, click here.

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