Michael Reagan made his debut as a news announcer for a San Diego radio station, and his dad marked the occasion with a congratulatory phone call.

"Good morning, Mike. This is your old man," President Reagan told his eldest son in a call from the White House Monday."I'm a little far away to hear your first program but I just wanted to congratulate you on the first day and wish you well," said the president, who was a radio sports announcer in Iowa in the 1930s.

"Well, thank you very much, dad," said the younger Reagan, who was surprised and pleased by the call.

Michael Reagan was hired by KSDO to deliver news and information during morning rush hour.