â€œWhoa!â€ Detroit radio DJ Shannon Murphy had a dream-filled day as she co-hosted â€œLive! With Regis and Kellyâ€ and got a kiss — and that fore-mentioned catchphrase — from actor/former teen idol Joey Lawrence on Tuesday morning.
Murphy, of Detroitâ€™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.Â 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 â€œRegisâ€ and â€œ955â€ on the back (for her radio station 95.5 FM with Mojo In The Morning).Â It was also perfect timing as the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees the night before in a nail-biting game.
Guests on â€œLive! With Regis and Kellyâ€ for Tuesday were actress Emma Thompson, â€œSo You Think You Can Danceâ€ winner Lauren Froderman, and of course heart throb Joey Lawrence.Â
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).Â She had a poster of the â€œBlossomâ€ 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 Lawrenceâ€™s infamous â€œWhoa!â€ catchphrase as Joey Russo on â€œBlossom.â€Â As a fan, I was happy she broughtÂ it up because then Lawrence briefly explained how the catchphrase got started (originally supposed to be in “surfer” style).
They also talked about â€œMelissa and Joey,â€ Lawrenceâ€™s new sitcom with Melissa Joan Hart for ABC Family. The two previously starred together in the ABC Family movie â€œMy Fake Fianceâ€ (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 askedÂ 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 Murphyâ€™s boyfriend was in the audience). But after the kiss, the real treat was Lawrence yelling out â€œWhoa!â€ 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!Â And Shannon Murphy, thanks for letting us live vicariously through you! Co-hosting with Regis Philbin on national TV and a kiss and a â€œWhoa!â€ from Joey Lawrence â€¦ not bad for a dayâ€™s work!Â “Whoa!”
To see Shannon Murphy’s videos and web page dedicated to her day with Regis, click here.