Regis Philbin and William B. Williams Set for Induction into the NYSBA Hall of Fame

Regis Philbin has been no stranger to broadcasting or the broadcasting accolades. As Philbin, 79, prepares to leave Live with Regis and Kelly this year, he has been receiving various lifetime achievements.

The latest for Philbin is that he is being honored with induction into the New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA) Hall of Fame.

Philbin, who grew up in the Bronx, has been working steadily in New York since 1982, although nationally syndicated since 1988.

In 1999, his career surged into prime time, hosting the hugely successful Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Also, earning a spot in the 2011 Hall of Fame, posthumously, is longtime WNEW personality William B. Williams. Williams was the smooth jock, most well-known for the Make Believe Ballroom. He was on the air at WNEW for more than four decades.

Williams died in 1986.

Williams, a native of Babylon, New York, was originally hired by WNEW in 1944. But his popularity soared when he took over the Make Believe Ballroom, in 1959.

Williams is one of only a select few to have a room named for him at the Friars Club in midtown Manhattan.  

In 2006, Williams was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.

Rick Buckley, chairman and CEO of radio company that bears his name, is joining this year’s class. Buckley owns 17 radio stations, including the WOR Radio Network with its flagship 710 WOR. The network syndicates programs to over 400 stations.

The group, along with several others, will be enshrined the weekend of June 27 and 28 in Bolton Landing, New York.