Prior to launching her signature television show, Sally was a pioneering presence in TV and Radio. She served as a UPI and AP foreign correspondent in Europe and Central America; a familiar TV personality in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean; and one of the first female TV news anchors in New York. She was also one of the first female rock deejays and, for many years, hosted the most successful nighttime radio shows on the NBC and ABC radio networks. Sally hosted her own radio call-in, advice show for six years (1981-87) on NBC's Talknet, and for three years on ABC radio. She was the first female reality talk show host on TV when her show debuted on October 17th 1983. The Sally Jessy Raphael Show was the longest-running talk show on daytime television and the first nationally syndicated single-topic talk show hosted by a woman. It left the air in the US in 2002, but continues to be syndicated worldwide. In 1992, she was honored by the National Association of Radio Talk Show Hosts as Talk Show Host of the Year, having already received 2 Emmy Âwards™ for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 1989. In 2002 Raphael was one of only three people named on both industry publication Talkers magazine's 25 greatest radio, and 25 greatest television, talk show hosts of all time lists. She lives in upstate New York with her husband Karl of forty years, her family and extended family.