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TELEVISION Q&A

Question: When did Guiding Light begin airing?

Answer: The Procter & Gamble soap opera celebrated its 60th anniversary on Jan. 25 and is called the longest-running show in broadcast history. It began in 1937 on radio.

The first television episode aired on June 30, 1952, but radio episodes continued to run concurrently until 1956.

In honor of its 60th anniversary, the first episode of Guiding Light was recreated in a live performance Jan. 16.

CBS has a Web site for the anniversary celebration at:

www.cbs.com/daytime/60.

Question: Please tell me it's not true that Rosie O'Donnell's show is slipping and could be canceled. I heard that report on my car radio, and I'm really upset about it.

Answer: You probably heard some headlines, which should have been expanded in the broadcast. Fact: In the past two months, most of the syndicated shows have lost ratings. However, Rosie's dip still leaves her in a comfortable second place spot to Oprah, but most observers believe Rosie's fall will soon be reversed. There's no cancellation looming now or at any time in the foreseeable future.

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