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Decades-Long Radio Show Still Going Strong in Lima

Posted: Dec. 10th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Maruja Venegas

Now broadcasting out of her home in Lima, the show Radio Club Infantil has been running since December of 1944 and has kept the same host throughout all those years: Maruja Venegas. Doing it without pay, she's fallen on hard times but still plans to do the show for as long as she can.

It was the golden age of radio and World War II still raged when Maruja Venegas began broadcasting a show for Peru's children.

Sixty-eight years later, her "Radio Club Infantil" is still on the air, making the 97-year-old Venegas the globe's longest-running radio personality, according to Guinness World Records.

"The children of yesterday are all grown now. They've married. They are grandparents today. So it's them, the grandparents, who support me most," she told The Associated Press in an interview in her home in a middle-class district of the capital.


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