SOURCE: Dear Abby

November 21, 2005 12:17 ET

Speak to Dear Abby Live During First-Ever Radio Broadcast

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 21, 2005 -- On Thursday, Dec. 1, people everywhere will have the rare opportunity to speak directly with Dear Abby (Abigail Van Buren), the most widely syndicated columnist in the world, in her first-ever live Web radio broadcast. People can call in to speak with Abby live via a toll-free phone number and listen to the program by logging on to

Dear Abby's column is syndicated through Universal Press Syndicate, the largest independent newspaper syndicate in the world. Her column appears in about 1,400 newspapers worldwide and has a daily readership of more than 110 million people. People are often surprised that more than 80% of those who write to Dear Abby are between the ages of 18 and 49 and 30% are male. The majority of the rest comes from people under 18.

Recognized as the most influential and beloved advice columnist in the world, Abby is known for giving practical advice in a compassionate manner. As she puts it, "I am everybody's friend, and I give common sense solutions to everyday problems and advice you can trust." She stays well informed so she can address questions ranging from human relations and family issues to etiquette and other topics.

"I have been giving advice in my column for years but have never done a live show on the radio," says Abby. "I am excited to be able to talk to people on the phone because that is often the best way to help."

In addition to the millions of readers who appreciate Abby's daily advice column, Abby is also acknowledged for launching in conjunction with the U.S. Navy to send messages of support to American troops via the Internet. Since she launched this program in December 2001, Americans have sent almost 30 million messages of support, which have been delivered to the servicemen and women stationed in the Middle East and around the globe.

To ask Dear Abby for advice live on web radio, call 1-800-501-7080 from 1 pm to 2 pm Eastern and 10 am to 11 am Pacific on Thursday, Dec. 1. To listen, log onto

Dear Abby is represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

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