Which soap opera holds the record as the longest-running scripted program in the history of broadcasting?
-Days of Our Lives
-As the World Turns
-The Guiding Light
-The Young and the Restless
The Guiding Light
“The Guiding Light” began on NBC radio in 1937, building a devoted following there. In 1952, it moved to CBS and made the jump to broadcast television. Procter and Gamble owned the show, which spawned the name “soap operas” because of the soap company’s sponsorship. To the dismay of its devoted fans, CBS announced the cancellation of the show April 1, 2009. The show’s final episode aired Sept. 18 of that year, ending it’s 72 year run. Source: NYTimes.com
The fictional Midwest town of Springfield provides the backdrop for this continuing rich tale. The Bauer, Spaulding, Lewis, Cooper and Santos families form the backbone of the community as Springfield’s residents face life and love amid the greatest of challenges.
Original network: NBC Radio (1937–46); CBS Radio (1947–56); CBS Television (1952–2009)
Also known as: The Guiding Light; GL
Did you know: “Guiding Light” has the highest episode count (18,262) among all television programs in the world. wikipedia.org