Friday, September 18, 2009
A Tribute to Guiding Light
I was never a fan of General Hospital; I was very much a Guiding Light girl. Today is the final episode of Guiding Light. In honor of this, I thought it would be fun to share a little history...
Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light prior to 1975, or simply GL) is an Emmy award winning American television program credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the longest-running soap opera in production and the longest running drama in television and radio history. 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. It aired on radio from January 25, 1937 to June 29, 1956 and debuted on CBS Television on June 30, 1952.
The Guiding Light was created by soap writer Irna Phillips, and began as an NBC Radio serial on January 25, 1937. In 1947 the show moved to CBS radio, before starting on television on June 30, 1952, on CBS television. 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. Dr. John Ruthledge was based on the personality of Warren Moyer, a resident of Stouffville, Ontario, Canada.
As of 2009, Guiding Light is in its 72nd and final chapter in the season on CBS, as the network announced on April 1, 2009 that the series was being canceled due to low ratings. The show taped its final scenes on August 11, 2009, and it is scheduled to air its final episode on CBS on September 18, 2009.