Friday, September 18, 2009

Your Mental Sorbet: The Guiding Light - Lights Out

Here is another "Mental Sorbet" that we could use to momentarily forget about those things that leave a bad taste in our mouths.

Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light prior to 1975) is credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the longest-running soap opera and the longest running drama in television and radio history. It aired on radio from January 25, 1937 to June 29, 1956 and debuted on CBS Television on June 30, 1952. The final story airs on CBS on September 18, 2009. It is also the longest running broadcast program of any kind (72 years), across both radio and then television mediums, in history, being first broadcast five days after President Franklin D Roosevelt's second inauguration.

Morley Safer interviews the actors and writers behind broadcasting's longest running drama, "Guiding Light," as they celebrate the soap's incredible run and discuss its cancellation after 72 years.

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The show's title refers to a lamp in the study of Reverend Dr. John Ruthledge, a major character when The Guiding Light debuted in 1937, that family and residents could see as a sign for them to find help when needed.

CBS announced on April 1, 2009 that the series was being canceled due to low ratings. Guiding Light will air it's final episode today. The show taped its final episode on August 11, 2009.

"Light Out".

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa
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