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Former Palomar Student Subs for Kelly Ripa on morning TV show

SAN MARCOS — Former Palomar College Radio and TV, or RTV, student Kristin Cruz recently won the opportunity to serve as guest host on the “Live! With Regis and Kelly” morning TV show which airs on ABC. On Aug. 19, Cruz replaced Kelly Ripa as co-host with Regis Philbin, interviewing guests including Jennifer Aniston, Jordin Sparks and Kyle Maclachlan.
Cruz, who currently is a radio personality at Los Angeles station KOST 103.5 FM, co-hosting the Mark & Kristin Show, was chosen along with five others, after competing against thousands of women in the Women of Radio Co-Host for a Day Search.
In addition to her work in radio broadcasting, Cruz has a background in video, commercial and film production. A graduate of the Los Angeles High School for the Arts, she began her exploration of work in the entertainment industry while still in high school, writing freelance articles for music and lifestyle magazines.
“One of the editors helped me get to know music, bands, and the business,” she said. “Through him I met some music video producers and directors.”
A student at Palomar from 2004 to 2006, Cruz was attracted to Palomar College through her husband Matt, now a Los Angeles firefighter, who went through Palomar’s Paramedic program and also played on the football team.
“He knew Palomar was known nationally for its RTV program and radio station,” Cruz said. At his suggestion, she called Palomar professor Meg Banta. “Once I talked to Meg I was convinced Palomar was for me.”
To view part of the “Live! With Regis and Kelly” episode that includes Cruz, visit