I have been a fan of Regis Philbin since his days in Los Angeles and have watched him with Kathy Lee and now Kelly. Several weeks ago they announced on the show that they would be broadcasting a week of shows from LA and to go online to request tickets. This was great because when they were here last year I could not find a way to order tickets. I requested tickets for the only really "live" show they were doing and that was today at 6 AM.
A photo of my ticket that Regis signed:
So I got up at 3 AM and left my house in Lakewood a little after 4 and arrived at the KABC studios in Glendale at 4:45. There were already 86 people there as my number was 87. They had some things for sale and I purchased a mug and a T-shirt. The first 50 people had already been called in to be seated and then about 5 minutes later they called the next 50. The studio seats about 245 in very small chairs. We started out in the cafeteria across the street and so we were walked across to the studio and through the metal detector, down somel hallways and then outside again and then into the sound stage where they had a set similar to their NY set.
Because I was alone they gave me priority seating but I ended up sitting next to a very large woman who was also sitting on part of my chair (and I am not exactly small myself) so when more people came and sat on my other side, it was a very tight fit. I had a fairly good view of everything and managed to get some decent photos. We were not allowed to take flash photos during the show but we could flash away during the commercial breaks. I was able to set my camera on a ledge in front of me and take some photos not using the flash during the show.
First of all here is a shot of the KABC sign which is right by the 5 freeway in Glendale (these photos were taken when I left because when I arrived it was very dark!)
and here is a shot of the studio from across the street where we parked
All the news vans lined up behind the studio building
A shot of satellite "things" on top of the studio
This is what the back area looked like at 5:30 AM
Our group of people heading onto the set
Some shots I took before the program began
Michael Gelman, the executive producer, came out to "warm us up" and give instructions about 5 minutes before the program began
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